O Canada’s Canadian Ocean Racing Wraps up at the Pan Am Games
Four Aspiring Offshore Athletes (AOAs) from across the country join Skipper Eric Holden on a journey from Vancouver to Toronto via the Panama Canal.
The AOA program launches with the team’s first #CORTOUR, in which the team will log over 8000 nM training with Eric Holden on Open 60 O Canada. COR’s journey to Toronto will take 2 months and will culminate at the team’s appearance at the Pan Am Games plus local events.
Left to Right: Sandy Macpherson, Morgen Watson, Eric Holden, Daniel Gaw, Liam Johnston
Credit: Tristan Perry/Canadian Ocean Racing
Offshore sailing is not just a sport, it’s a lifestyle. A lifestyle that can be hard to adjust to for most, and the only way of life for others. All the CORTOUR crew have offshore experience, but every experience is different between boats and crew.
A major goal of this tour is to train the team how to handle an Open 60 in shorthanded and eventually solo situations. O Canada herself also requires a few alterations to be made more suitable for Eric’s 2016 solo, nonstop, round the world Vendee Globe Race.