Canadian Sailors capture race wins on Day 1 of Paralympic Sailing competition
Monday, September 12, 2016 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rio delivered on opening day of Paralympic sailing with 8-10kts of breeze and a full schedule of two races completed for each fleet. Canadian sailors captured top 3 results in their first day of competition.
Sonar (3-person boat)
The Canadian Sonar team charged out of the gates today with a convincing start to their Paralympic regatta. Paul Tingley (Halifax, NS), Scott Lutes (Montreal, QC) and Logan Campbell (Sask, SK) battled the Australians for the lead, taking 2nd place in Race 1. “We had a good start off the line and our boat felt fast. It’s only one race, so we always keep that in perspective,” explains Tingley.
The second race of the day posed a few difficulties for the Sonar trio, setting them back slightly in the standings. “We had a decent start, had a clear lane rounding the top mark in fourth and on the downwind we chose the wrong side. The wind went really light and one puff separated the fleet and we lost too many boats,” said Tingley. The 8th place finish ties the Canadian team with USA in 5th place overall, but only 2 points back from 2nd place. “I’m obviously not happy with the 8th place finish but I don’t think we need to panic. The points are tight we will be fighting for every point and try to minimize those big scores whenever possible.”
SKUD 18 (2-person boat)
John McRoberts and Jackie Gay had a good start on the water today scoring 5, 1. The second race of the day was a nail biter as Canada and Australia dueled for first place the entire way. The Aussies nipped at their heels with only seconds separating the two boats until the bitter end. Canada hung onto the race win to move them into 2nd overall.
2.4mR (single-handed boat)
Bruce Millar showed tenacity on the shifty 2.4mR race course making a great comeback from 9th up to 6th on the final leg of the first race. “I got off to the wrong side but as the pressure dropped the signs were coming that the breeze was going to come into the left and I took it and sure enough, that saved my day.”
The second race of the day wasn’t as lucky for Millar, as he wasn’t able to breakthrough the lead pack. “The wind got really shifty at the top of the course and I was on the wrong side and wasn’t able to make any big moves.” Bruce Millar sits tied for 7th place with AUT and FIN.
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