Media Alert: Sail for Gold Regatta - First Selection Event for U.S. Olympic Team
Racing Summary – Day 3 June 8, 2011, Weymouth, U.K.
Another ripping windy day at Skandia Sail for Gold for US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics. With wind speeds in the upper 20s and a building sea, athletes’ fitness were tested in the big conditions. US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics holds nine top-10 positions across 10 Olympic and three Paralympic classes: 2.4mR, SKUD-18, Sonar, Finn, Laser Radial, Star, Women’s 470; and both Women’s Match Racing teams saw wins in the Gold Round.
Full list of USSTAG athletes competing at the 2011 Skandia Sail for Gold regatta, along with results, photos, videos and a link to the team blog: http://sailingteams.ussailing.org/Events/2011/SFG.htm
Performance highlights include:
• 2008 Olympic Silver Medalist Zach Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) started the day with a 4th in race 4, then followed it up with a 3rd. Currently in 6th overall, he credited an improved fitness level for boosting his power in the bigger breeze. Video interview: http://sailingteams.ussailing.org/Events/2011/SFG.htm
• With a 4th and 8th finishes, Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) continued to prove her strength in the Laser Radial fleet. She is in 7th overall.
• In the Women’s 470 class, Erin Maxwell (Wilton, Conn.) and Isabelle Kinsolving Farrar (New York, N.Y,) are in 9th overall with scores today of 15-17. Amanda Clark (Shelter Island, N.Y.), 2008 Olympic representative in the Women’s 470, with new crew Sarah Lihan (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) scored a regatta-best third place in race 6.
• Scoring two straight match racing wins was Sally Barkow (Nashotah, Wis.), Alana O’Reilly (Charleston, S.C.) and Elizabeth Kratzig Burnham (Miami, Fla.). They defeated the Dutch and French teams. Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.) with her “Team Maclaren” crew Molly Vandemoer (Stanford, Calif.) and Debbie Capozzi (Bayport, N.Y.) went 1 win, 1 loss. Racing in the Gold Round continues tomorrow.
• Although the SKUD-18 class did not race today due to wind conditions, US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics sailors hold 4th and 5th places: Jen French and JP Creignou (both St.Petersburg, Fla.) and Scott Whitman (Brick, N.J.) and Julia Dorsett (Boca Raton, Fla.), past gold medalists at this event, respectively
Daily Team Blog from Dean Brenner, Chairman, Olympic Sailing Committee: http://usstag.blogspot.com/
Photo Gallery from Weymouth: http://usstag.photoshelter.com/
Quotes on Day 3:
Clay Johnson a really long Laser day and the American competition: “We had a really late start yesterday and had to do three races. Two races today, puffs into the 20s, big waves. It’s not the way I wanted to spend the last 24 hours, but we’re halfway through the regatta. I hope I made gold fleet and anything can happen. Brad is sailing really well and he’s not making many mistakes. He’s going to be hard to beat. Rob is sailing well too and it’s going to be the three of us duking it out.”
Bonus audio interview, part 2 with 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:
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
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, Trinity Yachts, New England Ropes, Group Experiential Learning and Bow Down Training.
For more information about the US Olympic Sailing Program and the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics, please visit: http://sailingteams.ussailing.org.
Contact: Dana Paxton, US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics Press Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org or mobile +1 401-369-0490 (in Weymouth through June 12)