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Lewin-LaFrance sisters 10th at the 2023 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 European Sailing Championships

by Sail Canada 13 Nov 2023 18:35 PST
49er, 49erFX & Nacra17 European Championships & Junior European Championship © Joao Costa Ferreira

Antonia and Georgia Lewin-LaFrance from Chester, N.S., came up with their best performance this season by finishing 10th overall in the 49erFX class at the 2023 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 European Championships which ended on Monday in Vilamoura, Portugal.

A total of 110 athletes took part in the 49erFX event, as European teams were fighting for the only spot available to countries for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Amongst the sailors who were in action, seven of the nine teams that medalled at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the 2022 49erFX World Championship and/or the 2023 Sailing World Championships competed in the event.

Qualified for the medal race as one of the top 10 teams in the standings following the preliminary races, Antonia and Georgia Lewin-LaFrance did not have an opportunity to improve their ranking because the medal race that was planned on Monday was cancelled because of the light wind.

It was the first time this year that Antonia and Georgia Lewin-LaFrance qualified for the medal race at an international event. It occurred at the last big event of the season and was therefore their best result this season.

"We just finished the 2023 European Championships in super light conditions over the six days of racing. It was such stressful racing," said Antonia and Georgia Lewin-LaFrance. "But despite the medal race being cancelled, we're psyched to have squeezed into the top 10!"

In 49er, Thomas & William Staples from Beaconsfield, QC, took the 55th position out of 91 teams.

Road to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games

Heading towards the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, Canada has already qualified a spot in 49er and 49erFX. Canadian athletes will be able to grab that one qualification spot per country per event qualified as per the following selection process:

The athlete/team with the lowest score combined position (for example, 1st+21st) from the 2024 World Championships in their respective classes and the 2024 Princess Sofia Regatta, added together, will be selected based on a sailing scoring system (lowest score first).

If there is a tie, the athlete/team in the higher position (based on the sailing scoring system) at the 2024 Princess Sofia Regatta will qualify to be nominated. If an event is cancelled, it will be replaced by the 2024 European Championships of the class.

Prior to being named to Team Canada, all nominations are subject to approval by the Canadian Olympic Committee's Team Selection Committee after it has received nominations from all National Sport Organizations.

Full qualification processes for countries to qualify spots at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, as well as for Canadians to qualify themselves to be nominated to the Paris 2024 Team Canada squad, are available at www.sailing.ca/sc_event/2024-olympic-games.

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