A Quebec quartet continued its dominance in the Gold Fleet competition of the 2011 Mobility Cup Thursday, though the top spot changed hands.
Marc Villeneuve jumped ahead of previous leader Pierre Richard on the strength two first-place finishes at the event hosted by The Royal Hamilton Yacht Club and the Burlington Sailing & Boating Club.
Both sail for the Association Quebecoise de Voile Adaptee. Fellow AQVA members Hafsa Chaar and Rene Dallaire stand third and fourth.
The sailing was trickier Thursday with choppier seas, eight-to 12-knot winds and threatening skies in the morning that cleared by early afternoon.
Genevieve Wickham of Sailability/Royal Perth Yacht Club of Perth, Australia won two of three races for the second straight day to build a commanding lead in the Access Liberty Fleet on the second day of the 2011 Mobility Cup.
And Calgary’s Sara Cooper regained the lead over American Rob Klein of Falmouth, MA in the Silver Fleet based on two third-place efforts.
The 21st Mobility Cup features almost 60 disabled athletes from Australia, the Netherlands, the U.K., U.S.A and Canada.
by John Kernaghan
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Contemporary, sleek design is combined with innovative features using modern construction techniques, materials and components. The 500GL has a low profile and wide side decks. The plumb bow and full beam, carried well aft with a visible hard chine, are design features found on current racing profiles. The expansive drop transom is a feature shared with many modern cruisers along with twin wheels and a foldout sunbed in the cockpit. It’s the design innovations in the interior that sets the Dufour 500 Grand Large apart.
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