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USSTAG Wins Two Bronze Medals at Sail for Gold
Team Wins Two Silvers, Bronze ISAF Sailing World Cup Medals
Weymouth, England (August 14, 2010) – The world’s best Olympic class sailors battled it out for regatta medals and ISAF Sailing World Cup titles today in 5-15 knot Northerly winds and rain on the last day of racing at Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, the final event in the series. US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) fought hard in challenging conditions throughout the week, finishing with two bronze medals: Erin Maxwell (Norwalk/Stonington, Conn.) and Isabelle Kinsolving Farrar’s (New York, NY) in the Women’s 470 and Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.), Molly Vandemoer (Redwood City, Calif.) and Debbie Capozzi (Bayport, N.Y.) in Women’s Match Racing.
ISAF also awarded Sailing World Cup medals for the top three teams in each class, based on accumulated points from the seven World Cup events in 2009-2010. USSTAG teams won three medals overall: Team Tunnicliffe won silver in Women’s Match Racing, Andy Horton and James Lyne won silver in the Star class, and Paige Railey won a bronze in the Laser Radial. In addition to winning bronze at Sail for Gold, Team Tunnicliffe won a gold medal at US SAILING’s Rolex Miami OCR in Miami, Fla., silver at French Olympic Sailing Week in Hyeres, France, and bronze at Kiel Week in Kiel, Germany. Horton/Lyne won a silver medal at Rolex Miami OCR and a bronze medal at Delta Lloyd Regatta in The Netherlands. Railey won gold medals at both Rolex Miami OCR and Kiel Week.“We came to Weymouth to keep learning more about the venue, and in the process, we took a lot of notes and won a few medals,” said High Performance Director Kenneth Andreasen (Tampa, Fla.). “Our team is working hard and will step it up even more in the next two years. In 2012, we will be 100 percent ready.”
After a roller coaster day yesterday in the Women’s Match Racing event, the team of Tunnicliffe, Vandemoer and Capozzi beat The Netherland’s Renee Groeneveld today, 2-0, in two close match races in the first-to-two petit-finals. Their performance secured a silver Sailing World Cup medal overall, behind France’s Claire Leroy, who won a silver medal at Sail for Gold.
The competition was fierce throughout the week, with the world’s best match racing teams fighting for medals and overall titles in an event that will make its Olympic debut in 2012. “The level of match racing is increasing every time the fleet comes together,” noted Capozzi.
“Together, we set our ultimate goal of winning a gold medal in 2012,” said Tunnicliffe. “From there, we worked backwards and laid out what we needed to accomplish to get that goal accomplished. We are on track with that plan, checking off the boxes, and we will continue working on our plan towards our ultimate goal.”
“We shoot to medal at every event that we go to,” said Vandemoer. “This event was important for us since it’s the venue where our Trials will be held, as well as the 2012 Olympic Regatta, so every day we sail here is valuable.”
USSTAG’s Erin Maxwell (Norwalk/Stonington, Conn.) and Isabelle Kinsolving Farrar’s (New York, NY), the 2008 World Champions in the Women’s 470, won a bronze medal today in the competitive 46-boat fleet. While they finished in a net point tie with Spain’s Tara Pacheco and Berta Betanzos, the Spanish team finished higher in the Medal Race, which secured their silver. Maxwell and Kinsolving Farrar played the shifts well this week and made smart tactical decisions, so they actually found the tricky conditions in Weymouth to work to their advantage.
The constantly shifting leader board proved the deep talent in the class, with each team having their own strengths in the changing conditions. “Our field is very deep,” said Maxwell. “There are a number of teams that could have been on the podium at this event. If you looked at the scores on any given day, you would have seen a different group of people in the top three.”
“Our goal is to win a gold medal here in two years, and a bronze is pretty close to that, so we’re thrilled,” said Kinsolving Farrar. “It was the first time we sailed at the Olympic venue, so getting comfortable here -- and getting comfortable succeeding here -- was extremely important for us.”
2008 Olympic Silver Medalist Zach Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) finished fourth today in the Finn Medal Races to finish seventh place overall in the 52-boat fleet. In the Men’s 470, 2008 Olympians Stu McNay (Boston, Mass.) and Graham Biehl (San Diego, Calif.) posted a five today to finish seventh out of 30 boats overall. Star sailors Andrew Campbell (San Diego, Calif.) and Brad Nichol (Miami Beach, Fla.) finished 10th in a star-studded, 36-boat fleet.
“We’re proud of our performance here, but we’re not satisfied. We can do better,” said Olympic Sailing Chairman Dean Brenner (Wallingford, Conn.). “We’re on track with our progress in a number of classes, but clearly a lot of work remains to be done.”
Each day brought new challenges, weather-wise, which was excellent training for the 50 members of the USSTAG and US Sailing Development Team (USSDT) who were testing out the venue of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Regattas. The towns of Weymouth and Portland are located on the southern coast of England, approximately 120 miles southwest of London.
“Unlike last year's unusual weather, the conditions at the 2010 Sail for Gold Regatta could be classified as typical for this time of year,” said Doug Charko, USSTAG’s team meteorologist. “On Monday there was the very typical southwest sea breeze, interrupted on Tuesday by a passing cold front, bringing up to 25 knots for racing that day. Wednesday and Thursday saw morning Northwest winds with lighter afternoon Southwest sea breezes -- but still good sailing in 8-15 knots overall. Friday was a huge day for the sailors and the team meteorologist. There was a total range of 100 degrees in direction and 0-18 knots in wind speed. There was something for everyone that day, fortunately most came off the water with a smile on their faces.”
For complete results, please visit Sail for Gold web site:
To view Fried Elliott’s photos from Sail for Gold, please visit: http://photos.friedbits.com/2010skandiasailforgold
To read all the news from this week’s exciting racing, as well as watch exclusive interviews with team members, please visit the USSTAG microsite at: http://sailingteams.ussailing.org/Events/World_Cup/SFG2010.htm
USSTAG Reports and Blogs:
Team Tunnicliffe: www.teamtunnicliffe.com
Zach Railey: http://www.zach2012.com/
Erik Storck/Trevor Moore: http://storckmooresailing.com/
Peet Must/Carl Horrocks: http://www.barnegatbay49er.com/
Rob Crane: http://robcraneracing.com/Blog/Blog.html
Clay Johnson: http://www.claysails.com/
Andrew Campbell/Brad Nichol: http://campbellnichol2012.blogspot.com/
Stu McNay/Graham Biehl: http://www.teammb.org/
Amanda Clark/Sarah Chin: http://www.teamgosail.org/
Erin Maxwell/Isabelle Kinsolving Farrar: http://www.470teamusa.com/wordpresstesting/
Rick Doerr/Brad Kendell/Hugh Freund: http://teamusa674.com/
Ben Barger: http://www.benbarger.com/
Farrah Hall: http://www.farrahhall.com/
About the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics
The US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics 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 AlphaGraphics. US SAILING supports these elite athletes with funding, coaching and training. The title sponsor of the team is AlphaGraphics; other sponsors include Rolex Watch USA, Atlantis WeatherGear, Sperry Top-Sider, LaserPerformance, Harken, Team McLube, Bow Down Training, New England Ropes, Group Experiential Learning and Trinity Yachts. 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 Olympic Sailing Program and the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics, please visit: http://sailingteams.ussailing.org.