Antonia and Georgia Lewin-LaFrance win bronze at the Kiel Week event in Germany
Kingston, June 26, 2022 – Sisters Antonia and Georgia Lewin-LaFrance from Chester, N.S., won the bronze medal in 49erFX at the Kiel Week event which ended Sunday in Germany.
In fourth place following the 10 preliminary races and one point behind a spot on the podium, the Canadian team won the medal race to gain one spot and come up with the bronze medal, finishing ahead of some competitors who were at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, including Olympic silver medalists Tina Lutz and Susann Beucke from Germany.
Throughout the competition, the Lewin-LaFrance sisters earned nine top 10 results in 11 races, including two victories.
This is the second time over the past year that the team from Nova Scotia has come up with a podium finish at a major international competition, as they also won the bronze medal at the 2021 49er FX European Championships. Kiel Week is one of the biggest sailing events in the world, showcasing 4,000 sailors in Olympic and non-Olympic classes.
“It feels great to finish Kiel Week on the podium. We won the medal race and snagged bronze,” said Antonia and Georgia Lewin-LaFrance who, last weekend, were part of the Canada SailGP Team that raced in the second event of the season in Chicago. “We flew overseas last Sunday. We were exhausted and our bags didn’t make it. But with some proper rest, we were ready to race. Up next are the 49erFX European Championships in Aarhus starting July 5!”
Tokyo 2020 Olympians Ali ten Hove (Kingston, ON) and Mariah Millen (Toronto, ON) finished 19th in the 49erFX competition, which had a field of competitors that was comprised of 65 teams.
In ILCA, B.C. sailors Fillah Karim (Vancouver) and Maura Dewey (Victoria) were the top Canadians. Karim took the 13th spot out of 98 sailors in ILCA 7 while Dewey finished 20th out of 42 competitors in ILCA 6.
Canadian results at the 2022 Kiel Week event
49er FX (/65)
BRONZE Antonia & Georgia Lewin-LaFrance (Chester, N.S.) – RNSYS/CYC – Canadian Sailing Team
19. Ali ten Hove (Kingston, ON) & Mariah Millen (Toronto, ON) – Kingston YC/RCYC – Canadian Sailing Team
58. Tate Howell (Toronto, ON) & Adrianna Baird (Beaconsfield, QC) – RCYC/RVYC/Pointe-Claire YC
ILCA 7 (/98)
13. Fillah Karim (Vancouver, B.C., RVYC) – Canadian Sailing Development Squad
21. Luke Ruitenberg (St. Margaret’s Bay, N.S., RNSYS) – Canadian Sailing Development Squad
27. James Juhasz (Oakville, ON, BHYC) – Canadian Sailing Development Squad
31. Liam Bruce (Oakville, ON, Port Credit YC) – Canadian Sailing Development Squad
41. Ryan Anderson (Halifax, N.S., RNSYS) – Canadian Sailing Development Squad
48. Ben Flower (Tobermory, ON, Tobermory YC)
ILCA 6 (/42)
20. Maura Dewey – (Victoria, B.C., RVYC) – Canadian Sailing Development Squad
26. Coralie Vittecoq – (Montréal, QC, Pointe-Claire YC/BLBC) – Canadian Sailing Development Squad
27. Clara Gravely (Toronto, ON, ABYC) – Canadian Sailing Development Squad
42. Annalise Balasubramanian – (Toronto, ON-RCYC)
42. William Jones (Jerseyville, ON) & Evan DePaul (Burlington, ON) – RHYC – Canadian Sailing Development Squad
64. Thomas & William Staples (Beaconsfield, QC) – RSLYC
87. Dylan Jones (Victoria, B.C.) & Jonathan Kelly (Nanaimo, B.C.) – RVicYC/RVYC
88. Arie Moffat (Kingston, ON) & Samuel Bonin (Toronto, ON) – KYC/RCYC – Canadian Sailing Development Squad
Nacra 17 (/31)
30. Zoé Roosen (Montréal/Beaconsfield, QC) & Nicolas Tosi (Gatineau, QC) – RSLYC/Kelowna YC/PCYC
More details and a link to the results are available on Sail Canada’s website at www.sailing.ca.
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