Paralympic GOLD - Sailing World Cup Miami

Paralympic GOLD - Sailing World Cup Miami

Immediate Release
January 29, 2016 – Miami, FL.

A cool Miami breeze was enjoyed by all sailors across all fleets today at Sailing World Cup Miami. All enjoyed a full schedule of racing today to round out the Paralympic class racing and Olympic country qualification.

Canadian Sonar team, Paul Tingley, Scott Lutes and Logan Campbell celebrate their first Gold medal at an international event since forming as a team in 2011. “It feels like the work is starting to pay off. We are committed to the process and it takes time as a team. We have worked hard on our communication and as a result, we executed really well this week.” The 2008 Paralympic Gold medalist came to Miami on a mission – to wear gold around his neck. “The very best in the world are here and we beat the best. Gold is the reassurance we needed going into Rio.”

Canada also earned a silver medal today in the 2.4mR class. 2012 Paralympian Bruce Millar battled with gold medalist Helena Lucas (GBR) finishing almost 20 points ahead of 3rd placed American Rosenfield. “I am disappointed that we weren’t able to sail against our able-bodied competitors here in Miami. It makes the fleet stronger and we hope they are included at future international regattas.”

Canadian Nacra team Luke Ramsay and Nikola Girke put in a great day on the water posting 3, 11, 13, solidifying 15th overall and obtained the hottest ticket in town – an Olympic berth. “We are thrilled and relieved. Our main focus here was to qualify the country. We knew what we needed to do today and we weren’t taking any risks. We pulled together a few good results today in very tricky breeze so that is icing on the cake.

Canadian 470 Saunders team secured themselves a ticket to the medal race in 8th place overall along with a country berth for Rio 2016. “We are happy to get the spot for Canada and see some good results come from the hard work we've been putting in. Our coaches Erik Stibbe and Oliver Bone deserve a lot of credit for that.” Graeme and Jake will sail their first ever medal race tomorrow starting at 1100am.

Radial sailor Brenda Bowskill was unable to hang onto medal race position today, slipping back into 15th overall. “I’m incredibly disappointed to not make the medal race due to some of my mistakes today. It only fuels me going forward. I am hungry and qualifying for Rio 2016 continues to be my motivation.”

Former laser sailor Tom Ramshaw made his final push on the Finn course, scoring 4, 13, 8, finishing 13th overall and top Canadian. 49er FX fleet win the contest for longest days on the water this week with Erin Rafuse and Danielle Boyd finishing 21st overall.

2012 Olympian Zac Plavsic qualified Canada for a country spot in the RSX Men, the Finn, RSX Women and 470 W spots were uncontested.

Country qualification is a wrap here in Miami. Canada qualified for spots in all classes with the exception of the 49er Men. Now it is up to the individual sailors to earn their ticket to the Rio 2016. The next stage of Canadian Olympic qualification will include an evaluation of athlete performances utilizing scores achieved at selected upcoming events including - 2016 World Cup events (Hyeres, Weymouth), 2016 Olympic Class World Championships, Olympic Class European Championships, 2016 Princess Sofia Regatta and Holland Regatta.

Canadian Team Highlight results:

Sonar – Paul Tingley, Scott Lutes and Logan Campbell – Gold
2.4mR – Bruce Millar – Silver
Laser – Robert Davis – 29th, Lee Parkhill 33rd
Radial – Brenda Bowskill 15th, Isabella Bertold – 32nd
Nacra 17 – Ramsay/Girke – 15th
470 Men – Jake and Graeme Saunders – 8th
470 Women – Allie Surrette and Ali TenHove – 12th
49erFX – Rafuse/Boyd – 21st
49er – Mori/Barnes – 31st
Finn – Riley Finch – 19th, Tom Ramshaw 20th, Kyle Martin 21st
RSX Men – Zac Plavsic –20th
RSX Women – Olivia Mew –31st

Rio Country qualification - Canada:
Laser: Canada qualified
Radial: Canada qualified
49er FX: Canada qualified
49er: Not Qualified
Finn: Qualified
470 Men: Qualified
470 Women: Qualified
Nacra 17: Qualified
RSX Men: Qualified
RSX Women: Qualified


From 11:00 (EST), 16:00 (UTC) on Saturday 30 January, the Medal Races from Sailing World Cup Miami presented by Sunbrella will be broadcast live on the World Sailing TV YouTube channel as well as ESPN3 in the USA.

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11:10 - Nacra 17
11:45 - Laser Radial
12:30 - Finn
13:10 - 470 Men
13:50 - Laser
14:30 - 49er
15:05 - 49erFX
 photo: Sail Canada/SailingShot