Solid winds for start of Sail Canada Senior National Championships

Published on August 16th, 2014

Kingston, ON (August 16, 2014) – Today over 250 sailors hit the water for the first day of the CORK Olympic Classes Regatta (OCR) and the Sail Canada Senior National Championships. Cloudy skies and rain with a breeze of about 15 to 18 knots greeted the competitors this afternoon for their noon start.

The skiff course had a full day, completing their scheduled 4 races for each of the 49er and I14 fleets, and 5 races for the 49erFX fleet. At the top of the 49er leaderboard is David Mori and Justin Barnes (ON) followed by Michael Brodeur and Dan Inkpen (CAN) in second and John and Arthur Ferguson (ON) in third. For the 49erFX fleet, leading is Erin Berry and Ingrid Merry (ON), with Arielle Morgan and Heather Myatt (QC) in second and Danielle Boyd and Erin Rafuse (NS) in third. Sitting in first for the I14 Canadian Championship is Ian Struthers and Dan Cunningham (ON) followed by Jason Lemieux and Lauren Laventure (CAN) in second and Greg Loffree and Ryan Gareth (ON) in third.

The single handed course is right on schedule, completing 3 races for each of the Laser, Laser Radial and Finn fleets. This is a North American Grand Prix event for the Laser and Laser Radial (open), an ISAF 100 point event for the Laser and Laser Radial (female) and an ISAF 50 point event for the Finns. At the top of the fleet for the Lasers is Robert Davis (ON), followed by Cy Thompson (RI) in second and Lee Parkhill (ON) in third. Brenda Bowskill (ON) is leading the radials, in second is Nathan Dunn (NS) and in third is Jack Marshall (MA). For the Finns, Martin Robitaille (QC) is leading, with Greg Douglas (ON) in second and Kyle Martin (BC) in third.

The windsurfers completed 4 races for both the Kona and RS:X fleets. Leading the fleet for the Kona North American Championship is Nevin Sayre (USA), followed by Andree Gauthier (ON) in second and Rick Collins (ON) in third. Gabriel Verrier Paquette (QC) is sitting at the top of the RS:X fleet, followed by Jean Sebastien Fugere (QC) and Moahmed Elsafty (NJ).

For the Viper 640 class this is the Canadian and Great Lakes Championship. Leading the fleet is Steve Chapman (QC), with Steve Conger (USA) in second and Darren Gilbert (ON) in third. For the F18 class, this is their Canadian Championship. In first after 3 races today is Michael Easton and Tripp Burd (MA), followed by Anthony Boueilh and Maxime Loiselle (QC) in second and Olivier Pilon and Jean-Pierre Desrochers (QC) in third. This is the North American Championship for the Albacore class. Leading the Albacores is Barney Harris and David Byron (USA) with Allan Measor and Richard Piercey (ON) in second and Robert Bartlewski and Felipe Recaman (ON) in third.

Tomorrow will be the final day of sailing for the Albacores. This is a 3 day event for the I14, F18, Viper 640, Kona and RS:X classes. All other classes sail until Wednesday, August 20th.

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