Tuesday, September 03, 2013
Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron, Halifax, NS
The Highliner Foods Mobility Cup 2013 wrapped up in Halifax on Friday after a challenging and exciting week of racing. 41 competitors from Canada, the US, and as far away as Australia enjoyed a variety of conditions and tight competition at the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron.
Sailors competed in Martin 16s and were divided into two fleets, Silver and Gold, for newer racers and experienced competitors respectively. Just three points separated the podium finishers in the Gold fleet, with Christine Lavallée of Gatineau QC taking top honour. Lavallée, who trains out of the Nepean Sailing Club (NSC), was sharp coming off of her recent Canada Games Gold in the 2.4mR class and is only the second female to win the Cup since its inception in 1991. She finished just ahead of fellow Quebec sailors Marc Villeneuve and Pierre Richard, both of the Association québécoise de voile adaptée (AQVA) club in Pointe Claire. Robb Lawrence of Calgary and NSC’s Katie Paialunga were 4th and 5th respectively.
The Silver fleet also saw just a 3-point spread for the top three, with AQVA’s J-P Dussault edging out Tracy Schmitt of Toronto in second and AQVA team mate Basil Katsivalis who took third. Thomas Webb (Wind on my Wings club, Regina) and Sarah Shima (Nepean Sailing Club) rounded out the top five.
Several other special trophies were awarded:
Sam Sullivan Trophy, Top sip n’ puff sailor: René Dallaire (QC)
Debbie Donal Award, Top female sailor: Christine Lavallée (QC)
Darren Tucker Award for Tenacity: Terry Leblanc (BC)
Zambuka Cup, Person most dedicated to the cause of fun: Paula Stone (QC)
Throughout the week, sailors and volunteers also had a chance to participate in a variety of additional activities off the water. The Able Sail Network (ASN) hosted its Annual Symposium which provided athletes, program leaders, and volunteers a chance to share ideas and best practices. Sailors were provided debriefs each day from local experts and guest coaches, and the event wrapped up with the ASN Annual General Meeting where Tracy Schmitt (Toronto) was welcomed as a new Board member and Disabled Sailing Association of Alberta provided an exciting sneak peek at next year’s Mobility Cup venue, at the William Watson Lodge in Kananskis Country, AB.
Thanks to the many sponsors and volunteers who made Mobility Cup 2013 a success!
As reported by Jenny Davy, Event Coach
For more details check www.mobilitycup2013.ca