Home Team Setting Pace at Pan Am Games
Published on July 13th, 2015
The Pan American Games are the world’s third largest international multi-sport Games, only surpassed in size and scope by the Olympic Summer Games and the Asian Games. First held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1951, this is the third time that Canada has been the host. The 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto on July 12-19 includes 10 sailing events on Lake Ontario.
(July 13, 2015) – After light winds only permitted one race in all events yesterday, slightly better conditions today allowed for either two or three races to be completed. With 20 countries competing, Canada is matched with Brazil in leading the most events (3), with Canada ahead in the Laser, Sunfish, and J/24. USA tops the rank in the Hobie 16 and Lightning.
“One good day is great but there are still five more to go,” notes Canadian Lee Parkhill who leads the Sunfish. “It’s awesome to be out there and be the Canadian against the other countries and at home. I had two boats of people out there today – friends and family coming to watch so it’s really fun.”
In the 49er FX, Americans Paris Henken and Helena Scutt started the day off by being called over the starting line early, but recovered to race in the top three for most of the day. “We are staying consistent, and are going fast,” said Henken, who sits third overall. “The trickiest part about this regatta so far is managing such a small fleet. You really need to stay close to everyone, and position yourself well.”
Laser Men – After three races, Canada and USA lead the field, each carrying a first and second.
Laser Radial Women – After three races, only five points separate the top five, with USA and Canada within that pack.
49er FX Women – After four races, USA has remained steady in third position and nipping on the heals of the current world champions.
RS:X Men – While Brazil is starting to pull away after three races, Canada and Mexico are tied for second.
RS:X Women – Brazil and Mexico have finished either first or second in all four races.
Snipe Open – Argentina and Puerto Rico have been most consistent after three races but Canada and USA follow closely behind.
Hobie 16 Open – USA and Mexico lead the field after only two races.
Lightning Mixed – USA leads the field after winning two of the three races.
Sunfish Open – Canada looks strong with two firsts with USA in third after three races.
J/24 Open – Canada dominates with a 2-1-1 to lead field.
The qualifying schedule on July 12-17 has 12 races for the Laser, Laser Radial, Snipe, Hobie 16, Lightning, Sunfish, and J/24, with 16 races for the 49erFX, RS:X Men, and RS:X Women. The Medal Races are on July 18 and 19.