Team work makes dream work at the 2019 Hempel World Cup Series Miami
Friday, February 1st, 2019 - Miami, Florida
The 2019 Hempel World Cup Series Miami carried a lot of weight for our sailors in the 49er, 49erFX, and Nacra 17. As part of Sail Canada’s Internal Selection Criteria event for the 2019 Pan Am Games in Lima Peru, our Canadian sailors had a lot on their plate going into their first World Cup of the year.
Biscayne Bay brought in various conditions this week, making it difficult to carry out consistent races. The light winds were a big set back for a lot of the sailors at the beginning of the week, trying to make it past the finish line.
With tight scores between the 49er FX Canadian boats, CSDS members Ali Ten Hove and Mariah Millen came out on top, meeting Sail Canada’s internal selection requirement. The team comments:
“This week leaves us with mixed emotions. We underperformed in the first two days which set us far back - we had to change our game plan from overall performance to just focusing on getting the Pan Am spot. While we are disappointed with our overall fleet result - we are very excited to have secured the spot for the Pan Am Games this summer. We will continue working hard towards the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.“
In the 49er, CST alumni, Alexander Heinzemann and Justin Barnes, made a comeback to old grounds at a shot of meeting the selection requirement. While racing was tight, these sailors finished 37th, making them the top Canadian boat in this fleet, followed by CSDS, William Jones & Evan DePaul and Ryan & Andrew Wood.
In the Nacra 17, Allie Surrette and Max Flinn put in some good racing this week. With a second place finish on day 2, and a 10th place finish on day 4, these Canadian sailors showed us what they were made of, and by doing so, met the Sail Canada Internal Selection requirement. Being on the boat together for only a short period of time, the team comments on their accomplishment: “After our first World Cup as a team, we are super excited about qualifying for the Pan Am Games. We learned a lot and we looking forward to training hard to represent Canada"
A big shoutout goes to all of our Canadian sailors who have been competing at this event! All their results can be found here
Medal races for the RS:X Men, RS:X Women, 49er, 49erFX, and Nacra 17 will begin tomorrow and can be live streamed here
Sailors in the Laser, Laser Radial, Finn, 470 Men, and 470 Women still have one more day of fleet racing ahead of them before heading into the medal races on Sunday.
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