Robert Davis - Sailor of the Month - February
While Russia played host to the awe-inspiring Winter Olympics this month, members of the Canadian Sailing Team were taking care of business in Florida, focusing on their target of Rio 2016. Offshore Team Henri Lloyd continued to battle the elements of the Clipper Round the World Race while the Caribbean Islands treated sailors with epic racing conditions for the RORC Caribbean 600. Canadian sailors were making sure that sporting success was felt all over the world!
At the top of the month CST sailors relocated from Miami to Fort Lauderdale to compete in the Fort Lauderdale Olympic Classes regatta, hosting the Lasers, Radials & Finns. Canadian Radials splattered the podium in red and white with a Canuck sweep led by Brenda Bowskill (RCYC), Claire Merry (RCYC) & sister Ingrid Merry. (RCYC). Greg Douglas (RCYC) outplayed his opponents including Caleb Paine from the USA, posting 4 bullets and capturing the overall Finn title by a single point. Lee Parkhill just missed the podium against world-class opponents, including Tom Burton (AUS), and Karl-Martin Rammo (EST).
The 6th edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 played host to 60 yachts from 11 different countries, and enjoyed spectacular conditions and intense competition. The breathtaking course around 11 Caribbean islands provided a thrilling racetrack, with close racing right through the fleet, especially the battle for line honours. The overall win went to Shockwave, crewed by Canadians Scott Gregory and Brian McInnis along with 20 other crewmembers.
Eric Holden continues to lead his team Henri Lloyd in the right direction, winning Leg 8A this month in the Clipper Round the World Yacht race. Their ocean adventures continue to capture audiences as they endure grueling conditions and challenges that surpass many imaginations.
In St. Petersburg Florida, our Paralympic Sonar Team, Tingley, Campbell & Lutes (RNSYS, SSC, PCYC) took on the Sperry Top Sider NOOD Regatta, sailing really strong throughout, posting three race wins of 7 however suffered a painful OCS penalty in the final race setting them back to 4th, missing the podium by one mere point.
CST sailors headed over to Clearwater Florida for their final event of the month, the Laser & Radial Midwinters East Regatta. Luke Ramsay (RVYC) took a short hiatus from his fulltime job on the Nacra 17 to test his single-handed skills in the Radial boat. A display of sheer dominance, winning 5 of 6 races and clinching the overall title against 134 boats simply reaffirms Ramsay as a well-rounded elite level sailor. Youth sailor Luke Ruitenberg (RNSYS) made a strong showing in 5th overall as well as Graham Harney (RVYC) in 9th, qualifying for the Youth World Team.
In the full rig, Canadians sailed against high quality international opposition with some tight racing in the 52-boat fleet. Sailing to his first major win internationally, Robert Davis (KYC) proved that consistency does pay off. Coach Steve Mitchell was pleased with his performance saying, “Robert is maturing as a racer, and showing that he can consistently put in good quality races over the course of an event, against strong competition. He trains well, and treats his sailing with the professional attitude that it needs to succeed at the higher levels.”
We congratulate Robert Davis for his accomplishment honoring him with the award of Sail Canada Sailor of the Month for February 2014. Congratulations to all of our Canadian sailors this month!
Sail Canada’s Sailor of the Month award acknowledges sailing achievements by Canadians involved or associated with the sport in all its forms. Sail Canada encourages the submission of noteworthy Canadian sailing activities to firstname.lastname@example.org.