Monday, January 28, 2008

Canada sends a small army to Miami OCR

Only 4 of the Olympic classes along with the Paralympic classes are in Biscayne Bay right now. Normally, there are 11. The others have championships elsewhere that conflict. Still, the Miami OCR is the only ISAF grade 1 event in the U.S. and a great winter opportunity for Canadian sailors. So, I suppose it is no wonder such a high number of Canada's high performance sailors are there for the racing which begins today. Just being there is an accomplishment already. 31 entries are Canadian. For the youth competitors, we hear Miami regattas can be major parties, but please, keep the coaches away from the more groady places, we're counting on you.

Listed below are Montreal area entrants according to the Miami OCR website. They are almost entirely the young female sailors in the Radial class. Tyler Bjorn (Montreal High Performance Camp) is also there with his usual partner Brian Cramer in the Star class - Congrats to them and all the Canadian entries!

  • Jessica Lombard, Montreal
  • Genevieve Bougie-Bastien, Beaconsfield
  • Nicole Bastet, Hudson
  • Laurence Bonneau-Charland, Ste-Agathes-des-Monts
  • Tyler Bjorn
We note that Andrew Wong made it back from competing down under for the Laser class. Youth sailor Oliver Darroch has a new Laser for the event he'll be sailing for the first time. A lot of the Laser sailors have pretty new rides actually. Anybody have/want a deal on the previous boats?

- Ralph, Montreal Sailing