It's a little known sports fact but Canada is a world power in Finn
sailing. In the early 1990's two-time world champion Hank Lammens of
Kingston, Ont., who also played in the NHL with the Ottawa Senators, was
one of the top-ranked sailors heading into the 1992 Games. Unfortunately
he was disqualified for an equipment violation.
Hot on Lammens heels throughout that period and now Canada's number-one
Finn sailor is Richard Clarke who has clearly established himself as a
medal threat for Sydney. Clarke had an impressive month of April. He was
fourth at the Finn European Championships in Palma, Spain; first at the
Princess Sofia Regatta also in Palma and finished his tour with a win at
Hyeres Week in France.
Clarke, four times in the top-five at the last six world championships,
wants to improve on his self-described disappointing ninth place at the
1996 Games. Clarke is also an expert in the technical side of the sport.
He is a consultant for North Sails, a boat equipment company.
Men's Finn: Richard Clarke, Toronto, finished 17th overall.
Men's Finn: Richard Clarke, Toronto, was 15th after seven races.
Men's Finn: Richard Clarke, Toronto, was 16th overall after six races.
Men's Finn: Richard Clarke, Toronto, was 15th after four races.
Finn: Richard Clarke, Toronto, was 19th after two races.
2000 Games Sailing Coverage