Rio 2016 Paralympic campaign continues in Miami
Published on January 23rd, 2016
Following back-to-back regattas in December, sailors in the 2.4mR and Sonar classes have returned to the Rio 2016 Paralympic campaign trail. The Sailing World Cup picks up in Miami, USA, with races set to begin Monday, January 25, and wrap up Friday, January 29.
The top Paralympic sailors who will take on the Miami waters are coming off regattas in Melbourne, Australia, where the Para World Sailing Championships were held, followed up by the Sailing World Cup Melbourne in last December.
Great Britain’s 2015 Sonar Para World Sailing Champions John Robertson, Hannah Stodel and Steve Thomas; Australian runners-up Colin Harrison, Jonathan Harris and Russell Boaden; and Norwegian bronze medallists Aleksander Wang Hansen, Marie Solberg and Per Eugen Kristiansen will all be in Miami.
Canada’s Paralympic sailing regular Paul Tingley and his crew of Logan Campbell and Scott Lutes will join the fleet, as will the strong French trio of Bruno Jourdren, Eric Flageul and Nicolas Vimont Vicary.
Twelve boats will compete in the 2.4mR. British London 2012 gold medallist Helena Lucas will be wanting to break her string of bad luck in Miami and take a maiden victory on the US waters. However, four Canadian and three US sailors will be aiming to put a halt to the Briton’s charge.
The World Cup is one of four to be held in the lead up to September’s Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Live tracking and live results can be found on World Sailing’s website. For more information on the Sailing World Cup Miami, visit the event website.
Report by International Paralympic Committee