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Sixty local sailboats set to compete in 2013 Volvo Regatta Week

Volvo Canada proud supporter of GHYRA's annual regatta


TORONTO, ON (July 4, 2013) - Volvo Canada is pleased to support this year's Golden Horseshoe Yacht Racing Association's 2013 GHYRA Regatta. Sixty sailboats crewed by over 200 members from several yacht clubs will compete from July 6th to July 11th in western Lake Ontario.


Regatta organizers recently announced that the Volvo dealerships of Oakville and Hamilton have signed on as the title sponsor of this year's event.  "We are very pleased that Volvo of Oakville and Hamilton have chosen to sponsor GHYRA's second annual regatta week," says Edward Thompson, Chair of the GHYRA Committee.  "As sailors know, Volvo is no stranger to international yacht racing; having Volvo of Oakville and Hamilton on board as GHYRA's title sponsor is wonderful."


Both racers and cruisers are entered in what will now be called the "Volvo GHYRA Regatta Week".  The event was quick to sell out. Racers will make up 40 of the 60-boat fleet, while 20 boats are entered in the less strenuous and more fun-loving cruising division.


"We are very pleased to be involved in the upcoming Volvo GHYRA Regatta Week," Says Marc Engelen, President & CEO Volvo Cars of Canada Corp., "The global Volvo Ocean Race attracts attention all over the world so we are thrilled to have an exciting event like this is our own backyard."


Participating clubs are Oakville Yacht Squadron, Oakville Club, Bronte Harbour Yacht Club, Burlington Sailing and Boating Club, Royal Hamilton Yacht Club, Newport Yacht Club, Fifty Point Yacht Club and Dalhousie Yacht Club


Boats in the racing division will compete in Hamilton Harbour for two days in what are referred to as round-the-mark course races. They will then have four days of longer distance point-to-point races.  A Volvo GHYRA Regatta trophy will be presented to the overall winner.


Meanwhile, the cruising division will have its own fun-filled activities.  Each participating club will host the fleet for one night, providing skippers and crew with themed festivities and meals that will range from Newfoundland to Hawaii.


In addition to Volvo of Oakville and Hamilton, supporters of the GHYRA Regatta include FOX 40, UFANS Insurance Services, Mason's Chandlery, UK Sailmakers, Tag Vodka and West Marine.


An excellent opportunity to view the fleet will be when all 60 boats, flags flying, exit Hamilton Harbour and under the Skyway and the Burlington lift bridge Monday morning, July 8th at 9:30 AM. The closing ceremonies and award presentation will take place at the Oakville Club on Thursday July 11th.


Further information, visit: or follow along on Twitter or the Volvo Canada Facebook page.



Dustin A. Woods

PR Manager - Volvo Cars of Canada



Edward Thompson

Chair - GHYRA Committee

(905) 829-8299 Ext 3


John McMullen

GHYRA Committee


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