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Massive Canadian contingent in Palma

Published on March 31st, 2022

Canada will be represented by 30 sailors at the World Sailing Hempel World Cup held at the 51st Princess Sofia Trophy on April 4-9 in Palma, Spain. The event, which will showcase over 1000 athletes, will be the first major Olympic multi-class competition to take place since Tokyo 2020.

Canada will have four teams in 49er and four more in 49erFX. There will be four athletes in ILCA 6, 10 in ILCA 7, and one in Nacra 17.

The Canadian delegation will be led by six Olympians who competed at Tokyo 2020: Sarah Douglas in ILCA 6, William Jones and Evan DePaul in the 49er, Ali ten Hove and Mariah Millen in the 49er FX, as well as two-time Olympian Tom Ramshaw, who will compete in ILCA 7. Ramshaw recently switched from his previous class, the Finn, which will no longer be part of the Olympic program at Paris 2024.

“I’m stoked to be back in Palma,” said Douglas. “The last time I was here was in 2019, before the following editions of the event were cancelled because of the pandemic. It’s one of my favorite venues on the circuit. Most of the international fleet is here and I’m looking forward to reuniting with them and getting back to competition.”

“I’m looking forward to racing in Palma,” added Ramshaw. “It’ll be my first big international regatta back in Laser since 2015, so it’ll be a test to see where I stand internationally and an opportunity to find out what I need to work on moving forward. I don’t feel any particular pressure nor do I have any expectations in terms of results. I’m just going to go out and enjoy being back to racing in a high-level fleet.”

Canadian sailors at the World Sailing Hempel World Cup held at the 51st Princess Sofia Trophy:

Sarah Douglas (Toronto, ON, ABYC) – Canadian Sailing Team
Clara Gravely (Toronto, ON, ABYC) – Canadian Sailing Development Squad
Coralie Vittecoq – (Montréal, QC, Pointe-Claire YC/BLBC) – Canadian Sailing Development Squad
Maura Dewey – (Victoria, B.C., RVYC) – Canadian Sailing Development Squad

Tom Ramshaw (Toronto, ON – RCYC) – Canadian Sailing Team
Luke Ruitenberg (St. Margaret’s Bay, N.S., RNSYS) – Canadian Sailing Development Squad
Fillah Karim (Vancouver, BC, RVYC) – Canadian Sailing Development Squad
Liam Bruce (Oakville, ON, Port Credit YC) – Canadian Sailing Development Squad
Ryan Anderson (Halifax, N.S., RNSYS) – Canadian Sailing Development Squad
Ian Elliott (Victoria, B.C., RVYC/HKKK/MKS)
Forrest Wachholz (Innisfil, ON, Barrie YC)
Ben Flower (Tobermory, ON, Tobermory YC)
James Juhasz (Oakville, ON, BHYC)
Norman Struthers (Toronto, ON, RCYC)

49er FX
Ali ten Hove (Kingston, ON) & Mariah Millen (Toronto, ON) – Kingston YC/RCYC – Canadian Sailing Team
Antonia & Georgia Lewin-LaFrance (Chester, N.S.) – RNSYS/CYC – Canadian Sailing Development Squad
Audrey Staples (Beaconsfield, QC) & Marion Lafrance-Berger (Montréal, QC) – RSLYC
Tate Howell (Toronto, ON) & Adrianna Baird (Beaconsfield, QC) – RCYC/RVYC/Pointe-Claire YC

William Jones (Jerseyville, ON) & Evan DePaul (Burlington, ON) – RHYC – Canadian Sailing Team
Arie Moffat (Kingston, ON) & Samuel Bonin (Toronto, ON) – KYC/RCYC – Canadian Sailing Development Squad
Thomas & William Staples (Beaconsfield, QC) – RSLYC

Nacra 17
Zoé Roosen (Montréal/Beaconsfield, QC) & Nicolas Tosi (Gatineau, QC) – RSLYC/Kelowna YC/PCYC


2022 Hempel World Cup Series:
April 4-9 – Hempel World Cup Series Palma (Princess Sofía Regatta), Spain
May 31-June 5 – Hempel World Cup Series Amsterdam (Allianz Regatta), The Netherlands
TBC – Hempel World Cup Marseille, France

The Hempel World Cup Series is the definitive annual circuit for the world’s leading sailors and Olympic hopefuls. Mirroring the Olympic style of sailing in format, duration and fleet sizes, the World Cup Series visits prestige venues across the globe at all stages of the four-year Olympic cycle, supporting athletes in their quest to qualify for the Games and connecting fans with the very best sailors in the sport.

Source: Sail Canada

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