Please select your home edition
Edition
InSunSport - International - Endure

Junior World Lightning Championships - Young Canadian team dominates

by Katie Nicoll on 1 Aug 2012
First place Canadian Team : Abby Bennett, Sam Jones, Adam MacDonald Ian Jones
Junior World Lightning Championships - Practice and perseverance paid off for 18-year-old lightning skipper Adam MacDonald and his team of junior lightning sailors this past week near Helsinki,Finland. The trio emerged triumphant at the hotly contested International Lightning Class Youth Worlds on Tuusulanjarvi Lake, Finland on Friday July 27th.


MacDonald who is from Carlisle, Ontario, sails and trains out of the Buffalo Canoe Club in Ridgeway, Ontario along with his crew mates, Sam Jones, age 15 and Abby Bennett, age 16 both from Buffalo. After five days of racing in shifty conditions on the narrow lake, MacDonald won by a small margin against Team U.S.A. skipper Timmy Crann and crew, Lauren Jones and Ali Blumenthal. Under the boat rotation system, the sailors were provided with a different boat for each race giving them many challenges on the course.

'Some of the boats were fairly new and some were old, therefore you can't control what's in your boat,' explained MacDonald. 'One of our first races, we got a boat that leaked, putting us at a disadvantage. Fortunately we got redress on that race because of the boat and we were able to remain in good standing'

MacDonald added the boat in question was no longer used in the event.

He and his team have been practicing on Lake Erie most of the summer and although he has not sailed with Bennett in many regattas, he and Sam Jones competed in the Youth Worlds two years ago in Ecuador.

'We set a goal to do our best this year and we achieved it.' said MacDonald.

The Buffalo Canoe Club has made youth sailing a priority for years and has managed to produce some world class lightning sailors, many of whom were part of the mentoring team which helped prepare four BCC teams for this year's Youth Worlds. Adam's father,Larry MacDonald Jr. who is a former World Lightning champion was in Finland helping to coach the team along with BCC racing champions Ian Jones and Peter Jones. It is interesting to note that Adam's grandfather, the late Larry MacDonald Sr. started the Lightning Youth World championships in 1978 as a means of exposing young sailors to the excitement of international sailing. That first event was held in Lima,Peru and has gone on to attract youth sailors every two years from all parts of the world ever since.Sixteen teams from eight countries were competing at the event this past week in Finland.





The next International Lightning Youth Worlds will be held at the Buffalo Canoe Club in the summer of Full Results





upffront 660x82Barz Optics - FloatersSouthern Spars - 100

Related Articles

Millennium Cup- Largest fleet this century expected for 2017 regatta
A torrent of early entries to the NZ Millennium Cup 2017 signal the largest fleet may race since the turn of the century Six months out from the commencement of the NZ Millennium Cup 2017 and momentum is building faster than recent years with a series of rapid-fire early entries from Janice of Wyoming, Steinlager 2, Tawera and Antaeus. Commentators speculate this is due to unprecedented media interest in 2016’s regatta and a growing appreciation of combining racing, cruising and refit work on NZ’s shores.
Posted today at 2:48 am
CYCA Land Rover Gold Coast Race - Scallywag retires after ram explodes
The supermaxi Scallywag has retired from the 2016 Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race after a keel ram exploded David Witt, the skipper of Seng Huang Lee’s Scallywag, reported this morning the super maxi had retired from the 2016 Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race after a keel ram exploded on the super maxi as they were sailing near Smoky Cape shortly after 9am. All crew members are safe and well.
Posted today at 1:00 am
Extreme Sailing Series – Oman braced for final day epic with Alinghi
The Swiss team had an outstanding day posting six outright wins but Morgan and his Oman Air crew were never far behind. The Swiss team had an outstanding day posting six outright wins in seven races but Morgan Larson and his Oman Air crew were never far behind, finishing every single race on the podium with five second places and two thirds.
Posted on 30 Jul
British entries on podium as Clipper Race returns after 11 months
UK entries triumphed to take all three podium places in the toughest edition yet of the longest ocean race on the planet Thousands of spectators lined the River Thames and packed St Katharine Docks to welcome home over 250 crew, representing 44 different nationalities, many of whom have been at sea for eleven months racing between six continents in the only challenge of its kind for amateur sailors.
Posted on 30 Jul
RS Feva Worlds Santander – Brits, Swedes and Kiwis take top four o'all
Final days ‘winners’ were Charles Elliott/Ethan Miles who racked up a healthy 20pts, so imagine how it fared for others! The fat lady arrived a little late but then sang lustily. A champion was born. William Pank and … from Norwich School sailed smart and fast all week and were crowned fully deserving champions.
Posted on 30 Jul
CYCA Land Rover Gold Coast Race - Start video from Boatsontv
Geoff Waller of Boatsontv was on the water to capture the start of the CYCA land Rover Gold Coast Race Geoff Waller of Boatsontv was on the water to capture the start of the CYCA land Rover Gold Coast Race, which is used as a feeder for the race fleets to the popular Queensland winter regattas such as Hamilton Island Race Week. He also talks with Scallywag skipper David Witt a few days before the start of the winter classic.
Posted on 30 Jul
South Australians early casualties of Land Rover Sydney GC Yacht Race
The two entries representing South Australia in the 2016 Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race became early casualties The two entries representing South Australia in the 2016 Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race became early casualties after both sustained bow damage in separate incidents, joining a NSW yacht that was involved in one of those incidents, all three within the first half hour of the race.
Posted on 30 Jul
LMAX Exchange wins the Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race
LMAX Exchange was confirmed last night as winner of Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race. LMAX Exchange, skippered by Frenchman Olivier Cardin, was confirmed last night as winner of the tenth edition of the world’s longest ocean race, the Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race.
Posted on 30 Jul
CYCA Land Rover Gold Coast Race - Images of supermaxi Scallywag
Sydney photographer Michael Chittenden filed this gallery of images from the start. The supermaxi Scallywag made her ocean racing debut in the CYCA Land Rover Gold Coast Race which got underway on Sydney harbour on Saturday afternoon. After a tight start the David Witt skippered supermaxi settled into her work and began the chase with her long standing rival, Wild Oats XI.
Posted on 30 Jul
Edgartown Race Week - Final
It was a rainy and dreary start to the day out here on Marth’s Vineyard. The racing started at 11:00. It was a rainy and dreary start to the day out here on Marth’s Vineyard. By 11:00, it became a blustery and rainy day. The racing started at 11:00 and I haven’t sailed in that much rain in a while.
Posted on 30 Jul