Canadian Paralympic sailors turn up the heat on Day 2
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The second day of Paralympic sailing competition was off to a slow start with wind delays and scorching temperatures. With the exception of the 2.4mR fleet, the Sonar and SKUD teams sailed one race in light, fickle conditions. The Canadian team set the race course on fire with a race win for the Sonar and 3rd place finish for the SKUD. The 2.4mR fleet abandoned their race due to diminishing breeze.
Sonar (3-person boat)
The Canadian Sonars were first off the line and first to finish in their only race today. Paul Tingley, Scott Lutes and Logan Campbell performed a textbook start, rounded the first mark in the lead with ISR close behind. “We took an early lead and enjoyed it for awhile until the very end, the wind flipped over to the right side of the course and we had to change our game plan as we slipped back to 2nd," recaps Tingley. "With about 50 meters to go, we stole the lead back and won by a tiny hair.” There was only 1 second dividing CAN and NOR crossing the finish line. CAN Sonar team move up to 2nd place, only 2 points behind leaders AUS.
SKUD 18 (2-person boat)
John McRoberts and Jackie Gay were not leaving any room for error today, stepping on the heels of Team GBR to protect their 2nd place position overall. "We had a little scrap with the Brits on the way down and that was fun. We won the scrap, coming in third. It was really fun racing.” The Canadian couple seem to finding their stride this week. “We are pleased with our racing these last two days," says McRoberts. "We are relaxed and communicating really well in the boat.” McRoberts and Gay sailed to a 3rd place finish and currently sit 2nd overall.
2.4mR (single-handed boat)
Racing was abandoned today for this fleet. Race committees will look to catch up on the race schedule tomorrow. Canadian Bruce Millar currently sits 8th overall.
Sailing preliminaries continue on Wednesday with races scheduled at 1pm BRT time.
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