2016 Paralympic Sailing Competition
06 Mar 14
The Qualification System for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Sailing Competition has been released.
This is David Starck's first Lightning World Championship win. This team hails from the Buffalo Canoe Club, Canada - the same location as the next World Championship in 2015.
Lightning Boat Grant Alum Justin Coplan from Nyack Boat Club, Nyack, New York sailing with Danielle Prior and Mike Carney were runner-ups. Last weeks International Master Champion Ched Proctor, Cedar Point YC, Connecticut finished third with his team of Jamie Ewing and Meredith Killion.
Past World Champions Tito Gonzalez, Cristian Herman and Alberto Gonzalez, Jr from Chile finished fourth. The New Jersey Team of Will Brown, also a past Boat Grant Alum finished fifth with his team mates, ILCA President John Faus and Matty Schon.
The breeze has arrived on day four and three great races were on the shifty Lake Trasmineo. Justin Coplan from the Nyack Boat Club in Nyack, NY sailing with Danielle Prior and Mike Carney took the first race. Tom Allen IV, sailing with his son Karl and crew Valerie Tardif-Holly won the second race. Race three was won by the family team of Larry, Adam and Joy MacDonald. At the end of this day, a throw out race takes effect. Team Starck is in the lead with 17 points, Team Coplan is in second with 24 and Team Proctor is right behind them with 26 points.
There was no racing on day three due to no wind.
On day two David Starck from the USA sailing with his wife Jody and longtime crew Ian Jones posted two bullets today to take the overall lead. Team Starck sailed very consistent in the shifty breeze that Lake Trasmenio offered today. Lightning Boat Grant Alum Will Brown from NJ, USA sailing with ILCA Class President John Faus and Matthew Schon posted a 3, 6 to sit in second place, nine points behind Starck. Current World Champions Tito Gonzalez, Cristian Herman and Alberto Gonzalez, Jr. from Chile are in third with 20 points. Racing continues tomorrow in this 9 race series.