Felipe Cardoso crowned 2022 Canadian eSailing Champion

He finished first overall following Tuesday night‰Ûªs final races

Kingston, June 8, 2022 ‰ÛÒ Felipe Cardoso from Quebec City, QC, was crowned 2022 Canadian eSailing Champion following the final events held Tuesday night.

Competing against 17 other finalists, who were selected according to their regular season ranking, Felipe Cardoso finished first overall after winning one race, finishing third three times and coming up with a 5th-place result over the five races that were held Tuesday in the J-70 class at the Aarhus venue with a wind of 18 knots.

In the final of the second edition of this competition presented by Helly Hansen Canada, a Proud Supporter of the Canadian eSailing Championship, Felipe Cardoso finished seven points ahead of defending champion Andreas Koechli, from Toronto, ON, and 20 points ahead of 2016 Olympian Lee Parkhill. The top three finishers received Helly Hansen kits valued at close to $2,000 in total.

‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm really happy to win against such a strong group of eSailors,‰Û said Felipe Cardoso, who finished second in the overall ranking at the conclusion of the 2022 regular season. ‰ÛÏI knew I had a chance because of my qualification position, but you never know how the races will go.‰Û

Felipe Cardoso explained the strategy he used on his way to his first title: ‰ÛÏI was cautious on the starts, avoiding early starts or any other penalties, and I was sailing with the shifts, not taking many risks.‰Û

For the 2022 Champion, the Canadian eSailing Championship was a way to get back to the sport.

‰ÛÏIt‰Ûªs been years since I‰Ûªve been in a sailboat, and the game and energy Sail Canada put in this Championship has brought me back a little closer to the sport I like so much. I hope this will push me to look for a club and get back on a real boat!‰Û he said.

Qualified for the World eSailing Championship

Felipe Cardoso, Andreas Koechli and Lee Parkhill also qualified for the 2022 World eSailing Championship, an event that is held annually during the fall and sanctioned by World Sailing. The final date for this year’s competition remains to be confirmed.

The rest of the top 10 competitors at the Canadian eSailing Championship also qualified for the international event. Following is the full list of Canadian sailors who earned a spot at the 2022 World eSailing Championship:

1. Felipe Cardoso, Quebec City, QC (BRA_FC)

2. Andreas Koechli, Toronto, ON (IPT Squishy Pants)

3. Lee Parkhill, Oakville, ON (LeeParkhill)

4. Arie Moffat, Kingston, ON (Arie)

5. Patrick Shearer, Sherwood Park, AB (weepatty)

6. Thomas Tyson Toronto, ON (NYC TT)

7. Greg van Rossem,åÊ Kingston, ON (Sukha)

8. Brett Slykerman, Brantford, ON (Brantford#1Sailor)

9. Matthew Wadham-Gagnon, Gasp̩, QC (PurpleNurple)

10. Rob Emery, Toronto, ON (U like apples)

More details and full results are available at www.sailing.ca/eSailing.

About Sail Canada

Established in 1931, Sail Canada is the national governing body for the sport of sailing in the country. Sail Canada is a leading international sailing nation, proud of its world class athletes, lifelong participants and inclusive culture. The organization and its members are committed to excellence by developing and training its leaders, athletes, sailors, instructors, coaches and officials. With the valued support from our partners, the Provincial Sailing Associations and our member clubs, schools, organizations and stakeholders, sailing is promoted in all its forms. By setting standards and delivering programs from home pond to podium for Canadians of all ages and abilities, from dinghies to keelboats, cruising to navigation, windsurfing to powerboating and accessible sailing, Sail Canada sets sail for all, sail to win and sail for life.

A sport in the Olympic program since the first Games in 1896, except in 1904, the pursuit of success in these Games is what fuels the focus of Sail Canada as Canadian athletes have so far achieved nine Olympic and five Paralympic medals.