2015 Pan Am Games

About the Pan Am Games:

The Pan American Games are the world’s third largest international multi-sport Games; they are only surpassed in size and scope by the Olympic Summer Games and the Asian Games. While the Pan Am Games have been hosted in a dozen countries throughout the Americas, Canada has had the honour of hosting them twice; in 1967 and 1999 and both times in Winnipeg, Manitoba. For the first time ever, Toronto will be the proud Host City of the Pan Am Games.

More than 7,000 athletes from across the Americas and Caribbean will put their years of intense training, perseverance and sacrifice to the test in world-class competition in 36 Pan Am sports at the Toronto 2015 Games. The Toronto 2015 Games will involve municipalities stretching from Oshawa to Welland. It will be the largest Pan Am Games to date.

Sailing at the 2015 Pan Am Games:

Sailing has been included at all editions of the Pan American Games, with the exception of three: 1955 (Mexico City), 1967 (Winnipeg) and 1975 (Mexico City). Although both mega international multi-sport events, the Pan Am Games program differs significantly from the Olympic program, with only five gender-specific events included in both. The Pan Am Games program features five non-Olympic events that are open to both genders and therefore mixed crews.

This year, Team Canada’s Pan American Sailing Team is comprised of a total of 18 athletes and 5 support staff. These athletes will compete in the following sailing events at the Pan Am Games:

Olympic Boats:

• Men’s RS:X (windsurfer) - Zachary Plavsic
• Men’s Laser (one person dinghy) - Lee Parkhill
• Women’s RS:X (windsurfer) - Nikola Girke
• Women’s Laser Radial (one person dinghy) - Brenda Bowskill
• Women’s 49er FX (skiff) - Erin Rafuse & Danielle Boyd

Non-Olympic Boats:
• Open Sunfish (one person dinghy) - Luke Ramsay
• Open Snipe (two person dinghy) - Evert McLaughlin & Alexandra Damley Strnad
• Open Hobie 16 (two person catamaran) - Dan Borg & Liana Giovando
• Open J24 (four person keelboat) - Terry McLaughlin, David Jarvis, David Ogden, & Sandy Andrews
• Mixed Lightning (three person dinghy) - Jamie Allen, Jay Deakin, & Chantal Leger

Team announcement and Roster

Our Objective:

Team Canada’s performance objective is to finish Top 2 in total medal count at the 2015 Pan American Games. Sail Canada is selecting our ‘A team’ in an effort to contribute to the overall Team Canada performance objectives. 

Toronto 2015 is a stopover on the Road to Rio for our Olympic sailors. Toronto offers a great opportunity to model and test Major Games plans prior to the 2016 Olympic Games. Furthermore, the 2015 Pan Am Games are the direct Rio 2016 country qualifier for Laser and Radial classes.


The sailing venue at the 2015 Pan American Games is located in the heart of downtown Toronto at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club. This is exciting news, as typically sailing venues are located on sites in the outskirts of the host community.

All sailing events are non-ticketed providing spectators with a rare glimpse of sailing from the downtown Toronto waterfront. On July 18th and 19th, after 6 days of racing, the sailing finals (medal races) will take place in the inner harbour and will be visible from one of downtown Toronto’s most popular urban beaches — Sugar Beach.

The Rules:

In fleet racing, all of the boats are on the water at the same time, with the winner being the first boat to cross the finish line. Competition in each event is an 11-race series (except the 49er which is a 16-race series). Boats are allocated points for their finishing position in each race (First place = 1 point, second place = 2 points, etc). Boats that fail to finish a race are allocated one point more than the number of boats entered in the race.

Beginning at Beijing 2008, the ISAF introduced the Medal Race, which is the final race in each event. After the first 10 races (15 in 49er), the 10 boats with the lowest total scores (with each boat’s worst score after five races dropped) advance to the Medal Race, which is held over a shorter course and the points for the finishing positions are doubled (First place = 2 points, second place = 4 points, etc). The scores of the boats in the Medal Race are added to their scores from the opening series of races to determine the final standings.

The race committee decides the course for each race, based on wind direction and strength, and is responsible for laying the floating marker buoys. The course is set so that boats must sail both upwind and downwind.

For more information:

2015 Pan Am Sailing Team Announcement 
Toronto 2015
Pan American Sailing Federation