The last day of racing brought little wind for the sailors at the 2017 Canada Summer Games. After being postponed on the water for an hour in the morning, sailors returned to shore to continue to wait for wind! In the end, there was no racing to be had on the final day of the event.
After 8 races in the Laser fleet, Ontario’s Matti Muru takes home the Gold medal, after leading throughout the event. Close behind, John Owen from British Columbia takes Silver and Quebec’s Justin Vittecoq takes home the Bronze. Racing was tight in the Laser fleet throughout the event and finishes with only three points separating the top three sailors.
Radial sailor Clara Gravely from Ontario lead the entire event, with six 1st place finishes over 8 races and finishing with a comfortable point lead and a Gold Medal. Lauren Sullivan from Nova Scotia takes home Silver after a week of strong racing. The Bronze Medal goes to Léa Desgroseilliers from Quebec.
In the 2.4M class, Joe Gerlinsky from Saskatchewan takes home the Gold Medal, an improvement on his Silver Medal at the 2013 Canada Games. Ontario’s Aaron Wong-Sing takes Silver, also improving on his 2013 Canada Games Bronze. Siobhan MacDonald, another Canada Games veteran, from Nova Scotia captures the Bronze. MacDonald missed out on the medals in 2013, finishing 4th.
The 29er Male fleet sailed 11 races over the event. Cameron Shaw & Justin Timmins from Nova Scotia won the Gold Medal, with all top 4 finishes. Silver goes to Galen Richardson & Jake Adair from Ontario, who were followed closely by Cameron Baird & Alec Baird from Quebec who take home the Bronze.
In the 29er Female fleet, racing was close through 9 races, with Audrey Staples & Caterina Kunz from Quebec securing the Gold Medal. Georgia Stein & Chloe Congourdeau of Ontario are close behind, winning the Silver, followed by Emily Bugeja & Hannah Smith from BC who take Bronze.
The Canada Games and Gimli Yacht Club volunteers have gone above and beyond to ensure that sailors, coaches and officials were welcomed and well taken care of over the course of the week. They have been planning for over two years for the games and have provided a great venue and atmosphere for everyone involved. Officials from across the country have come together to deliver fair racing in very challenging conditions.
Thank you to everyone who has been part of the sailing for the 2017 Canada Summer Games, it has been a great event!
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