Better Late than Never - Day 4 - Sailing World Cup Miami
January 28, 2016 – Miami, FL.
A massive heap of rain put a damper on Day 4 of Sailing World Cup Miami, delaying all fleets from escaping shore until approximately 3pm EST. All fleets managed to squeeze in at least one race before the sun set today. Another long day at the office.
Laser sailor Lee Parkhill seizes the day with a 5th place finish in Race 7, gold fleet. “I had a good start at the pin end and rounded the top in 2nd. I lost a few boats on the top reach but managed to hang onto lead group. Definitely not my favorite conditions today but I’ve been working on it and am glad to get a good score that proves it.” Parkhill moves into the top 20 with plenty of opportunity to advance into medal race contention on the last day of finals.
Canadian Brenda Bowskill slipped back to 12th on the Radial leaderboard, finishing 20th in the lone race of the day. “Shifts were just not going my way but I used my speed on the runs to climb back a bit. Tomorrow, the plan is to focus on the process and with proper execution, the results will take care of themselves.” Bowskill sits in 12th place overall, 6 points out of medal race contention.
The Canadian Sonar team, Paul Tingley, Scott Lutes and Logan Campbell score their third bullet of the regatta in a wet 14-18kts. The 2012 Paralympic team proved once again, their adaptability in all conditions. “All conditions are my conditions,” says Tingley. “Flexibility is key and we enjoy the variability.”. Tingley extends his lead out from Team GBR (Robertson/Stodel/Thomas) by 6 points. Tomorrow is set to be a nail biter as the Canadians do their best to fend off their opponents.
Canadian Bruce Millar continues to battle for gold against Helena Lucas (GBR). Millar will look to overtake Lucas (3 point spread) on the final day of racing for the Paralympic squad tomorrow.
Canadian Nacra team, Luke Ramsay and Nikola Girke are holding strong in 22nd ahead of Puerto Rico (31st). Tomorrow is game day for Olympic country qualification.
Graeme and Jake Saunders continue to hang onto the top 10 in the 470, looking to cement their first World Cup medal race here in Miami tomorrow.
Other battles for Rio qualification include RSX Men with Canada competing with USA and Aruba for one of two Olympic berths.
Canadian Team Highlight results:
Sonar – Paul Tingley, Scott Lutes and Logan Campbell – 1st
2.4mR – Bruce Millar – 2nd
Laser – Lee Parkhill – 17th (Gold)
Radial – Brenda Bowskill 12th (Gold)
49er – Mori/Barnes – 29th (Gold)
470 Men – Jake and Graeme Saunders – 9th
470 Women – Allie Surrette and Ali TenHove – 12th
49erFX – Rafuse/Boyd – 19th
Nacra 17 – Ramsay/Girke – 22nd
Finn – Riley Finch – 19th, Tom Ramshaw 20th, Kyle Martin 21st
RSX Men – Zac Plavsic – results not available at time of publication
RSX Women – Olivia Mew – results not available at time of publichation
Rio Country qualification Update - Canada:
Laser: Canada qualified
Radial: Canada qualified
49er FX: Canada qualified
49er: 1 spot available in Miami (CAN, IVB, USA)
Finn: 1 spot available in Miami (CAN only eligible nation)
470 Men: 1 spot available in Miami (CAN, MEX)
470 Women: 1 spot available (CAN only eligible nation)
Nacra 17: 1 spot available (CAN, PUR)
RSX Men: 2 spots available (CAN, USA & ARU)
RSX Women: 1 spot available (CAN only eligible nation)