by Greg Nicoll
Chester Race Week made a special announcement to the racers amassed in front of the Chester Yacht Club during the post race debriefing; competing in this year’s regatta were 10 Olympians and one Olympic coach. A loud yell of support and recognition was given by the competitors as the Olympians had their pictures taken in front of CYC. Many of the Olympians were at Chester organizing this big event and many were out there competing.
Olympic Sailors at Chester Race Week Left to right: Mike Wolfs, Danielle Dube, Oliver Bone, Sandy Macmillan, Lisa Ross, Andreas Josenhans and Glen Dexter Missing Paul Tingley, Phil Gow, Stuart Flinn and coach Brian Todd - Chester Race Week 2012
The 1976 Olympic Soling Team of Andreas Josenhans, Glen Dexter, and Sandy Macmillan, were well represented with Andreas as the Principal Race Officer, Sandy racing on Brilliance (J120), and Glen racing on Odyssey (Swan 57).
Mike Wolfs, silver medalist at the 2004 Athens Games from the Port Credit Yacht Club in Toronto, is battling it out on the competitive Bluenose fleet.
Oliver Bone competed in the 470 class in Beijing and has volunteered to work on the race
Just back from the 2012 Olympic Games in Weymouth and racing on a J109 WISC, is Danielle Dube.
Lisa Ross, 2008 Olympic Laser Radial team member, is in Chester racing on Paradora, a C&C 115.
Phil Gow, from Canada’s Soling team in both the 1988 & 1992 Olympics, is on the race course in a Sonar.
Brian Todd, former coach of the Canadian Olympic sailing team, also stepped up to make a very skilled race committee.
Special racer and Paralympic Gold medalist Paul Tingley, is in Chester racing a Sonar. Paul said that he is here to race and have fun. Paul leaves Tuesday for Weymouth to defend his position as defending Olympic Champion in the 2.4 metre class.
Stuart Flinn, from the 1988 and 1992 Olympic Canadian Soling Team, dropped by Chester to visit a number of old sailing buddies and cheer on the competitors.
Chester Race Week website