Canadian sailors use the high breeze to their advantage at the Miami World Cup
January 21, 2020
Another shifty day on Biscayne Bay for the 2020 Hempel World Cup Series in Miami. Day 2 saw a northwesterly breeze with winds building from 10-12 knots in the morning to a steady 18 with gusts into the ‘20s by the afternoon. The Canadian sailors did not seem to mind as they all shifted up the scoreboard.
The Laser course saw some good progress this morning, with 5 athletes sitting in the top 10. The two races today saw Canadians leading the pack quite consistently. CSDS member, Fillah Karim started the day off strong with a second-place finish, followed by teammate Robert Davis in 4th.
Currently sitting in 5th overall, he comments “I had a hunch about the left-hand side, but I didn’t go for it quite hard enough in the first race. Luckily I was able to fight my way back in both races to get to fourth in both of them. The goal for tomorrow is to hike hard and trust my gut a little bit more.”
In the 470 M, Luke Ramsay and Hunter Lowden kicked it up a notch against Mexico. As new sailors to the fleet things take a bit more time, Luke comments “we’re definitely starting to figure things out a little bit more. Everything is very new to us, in terms of sailing this boat but we’re getting faster which is nice.” Completing two races with both 18th place finishes, this team is currently sitting in 23rd overall. “We do better in the wind because its what we’re used to, so we’re looking forward to seeing what the next few days of racing have in store for us.”
In the Finn, Kyle Martin sticks to the red bib sitting in 3rd overall.
As for the RS:X, Nikola Girke had some good races with 2nd, 4th, and 5th place finishes, leading the Canadians in 6th place overall.