July 13, 2022

SinC Allan Clark 400In June, BC sailor and coach, Allan Clark, won a gold medal at the 2022 ILCA 6 Grand Masters World Championship in Mexico and finished 6th at the ILCA 7 event.

Congratulations on your gold medal in ILCA 6! How does it feel?
I was satisfied to win the ILCA 6 Masters World Championship. It was a goal and I was relieved to reach that goal.

You also took the 6th spot in the ILCA 7 event. Were you pleased with that result?
I had a chance to get on the podium in the ILCA 7 event, but I sailed a poor fourth day and then only had a chance for the top 5. I ended up finishing sixth. I enjoyed the event, but the goal was to be in the top 3.

With those back-to-back competitions coming in a span of close to three weeks, how much time did you spend in Mexico?
I was in Mexico for a month and I also trained there over the month of February.

How were you able to stay in Mexico for that long?
I took vacation time from my work.

How many hours a week do you train?
I trained a lot this year in preparation for these Worlds, 60 days, but most years I do a minimal amount.

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Which class do you prefer: ILCA 6 or 7?
I like both classes, they have enough differences to make it interesting.

You are also an instructor. For how long have you been coaching now?
I have been coaching teenagers my whole adult life (40 years), including 20 years at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club.

When and how did you start sailing?
I started sailing at Britannia Yacht Club when I was 10.

What do you like about sailing?
Sailboat racing is interesting because of its complete complexity, physically and mentally.

 

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Silver medal for Andre Deseau of West Van YC

Close to 40 young Canadian sailors were in action last weekend for the Midwinters West competitions held in California.

At the ILCA-NA Midwinters West held at Marina del Rey, Andre Deseau was the top Canadian with a second-place finish in the ILCA 4 class. The athlete from West Vancouver Yacht Club had a strong last day with a 4th, 1st and 3rd position, allowing him to climb from third to second spot. 

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