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USSDT’s Reineke Becomes Laser Radial Youth World Champion

Largs, Scotland (July 25, 2010) – US Sailing Development Team member Erika Reineke (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) continued her successful sailing streak this month by becoming the 2010 Laser Radial Youth World Champion today. After winning a bronze medal at the 40th Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship 10 days ago, Reineke firmly stated her aspiration for this event: “My goal is to win and bring home a gold medal,” she said. She achieved that goal with a race to spare and a healthy 27-point cushion, thanks to a string of first and second place finishes in the 44-boat girls fleet.

Erika Reineke“I am very excited. I set a goal and went after it, and I didn’t let the results from last week get in my head,” said the talented 16-year-old sailor, referring to her bronze medal at the ISAF Youth Worlds, as it’s commonly called, held in Istanbul, Turkey. This time, she swapped podium finishes with The Netherland’s Michelle Broekhuizen, who finished third.

“After the second day when I got two firsts, I said to myself, ‘I can definitely do this. I’m in the running for gold, so I have to execute well,’” she said today before the awards ceremony. “I pushed hard to achieve results, and it paid off.”

Reineke credited her lead to her starts and downwind speed, which worked to her advantage in Istanbul as well. “I had amazing starts every single race, except for one, and I was able to push back the fleet,” she said. “It was exciting to do that, and it also gave me confidence. On the downwind [legs], I was very fast again, and I was able to gain a lot of boats.”

Despite her small size, she knew she had the strength to keep up with the bigger girls in the breeze. “Because of all the training I had done leading up to now, I knew I was strong and could hang with them,” she said. “I felt very strong when I was hiking.”

“She never quit,” said Coach Ryan Minth (New York, N.Y.). “Her determination and effort were remarkable. When she was doing well, she persevered. When she was behind, she had remarkable recoveries.”
The world’s best youth Laser Radial sailors – 320 sailors from 42 countries – competed in the boys and girls divisions this week in a mixture of light air and breeze in the teens. For complete results, please visit the event web site: http://www.laserworlds2010.co.uk. For the latest news and updates, please follow the teams on Facebook and Twitter.

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The US Sailing Development Team (USSDT) is managed by the United States Sailing Association (US SAILING), the national governing body for the sport of sailing and sailboat racing. Selected annually, the USSDT is supported and administered exclusively by the US Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC) of US SAILING. The OSC’s mission is to develop sailors for Olympic-caliber competition and to prepare them for qualification to the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) and the Olympic Sailing Team. The OSC supports these athletes with coaching and by facilitating training and racing with and against the best national and international competition. 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 Development Team, please visit: http://sailingteams.ussailing.org.

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