2019 Finn Gold Cup
December 23, 2019
The 2019 Finn Gold Cup, sailed from the Royal Brighton Yacht Club, in Melbourne, Australia has wrapped up just in time for everyone to head home for the holidays.
Each day in Melbourne has thrown different conditions and different challenges at the fleet of 60 Finns from 23 countries. There have been long days with no wind and record-breaking 40C days with 15 knots. The event is being used as an Olympic Team selection event for multiple countries, including Canada. Tom Ramshaw (CST) and Kyle Martin (CSDS), supported by High Performance Coach Ken Dool, were battling on the waters of Port Philip.
With some strong and consistent results across the 5 days of fleet racing, Kyle finished up the week of racing in 33rd place. Tom battled it out in the top 10 all week, finishing up the fleet races in 7th place. After competing in the medal race on Saturday, Tom finished up in 8th place overall.
“Tom performed consistently throughout the event, pushed hard off the line early in the event with some positive and not so positive outcomes, his ability to battle back and turn some high 20’s weather mark roundings into low teen keepers set him up for a top 10 finish overall. He put together some huge downwind adventures, making some big gains with positioning and great speed.”Ken Dool
His top 10 finish not only booked him a ticket to the medal race but has officially qualified him to be nominated to the 2020 Sail Canada Olympic Team. “Everything has been a team effort” says coach, Ken. “ Kyle Martin has committed fully to pushing the limits as a training partner, be it in the gym or on the water Kyle has continued to push and support. His pace upwind on the water helped grow Tom’s confidence in his own speed and preparation.”
Full results from the 2019 Finn Gold Cup available here – https://bit.ly/2MhI5DX