Monday, April 28, 2008

Canadian wins at 40th Semaine Olympique Française in Hyères

The CYA website has the report below. How exciting that Canada has so many contenders for the upcoming Olympics! - Ralph, Montreal Sailing:

"For the second year in a row a Canadian has won an event at Hyeres. Mike Leigh, in the Laser class, competed gamely all week, remaining amongst the top 3 through some challenging days and putting together a solid medal race to wrap up the event. Mike has performed exceptionally well since winning the berth to represent Canada in Beijing. His Laser Radial World Championship has now been followed up by this outstanding performance at one of the premiere events on the circuit.

"The competition in the Finn fleet was its typical tight fight, Canada's Chris Cook was looking solid in the Medal race when a random wind shift inverted the fleet. Cooker hung tough finishing 6th in the medal race and 8th overall. David Wright also in the Laser class rounded out the Canadians in the medal races, a first for Dave and a top shelf overall finish of 9th overall."


The last day of racing with its medal races saw light and shifting winds which are what competitors are expecting at Qingdao for the Beijing Olympics. Earlier in the regatta, conditions were very heavy winds and steep, close waves, so they have seen it all, making the victors all the more impressive.

Bravo for Dominique Vallee (Multivoile) in the Womens' RSX, Genevieve Bougie-Bastien (RStLYC) in the Laser Radial and Oliver Bone and Stephane Locas (BYC) in the mens' 470. While finishing back in the standings, they are afterall among the world's best. Montreal Sailing is among their biggest fans!