Pan Am Games Canadian Sailing Team

Sailing has been included at all editions of the Pan American Games with the exception of two: 1955 and 1975 (both Mexico City). Although both mega international multi-sport events, the Pan Am Games sailing program differs significantly from the Olympic program, with only five gender-specific events included in both. The Pan Am Games program features five non-Olympic events that are open to both genders and therefore mixed crews.

In 2015, Team Canada’s Pan American Sailing Team was comprised of a total of 18 athletes and 5 support staff. These athletes competed in the following sailing events at the Pan Am Games [those from Ontario are identified with (ON)]:

Olympic Boats:

• Men’s RS:X (windsurfer) - Zachary Plavsic
• Men’s Laser (one person dinghy) - Lee Parkhill (ON)
• Women’s RS:X (windsurfer) - Nikola Girke
• Women’s Laser Radial (one person dinghy) - Brenda Bowskill (ON)
• Women’s 49er FX (skiff) - Erin Rafuse & Danielle Boyd (ON)

Non-Olympic Boats:
• Open Sunfish (one person dinghy) - Luke Ramsay
• Open Snipe (two person dinghy) - Evert McLaughlin (ON) & Alexandra Damley Strnad (ON)
• Open Hobie 16 (two person catamaran) - Dan Borg (ON) & Liana Giovando (ON)
• Open J24 (four person keelboat) - Terry McLaughlin (ON), David Jarvis (ON), David Ogden (ON), & Sandy Andrews (ON)
• Mixed Lightning (three person dinghy) - Jamie Allen, Jay Deakin, & Chantal Leger

3 Responses

  1. Contrary to the opening statement in your website, sailing WAS part of the Pan-Am games in 1967 - these competitions were held at Gimli, Manitoba, on Lake Winipeg. The facilities constructed for the games established the foundation of what was to become the Gimll Yacht Club, which is now the largest sailing club and yacht harbour in Manitoba. I currently own a Snipe that was built for the 1967 games. Dirk Knuelman Jr. of Ontario Yachts, who built this boat, remembers trailering several boats to Manitoba with his father, Dirk Knuelman Sr. so it could be used by the Canadian team. Knuelman/Ontario Snipes were highly competitive at that time and much sought after. Here are some links of interest... with best wishes, Dr. Bruce Bolster Clandeboye, Manitoba
    • Margaret Hull
      Hello Bruce Thanks for your comment on our website. However, we couldn't find the spot where we said sailing WASN'T a part of the Pan-Am Games in 1967 - please let us know and we'll correct it. There is a Snipe group at Guelph Community Boating Club, and Harri Palm took his Snipe to Conestogo Sailing Club where he won the Wellington Cup of 2016. Margaret, Publicity Captain, BLSC
    • Margaret Hull
      Hello Bruce We have fixed the error you pointed out in our Pan Am Games Sailing post. Thank you for letting us know.

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