Canada Secures Olympic Berths at early stage in Perth!
The hard work is already paying off for some of our Canadian sailors as they secure their places in Gold fleet at the 2011 ISAF World Championships. Even more impressive, at this stage a few classes have already guaranteed Canada an Olympic berth for 2012.
Nikola Girke clawed her way up the score board in the RSX W class yesterday to position herself in the gold fleet and qualify the country for 2012. The Gold fleet contains a total 19 countries and this event qualifies a total of 20 countries in RSX W, thus guaranteeing Canada's presence in London. In order for Nikola to put an end to the Canadian RSX W Olympic trials, she will need to place top 10 overall in Perth for automatic qualification.
The Laser Radial fleet was cut in half today to 51 boats in the Gold fleet. Four Canadians have made the gold cut led by Claire Merry, with a very respectable day (5, 15, 12) sitting 22nd overall. Other Canadians include Danielle Dube, Isabella Bertold and Claire's sister Ingrid. Canada has already earned a country spot in this class! There are 26 boats in the gold fleet and 29 country spots up for grabs. Well done Radials!
Two time Olympian Lisa Ross is certainly feeling the sting today as she missed the cut by only one place. However, don't count her out just yet, as her points will carry over to the second stage of the Olympic Radial trials in Miami if a top 10 Canadian result is not acheived in Perth.
The Canadian Finn team is battling hard in the Gold Fleet with 2008 Olympian Chris Cook & up-and-comer Greg Douglas positioning themselves perfectly to lock down a country berth for the Olympics.
There are 22 countries represented in their top fleet and 18 available spots. Chris is currently sitting in 16th overall while Greg is in reach in 21st overall with only 7 points between them. We look forward to watching this story unfold.
470 Men, Luke Ramsay & Mike Leigh, both former Laser sailors, joined forces this year and have secured their Gold fleet position today. Even better, a country berth is still attainable over the next few days. There are 25 countries in the 470 gold fleet and only 19 countries can qualify at this event. Mike & Luke are currently 19th overall. The class has not yet met an internal standard of top 60% of nations at specified events. This standard must also be acheived to secure the country berth.
CYA would like to congratulate the classes who have already earned a country berth for 2012. We are looking forward to celebrating similar stories over the next few weeks.
Full results can be found: http://www.perth2011.com/.
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