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About Leo Reise

Leo G. Reise was born and raised in Ontario. He spent a short time in the Maritimes as well as in Calgary AB, before finally settling down in Hamilton, ON. He is a father and grandfather.

Professionally educated in Ontario, a graduate of McMaster University with a B.A in Economics and Applied Mathematics and supplemented by a number of related courses, Leo was involved with almost all aspects of distribution industry including sales, credit, accounting and operations.

Throughout the years, Leo has always had an interest in water sports, and in particular boats. Although originally he built and ran an A-class hydroplane, he switched to racing sailboats in his early 20's and has been involved with sailboats ever since.

It was Leo's involvement with water sports that lead him to establish Talspar Inc. in 1987. Until the mid 1990's the primary activity was surveying boats for insurance, evaluation or purchasing purposes. Although business interests have expanded to include Business Services and Nursing Services, the Marine Services division makes up a respected part of the sales.

Marine services provided include surveys, minor repairs, assisting the owner in repairing their boat, overseeing repairs done by others, and assist in planning changes to the vessel.

Leo became interested in the officiating side of the sport while competing. As crew he sailed on a number of one-designs and IOR rated boats. He campaigned in his Shark for a number of years. While winning his share of flags and trophies, it was the officiating that eventually gained his attention.

Trained via the CYA Judges Program, he was certified as a National Judge in the early eighties. He was also certified as a US Senior National Judge until the mid-nineties.

Leo was certified as an International Judge by ISAF (International Sailing Federation) in November 1993 and still maintains the certification.

Leo current chairs the CYA Judges Sub-Committee and the CYA rules committee. He is also a member of the CYA Appeals Committee and the USSA Appeals Committee for Area E, LYRA.

Leo leads several seminars a year providing insight into the racing rules of sailing. Leo jointly writes a monthly rules column which is publish in several club newsletters as well as the magazine, Gam on Yachting.

He also publishes a quarterly newsletter broadcast to judges via e-mail in Canada, United States and several countries overseas.