Olympic sailing underway in Rio
Monday, August 8th – Rio de Janeiro
Canadian Laser and Radial sailors were first to launch for Olympic competition at Marina da Gloria in Rio de Janeiro today. Both fleets completed 2 races of their 10-race series in tricky 10-15kt breeze. Canada’s representatives Lee Parkhill and Brenda Bowskill make their Olympic debut.
Canada’s Lee Parkhill fell early victim to Rio’s tricky and dying winds on the Laser course today. “It’s not the start I was looking for obviously. My second up winds in both races, I racked up the points. It was frustrating but I’m not concerned. Lots of racing left.”
Parkhill – 43, 37 – 43rd overall
Lasers are scheduled to race two races tomorrow.
Brenda Bowskill sailed a strong opening race, rounding each mark in the lead pack to finish 10th overall. Race 2 created challenges for Bowskill, unable to carve her way out from the thick of the fleet. “The second race was so tricky and I couldn’t break through the fleet. It’s only the first day. I feel focused and ready for more.”
Bowskill sits 22nd overall. Radials are scheduled for 2 races tomorrow.
Tomorrow the Finn’s begin their Olympic journey with two races scheduled. Canada’s Tom Ramshaw will make his Olympic debut.
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