Friday, October 07, 2011


The Pan American village has officially opened and the XVI Pan American Games are almost underway in Guadalajara, Mexico starting on October 13th – 29th.  Sailing competition will take place at the Vallarta Yacht Club located in Puerto Vallarta approx. 5 hours away from the Pan American Village in Guadalajara. Racing begins on October 17th with medal racing on the 23rd.
There are nine Pan American sailing disciplines, four of which are also contested at the 2012 Olympic Games. Canada qualified 13 athletes in 7 events. Here is a quick glimpse at the athletes representing Canada at the XVI Pan American Games:
Men's & Women's Windsurfer - RS:X (Olympic class) : Zac Plavsic of West Vancouver, B.C., is a member of the National Team and placed 2nd at the 2011 Delta Lloyd Regatta in May. Nikola Girke of Vancouver, BC is also a member of the National team and recently placed 9th at the 2011 Olympic Test Event in Weymouth.

Women's One Person Dinghy - Laser Radial (Olympic class) : Isabella Bertold
of Surrey, BC, is current National Champion in the Radial class and placed 12th overall at the 2011 Olympic Test Event.  
Men's One Person Dinghy - Laser (Olympic class): David Wright of Toronto, ON is a member of the National Team and placed 8th at the 2011 Delta Lloyd Regatta and 12th overall at the 2011 Olympic Test Event.
Three person dinghy – Lightning : Skipper, Peter Hall, 2011 Soling World Champion will team up with 2004 Olympian Chantal Leger and Megan Armitage from Montreal, Quebec.
Two-person mixed catamaran - Hobie 16: Dan Borg of Toronto, ON, qualified for the Games at the 2011 Hobie Midwinters along with Marshall Champ of Georgetown, ON.
Four-person keel boat - J24: Roger Burns of Winnipeg, MB., qualified via the J24 Midwinters along with crew Andrew Burns of Winnipeg, Gary Harmer of Winnipeg & Graeme Clendenan of Winnipeg.
The Pan Am sailing support team consists of Team Leader & CYA High Performance Director, Ken Dool, CYA National Team Coach/Manager, Erik Stibbe, & Athletic Therapist, Alicia Crelinsten (CSCO), providing medical support for all of the Canadian teams in Puerto Vallarta.
An estimated 5,900 athletes from 42 countries are expected to compete in 36 sports at the Pan Am Games. The first Pan American Games were held in 1951 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Follow the Canadian Pan Am Sailing Team on FACEBOOK. 
For more information on the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, visit the event website: or sailing website
Best of luck to our Canadian sailors!