Perth delivered some fantastic sailing conditions for the final day of the championships for the Canadians. The day kicked off with the Medal Race in the Star. The Canadian team of Richard Clarke and Tyler Bjorn were holding down the final spot for medal race contention. The medal races were held very close to shore and make for some great entertainment.
|49ers Dubreucq/Parekh cheering on Star team|
The Canadians had a good start and rounded the first mark in 5th. Unfortunately they received a penalty flag from the jury boat for kinetics. It is unclear what kind of kinetics but Richard assumes it could be for rocking the boat. They were charged with a one-turn penalty and by the time they completed their turn, they were in 10th and about 150 metres behind the 9th place boat. Sailing tremendously well, they made it back to 8th, leaving them in 10th in the overall standings. National Team coach Steve Mitchell reflects on the Star's performance in Perth. "We are happy with getting qualification out of the way as early as we could here, its one more step on the way to the podium in Weymouth, and was always our main goal here in Perth. It wasn't our plan to be that close though! We have high standards as a team, and need to push our program towards Weymouth with a schedule of specific training over the winter and spring to get ourselves in a position of fighting it out with the top teams where we should be, and where we have been at times during 2011. Our program has always been about the long game, with one specific goal at the end, so we will review all of our performances here and make a plan moving forward, there will be no resting on our laurels! Now the hard work really starts." Check out this CBC News clip:
Bjorn Olympic Dream
For the RSX Men, today marked the last day of fleet racing. Zac Plavsic had a remote chance of making it into the top 10 (sitting in 14th overall) for the medal race and to clinch a spot for the London Games. The wind was 18-22 knots today which suited Zac just fine. Zac put up solid performances placing 9th and 6th on the day. Zac did move up to 12th overall, but will have to wait for the Worlds in Cadiz to qualify himself for the Olympics. Zac's position, 10th country, has easily qualified Canada for a spot in the Men's RSX in London. 12th place was Zac's personal best at a World Championships. High Performance Director, Ken Dool is optimistic and says, "Zac Plavsic demonstrated today what many of us have been waiting to see. He put together a performance at the level of his capabilities on the biggest stage, and for that I am both proud and feel very positively about his future performance". Dool goes on to say, "Zac showed us all that he can deliver on game day". David Hayes also made big improvements having his best ever World Championship result with a 31st overall.
The 49er Silver fleet sailed 3 races today. Overall Cook/Lowden finished 35th and Ladha/ Inkpen were close behind in 37th. It is now time for the Canadian 49er teams to regroup and prepare for the next Worlds in Croatia in March.
Chris Dold (credit: Paul Kane)
The Canadian Laser trials are now narrowed down to two competitors, Chris Dold, placing 21st overall and Dave Wright, 24th overall. In a seesaw battle Chris looked to be on the verge of putting it away at several times before David rebounded, and then visa versa. This battle carried on through the final day and the sum of it is that Chris holds a narrow 3 point lead heading into the final trials event in Miami. We look forward to watching this story play out in January.
Dave Wright (credit: Paul Kane)
The only Canadian 470 womens' team of Dana Archibald and Karen Dexter also demonstrated their fortitude today with their best race of the series in the last race with a 35th to finish 42nd overall.
In summary of this event, Canada qualified for Olympic berths in 6 of the 10 Olympic classes, missing out in 470 Men and Women, 49er and Women's Match Racing. One team was individually selected for the Games - Star. Two Olympic trials, the Laser and Radial, have been narrowed down mathematically. That story will conclude in one month at Miami OCR. For all the other hopefuls, 2012 Worlds is the next big show. Congrats to Team Canada!
Full results can be found at www.perth2011.com
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