Canadians in Miami winter racing news!

2015 Quantum Key West Race Week - Day 3
Lots of action in Key West for a few Canadian teams this past week; Zingara and Black Dog competed in the popular Melges 24 division, where Richard Reid’s Zingara hangs on to a third place podium finish. Meanwhile in a growing J/88 one-design division, Touch2Play, Rob and Sandy Butler’s new bright pink boat has posted enough bullets this week, including the last three races, to clinch the overall division win in a tie with second place Deviation. A fabulous result given this is the first event in the new boat!

The 26th running of the ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami is all set for next week at the US Sailing Centre on Miami’s beautiful Biscayne Bay, where more than 800 athletes from 60 countries are expected. This is the only north american event on the ISAF World Cup circuit and Canada is well represented with over 70 participants. Racing begins on Monday, February 26th, with medal races in the ten olympic classes scheduled for next Saturday. Get the full details about our Canadian athletes below and watch our website for daily reports!

Canada's Isabella Bertold eyes off the top mark in the Laser Radial Medal Race. - 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup, Melbourne
John Curnow ©

Earlier this month, enthusiastic Laser and Finn Canadian Sailing Team members attended the Lauderdale Olympic Regatta. Meanwhile, at the Miami Midwinters and North Americans, 470’s, 49ers, FX, Nacra’s and RSX fleets were in action; another great warm-up event for the Miami World Cup for most, but Canadian RSX racers Nikola Girke and Zak Plavsic took this opportunity to qualify for the 2015 Pan-Am games.

RSX sailors qualify for Toronto 2015

For those fortunate ones, the Caribbean racing circuit is getting underway; drop us a note if you are racing down south this winter so we can report on your fun in the sun!

Looking ahead to September, the successful Royal Canadian Yacht Club team will be looking to defend their New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup 2011 and 2013 title wins again this year. 19 yacht clubs from 11 countries will be competing for the coveted honours this fall.

Finally, find out about the Sail Canada special award winners below.

All the best!

Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor