Saturday, June 11, 2011
It’s a wrap from Weymouth today. Saturday delivered an outstanding climax to the event with fresh but manageable conditions under sunny skies. Canada had a sole team representing us in the Medal Race Finals, as Richard Clarke and Tyler Bjorn battled for Star class supremacy. The Star fleet is loaded with rock-stars, including our team and the Medal Race did not disappoint. At the first leeward mark all ten boats entered the leeward mark zone overlapped providing testimony to the intensity and closeness of this fleet. Ultimately Richard and Tyler crossed the line 7th in the Medal race to secure 6th overall. Another positive step on the road to the 2012 Games.
Elsewhere Paul Tingley topped all Canadian results with a 4th in the 2.4 mR class, in the process qualifying for the Paralympic Games. The next step for Paul is partnering with Bruce Millar his fellow Canadian 2.4 mR sailor, in trying to qualify Canada for a berth in the Sonar class. The final opportunity for this is in one month’s time right back in Weymouth.
Our RSX team posted a pair of creditable scores, with Nikola Girke finishing 11 and Zac Plavsic 14th. These results are amongst the best ever for this pair when facing the world’s best. Each would tell you they have more in the tank yet which bodes well for our Olympic performances. Beyond these scores the Canadian squad had many ups and some downs. Several developing sailors including Robert Davis and Claire Merry in the Laser and Radial classes put up personal best scores at the international level and demonstrated that they will be factors in the upcoming Olympic trials.
The next steps for the team include a series of class specific training camps in preparation for the IFDS Worlds in Weymouth, the multi-class Europeans and then for the first two weeks of August the Olympic Test Event. Ultimately for the Olympic class sailors the next true performance target is in Perth, during December when all 10 classes with conclude the year at the ISAF Sailing World Championships.