Canadian Competitive Sailing

Paralympic sailing article

The following is the a very good article about the Canadian Sonar team, Tingley Campbell Lutes.  They have consistently been in the top three on the world cup circuit.  This makes them the only Canadian in the olympic sailing events that I expect to come home with a medal.  The rest of the team looks good, but good results for the able bodied sailors are top 10 finishes, not standing on the podium.

The other thing this article does is address the water quality issue.  There is large amounts of raw sewage in the bay where the sailing events will take place.  This creates an obvious health issue.   Sailing specific media has talked this issue to death, but this is the first time I have seen any mention of water quality issues from any mainstream media outlet.

Good job CBC!

Here's the video:

IMOCA Racing

This week the Transat Bakerly is winding up.  The majority of the pro offshore sailors are out for this race.

Line honours went to the Francois Gabart aboard the Ultimate trimaran "Macif"

Here is a good article about an english class 40 racer.

The website is here:

Now the majority of the fleet is getting ready to race back to Vendee, France.

There are several interesting english speaking sailors in the event.   Most well funded is Alex Thompson on board Hugo Boss:

Conrad Colman will be racing his boat "100% natural endergy"

and the Open 60 "O Canada" is getting ready for the Vendee as well.

Another Canadian ocean racer who rocks

The following text is coppied from the Globe and Mail Article linked here:
Globe and Mail article

Canadian skipper Eric Holden is the leader in a race around the world.
The 33-year-old Vancouver native and his Henri Lloyd team are in first place after Race 4 of the 16-race Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.
Holden finished the 5,000-mile race from Cape Town, South Africa, to Albany just 27 minutes behind the winners from Great Britain, but his second-place finish was good enough to secure first overall, three points clear of the Brits.

Here's some video:

Saturday Sailing #44

Canadian's doing well at Miami ORC regatta.

The story:

The highlight video (with lots of CAN sail#'s)

Cool crew overboard signal light

Old footage of 18ft skiff sailing downwind in very high wind

Winter on Galiano Island BC

Galiano Island Winter Tourism Video
 from Pure Souls on Vimeo.