Successful Launch for Canadians at IFDS Worlds!
The sun greeted sailors on the first day of racing at the IFDS World Championships. Eager sailors arrived early with anticipation as this pinnacle event gets underway. Canadian meteorologist Eric Holden forecasted tricky conditions, suggesting that “it was more of a day to keep your eyes out and reacting quickly rather than being able to predict the changes.”
Two races were held for all fleets in gusty 10-15kt conditions. SKUD team McRoberts/Jackie Gay came out of the gate swinging in the first race however lost key positioning to Italy & USA finishing 5th on the final beat. Jackie Gay was proud of Skipper John’s composure saying, “We lost focus in the lead and got beat but we re-grouped and put up a solid score of 2nd in race 2. Our boat speed is good. We are in this.” Canadian SKUD team are currently 3rd with Italy & Australia tied for 1st and GBR in 2nd.
The 2.4 mR course was lively with aggressive starts resulting in a handful of black flags and tense moments. CST sailor Bruce Millar was fortunate to avoid BFD however tardy off the start line forced to muscle his way back up to the front of the pack to score a 3, 7, currently sitting in 4th position after GER, FRA & GBR.
Hometown hero Paul Tingley stepped up to the Sonar plate with crew Logan Campbell & Scott Lutes battling their way to a 2nd place position behind heavyweight Brits Robertson/Stoddel/Thomas.
Canadians were pleased with the outcomes on the first day and although there is plenty of racing remaining, the sailors appreciate that each and everyday is another crucial step towards their Rio country qualification.
Check out Canadian SKUD team getting ready for Day 1 - VIDEO
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