Photo by Fried Elliott

By Lynn Fitzpatrick

Quebec Sailor of the Year, Tyler Bjorn, with Evert Bastet, 7-time Olympic qualifier and Quebec Sailing Federation Hall of Fame Inductee, at 2010 Awards Gala. October 23, 2010 (Montreal, Canada) - Canadian Olympic Sailing Team member, Tyler Bjorn was awarded the Marin de L'annee, aka Sailor of the Year, trophy by the Quebec Sailing Federation.  The award was presented during the Quebec Sailing Federation's 40th Anniversary Gala at the Montreal Olympic Stadium's funicular.

Said Bjorn,  "I'm honored to be recognized for this year's sailing results.  There is nothing more thrilling than sailing against the best sailors all over the world.  Richard Clarke and I thoroughly enjoyed sailing the Star together from the first time that we tried it in 2003.  We're excited that our first year as a Star team went so well and we thank everyone, especially our families, Wind Athletes Canada and Canadian Yachting for their support.  We still have a lot to learn and accomplish and we have our eyes set on the podium at 2012 Olympics." (Read More. Click Here.)

Richard Clarke and Tyler Bjorn on screaming reach at 2010 Star Western Hemispheres. Photo by Fried Elliott.

Richard Clarke and Tyler Bjorn have teamed up to pursue a berth at the 2012 Olympics in the Men's Keelboat discipline sailed in the Star.  Olympic keelboats and dinghies, offshore racing and big boat sailing in Canada without them.  Their busy schedule also includes sailing O Canada, an Open 60; Vela Veloce, Richard Oland's Reichel Pugh 52; and Mayhem, a TP52 located in California. Fierce competition, wild rides and lots of fun are in store for them on their way to the London 2012 Olympic Games and beyond.

The Clarke/Bjorn Sailing Team is primarily sponsored by Wind Athletes Canada and the Canadian Yachting Association.  Suppliers include Kaenon, Patagonia and World Regattas.

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