Bruce, Jackie and Coach Steve are all back in Victoria now after a long flight from Rio. All three were greeted by a very excited and happy group of friends, family and fans. Everyone cheered and clapped as they walked through the gates at YYJ Victoria International Airport, and surrounded the paralympians with hugs, handshakes, congratulatory welcomings and plenty of smiles.
Bruce and Jackie told us about their travels, how happy they are to be home and Jackie exlaimed that she can't wait for her bath!
Coach Stephen McBride was in very high spirits as he was congratulated by everyone as well, and even greeted by his mom and dad!
John will be arriving around 10:30 pm on Friday, September 23rd - let's show him a welcoming home party he won't forget either!
For a video of the paralympian's entrace, please see our Facebook page here (you do not need an account to view our page).
John, Jackie and Bruce will all be speaking after dinner at the Fall Dinghies Regatta on Saturday, September 24 and again after dinner at the Thermopylae Regatta. All members are welcome to attend the presentations to hear about their experiences on and off the water in Rio for the 2016 Paralympics.
John & Jackie win SILVER at the Rio Paralympics
After 6 days of sailing and a total of eleven races, John and Jackie have secured the Silver medal at the 2016 Rio Paralympics!
There were a few white knuckled moments and plenty of cheering after every race, but we can't wait to congratulate the team in person when they return to Victoria.
A report done by the Globe and Mail before the final race was finished, was published with John saying, “First five minutes after a race, there might be a few words shared,” ... “That happens with any team. And then you realize that you have to spend the rest of your life together too, and you go ‘Okay, I might have to apologize for something I said there."
“It’s been a life lesson. Or 20,” [Jackie] laughed.
For the full report, click here.
Bruce Millar also fought hard at the 2016 Paralympics, securing the 10th position overall with 16 entries in the 2.4mR fleet. Bruce sailed over 5 days (day two was rescheduled due to lack of wind) and 11 races.
Congratulations teams! GO CANADA GO!!
Max Gallant - Sailor of the Month
Our Paralympians aren't the only ones taking the world by storm - Max Gallant has just been named the Sailor of the Month by Sail Canada.
Max shined the brightest out of many hopeful sailors competing for glory:
"Max placed 6th in the U21 Laser World Championships in Kiel, Germany. This stand-out performance is a product of Max’s full-time dedication and commitment to sailing. As a developing athlete, Max hopes to build off of the momentum of this victory, and use it as a stepping stone in the remainder of his sailing career. “This year has been an amazing year with selection to The Canadian sailing team to help fuel my efforts towards better and better performances. My progression through the year followed a trend of peaks and valleys as I am still learning to peak at the right times.” Max is praised for his excellent work ethic, and willingness to help others. “This fall my training will have a heavy emphasis on fitness in order to provide me with a platform to work from when I compete in European events this spring.”"
Read the full article here: http://www.sailing.ca/sailor-of-the-month-max-gallant-p199595
Cadboro Bay 26 - Zig Zag
I had the chance to snag Vidas Stukas away from the growing crowd of onlookers, thunderbird enthusiasts, excited members and crew mates to learn about the new Cadboro Bay 26, Zig Zag.
Vidas explains they took the top off an old Thunderbird in February, removed the cabin, pushed the mast back a couple inches from where it used to be, and they wanted swept back spreaders.
Vidas then described the difference in Zig Zag, as compared to Owl, his old Thunderbird; “[We] took the uppers and moved them to the aft lowers, so in effect moved them back 18 inches, and what this does is triangulate the rig and makes the long part of the mast stiffer. And by taking the jumpers off, we actually now have a mast that is actually quite flexible at the top and depowers easily but meanwhile we have a foresight tension that has maintained a rig tension and mainsheet tension. So this actually allows depowering the rig under choppier and heavier conditions but yet allowing you to deploy. This is actually rare”.
Vidas continues to say “during Owl’s experiment, changing from a standard T-Bird, with these changes, roughly around $500 in used sails and $50 in aluminum, we chopped 10 – 11% in speed around the course. So basically 5-7 minutes in a 50 minute race”.
Vidas and his team hoisted Zig Zag off the trailer, and lowered it to just the right angle for Vidas to christen the boat with a pinch of sailor’s rum, then they lowered her down to the ocean for her first floating test.
It was a resounding success!! Zig Zag comfortably floated while Vidas and wife, Hilary happily smiled for the camera from within the Cadboro Bay 26.
We can’t wait to see how she does in a race!
P.S. Next time you see Vidas, ask how many names they went through before deciding on Zig Zag - there were quite a few contenders!
The interview can be found here, on our YouTube page: https://youtu.be/AkvVzCLMmY0
Paralympic Opening Ceremonies
We would like to send out a massive Congratulations to John and Jackie McRoberts and Bruce Millar, our paralympian sailors who attended the Paralympic Opening Ceremonies on Wednesday, September 7th in Rio. They very joyfully waved as they entered the arena for Canada with all of the other paralympians.
RVYC members watched anxiously in the Chartoom Bar to see their friends on the big screen, and were not disappointed!
Steve McBride, our Head Sailing Coach is with the team in Rio to assist in their journey to Gold. Let's all keep cheering them on! GO CANADA GO!!
John and Jackie McRoberts at the Opening Ceremonies
Coach, Steve McBride at the Opening Ceremonies
Bruce Millar getting ready to head to the Opening Ceremonies