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Countdown to the Paralympic Games!
Wednesday, August 29th, opening ceremonies for the London 2012 Paralympic Games; sailing competitions are set to begin on Saturday, Sept 1st at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, site of the sailing event for the Olympic Games just a few weeks ago. A demonstration sport at the 1996 Atlanta Games, sailing became a full medal event in Sydney in 2000.
|The Canadian Paralympic Sailing Team in breezy Weymouth. Canadian Sailing Team |
Once again in London, the Canadian Sailing Team will be very well represented in all three mixed events. Halifax's Paul Tingley will be defending his gold medal performance from the Qingdao 2008 games where he competed in the 2.4mR single-person keelboat; Paul, who represents the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron, also shares a bronze medal from the 2000 Sydney games as part of the Canadian Sonar team. A regular on the international sailing competition scene, Paul is also a medalist from multiple World Championship events.
Stacie Louttit and John McRoberts have some unfinished business from the 2008 Games to deal with; they placed third for a bronze medal behind the American and Australian teams. Stacie and John both sail from the Royal Victoria Yacht Club on the West Coast and have once again qualified in the two-person SKUD-18, a purpose-designed high performance skiff that is a serious challenge to sail for anyone.
The three-person keel boat team is composed of Bruce Millar, Logan Campbell and Scott Lutes. A true Canadian team, they hail from BC, the Prairies and Quebec respectively and look forward to their first Paralympic participation. Strong results at the recent World Cup Regatta are encouraging for London.
|Oracle Racing Coutts - at the windward end of the line hits the Committee Boat Christophe Favreau ©|
Following the antics of Mother Nature (and possibly some overly aggressive crew work...) that caused broken more than one broken wing sails over the past week, it it is now Russell Coutts' turn to steal the show at the San Francisco America's Cup World Series; videos of his collision with the Committee Boat at the start of the fleet race are now making the round on sailing websites.
|CORK Kingston One Design Regatta CORK Kingston |
The Olympic Class Regatta has wrapped up in Kingston at CORK, the One Design Regatta is now on; F18's and J/22's are competing for the Canadian Championships, International 505's are racing for the Eastern Canadian Championships while Sonar's aim at the North American Championships.
All the best!
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor
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