Friday, July 08, 2011

 

Well the big build-up for the final day and it got blown out! The wind was smokin’ all day long, and about 12 noon they put up AP over A for all classes and the work began to get boats out and loaded!
 
Overall the event was an excellent test for the Canadian team with many bright moments in the Sonar where Paul Tingley and Bruce Millar with Logan Campbell sailed in uncharted territory for them in a boat you could fit a small fleet of 2.4meters, which they are used to sailing. As Bruce said “ we came here to qualify Canada and get used to the boat and both were accomplished, getting a few good results was a bonus”.
 
John McRoberts and Stacie Louttit were also back in the boat together with a goal of testing out sailing as a team, they had a good event and are looking forward to upcoming events.
 
The next IFDS Worlds will be in Port Charlotte, Florida in January 2012. All the teams will be gearing up for the Paralympic Games here in Weymouth.
 
Well done Canadian Team
 
Brian Todd
Canadian Sailing Team

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The Sonar team of Bruce Millar, Logan Campbell and Paul Tingley had excellent speed today. In the first race they rounded the top mark in 1st and finished the race in 2nd place. In race 2 they rounded all the marks of the course in 3rd place until the last run where they played the middle and lost the edges, dropping back to 8th.  It is still a great result for a team that was formed only a short while ago and is their second regatta. They are currently in 13th place overall and have low enough points to have qualified the country for the Paralympics, which was the goal of the regatta. Leading the regatta at this point in the Sonar  is the GBR team of John Robertson, Hanah Strodel and Steve Thomas
 
Skud sailors John McRoberts and Stacie Louttit finished the day with a 7 and 8 and sit in 9th overall with one race to go. The overall leader in the Skud class is the GBR team of Alexandra Rickham and Nicki Birrell
 
Friday is a one race day but the forecast is for very high winds so it will be interesting to see if they materialize and/ or, if the race committee will send the sailors out, as the prediction is for high 20’s and the Paralympic classes have wind maximums of sustained winds over 25kts.
 
Once again the disabled sailors have stayed at the Phelan house in Portland, a great thanks to Wind Athletes for making that happen as the house is set up for wheelchair accessibility.
 
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Day 4
 
The wind was on today at the IFDS Worlds in Weymouth, we had breeze ranging from 15 to 22 kts, there was plenty of excitement in the short steep chop and a fair bit of carnage.
 
The Canadian Sonar team had an OCS in the first race and a 10 in the second. They are in 14th overall. Their races consist of a 90 minute grind fest with 4 laps in the limited area the race committee has to work with.
 
The SKud was at the top of the class wind range for a good part of the afternoon and there was significant separation between the front and the back of the fleet but our team was sailing in the lead pack with a 6th in the first race. An incident in the second race caused a DNF as John and Stacie were approaching the finish line they had to gybe, Stacie’s seat dropped to leeward and her head went into the water and she was sucked right out of the seat and off the boat. At this point John (a quadriplegic) is still sailing with the spinnaker up, heading for the seawall!! Fortunately rescue and their coach Mike Pinkney, handled the situation and one of the Aussie coaches helped John sail the boat back to the site. The team will continue racing tomorrow.
 
More wind tomorrow and 3 more races left in the Championship.
For all the latest news, results and reaction from the IFDS Disabled Sailing Combined World Championships 2011, including their exclusive daily vodcasts and live blog, visit www.ifdsworlds2011.com
 
 
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Day 3 in Weymouth brought a big change in the weather with clouds and rain moving in along with a wind direction that is not common to Weymouth. In the first race the wind was a fairly standard 200 to 220 on the compass with a good deal of shifting and pressure lines. The wind then changed for the second race to come out of 165 to 190, over Portland hill, and created a track that was oscillating a good amount.
 
The Canadian Sonar team of Bruce Millar, Logan Campbell and Paul Tingley had a tough day with a 19th in the first race and a 15th in the second. They are now sitting in 13th overall but well within range of qualifying the country for the Paralympics. They had some excellent legs and even rounded 3rd in the last race but a tactical decision downwind in the tight fleet cost them 12 places.
 
The Skud team of John McRoberts and Stacie Louttit (featured above) had an 8 and a 5 to end the day in 8th place overall. This is the largest Skud fleet ever assembled and the competition is strong for many countries to qualify for the Paralympic Games.
 
Big winds are predicted for tomorrow and racing continues.
 
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Day 1 & 2
The 2011 IFDS Disabled Sailing Combined World Championships started this Monday at the home for 2012 in Weymouth, England. The pressure is on as this event marks the final chance for countries to qualify their ‘spot’ for next year’s Paralympic Games. The event is being organised, and run, by the RYA, supported by UK Sport. Eleven races are scheduled in total for each class (two races per day Sunday-Thursday and one race on Friday 8 July).
Consistency was the name of the game on day 1 of the IFDS Disabled Sailing Combined World Championships 2011 as the sailors who mastered the tricky light airs topped the leader board at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy. After the first day of racing, John McRoberts and Stacie Louttit (RVicYC) posted a solid 4 & 7th in the 21 boat fleet however their first race was DQ’d following protest decisions. In the Sonar class, Bruce Millar (RVYC), Paul Tingley (RNSYS) and Logan Campbell (Sask) finished the first day with a very credible 6th overall after having finishes of 8th and 6th, in a very tight fleet – to quote Logan Campbell,  the newest team member from Saskatchewan, “ Wow, these boats are very close together all the way around the course”. Paul and Bruce have put this team together to qualify the country for the Paralympics in 2012 in Weymouth.  Their extensive racing skills from the 2.4 meter class has made the transition smooth.
The 46 boat 2.4mR fleet has 2 Canadians, Jackie McRoberts from Victoria and Christine Lavallee from Ottawa, they finished 35th and 39th respectively.
 
On day 2, there was a little more consistent wind which ranged in the 8-10 knots. In the Sonar, Bruce Millar, Paul Tingley  and Logan Campbell were forced into situations that had them checking out the right side of the course but they worked their way back in the first race to an 8.5 (the .5 because of a tie at the finish line). In race 2, they had an altercation at the start and had to do a 720 so to get clear air they booked it to the right again. They finished 13th in a very competitive fleet and now sit 8th overall. The Skud class, with John McRoberts and Stacie Louttit had a 6th and 7th on the day to sit in 9th overall.
The 2.4 class had Canadians Christine Lavalee and Jackie McRoberts working hard in a very large fleet, Jackie had 2 – 27’s on the day for 32nd place overall and Christine had a 41 and 35 for 40th overall.
 
Racing continues tomorrow with a little more wind scheduled and heading to much more wind as the week progresses.