Sailing concludes at Pan Am Games
Published on August 10th, 2019
Paracas, Peru (August 10, 2019) – After six events concluded yesterday, the Sailing competition for the 2019 Pan Am Games today wrapped up the remaining five classes with Medal Races to finalize the results.
Team USA claimed its second Gold Medal as Ernesto Rodriguez and Hallie Schiffman, which had led from the first day, closed out their series to win in the Mixed Snipe fleet. While Rodriguez is highly accomplished in the class, Schiffman never competed in a doublehanded boat prior to beginning training with Rodriguez, five months ago.
“I had to learn how to sail with a teammate,” said Schiffman. “Working together and communicating was really difficult at first; I basically had to figure out how to work the boat when I’m not steering and be comfortable with that unnatural feeling.”
Canadian Pan Am veteran Luke Ramsay, who retired from Olympic competition, gave a good fight in the Open Sunfish event but missed out on Gold to Brazil, narrowly edging out Peru to claim the Silver Medal.
“Re-joining the Canadian team was such a blast,” said Ramsay. “The team is full of young sailors on their way to future success; they are talented and hardworking and I feel extremely privileged to be a part of it!”
Team USA also medaled in the 49erFX fleet as Stephanie Roble and Maggie Shea earned the Silver and Will Cyr secured the Bronze Medal in the Open Formula Kite Class.
Final Results – Top North Americans:
Men’s RS:X: 2nd Pedro Pascual (USA)
Women’s RS:X: 4th Farah Hall (USA)
Men’s Laser: 3rd Charlie Buckingham (USA)
Women’s Laser Radial: 1st Sarah Douglas (CAN)
Open Sunfish: 2nd Luke Ramsay (CAN)
Mixed Snipe: 1st Ernesto Rodriguez/ Hallie Schiffman (USA)
Men’s 49er: 3rd Alexander Heinzemann/ Justin Barnes (CAN)
Women’s 49erFX: 2nd Stephanie Roble/ Maggie Shea (USA)
Mixed Lightning: 5th Jody Swanson/ Ian Jones/ Skip Dieball (USA)
Mixed Nacra 17: 1st Riley Gibbs/ Anna Weis (USA)
Open Formula Kite: 3rd Will Cyr (USA)
Sailing was among the 51 sports to be contested at the 2019 Pan Am Games, with the 11 medal events held from August 3 to 10 in Paracas, Peru. A total of 168 athletes were competing in Men’s and Women’s RS:X, Men’s Laser, Women’s Laser Radial, Open Sunfish, Mixed Snipe, Men’s 49er, Women’s 49erFX, Mixed Lightning, Mixed Nacra 17, and Open Formula Kite. Held every four years, the Pan Am Games attracts athletes from nations of the Americas in the year before the Summer Olympic Games.
Source: Sail Canada, US Sailing Team, Scuttlebutt