Canada will represent a total of nine windsurfing athletes, including two-time Olympian Tom Ramshaw, at the ILCA 7 Men’s World Championships from May 23-28 in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico.
The veteran sailor from Toronto will lead a team that also includes members of the Sail Canada development group such as Ryan Anderson, Liam Bruce, Falah Karim, James Johas, Luke Rothenberg and Forest Wachholz, as well as Canadian athletes Ben Flower and Norman Struthers.
Ramshaw will go on to return to ILCA 7. After participating in several world championships in ILCA 7 (Laser), he transferred to the Finn in 2016. After the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, he is now back at ILCA 7 while the Finn class is not for much longer in the Olympic programme.
So far in 2022, the 30-year-old has finished first and second at the US Open sailing championships in Clearwater and Fort Lauderdale. Ramshaw, who finished third in the first race of the season, as part of the Canadian SailGP team last weekend, was also the first Canadian in the Hempel World Sailing Cup in Spain at the beginning of April.
“I have spent more time laser-sailing (ILCA7) in these facilities in Mexico than anywhere else, and I am really looking forward to this opportunity to compete in great races in these waters,” said Ramshaw, who trained there while doing so. Competing in ILCA 7. “The Men’s World Championships at ILCA 7 are always tough regattas. So I will aim to improve on the mistakes I made during the last World Cup in order to get a better result.”
Falah Karim: Building on his success in the French Olympic Week
Falah Karim is also looking forward to competing in these tournaments after he was the best Canadian in the French Olympic week in Hyers, France at the end of April, where he finished the competition in 28th place, his best result in his career.
“In the middle of the 2024 Olympics, these world championships in Mexico will be a great opportunity to assess ourselves in relation to our current global situation,” said Falah Karim. “Personally, I feel more prepared for these world championships than ever before, and can’t wait to start competing. However, one of the beautiful things about the sport is that it doesn’t cost much to talk about. Either way, the results speak for themselves.”
“It is also good to see the evolution of the Canadian scene at ILCA 7 since the last World Championships in Barcelona in November. We have so many young athletes who put in so much effort, and I can’t wait to see them shine on the world stage in Mexico.”
Canadian athletes at the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Championships
Tom Ramshaw (Toronto, Ontario – RCYC) – Canadian sailing team
Ryan Anderson (Halifax, NS, RNSYS) – Canadian Development Sailing Group
Liam Bruce (Oakville, Ontario, Port Credit YC) – Canadian Development Sailing Group
Falah Karim (Vancouver, BC, RVYC) – Development of Canadian Sailing Group
James Johas (Oakville, Ontario, BHYC) – Canadian Development Sailing Group
Luke Ruitenberg (St. Margaret’s Bay, NS, RNSYS) – Canadian developing sailing group
Forrest Wachholz (Innisfil, ON, Barrie YC) – Canadian sailing group development
Ben Flower (Tobermory, ON, Tobermory YC)
Norman Struthers (Toronto, Ontario, RCYC)
Additional details and a link to the results are available on the Sail Canada website at en.sailing.ca.
Source: Sail Canada