Montréal, August 7, 2017 - The 2017 Canada Games ended on Friday, August 4th. It was on the magnificent and enormous Lake Winnipeg that the competition took place during the first week of August.
The Quebec Sailing Federation is proud to announce that all athletes attending these 2017 Games have won a medal! The team was composed of Justin Vittecoq in Laser; Léa Desgroseilliers in Radial; Cameron & Alec Baird in the men’s 29er; Audrey Staples & Caterina Kunz in the women’s 29er, with Carmen Denis and Tyler Bjorn as coachs.
The week was hot and not too windy, but the difficult weather conditions did not prevent our athletes from maintaining their good mood, their motivation and above all their objective to win a medal. They achieved their objective as all Quebecers were on the podium!
Gold in 29er F
The 29er class was represented by Audrey Staples & Caterina Kunz who won with the best result of this competition by winning gold! Sailors barely 16 years old and from the Royal St-Lawrence Yacht Club can be proud of their course. The scores were tight between the athletes but the girls led the game all week! Out of a total of 9 races the girls have accumulated three first places and three second places! In spite of their DNF obtained during a race, the girls always kept the morale, and their objective going as far as to obtain the most beautiful of the medals, the gold.
Congratulations Audrey & Caterina!
Bronze in 29er M
For the boys, the competition was also good by Alec & Cameron Baird. The brothers who train at the Royal St-Lawrence Yacht Club have shown that they have their place on the 29er circuit! Being second at the start of the regatta, the athletes finished on the podium in third place at only one small point away with the Ontarians who won the silver. Quebecers scored 28 points and Ontarians 27 points for 11 races. During their good course they will have obtained two first places and two second places, enabling them to finish 3rde on a total of 9 boats.
Congratulations Alec & Cameron!
Bronze in Laser
Justin Vittecoq was our Laser class representative. The young 17-year-old athlete who had recently devoted himself to skiing made a great return to sailing during this regatta. The competition was very close between the leading trio with only 3 points difference between the 1st (ON) and Justin (QC). 8 innings took place during which Justin accumulated three first places and got a total of 15 points while his opponent Matti Muru got 13 points. Congratulations Justin!
Bronze in Radial
In Radial, Léa Desgroseilliers, had a great week and showed what she was capable of! She finished the Games with a magnificent 3rd place. Lea started this competition with an OCS but did not give up anything for the other races. On the contrary, she got three second places with a total of 20 points close to her competitor Lauren Sullivan who finishes 2nd. In her last race, a penalty on the start left Lea last, but did not declare defeat so fast since she climbed the pack to finish 2nd! Nice proof of determination and perseverance. Congratulations Lea!
Congratulations to this beautiful team, young, dynamic, full of joie de vivre and especially endowed with a great talent! And who knows maybe that some of them will be at the rendezvous for the Games of Paris in 2024!
Meanwhile, athletes take advantage of their medals and enjoy their fun, before returning to the CORK competition next week!
A big thank you to our two experienced coaches Carmen Denis and Tyler Bjorn for their excellent work!
Thanks also to the organization of Sail Manitoba, the Gimli Yacht Club and all the volunteers for this great success!
Congratulations to all athletes!