Canadian Paralympic Team in charge - Day 2 - Sailing World Cup Miami
January 26, 2016 – Miami, FL.
It was another test of patience for elite sailors at the 2016 Sailing World Cup Miami. Despite the race committees best efforts, the wind did not cooperate for the Finn and Women’s RSX classes today, leaving their one race scoreboard status quo. Other classes enjoyed similar conditions to yesterday- light, tricky breeze with 1-4 races completed.
Team Saunders sailed two races in the light, fluky breeze placing 3rd in their final race. “The first race was frustrating. I made one tactical decision that cost us. The breeze just died on us out there. Other guys timed out on the course,” says Graeme. “We have been putting in a lot of work on our communication between the two of us and it paid off in the second race.” The sibling duo currently sit 9th place overall, 12 points ahead of their Mexican rivals for country qualification.
Following a tough day of black flags on the radial course, Canadian Brenda Bowskill, bounces back with a 4th in the only race of the day. While satisfied with this result today, Bowskill recognizes the uphill battle she will face to get back into the hunt. “I know every race counts from here on out. This event is part of our Olympic selection process, and it holds a lot of weight.”
On the Paralympic courses, Bruce Millar remains on top of the leaderboard in the 2.4mR ahead of Helena Lucas (GBR) by one point. Canadian Sonar team also sit 1st overall after their 7th place drop. Wind conditions are always a hot topic in every boat park and when asked his favorite, Paralympic Gold medalist Paul Tingley says, “All conditions are my conditions”. Only 2 points separate first and 4th place in this highly competitive fleet.
Race committees will be looking to catch up on some racing tomorrow as we hit the midway point of the regatta. A full slate of races are scheduled starting from 1000am EST.
Canadian Team Highlight results:
2.4mR – Bruce Millar – 1st
Sonar – Paul Tingley, Scott Lutes and Logan Campbell – 1st
470 Men – Jake and Graeme Saunders – 9th
470 Women – Allie Surrette and Ali TenHove – 12th
Finn – Riley Finch – 18th, Tom Ramshaw – 22nd
Laser – Matt Ryder 34th, Lee Parkhill 39th
Radial – Corinne Peters 29th, Brenda Bowskill 43rd.
49er – Mori/Barnes – 29th
49erFX – Rafuse/Boyd – 21st
Nacra 17 – Ramsay/Girke – 20th
RSX Men – Zac Plavsic – 21st
RSX Women – Olivia Mew – 32nd
photo: Sail Canada/Sailing Shot