Canadian sailors move up the leaderboard on Day 4

Canadian sailors move up the leaderboard on Day 4

Thursday, September 15, 2016 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Canadian sailors move up in the standings after completing a full schedule of races on Guanabara Bay. The Skud and Sonar completed 2 races while the 2.4mR played catch up with 3 races in shifty 12-15kts of breeze. The Rio Paralympic sailing regatta is coming down to final two days of racing with finals on Saturday. Canada is currently in medal contention in the Sonar and SKUD boats.

Sonar (3-person boat)
Tingley (Halifax, NS), Scott Lutes (Montreal, QC) and Logan Campbell (Sask, SK) sailed an uncharacteristic race 7, finishing towards the back of fleet and placing 12th overall. “We just played the wrong side of the course through the whole race,” explains Paul Tingley. “We’ve never sailed that way before but fortunately we made up for it in the next race.” Tingley and his Canadian crew certainly did make up for it by winning race 8 and moving them back into contention in 4th overall. Onshore, there was a protest held between USA and GBR which subsequently benefited Canada as GBR was penalized and moved back from 3rd to 5th with the Canadians swooping into 3rd place position.

SKUD 18 (2-person boat)
Canadian SKUD team John McRoberts and Jackie Gay are playing the game of consistency, putting up two more solid scores today 2nd and 5th to move them into a 2nd place tie with GBR today. “It was a good day for us and we are happy we are still in the fight. These next two races tomorrow could define who will secure a medal and who doesn’t.” The Australians have been so dominant in the SKUD that they have almost locked up the Gold medal with 3 races to spare. The battle among CAN and GBR will be fierce and will be ultimately be determined on Saturday.

2.4mR (single-handed boat)
Canadian Bruce Millar had a standout day in the single-handed boat- 3rd, 10th, and 4th moving into 9th place position overall. Unlike many of Bruce’s teammates and training partners, this will be his first time competing or training in Rio. “You need to read the signs and trust your intuition. Sometimes people rely too much on trends and tools and don’t get their heads out of the boat and watch.” Millar will be aiming to secure his spot in the top 10 for medal racing on Saturday.
There are 2 more races scheduled for tomorrow with the final medal race taking place on Saturday.

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For more information:
Colleen Coderre               
Press attaché – Sailing
colleen@sailing.ca
Rio #: +55 (21) 99433-3641

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