The top 20 competitors will battle it out to represent Canada at the 2021 World eSailing Championship
Kingston, August 27, 2021 ÛÒ After battling it out for nearly three months, the top 20 Canadians will face off virtually on Tuesday, August 31 at 8 pm (Eastern Time) in the final races of the inaugural edition of the Canadian eSailing Championship.
Sailing fans will be able to watch it as it happens, as the event will be streamed live on Sail Canada’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/SailCanada) and YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCciXPIoXyU-jGpWC62dX9mw).
Hosted by two eSailors, Nick Allinson from Sail Canada and Nollind Van Bryce from the Glenmore Sailing Club, the one-hour broadcast will start at 8pm (ET) and will include live action from the Virtual Regatta Inshore platform, fun analysis as well as interviews with the top competitors.
During the final stage of the 2021 Canadian eSailing Championship, participants will compete in six races in 49er boats at the Portsmouth venue with a windspeed of 18 knots to miles.
Money prize and qualifying for the World eSailing Championship
The top 10 participants in overall standings following these six races – points earned before the final round will be excluded – will qualify for the World Championship that is held annually during the fall and sanctioned by World Sailing. The final date is still to be confirmed.
The final races of the 2021 Canadian eSailing Championship are presented by Helly Hansen Canada, Proud Supporter of the Canadian eSailing Championship, and Parker & Bass, Cash Prize Sponsor.
Along with financial support for the event, Helly Hansen is gifting all 20 finalists of the Canadian eSailing Championship with a shopping perk!
For their part, Parker & Bass will offer cash prizing to the top three finishers in the final: $500 to the gold medalist, $300 to the silver medalist and $200 to the bronze medalist.
Following are the first 19 confirmed competitors who will take part in the final races of the Canadian eSailing Championship based on their season ranking.
The list of finalists includes 2016 Olympian in Laser Lee Parkhill, who closed the season in first place overall, Arie Moffat, who took part in the 2019 49er World Junior Championships, and brothers Mattias and Andreas Koechli, fifth at the last Sail Canada 29er Youth Championships, who will compete against their dad Marco.
1. Lee Parkhill (LeeParkhill) ÛÒ Oakville, ON
2. Thomas Fogh (DaneSail_1) ÛÒ Mississauga, ON
3. Christophe Credico (Dirtbag470) ÛÒ Ottawa, ON
4. Andreas Koechli (SquishyPants:)) ÛÒ Toronto, ON
5. Keith Richardson (Kilo-Romeo) ÛÒ Toronto, ON
6. Marco Koechli (I14Birdman) ÛÒ Toronto, ON
7. Ghislain Cormier (Ariagis) ÛÒ RiviÌ¬re-du-Loup, QC
8. PK Smith (torsail) ÛÒ Peterborough, ON
9. Dwayne Primeau (DPrime) ÛÒ Darmouth, N.S.
10. Scott Weakley (Glitter Sparklers) ÛÒ Port Credit, ON
11. Arie Moffat (Arie) ÛÒ Kingston, ON
12. Felipe Cardoso (BRA_FC) ÛÒ Shannon, QC
13. A.J. Keilty (AJ Keilty) ÛÒ Kingston, ON
14. Rob Emery (U like apples) ÛÒ Toronto, ON
15. Patrick Shearer (weepatty) -Sherwood Park, AB
16. Eli Lauritsen (Schmee) ÛÒ Regina, SK
17. Brett Slykerman (BSlykerman) ÛÒ Brantford, ON
18. Mattias Koechli (PortOption2592) ÛÒ Toronto, ON
19. Gerry Giffin (Oldguygif) ÛÒ Chester, N.S.
More details, including the Notice of Race for the final, are available at www.sailing.ca/eSailing.
About Sail Canada
Established in 1931, Sail Canada is the national governing body for the sport of sailing in the country. Sail Canada is a leading international sailing nation, proud of its world class athletes, lifelong participants and inclusive culture. The organization and its members are committed to excellence by developing and training its leaders, athletes, sailors, instructors, coaches and officials. With the valued support from our partners, the Provincial Sailing Associations and our member clubs, schools, organizations and stakeholders, sailing is promoted in all its forms. By setting standards and delivering programs from home pond to podium for Canadians of all ages and abilities, from dinghies to keelboats, cruising to navigation, windsurfing to powerboating and accessible sailing, Sail Canada sets sail for all, sail to win and sail for life.
A sport in the Olympic program since the first Games in 1896, except in 1904, the pursuit of success in these Games is what fuels the focus of Sail Canada as Canadian athletes have so far achieved nine Olympic and five Paralympic medals.