Sailboats dominated the waters at the 2016 BC Summer Games at Rendall Park on Harrison Lake earlier today, manned by independent and confident skippers. Conditions were mild, and slightly choppy on the lake, as sailors continued another day of competition, with some final results now in.
Optimists, Lasers, and 420s of female and male classes sailed through five races during yesterday’s competition with Elle Mackenzie and Eleanor Hawkins (#7115) (Zone 5) coming in first place in the 420 female class.
In the 420 Open Class race, Cameron Wallace and Hannah Stevens (#6406) Zone 6 commandeered the scene, coming in first place.
In the Lazer Female Class, Makena Shepard (#198049) Zone 6, took the helm, ranking first for the day, and the Laser Male Class, saw the heroic efforts of Josh Smithman (200138) Zone 4 realized as he ranked first in his division.
Marc Ross (#1450) Zone 5, ranked first for the Optimist Blue Class, and Grace Poole of Zone 6 took first place for the Optimist Red Class.
The intricate and patient sport of sailing is one that teaches youth independence, according to sailing mom Michelle Anderson.
“It’s a very family-oriented sport, one that can span multiple generations and where people can get out and involved — it’s community-minded and kids are encouraged to get out and involved,” she said.