Many will already know Swiftsure’s new Principal Race Officer very well. His wife, Judie, is Swiftsure’s Volunteer Coordinator. Judie is incredibly talented at attracting and sustaining relationships with Swiftsure Volunteers, and we know she worked her magic with John.
From age 12, John has raced in such diverse sailboats as Laser, Star, Lightning, Soling, C&C 37, J80 and Melges 24. Since 2005, he has been a member of BC Sailing Association Board and is the current president as well as being a member of Canadian Yachting Association. John is a Certified Canadian National Race Officer and soon will be a certified International Race Officer. He’s certified as a Race Management Course Conductor, has acted as Senior Officer in 34 events since 2011, including CORK, Miami Sailing World Cup, Australian Hobie National Championship, Melbourne Sailing World Cup, Canadian Youth National Championship, 29er North American and World Championships, Canada Games, Canadian Kiteboard Championship and innumerable other regional and national racing events.
So when Judie sounded John out on becoming Swiftsure’s Principal Race Officer, and Vern Burkhardt – Swiftsure’s Chair – approached him to join the team, the Swiftsure Committee was utterly thrilled when John enthusiastically agreed.
John is deeply respected and Swiftsure is very proud he has accepted this crucial race role. It keeps the Swiftsure race calibre at the very highest level with John’s deep knowledge and broad experience.
John is a very serious guy. At Swiftsure’s Volunteer and Sponsor celebration in June 2014, John created the winning limerick:
Our volunteer coordinator Judie,
Said, “Please help,” but not rudely.
But as she’s my wife,
Apparently I have no life,
So I just shuts up and does my duty.
The many other fine and funny limericks from that day follow: