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Sail Canada Sailor of the Month - May 07, 2015


ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyres welcomed the top 40 Olympic class sailors in the world to compete for the ultimate title of World Cup champion. Radial sailor Isabella Bertold, Nacra team Luke Ramsay & Nikola Girke, 49er FX team Erin Rafuse & Danielle Boyd & Laser sailor Robert Davis all made the cut and raced against what is touted to be the toughest fleet racing in the world.

49er FX team Rafuse/Boyd posted a World Cup personal best to date in 15th overall, nearly making the top ten cut in the final series of racing. Isabella Bertold did not pull in her highest World Cup score in the Radial however did just enough to continue her steady ascent in the ISAF World Cup standings to 5th overall.

The Nacra 17 team Ramsay/Girke had their game face in Hyres with one goal in mind - to crack into the top ten. This goal, no easy feat when competing against some legendary sailors including Franck Cammas (FRA), Ben Saxton (GBR) and Billy Besson (FRA) along with his crew Marie Riou have won multiple medals since the inception of the Nacra on the Olympic circuit.Despite a slow start to their event, Luke and Nikola found their stride stringing together multiple top tens including a bullet on day two. The duo clinched their medal race position on the final day with overall point-spread tight enough to make another move into 9th and ultimately round out a breakthrough event for the Canadian team. Luke and Nik catapulted up from 25th in the World Cup Rankings to 15th.

Sail Canada is thrilled to announce that our Sailor of the Month award goes to Luke Ramsay and Nikola Girke!

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