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Wet and Windy Racing on Second Day of Sail for Gold

Weymouth, England (August 10, 2010) -- Weymouth endured wet and windy weather today on the second day of racing at Sail for Gold, which meant many classes weren’t able to finish the scheduled two races in suitable conditions. As sailors watched the pinned AP flags in 15-20 knots (and gusts of 25) and waited for the weather to cooperate, they reminded themselves there are many races left – and many points up for grabs – in this event, the last stop on the 2009-2010 ISAF Sailing World Cup circuit.

The Laser Radials clocked nine-and-a-half hours on the water today for two races in the dreary weather. USSTAG’s Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) had two consistently strong races today, finishing fourth in both. Following right behind her was USSDT’s Sarah Lihan (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) who scored a 5, 7 today in the split Laser Radial fleet of 91 boats. 

In the lone Finn race of the day, 2008 Olympic Silver Medalist Zach Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) was in the front of the fleet until he hit a big wave in the last downwind run and flipped. He made a quick recovery, swiftly righting the boat and gaining positions to finish with a solid five.  “All things considered, I will take a fifth,” said Railey. 

“With his great speed today, Zach showed that we are making great progress with his boat and sail development projects,” said High Performance Director/Head Coach Kenneth Andreasen (Tampa, Fla.). “I am very happy where we are at this point, two years out.”

The 49ers need to get nine races in before the top 25 are seeded into the gold fleet, so sailors were eager to get on the water today. By the time the Yellow fleet squeezed in two races, the wind had built speed from 6 to 25 knots and the Blue fleet’s races were cancelled.

“The first race was light, and we had another good start and we were fast upwind,” wrote Erik Storck (Huntington, N.Y.) and Trevor Moore (Naples, Fla.), who are in the Yellow fleet. “We found ourselves in second at the top mark.  We had a small hiccup at the spinnaker set, but held on to get 6th in the race. We were happy to put up the kind of score we know we are capable of. It was all about avoiding the big mistakes.”

The breeze picked up and shifted sharply in the second race, causing many boats, including Storck/Moore to capsize as they gybed. “We saw the fleet pull away from us as we fought to get the boat upright as quickly as possible,” they blogged. “We finally got going again, just in time to be close to last place. We kept racing hard, and we were rewarded. The breeze built more, and the waves got bigger. We passed five or six boats that capsized while trying to bear away at the windward mark. A few more boats capsized during the gybe. A few more gybed too late and were forced to take the spinnaker down early and reach to the finish with the jib only. We ended up 13th in the race!  It goes to show you; never stop racing!”

In the 60-boat Men’s 470 fleet, 2008 Olympians Stu McNay (Boston, Mass.) and Graham Biehl (San Diego, Calif.) continued their top-ten streak with a 4, 10 today, moving up to sixth overall.  Coach Leandro Spina (Miami, Fla.) described racing as very "technical." The first was puffy and shifty which created a challenging race, as sailors fought hard to change gears. “The next race was 'near' survival with three of the top 10 boats capsizing,” he said. “The game changed dramatically as sailors had to get comfortable sailing at the top of the wind range and keeping control during the extreme conditions.”

In the Women’s 470, 2008 Olympians Amanda Clark (Shelter Harbor, N.Y.) and Sarah Chin (Hoboken, N.J.) scored a 9, 3 today, which helped elevate them to 13th in the overall standings. Erin Maxwell (Stonington, Conn.) and Isabelle Kinsolving Farrar (New York, N.Y.) grabbed a seventh place second race of the day, tying them with France’s Camille Lecointre for ninth overall. 

It was a long day (and evening) on the Women’s Match Racing course, but the USSTAG team of Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.)/Molly Vandemoer (Redwood City, Calif.)/Debbie Capozzi (Bayport, N.Y.) won all three races again today and advanced to the gold round, regardless of the result of their last race tomorrow morning, which will complete the first Round Robin. “We were postponed for too much wind early in the day, and then had to call it at 8:15 p.m. when the sun was setting and the breeze died after the front passed over. Quite a long day!” wrote Team Tunnicliffe on their Facebook page.  

The Sonar fleet raced during the worst of the storm, but 2008 Paralympic skipper Rick Doerr (Clifton, N.J.) and his crew, Brad Kendell (Tampa, Fla.) and Hugh Freund (South Freeport, Me.), prevailed with a 5, 3 in the 10-boat fleet.  2010 2.4 mR World Champion John Ruf (Pewaukee, Wis.) posted a nine before his steering broke, causing him to drop out of the second race today in the 22-boat fleet. 

Sail for Gold is the seventh and final stop on the 2009-2010 ISAF Sailing World Cup circuit. The regatta is held at the venue of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Competitions in Weymouth and Portland, England, approximately 120 miles souhwest of London. At the end of this event, in addition to the awards for the regatta, ISAF will award medals for the overall Sailing World Cup standings. Sailors have accumulated points at each World Cup event, which count toward their final standings in each class.

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USSTAG Reports and Blogs:
Team Tunnicliffe:
Zach Railey:
Erik Storck/Trevor Moore:
Peet Must/Carl Horrocks:
Rob Crane:
Clay Johnson:
Andrew Campbell/Brad Nichol:
Stu McNay/Graham Biehl:
Amanda Clark/Sarah Chin:
Erin Maxwell/Isabelle Kinsolving Farrar:
Rick Doerr/Brad Kendell/Hugh Freund:
Ben Barger:
Farrah Hall:

Schedule of Events
Wednesday, August  11- Racing day 3 – revised schedule: 
Thursday, August 12 - Racing day 4
Friday, August 13 - Racing day 5, Medals decided in Paralympic classes
Saturday, August 14 – Racing day 6, Medals decided in Olympic classes (no warning signal after 1530)

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