Regatta Begins European Olympic Sailing Season
Palma de Mallorca, Spain (March 27, 2013) – Following the 2016 Olympic Quadrennium racing season debut at ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, in January, the international fleet is in Palma de Mallorca, Spain for the next event of the series. From April 1-6, a group of American sailors, including members of the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider and US Sailing Development Team, will compete in ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma against over 850 sailors from 53 countries. Photos, video interviews and reports from the racecourse will be posted on US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider website, and posted on Facebook and Twitter channels.
“Now that we are in the early days of the Rio 2016 Olympic Quad, an event like Sailing World Cup Palma is a good opportunity for U.S. sailors to gain high-level racing experience in the international fleet while working on new techniques, equipment, and, in some cases, teams,” said Josh Adams, Managing Director of U.S. Olympic Sailing (Essex, Mass.).“For the sailors who have committed to sailing in Europe, this regatta is a starting off point for additional events through the spring and summer.”
U.S. athletes competing:
470 Men - Stuart McNay (Providence, R.I.) and David Hughes (Miami, Fla.)*
470 Women - Anne Haeger (East Troy, Mich.) and Briana Provancha (San Diego, Calif.)*
470 Women – Sydney Bolger (Long Beach, Calif.) and Sarah Lihan (New York, N.Y.) * **
49er - Fred Strammer (Nokomis, Fla.) and Zach Brown (San Diego, Calif.)*
49er - Ryan Pesch (Vineyard Haven, Mass.) and Trevor Burd (Marblehead, Mass.)*
49er – Brad Funk (Miami, Fla.) and Erik Aakhus (Corona del Mar, Calif.)**
49er FX - Kristen Lane (Tiburon, Calif.) and Christine Neville (Oakland, Calif.) **
Finn – Caleb Paine (San Diego, Calif.)*
Finn – Gordon Lamphere (Lake Forest, Ill.)*
Laser - Charlie Buckingham (Newport Beach, Calif.)*
Laser – Erik Bowers (Excelsior, Minn.)
Nacra 17 – Sarah Newberry (Miami, Fla.) and John Casey (Longwood, Fla.)
RS:X Women – Farrah Hall (Annapolis, Md.)
* Denotes member of US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider
** Denotes member of US Sailing Development Team
Racing starts Monday, April 1 and concludes with the medal race on Saturday, April 6 in the 10 Olympic Classes. Racing was cancelled in the SKUD-18 and Sonar classes. There are no Americans competing in the 2.4mR class. Results will be posted online at the event’s website.
Photo: ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami Men's 470 gold medalists David Hughes (left) and Stuart McNay. Credit: Mick Anderson/SailingPIX
About the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider
The US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider is managed by the United States Sailing Association (US Sailing), the national governing body for the sport of sailing and sailboat racing. The top boats in each Olympic and Paralympic class are selected annually to be members of the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider. US Sailing supports these elite athletes with funding, coaching and training. The title sponsor of the team is Sperry Top-Sider; other sponsors include Harken Team McLube. Yale Cordage is a supplier. Oakcliff Sailing is an official training center.
The United States Sailing Association (US Sailing), the national governing body for sailing, provides leadership, integrity, and growth for the sport in the United States. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, US Sailing is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. US Sailing offers training and education programs for instructors and race officials, supports a wide range of sailing organizations and communities, issues offshore rating certificates, and provides administration and oversight of competitive sailing across the country, including National Championships and the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider. For more information, please visit www.ussailing.org.
Contact: Dana Paxton, US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider, 401-369-0490 (mobile), firstname.lastname@example.org