Millar/Campbell/Lutes Sonar Campaign
The international disabled sailing circuit is facing new kids on the block! Blackstrap/Saskatoon Sailing Clubs racing community is closely following the progress of Logan Campbell in his Paralympic campaign in the Sonar Class. The Sonar is a Bruce Kirby-designed 22 foot three man keelboat that has been in the Paralympics since sailing was first introduced to the event in 2000. The team leader is Victoria’s Bruce Millar, one of Canada’s top 2.4 mR sailors, who has made the transition from the single- handled boat to the Sonar for the Paralympic Games. The third member is Scott Lutes from Nova Scotia – the team can truly claim cross-Canada representation!
Logan’s training program began in earnest last winter, when he undertook a regimented weight training/nutrition program to gain 35 pounds for optimal performance in the Sonar. (He has also adopted a new Buzz Lightyear hairstyle which both looks very fast and pleases his mother no end!) With completion of his degree in mechanical engineering as well as travelling to regattas Logan has been a busy lad. The campaign officially began with the 2011 IFDS (International Federation of Disabled Sailing) last July in Weymouth, England, in which the team qualified Canada for the 2012 Paralympic Games, to be hosted in August/September 2012 immediately following the London Olympics. Since Logan’s victory (with Coach Lammens) in the prestigious Tumbleweed Worlds at Redberry Lake last August, the team has been training and racing out of St. Petersburg, Florida. Notable regattas have included the 2012 IFDS Worlds (8th), Miami OCR (7th), and NOOD Regatta, St Petersburg (2nd).
The team has just returned to Victoria, and will embark on the European circuit April 9th, with the first regatta April 20-27th in Hyeres, France (Semaine Olympique Francaise 2012; http://sof.ffvoile.fr/), followed by the Delta Lloyd Regatta (May 22-26th) in Medemblik, Netherlands (http://www.deltalloydregatta.org) and Sail for Gold in Weymouth , GBR (June 2-9th; http://enter.skandiasailforgoldregatta.co.uk/eventsites/default_s.asp?eventid=109902 ). Sail for Gold is the test event for the Olympics, after which the site is shut down for final preparations for the Games. The team plans to return to Victoria for training and participation in open regattas as opportunities arise. The team has a website http://www.sonarteam.com upon which updates will be posted.
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This post was written by mheseltine on March 26, 2012