High Stakes in Miami for Canadian Olympic Hopefuls – ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami
Press Release- Friday, January 22, 2016
The charming ‘Grove’ in Miami, Florida is set to welcome Olympic hopefuls aiming to take one step closer to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Miami World Cup serves as the North American continental qualifier for teams vying for an Olympic berth in their respective class. In 2015, Canada locked up Olympic spots in the Laser, Radial and 49erFX. Opportunity knocks again for 7 other classes including the men’s 49er, 470 M & W, RSX M & W, Finn and mixed multi-hull, Nacra 17.
Canadian Olympians Luke Ramsay and Nikola Girke are aiming to edge out their Puerto Rican competitors for Olympic country qualification in Miami. “We’ve worked hard to get to this point. We’ve dotted our i’s and crossed our t’s. Now we simply need to sail our event.” Luke and Nikola have faced the Puerto Ricans on several occasions over the past year with minimal separation between the two teams.
Canadian 49er crews face the BVI and the USA on their path to country qualification. David Mori/Justin Barnes recently finished 3rd at the warm up Midwinter event. 49erFX team Rafuse/Boyd clinched a country berth for Rio at the 2015 49er World Championships and the overall title at their midwinter event last week. Erin and Danielle will be looking to improve upon their World Cup standings along with fellow Canadians Arielle Morgan and Heather Myatt.
Team Saunders will be looking to scoop an Olympic berth away from Mexico while Canadians Allie Surrette and Ali TenHove are the sole Canadian representatives vying for a spot.
Canadian windsurfers Zac Plavsic, Gabrielle Verrier-Paquette, Jean Sebastien and Olivia Mew will be sailing out of the Coconut Grove Sailing Club while the Canadian Finn squad Martin Robitaille, Tom Ramshaw, Kyle Martin and Riley Finch are all in the hunt for Rio.
Laser sailor Lee Parkhill will be looking to drive his momentum forward here in Miami, from a successful year including the 2015 Pan Am Games (Bronze) and 2015 Olympic Test event (5th). Robert Davis and Evert McLaughlin will be hot on his heels in pursuit of the one Olympic spot available. Radial sailors Isabella Bertold and Brenda Bowskill traded places on the Canadian leaderboard over the last year putting extra weight on these World Cup results.
Miami World Cup is the first hurdle for Canadian hopefuls on the Road to Rio. A series of international events will be used over the course of the next few months to nail down individual qualification.
Canadian Paralympic fleets will be sailing out of Shake a Leg Centre, including the 2.4mR, and Sonar. Canada is well represented in both events with Canadian Bruce Millar looking to surmount the dominant Brits and the Canadian Sonar team, Tingley, Campbell & Lutes will look to add another medal to their collection following their podium success at the 2015 Miami World Cup.
It’s go time at 10:00 am local time on Monday January 25th. Competitors in the Paralympic events will have five days of fleet racing from Monday 25 to Friday 29. Medal Races across all ten OIympic events will bring the regatta to a close with a medal ceremony on Saturday 30.
Event website: http://miami.ussailing.org/
photo: Luka Bartulovic/Sail Canada