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Marlieke Eaton, 401-441-3948, MarliekeEaton@ussailing.org
Bronze Medal for US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics Members
Maxwell and Kinsolving at Delta Lloyd Regatta in The Netherlands
Portsmouth, R.I. (May 31, 2009) - US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics members Erin Maxwell (Stonington, Conn.) and Isabelle Kinsolving (New York, N.Y.) nailed it today, the final day of racing at the Delta Lloyd Regatta in Medemblik, The Netherlands. The pair successfully completed their regatta in the women's 470 fleet by winning the medal race, the regatta's final race, to take home the bronze medal. The Delta Lloyd Regatta is the fifth event on the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Sailing World Cup series.
Maxwell and Kinsolving, who have been sailing together since 2006 and are the reigning 470 Women's world champions, had consistent results throughout the five-day event, finishing every single race of the ten races sailed in the regatta in the top ten. Going into today's medal race, the team knew they needed a strong result if they wanted a podium finish since the point scores within the top ten boats were very close.
Said skipper Maxwell, "Before the regatta started, our goal was to finish in the top five, but we knew it was hard to do. Making it to the medal race, what we set out to do was to win the race. We started at the pin end and were in 4th place going around the first windward mark. After that, we managed to pass a boat on each beat of the race course and by the time we went around the last mark, we were in the lead and held it until we crossed the finish line. It was very exciting."
The third-place finish for Maxwell and Kinsolving at this ISAF Sailing World Cup event will most likely see the pair move up in the Sailing World Cup rankings. They have not been able to compete in all ISAF World Cup events since Maxwell is a full-time commodities trader and Kinsolving is a law student at New York University. They finished second at US SAILING's Rolex Miami OCR earlier this year, the only other ISAF World Cup event they've competed in this year. "Since we're both so busy, we mostly train together on the weekends in Connecticut," said Kinsolving.
Fellow USSTAG members Molly Carapiet (Belvedere, Calif.) and Molly O'Bryan Vandemoer (Redwood City, Calif.) finished 15th in the 32-boat women's 470 fleet.
Maxwell and Kinsolving were not the only USSTAG members competing in a medal race at the Delta Lloyd Regatta today. Finn sailor and 2008 Olympic silver medalist Zach Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) sailed to a fifth place finish overall. After having taken some time off from the sport for the past few months, Railey was happy to be back on the water and competing. "It feels great to be back on the race course," said Railey. "I think overall my performance was good. I had two races that did not go well, but I was able to have all my other races in the top five. That really gives me a lot of confidence and I reached the goal of a top five finish, so overall the week was a success."
In the very competitive Star class, Andrew Campbell (San Diego, Calif.) and Brad Nichol (Miami Beach, Fla.) finished the regatta in fifth place.
The final race in the Laser Radial fleet was held yesterday and, traditionally, USSTAG sailors have a strong showing in this class - since the first ISAF Sailing World Cup series was held last December, USSTAG members have won the Laser Radial event at each World Cup event. At the Delta Lloyd Regatta, USSTAG members Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.) and Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) came very close to another podium finish, but just missed out. Tunnicliffe finished fourth overall and Railey finished in fifth. During the medal race, Railey was sailing in first place when she capsized and couldn't retain her lead.
Nearly 20 USSTAG members competed in the Delta Lloyd Regatta. In the Men's 470 fleet, Stu McNay (Lincoln, Mass.) and Willie McBride finished 25th in a 69-boat feet. McNay is temporarily teaming up with McBride while McNay's regular crew, Graham Biehl (San Diego, Calif.), is recovering from ankle surgery. 49er sailors Chris Rast (San Diego, Calif.) and Trevor Moore (North Pomfret, Vt.) finished 24th out of 48 boats. In the Finn class, Bryan Boyd (Annapolis, Md.) finished 17th and Andrew Casey (Alameda, Calif.) finished 34th in the 63-boat fleet. USSTAG member Brad Funk (Plantation, Fla.) finished 37th in the Laser fleet and US Sailing Team - U23 member Derick Vranizan (Shoreline, Wash.) finished 52nd. In the RS:X windsurfer fleets, Ben Barger (St. Petersburg, Fla.) finished 25th in the men's fleet out of 74, while Farrah Hall (Annapolis, Md.) finished 36th out of 44.
Said Kenneth Andreasen, Head Coach for the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics, "It was a challenging event with very difficult wind conditions. While some athletes may not be satisfied with their results, they all worked very hard and I'm happy about the progress that we made."
The Delta Lloyd Regatta is the fifth stop on the inaugural International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Sailing World Cup 2008-2009 circuit, bringing together the world’s top Olympic and Paralympic class competitors. The Delta Lloyd Regatta is also part of a busy and competitive summer season in Europe for members of the USSTAG and their international competitors. Next up is Kiel Week in Kiel, Germany, which starts June 20, 2009. It is the sixth event in the ISAF Sailing World Cup.
For more information about the 2009 USSTAG, including bios and photos, please visit the new team web site, http://sailingteams.ussailing.org. For complete results from the Delta Lloyd Regatta, please visit the event web site at www.deltalloydregatta.org, or the International Sailing Federation's website at www.sailing.org.
About the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics and US SAILING
The US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) is managed by the United States Sailing Association (US SAILING), the national governing body for the sport of sailing and sailboat racing. The top three boats in each Olympic and Paralympic class are selected annually to be members of the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics. US SAILING supports these elite athletes with funding, coaching and training. The title sponsor of the team is AlphaGraphics; other sponsors include Rolex, Atlantis WeatherGear, LaserPerformance, Harken, Team McLube, Bow Down Training, and New England Ropes. 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. For more information about US SAILING, please visit: www.ussailing.org. For more information about the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics, please visit: http://sailingteams.ussailing.org.