The sailing conditions in this years' Miami World Cup was completely different from those of last year. Fresh breeze from the west and northwest for most of the week made for some exciting racing throughout the fleets. The exception was on Friday, where we saw light conditions; a typical sailing day in Miami.
Quebec Sailing Federation's coach Rosie Chapman explains that the sailing week at the World Cup " was about staying patient and waiting for the right opportunity. Good starts of course helped but it was never over until the Finnish Line. The conditions were challenging but exciting.
In the 49erFX class, Arielle Morgan and Heather Myatt suffered from their mast breaking on the first day. The remainder of the week's focus was on starts and on practicing routines. Rosie will meet up with the team again in Clearwater on Wednesday for the women's national team qualifier: The North Americans.
Mike Brodeur sailed with Dan Inkpen in the 49er class, finishing the top Canadian, and the only team to make the gold fleet. Like the women, they will be competing for a spot in the national team and in the Pan Am Games next weekend.
In the Finn class, Martin Robitaille sailed a great week, learning lessons and progressing along the race. 15th at the halfway mark, he finished his competition in 18th place right behind his fellow Canadian Gregory Douglas. Martin now heads to Europe in March to start his training and regatta season there.
As for windsurfers, Jean-Sébastien Fugère was second among the Canadians, finishing 49th overall. Gabrielle Paquette Verrier finished 60th.
In the women's RS-X class, Laurence Bonneau-Charland finished 29th.
Paralympic sailors and Montrealers, Scott Lutes and his teammates, won bronze among the Sonar fleet.
Congratulations to all the athletes!