Sept. 14, 2016 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - The third day of Paralympic sailing competition was quite a contrast from yesterday with solid breeze (15kts+) and a full slate of races to help catch up on the sailing schedule. Canadian sailors battled hard at the front of the fleet today with a day of highs and lows on the overall leaderboard.
Sonar (3-person boat)
Paul Tingley and crew slipped down the leaderboard to sixth place following three difficult races on the Escola Naval course. Slow starts off the line punished the Canadians as they were not able to catch up to Britain, who scored a remarkable three race wins today. Fortunately, the point spread is so tight from sixth to second place currently that medals are still very attainable for the Canadian Sonar team.
SKUD 18 (2-person boat)
Canadian SKUD team John McRoberts and Jackie Gay sailed another consistent day on the Pao Acucar course. With the exception of a penalty flag on their last race, they scored 3, 4, (4 UFD). Fortunate for the Canadian team, the Polish also suffered the same penalty leaving third place position open to McRoberts and Gay.
“We did sail well today and are winning starts and leading races,” said McRoberts. “It was disappointing to give away our lead on the first race but we need to maintain focus and get through the next few days without earning big scores that we cannot come back from.”
2.4mR (single-handed boat)
Canadian Bruce Millar had a tough day at the office with a broken backstay on the first upwind of the first race. He was forced to retire from the race and make the repair ahead of the next race. Millar sailed to an eighth-place finish but suffered a Black flag on the final race. He slips back to 11th overall.
“Gear failure is frustrating but it’s part of sailboat racing,” explains Millar. “There’s not much we could have done to prevent it. I am happy with my sailing this week. I’m looking forward to build on it over the next couple days.”
Sailing preliminaries continue tomorrow (Thursday) with races scheduled at 12:00 p.m. BRT time.
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