Sail Canada Sailor of the Month – Eric Lyall & Edward Coleman

Published on April 13th, 2017

Sail Canada’s Sailor of the Month award acknowledges sailing achievements by Canadians involved or associated with the sport in all its forms. Here is the latest recipient.


Eric Lyall (18) and Edward Coleman (17) from Vancouver, BC teamed up for the 2017 29er Midwinters West in Coronado, California, dominating the 52-boat fleet and capturing the overall event title.

Eric and Ed sailed together back in 2014 at the 29er World Championships, switching crews for the following two years. Eric went on to represent Canada at the 2015 Youth World Championships with crew Andrew Moreno while Edward sailed Melges 24s and crewed for various skiffs.

Lyall (RVYC) and Coleman (WVYC) reunited this year with an outstanding performance at the Midwinters, posting four bullets and an 8-point lead over their 2nd place opponents Robert Shelley/Severin Gramm (USA).

Keep an eye out for this Canadian 29er team at the upcoming 29er World Championships in early August.

A notable mention goes out to age-eligible youth sailors William Bonin and Samual Bonin (RCYC) who placed 7th at the 29er Midwinters West and qualified for the 2017 Youth World Championships. Rio Olympian Brenda Bowskill placed 13th at the Princesa Sofia Regatta in Mallorca, Spain. Bowskill sailed very strong qualifying rounds in the top 10, slipping just outside of medal racing on the final day.

Congratulations to Helly Hansen Sailor of the Month – Eric Lyall and Edward Coleman!
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Sail Canada’s Sailor of the Month award acknowledges sailing achievements by Canadians involved or associated with the sport in all its forms. Sail Canada encourages the submission of noteworthy Canadian sailing activities to sailorofthemonth@sailing.ca.

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