LYRA 2019 Race Officials
It’s no surprise to racers and regatta managers alike that Race Officials provide an irreplaceable component to our event. We are delighted to present some of the world class Officials for 2019 LYRA Race Week, without whom our event would not be possible.
Ross Cameron – Principal Race Officer
Ross Cameron, a retired elementary school principal, is a National Race Officer who has been running regattas for over 40 years. Based in Kingston for much of this period he grew up on Toronto Island, sailing from RCYC. Since 1978 he has been deeply involved in Race Management activity, having been Chairman of CORK Operations for a couple of decades during that period. He was a key player in the development of the Sail Canada Race Management Curriculum. Ross also races his Chaser 29 “Touch of Class” from the Kingston Yacht Club.
Richard Sullivan – Chief Judge
Richard is a US National Judge and Umpire since 1995, who has been active with US Sailing and College Sailing for the past 10 years serving as the RAJ for area E, and the Protest Chairperson for Rochester Yacht Club. He has been an active racer since 1970 competing in Solings and Sonars. His special interests are Team and Match Racing and actively researching head injuries in sailing and the use of helmets in sailing. In addition he has been an active competitor in LYRA since 1980.
John started sailing Vauriens (a dinghy) in his teens in Ireland, and over the years has crewed in many classes. He is a Sail Canada Club Race Officer and Regional Judge. John splits his time between being a Race Officer (e.g., at MCC & TS&CC: where he is also a PHRF-LO Handicapper and Sail Measurer) and serving on Protest Committees.
Pat is a Sail Canada National Race Officer, Race Management Course Conductor and Mark Layer. He has been the PRO at CORK for almost 20 years and on the Board of Directors as the Race Director. Pat is Past President of LYRA and PHRF-LO. His most recent assignments as a Race Officer include J24 Worlds, Shark Worlds, J24 North Americans, Shark Canadians, Albacore Canadians, Wayfarer Canadians various LORC events and, of course CORK. Pat has also been on the World Cup Laser Course Race Team in Miami for over 10 years. Pat lives in Oakville and is a member of Port Credit Yacht Club and an Honorary member of Ashbridges Bay Yacht Club.
Graham is retired after spending many years in IT with a focus on infrastructure, disaster recovery and security. He has been involved in race management since the mid 1990’s. Currently, he is certified by Sail Canada as a National Race Officer, Race Management Course Conductor and Club Judge. His major focus for race management are the Lake Ontario Offshore Racing (LOOR) Events as the chair of its Race Management, Technical and Safety Committee and as chair of LORC. He is an active amateur radio operator as VA3BGD.
In addition to being a race officer for over 20 years, Richard has for 15 years been race director for offshore races (Route Halifax Saint-Pierre and Marblehead-to-Halifax Ocean Race). Leisure activities include racing his Shark out of Niagara and cruising his Niagara 31 out of Parry Sound. Richard is delighted to help his Oakville friends with the LYRA course races and looks forward to seeing everyone on the water.