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Road to Rio: Looking ahead to Sonar in 2016 for Great Britain

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Great Britain is the only country currently qualified for the 2016 Summer Paralympics in this boat with options for who to send after on of their boats finished high enough at last year’s World Championships. The obvious answer as to who they should send is the boat crewed by John Robertson, Hannah Stodel, and Steve Thomas which is currently ranked third in the world. The boat has been ranked as high as first in the world. Great Britain’s second boat is on crewed by Craig Wood, Ed Suckling, Luke Sinnott, Steven Palmer, and Liam Cattermole. They are currently ranked eleventh in the world, off from their high of tenth. Great Britain’s last option is the boat crewed by Michael Cogswell, Ed Suckling, and Alistair Barter. This boat is currently ranked twentieth in the world.

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What events British sailors have been competing at in the past three months can be difficult to track. Garda and Trentino Olympic Week, which took place earlier this month and had a sonar event, has no ISAF results published on their website. Trofeo Sar Princess Sofia did not have Sonar on their program. Oceanbridge Sail Auckland Regatta in New Zealand in March had this class on their program, but only New Zealand competitors took part.

 

As a sailing nation, Great Britain ranks as one of the top. Its sailors are among the most active on the international scene. In this class, the past few years have seen British sailors compete in the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, 2014 IFDS Combined World Championships, 2014 SONAR North American Championship, 2014 Sail for Gold Regatta, 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères, 2013 IFDS Combined World Championships, 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères, and 2014 Delta Lloyd Regatta.

 

Great Britain has never medaled at the Paralympic Games in this event. They did compete in this event at the 2012 Summer Paralympics.

 

If you’re interested in following British sailing on Facebook, there are a number of pages you can watch including https://www.facebook.com/BelfastLoughSailability , https://www.facebook.com/pages/British-Sonar-Sailing-Team/373401947525 , https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cowes-Sailability-Club/154532091279574 , https://www.facebook.com/DartSailability , https://www.facebook.com/Disability.Sailing.Scotland , https://www.facebook.com/FoyleSailability , https://www.facebook.com/GBRParalympicSailingGirls , https://www.facebook.com/groups/137603413109295/ , https://www.facebook.com/pages/Helena-Lucas/143075199095648 , https://www.facebook.com/pages/Isabella-Walsh-24mR-Sailor/124601180980521 , https://www.facebook.com/keith.white.disabled.sailor , https://www.facebook.com/pages/Megan-pascoe/283275068349866 , https://www.facebook.com/rudyardsailability , https://www.facebook.com/RutlandSailability , https://www.facebook.com/RYASailability , https://www.facebook.com/sailabilityscotland2012 , https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sailability-Shorncliffe/204741289555668 , https://www.facebook.com/SailAbleBirmingham , https://www.facebook.com/SailingForTheDisabledIsleOfMan , https://www.facebook.com/pages/Swac-Sailability/122879757817952 , https://www.facebook.com/pages/Team-Birrell-Rickham/118460393344 , https://www.facebook.com/pages/Telford-Sailability/148663858480633 , https://www.facebook.com/pages/UK-Sonar-Class-Association/343359170547 , https://www.facebook.com/WashSailability , https://www.facebook.com/www.waveneysailability.co.uk

 

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2529 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees.

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