Friday, October 21, 2011
Canadians have been sailing hard this past week in an effort to capture top spots in Puerto Vallarta going into Sunday’s medal races at the XVI Pan American Games. Weather has been extremely hot with light to moderate winds throughout the entire week. Conditions are expected to remain the same through to the end of medal racing. The Canadian Pan Am Sailing Team are housed in the Pan Am Village in Puerto Vallarta with other Canadian sport teams such as Open water Swimming, Triathlon, and Beach Volleyball.
Team Leader and Head Coach Ken Dool offers a brief report on the challenges facing Canadian sailors in PV. "For much of the team the event here in PV has become “Ground Hog Day”. Now that is not all bad just at times a tad frustrating. Over the course of the event with the exception of a few gusts and one afternoon of a compression phenomena on the Lightning J24 course the breeze has been predictably unpredictable, a sea breeze evolution has occurred each day and for the majority of course areas this has seen breeze top out in the 5-8 knot range....so add about 35 degrees of temperature, 30 degree water temp and 95% humidity and you have the type of weather that slowly climbs under ones skin. Yeah you are all right in that it is better than cold and rain which is what we can all look forward to upon our return but for racing it is well “ground hog dayish”. With two series races left for each fleet we have some tight battles for the medal race (Top 5 boats) with a few opportunities beckoning for medals. The Laser class remains among the most intense battles, ARG has separated themselves but 2nd through 6th is separated but a scant 5 points with Dave Wright of Canada buried in the midst of this battle. Dan Borg and “The Champ” rallied over the past two days of racing and have dragged themselves within spitting distance of the top 5 in the Hobie class, 4th to 7th is 7 points and with the new found form demonstrated the last couple of days we can count on this duo going down swinging. The Lightning team of Hall/Leger/Armitage also finds themselves in an intense battle with three boats duelling for the final 3 medal race berths. The weather looks promising although ground hoggish, more after today before the final showdown."
Current results going into the last 3 days of racing:
Radial - Isabella Bertold (BC) - 3rd place
RSX W – Nikola Girke (BC) – 4th place
Lightning – Peter Hall. Chantal Leger & Megan Armitage (QC) – 5th place
Laser – David Wright (ON) – 6th place
RSX M – Zac Plavsic (BC) – 6th place
Hobie 16 – Dan Borg & Marshall Champ (ON) – 8th place
J24 – Roger Burns, Andrew Burns, Gary Harmer & Graeme Clendenan – 7th place
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For a complete list of results, click HERE.