Sept. 15, 2016 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Canadian sailors moved up in the standings today after completing a full schedule of races on Guanabara Bay. The Skud and Sonar completed two races, while the 2.4mR played catch up with 3 races in shifty 12-15kts of breeze. The Rio Paralympic sailing regatta is coming down to final two days of racing with finals (medal racing) on Saturday. Canada is currently in medal contention in the Sonar and SKUD boats.
Sonar (3-person boat)
Paul Tingley (Halifax, N.S.), Scott Lutes (Montreal, Que.) and Logan Campbell (Saskatoon, Sask.) sailed an uncharacteristic race seven, finishing towards the back of fleet and placing 12th overall.
“We just played the wrong side of the course through the whole race,” explains Paul Tingley. “We’ve never sailed that way before but fortunately we made up for it in the next race.”
Tingley and his Canadian crew certainly did make up for it by winning race eight and moving them back into contention in fourth overall. Onshore, there was a protest held between the U.S. and British team, which subsequently benefited Canada as Britain was penalized and moved back from third to fifth with the Canadians swooping into third place position.
SKUD 18 (2-person boat)
Canadian SKUD team John McRoberts and Jackie Gay are playing the game of consistency, putting up two more solid scores today, placing second and fifth to move them into a second place tie with Britain.
“It was a good day for us and we are happy we are still in the fight,” said McRoberts. “These next two races tomorrow could define who will secure a medal and who doesn’t.”
The Australians have been so dominant in the SKUD that they have already locked up the gold medal with three races to spare. The battle for silver and bronze is fierce and will be determined on Saturday.
2.4mR (single-handed boat)
Canadian Bruce Millar had a standout day in the single-handed boat-finishing three races in third, tenth and fourth, moving into ninth place position overall. Unlike many of Millar’s teammates and training partners, this will be his first time competing or training in Rio.
“You need to read the signs and trust your intuition,” Millar said. “Sometimes people rely too much on trends and tools and don’t get their heads out of the boat and watch.”
Millar will be aiming to secure his spot in the top 10 for medal racing on Saturday.
There are two more races scheduled for tomorrow with the final medal race taking place on Saturday.
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