2011 Sail for Gold ~ First Day a long one for Canadians

Mens Two Handed (470) opening day of the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta. Weymouth, 6th June 2011..
The first day of racing at the 2011 Sail for Gold Regatta is finally over after many postponements across all fleets as a persistent NW based breeze stuck around longer than anticipated, before skies cleared giving way to SW conditions that were idyllic albeit very late in the day.

Luckily every course was successful in getting at least one race in for the day. Canadians are getting off to a good start with Star team Richard Clarke & Tyler Bjorn placing third in their one race of the day as well as Laser sailor David Wright placing third in the yellow fleet. In the 2.4mR class, there were 2 races and a close battle between Canada's Bruce Millar and reigning Paralympic Gold Medallist Paul Tingley sitting fifth and sixth overall. Skud sailors McRoberts and Hopkin are currently in seventh after 2 races. Elsewhere, the highlight score of the day could well have been Greg Clunies with an eighth in the Laser fleet, arguably his best international race to date.

There are several good Canadian results across all classes to check out http://www.skandiasailforgoldregatta.co.uk/news/_2859/Sailing_Stars_bound_for_Skandia_for_Gold_Regatta!HERE.

Racing is scheduled to start early tomorrow with live blogging and tracking.