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Day 2 report from Skandia Sail for Gold

Racing Summary – Day 2 June 7, 2011, Weymouth, U.K.

Strong and plentiful wind was the theme for the second day of racing at Skandia Sail for Gold, the sixth stop on ISAF (International Sailing Federation) World Cup circuit. US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics has a training base in Weymouth, venue of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and the extra time invested here paid off for American athletes who hold top-10 positions in nine classes and top the women's match racing round robins.

Full list of USSTAG athletes competing at the 2011 Skandia Sail for Gold regatta: http://sailingteams.ussailing.org/Events/2011/SFG.htm

Performance highlightsn day 2 include:

• After a shake-up overnight in the Women’s 470 class, Erin Maxwell (Wilton, Conn.) and Isabelle Kinsolving Farrar (New York, N.Y,) found themselves in first overall and donned the yellow leaders’ pinnies for today’s two races. With a 8-24, they now stand in 6th overall.

• Undefeated with seven wins is Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.) with her “Team Maclaren” crew Molly Vandemoer (Stanford, Calif.) and Debbie Capozzi (Bayport, N.Y.). They advance to the Women’s Match Racing Gold Round on Wednesday, hoping for another day of big breeze.

• Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) relished the big breeze conditions and turned three race finishes into a 7th overall. The highlight for her was the last race, which she won, by “out hiking” Irish Radial sailor Annelise Murphy.

• Star sailors Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Fatih (both Miami, Fla.) moved into 4th overall by putting in two strong finishes, 5-6. They are two places ahead of USSTAG teammates George Szabo (San Diego, Calif.) and Mark Strube (Punta Gorda, Fla.)

Exclusive video with Paige Railey, in 6th overall after day two: http://youtu.be/Ym0tkS26UYE

Bonus video interview: Olympic Sailing Committee Chairman Dean Brenner talks about the challenges of sponsorship how US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics has evolved its partnership to support the athletes.
http://youtu.be/AFWneQU1kc0

Quotes on Day 2:

AnnaTunnicliffe on being undefeated in Women’s Match Racing: “We had a great day again today. We had three races and came away with three wins to win our Group C round. Our last race was against the Brits. They controlled us for the first minute or so of the pre-start, but then we managed to get control of them after that. We led them into the start a few seconds late, and matched their tack off the line. We had great speed and were able to pin them to the layline. Downwind, they closed the gap at the leeward mark, but we pulled ahead again up the next beat and held our lead to the finish. The conditions were windy so boat control and speed were important.  Now we advance to the Gold Round. The team did a great job in the bigger breeze making great calls all around the course. The conditions in Weymouth are great. It’s chilly when the wind blows, but the wind is fantastic. The facilities are great and make training and racing very good.”

Sarah Lihan, crew for Amanda Clark, on switching into the 470 and how Yale University prepared her: “We’re trying to plug away and let other people make mistakes. The 470 has been a whole lot of fun and I’m really glad I made the switch. Amanda is a wonderful person to sail with and I’ve learned more from her than anyone in my 10 years of sailing. We have pretty good chemistry together. We’re in the game and we’re doing what we need to do.”
Full interview: http://soundcloud.com/usstag/sets/2011-sail-for-gold

Bonus audio interview: U.S. Olympic Committee’s Sports Psychologist Dr. Wendy Borlabi discusses how she is helping US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics with performance enhancement, building skills and dealing with the pressure of being an Olympic-caliber athlete.
Full interview: http://soundcloud.com/usstag/sets/2011-sail-for-gold

The racing: Scheduled for June 6-11 across 10 Olympic and three Paralympic classes, the Skandia Sail for Gold is hosting over 1,000 sailors from 62 countries.

Notes on Olympic Selection
:

Trials Tracker
Follow the progress of U.S. athletes as they campaign for the U.S. Olympic Team – Sailing. This week’s Skandia Sail for Gold is the first of two Selection Events for nine of 10 Olympic classes to qualify for a berth. http://sailingteams.ussailing.org/Games/Olympics/Track.htm

For more information on 2012 Olympic Selection Procedures: http://sailingteams.ussailing.org/News/2010/Olympic_Selection_Procedures.htm

To read an interview with Dean Brenner that explains the 2012 Olympic Selection Process: http://sailingteams.ussailing.org/News/2010/Selection_Procedures_Interview.htm

For more information about the US Olympic Sailing Program and the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics, please visit: http://sailingteams.ussailing.org.

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Contact: Dana Paxton, US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics Press Officer, danapaxton@ussailing.org or mobile +1 401-369-0490 (in Weymouth through June 12)