Montréal – July 27th 2016 – From July 22nd to 24th, the Royal St. Lawrence Yacht Club hosted the 51st Final of the 2016 Quebec Games-Montreal in Dorval.
For this recent event, the wind was present. On day one, a first attempt on the water had the young athletes returned quickly to land due to strong winds. They managed to go back out in the afternoon for a number of races.
During the Quebec Games, the races do not work the same way as in any other regatta. The “round-robin” format was introduced in order to make an entire series: for each athlete to race at least once, three races had to be done.
Two categories of boats were used: the Optimist for 15 years old and under and the OutsiderTM for the 17 years old and under. A total of 65 athletes, 34 in the Optimist and 31 in the OutsiderTM, from 12 different regions, were in line to compete.
The second day of the event was still very busy: in the morning, the weather was perfect. The athletes were able to complete three series with some great races. But early in the afternoon, a storm broke out and the boats were obliged to return for safety reasons.
The last day was divided in two phases. The morning was devoted to finishing the "round-robin" and the Finals was held in the afternoon. Our favoured athletes were there. In the OutsiderTM, there was a great fight between Myka Auger-Cyr and Anna Morineau. Anna took first place in the “round-robin” but it was Mika who won gold in the three race final and with that took revenge for 2014.The third position was taken by Olivier Julien from the Club de Voile Deux-Montagnes.
No surprises in the Optimist. The favoured and best athlete, Eric Omielan, won the gold. Eric, who just returned from the World Championship in Portugal, never faltered during the competition. He finished first in all this races except one where he finished second. The podium was filled by the athletes of the Lac St. Louis region and two other Royal’s athletes, Jean-Rene Arana-Kiekens and William Lloyd.
In total, the athletes completed four races with the finalists in the OutsiderTM completed 7 and 8 for the Optmist finalists. We must also note that the OutsiderTM athletes have all sailed for the first time on the new boat and they all managed to adapt to this situation.
For everyone, this competition was full of emotion and a good learning experience. And despite all the challenges encountered, each athlete walked away with a smile!
Congratulations to all!
Thank you to the team of the Royal St. Lawrence Yacht Club and all the volunteers for all their work.
1/ Eric Omielan, RStLYC, Lac St Louis
2/ Jean-René Kiekens-Arana, RStLYC, Lac St Louis
3/ William Lloyd,RStLYC, Lac St Louis
1/ Mika Auger, EVO, Outaouais
2/ Anna Morineau, EVO, Outaouais
3/ Olivier Julien, CVDM, Sud Ouest
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