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ten Hove is racing for gold

Ali ten Hove and Allie Surrette are seen here racing together in a regatta last season. The two have become good friends since pairing up a year ago. Below: Ali ten Hove began sailing at age six. She's worked her way up to competing in the 420 class. By Katie Richard/Ontario Sailor Magazine

It’s her determination combined with winning genes that keeps petite Ali ten Hove on top of the podium.

“I first started sailing when I was six or seven years old,” she says. “My dad actually went to the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics in the 470 and coached in the 1988 Olympics, so I was kind of born into sailing.”

The 17-year-old, who was named Ontario Sailing’s Women Sailors’ Association Female Junior Sailor of the Year in 2012, began sailing recreationally with clubs close to her home in Kingston before joining an Opti race team and then a mini 420 elite team.

She says the award is a humbling feat.

“I was very honoured to receive this award. It wasn't only recognition for myself, but for all my great teammates, coaching staff and community that has helped me along my sailing career thus far,” she says. “I am aware of all the talented and passionate sailors Ontario has produced and recognized throughout history, and it’s humbling to be mentioned in that same group.”

More recently, ten Hove joined forces with Allison (Allie) Surrette of Nova Scotia, sailing the 420 class.

“Last year was our first season together,” she says, adding the duo’s first regatta, the Midwinter Regatta in February, was anything but smooth sailing. “Our first regatta was pretty rough.”

But after a lot of great coaching from here in Ontario and in Surrette’s home town, ten Hove says the pair of teens were able to rise to the challenge. SUBSCRIBE FOR FULL STORY

Majestic tall ships: Sailing the Great Lakes

Students aloft on Sorlandet, one of the tallest ships taking part in this summer's TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE Great Lakes 2013 series. Photo courtesy of Class Afloat. By Lindsey Cole/Ontario Sailor Magazine

Krystina Urbancic remembers reading the novel The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle.

A fictional novel by American author Avi, it tells the tale of a young girl aboard a ship that is crossing from England to America in the 19th century.

Throughout the story, the character’s boundaries are pushed to the limit as she learns about life as a sailor.

Urbancic says she always wanted to experience life at sea like the title character did. She wanted to go on a journey.

“I wanted to be part of that,” she says.

Last summer she ventured back in time for two weeks aboard the Sail Training Vessel (STV) St. Lawrence II, a 72-foot brigantine based out of Kingston, Ontario that was built in 1953.

The St. Lawrence II will be one of the many tall ships taking part in the TALL SHIPS® 1812 Tour to commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812. Produced in partnership with the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Great Lakes 2013 series (based out of America), the pan-provincial tour is an event that will travel throughout Ontario during the summer of 2013. Fifteen Ontario ports will participate in this event, and according to the official Tall Ships Challenge website, more than 25 tall ships will be taking part, with 22 port appearances, including some in the U.S. like Erie Pennsyvania and Duluth Minnestoa. SUBSCRIBE FOR FULL STORY

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