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Thursday, June 2 - We're Going to the OLYMPICS!

posted Jun 2, 2016, 7:59 AM by saunders470

Qualified for Rio 2016!

It's official - we will be going to the Rio 2016 Olympics! We couldn't be happier to have achieved our goal that we've been working towards for almost six years. The official release from Sail Canada can be found here.

We have so many people to thank for all of the support over the years including RNSYS, CYC, Clearwater, High Liner, Colonial Honda, North Sails Yacht ShopNew England Ropes, Castle Building SuppliesCIBC Wood Gundy, Ocean Rodeo, Scotiabank,  The Binnacle, and all of our individual supporters. Without everything you've done for us over the years we could not have achieved what he have; it's greatly appreciated!

We will be hosting a send-off to the Olympics at the Chester Yacht Club on Sunday, July 24 from 5-7, so save the date! We'd love to see you all there!

Upcoming Training

We've got 64 days until the Opening Ceremonies, and we're planning to use that time as effectively as possible to ensure we're ready for Rio!

We're headed to Weymouth, England for the ISAF Sailing World Cup Weymouth & Portland today for our last official regatta before the 2016 Olympics. This will be a great chance to identify areas we need to train on over the next two months in preparation, and many of the Olympic teams will be in attendance. The regatta runs from June 6-12, after which we'll return to Nova Scotia for some training and organization before heading to Rio for our final training block.

We'll be heading to Rio from June 27 until July 20 for three weeks of training with many of the Olympic teams, including two coach run regattas from July 11-13 and 16-18. This will be an invaluable time to further familiarize ourselves with such a tricky venue and final training with Olympic fleet teams prior to the games.

We'll then have two weeks at home before heading to Brazil early August for the Olympics! We're looking forward to a productive and exciting two months ahead of us. Please see the column to the right, to learn how you can help support us in our final preparations for the Rio 2016 Olympics!

Support

We've got 64 days until the Olympics! Now that we have qualified for Rio 2016, we are gearing up for a big push with lots of time on the water training with other Olympic teams and high level coaching.

If you can help us cover the associated costs in any way, please let us know! Training in Rio will be costly, as everything from accommodation, food, boat storage, and coach boat rental has been drastically inflated for the lead up to the Olympics. The Canadian Sailing Team is operating on a very limited budget, and can provide little in the way of support of our training in Rio before the Games. Please consider renewing your support and if at all possible dig a bit deeper - every bit counts! Don't hesitate to contact us if you can help in any way.

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