Canadian Highlights - Day 1 - Sailing World Cup Miami
January 25, 2016 – Miami, FL.
Light, warm breeze greeted the nearly 800 sailors for the first day of the Sailing World Cup Miami. For some classes, today was a test of patience, with delayed start times reaching as late as 5pm.
Pan Am bronze medalist Lee Parkhill finished 8, 14 on the day, admitting that while he prefers the lighter conditions, it was a tricky day with fading breeze in both races.
The Nacra team Luke Ramsay and Nikola Girke made a comeback from a challenging race one posting an 11th very late in the day and positioning themselves ahead of their country qualification rivals Puerto Rico.
Tough day for on the Radial course with over 20 black flags reflected the scoreboard, including Canadians Isabella Bertold and Brenda Bowskill.
Canadian Paralympic Sonar team Tingley, Lutes, & Campbell launched out of the gates strong taking an early lead on their only race for today. The breeze faded as the leaders rounded the top mark, giving the advantage to FRA and NOR who capitalized on the different breeze options to took over the lead. The Canadian trio round out their day in 3rd overall.
Canadian Bruce Millar sailed to a photo finish win today with British rival Helena Lucas suffering gear failure and retiring from the race.
Forecast is looking promising for tomorrow with racing scheduled to start as early as 1000am.
Canadian Team Highlight results:
2.4mR – Bruce Millar – 1st
Sonar – Paul Tingley, Scott Lutes and Logan Campbell – 3rd
Laser – Lee Parkhill – 16th
470 Men – Jake and Graeme Saunders – 13th
Finn – Riley Finch – 18th
49er – Mori/Barnes – 17th
49erFX – Rafuse/Boyd -
Nacra 17 – Ramsay/Girke – 25th
RSX Men – Zac Plavsic – 29th
photo: Sail Canada/Sailing Shot