Continental qualifier for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games
Published on March 2nd, 2014
Stuart, FL (March 2, 2014) – Today was the final day of racing for the Byte CII North American Championship being held out of the US Sailing Center Martin County. This event is also the continental qualifier for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games to be held this August in Nanjing, China.
Twenty-eight competitors from 14 countries left the beach in a light southeasterly. Henry Marshall from the United States had secured victory with 2 races remaining and finished with only 12 points in the 10 race series after discarding two 3rd place finishes. Henry also won the 2013 championship last summer. His focus now turns to the 2014 Youth Olympic Games.
While the USA and Canada boys had qualified their countries at the 2013 Worlds, four additional spots were up for grabs this week. Pablo Bertran from the Cayman Islands finished with a convincing 2nd place with 34 points and qualified his country. The remaining three teams to qualify were Sam Morrell from the British Virgin Islands with 50 points, Paul de Souza from the Bahamas with 51 points and Scott McKenzie from the US Virgin Islands with 54 points.
Ceci Wollmann from Bermuda was the top female with 96 points. Ceci and Celeste Lugtmeijer from the Dominican had qualified their countries at last years Worlds which left four spots up for grabs. Florence Allan from the Cayman Islands, Paige Clarke – USVI, Abigail Affoo – TRI and Paula Pelayo- MEX won the remaining four spots.
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Report by Bob Adam