Thursday, October 03, 2013

September was the pinnacle month for the history making battle of the America's Cup. Canadian-native PRO John Craig certainly deserves recognition for his relentless efforts in conducting one of the most riveting, winner-take-all, America's Cup World Series in history.

On the European circuit, Isabella Bertold captured the women's title at the Irish Nationals followed by a 9th place at the Radial European's held in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland. She is currently battling for top spot at the Women's Radial World Championships in Rizhao, China. Luke Ramsay took some time away from the Nacra to play his hand at the Radial Men's World Championships, placing 7th overall with a bullet included on the score sheet.

Over in Falmouth, UK, at the International C Class Catamaran Championships, CST Alumni Billy Gooderham and Chritian Pavey placed 4th, edging out previous title defender Fred Eaton (2007 & 2010).  

At the Soling World Championships, hosted on Balaton Lake, two-time World Champions Peter Hall, Paul Davis and William Hall were vying for a three-peat, getting edged out by Team Hungary, settling for an impressive 2nd overall.  

Here in Canada, RCYC played host to the hotly contested I14 World Championships where CST sailor and alumni Gordon Cook and Alex Stranix teamed up and placed 10th overall.  

CORK Kingston hosted Fall Cork Regatta and saw Lee Parkhill win the Laser title and Sarah Douglas, sister of Finn sailor Greg, place 1st female, 2nd overall.

Across the border at the New York Yacht Club, the Royal Canadian Yacht Club Team, led by skipper and Olympic medallist Terry McLaughlin were looking to defend their 2011 title at the prestigious Invitational Cup. Larchmont Yacht Club had held the overall lead for the first three days of the five-day event however the RCYC team moved into the lead on the penultimate day of racing, displacing the American team to 2nd. The final day for the Americans was do-or-die as they needed to finish ahead of the Canadians in order to win the regatta. The Canadians succeeded in taking the title in an exhilarating event and for that Terry McLaughlin and Team RCYC have earned Sail Canada Sailor of the Month!

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