Medemblik, NED (May 25, 2013) – As most American sailors were heading to their local racecourses during the Memorial Day weekend, US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider athletes were competing in the final day of racing at the Delta Lloyd Regatta, in Medemblik, The Netherlands. Top performance of the week came from Anne Haeger and Briana Provancha, who captured a silver medal in Women’s 470. Racing took place May 21-25 in the 10 Olympic and three Paralympic classes selected for the Rio 2016 Games. Full results on the event’s website http://www.deltalloydregatta.org
The format at Delta Lloyd was modified after the final ISAF Sailing World Cup event in Hyeres, France last month. With one final medal race, the top six boats advanced from the final series of races. Their overall position carried over, but the points would not be added to the score line and only the one race counted for the final position.
Haeger and Provancha were in medal contention and with a smaller fleet and shorter target racing time they had one shot to hold their spot on the podium. With overcast skies and a northwest, moderate wind condition, the duo got off the line and played an advantage to round the first weather mark ahead of the fleet.
As the race wore on it was a battle between Haeger and Provancha with New Zealand’s 2012 gold medalists Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie. They were neck and neck around the course, just pipped at the finish line by six seconds to take second in the race and overall.
Caleb Paine finished in fourth place in the very competitive Finn class, tied on points with third-placed Andrew Mills (GBR). Mark Andrews (GBR) and Pieter-Jan Postma (NED) finished first and second, respectively.
Overall results, class – sailors (hometown)
2nd, 470 Women - Anne Haeger (East Troy, Wis.) and Briana Provancha (San Diego, Calif.)* - 13 boats
10th, 470 Women – Sydney Bolger (Long Beach, Calif.) and Carly Shevitz (Santa Barbara, Calif.) * - 13 boats
4th, Finn – Caleb Paine (San Diego, Calif.)* - 22 boats
14th, Finn – Gordon Lamphere (Lake Forest, Ill.)*- 22 boats
14th, RS:X Women – Farrah Hall (Annapolis, Md.) – 24 boards
33rd, RS:X Men – Carson Crain (Houston, Texas)* – 37 boards
* Denotes member of US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider
About EUROSAF Champions Sailing Cup
The Eurosaf Champions Sailing Cup is based on five leading European events for Olympic and Paralympic Classes. The EUROSAF series follows the ISAF Sailing World Cup Series. The series, which complements the ISAF Sailing World Cup, is based on established regattas within Europe, in order to guarantee the highest level of event and race management. Regattas included Fraglia Vela Riva May8-12, Italy; Delta Lloyd Regatta May 21-25, The Netherlands; Sail for Gold June 8-12, U.K.; Kiel Week June 22-26, Germany; and Semaine Olympique Française Oct. 9-13, France.
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. Oakcliff Sailing is an official training center.
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Photo credit Sander van der Bosch/Delta Llloyd Regatta 2013
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