C&L Boatworks and the sailing community in Canada has lost one of its builders with the passing of George Blanchard on March 11, 2011.

Mr. Blanchard played a big role in the development of the CL16 with company founders Henry Croce and Ken Lofthouse, and was the first winner of the Genco Trophy in 1969 as the North American CL16 champion with Graham Dodd in CL16 # 222. They won it again in 1972 and George finished 2nd in 1976 with Chris May in CL16 #666. I'm sure he may have won it a few times after 1976, maybe some of our long-time CL16 forum members can update us on George's history with CL16's and Wayfarers.

Mr. Blanchard was also an active Wayfarer sailor (W283)and held many positions in the class association over the years.

Up until his death, he was actively involved in the sailing community locally, nationally and internationally, specifically the Toronto Sailing and Canoe Club, the Canadian Wayfarer Association, the Ontario Sailing Association, and the Boulevard Club. He was the Honorary Commodore of the TSCC and the CWA and an Honorary Life Member of the Boulevard Club. He was also a Councillor of Honour of the Canadian Yachting Association.

We at C&L Boatworks salute this great Canadian sailing pioneer and pass our condolences on to his family.

More details available on the Canadian Wayfarer webpage C.W.A. and the Canadian Yachting page CYA

If you have any stories or connections to Mr. Blanchard feel free to share them on this thread.

Dave V
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