Sail Canada, Canada’s National Sailing Authority, recognizes Glenmore Sailing Club member Chris Lemke and Team Dark Star as Helly Hansen Sailors of the Month!

Congrats to Chris Lemke & Team Dark Star (Brad Lawson, Andrew Nelson & Alan Carley)

Congratulations to the guys on winning their division in the Transpac 2017 race from Los Angeles to Hawaii. Their race was 12 days 17 hours.

Chris Lemke also won a navigation award for his navigational skills during the race.

The Sail Canada release can be viewed at

While Dark Star was racing to Hawaii, Chris sent daily email updates back to Calgary via satellite phone. Whales and porpoises, surfing their 33′ sailboat down big Pacific swells, 200+ mile days, the complete absence of personal space, and a video “Yahoo” at the half way point.

Read the daily updates at



Hear, hear!

One would sometimes think,
from the speech of young men,
that things had changed recently,
and that indifference was now the virtue to be cultivated.

I have never heard of anyone profess indifference to a boat race.

Why should you sail in a boat race?

Why endure long months of pain and preparation
for a seemingly endless race
that will leave you all but dead?

Does anyone ask the question?

Is there anyone who would not go through all its costs, and more,
for the moment when anguish breaks into triumph,
– or even for the glory of having nobly lost?

Is life less than a boat race?

If a man will give all the blood in his body to win the one,
will he not spend all the might of his soul to prevail in the other?

Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
Yale Commencement, 1886