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Day 5 French Olympic Sailing Week

Racing Summary – Day 5, April 28: The fifth day of racing’s opening series at French Olympic Sailing Week concluded today in Hyeres, France. US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics athletes advanced to the Olympic fleet racing medal race in Finn, Women’s 470 and Star classes, as well as the final match in Women’s Match Racing. Racing concludes tomorrow in the 2.4mR and Sonar fleets, which do not have a medal race.


Performance highlights on day five include:

• In Elliott 6m, Women’s Match Racing: Team Barkow – Sally Barkow (Nashotah, Wis.), Alana O’Reilly (Charleston, S.C.) and Elizabeth Kratzig Burnham (Miami, Fla.) – defeated Groenveld 3-0 in the Semi-Finals to advance to the final match. She will face Lucy MacGregor (GBR) in the battle for gold.

• Team Tulloch – Genny Tulloch (Sausalito, Calif.), Alice Manard Leonard (New Orleans, La./East Haven, Conn.) and Jenn Chamberlin (Washington, D.C.) – defeated both opponents in the sail-off for 5th through 8th place, Ekaterina Skudina (RUS) followed by Anne-Claire Le Berre (FRA), and finishes the event in 5th overall.

• In the Star class, three USSTAG teams finished in the top 1- and advanced to the medal race: George Szabo (San Diego, Calif) and Mark Strube (Ponta Gorda, Fla.); Andrew Campbell (San Diego, Calif.) and Ian Coleman (Annapolis, Md.); and Rick Merriman (New York, N.Y.) and John von Schwartz (Annapolis, Md.).

• Zach Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) turned in good finishes in the Finn class’s three races – 4-3-12 – and goes into the medal race in third overall.Erin_Isabelle_D5SOF2011

• With finishes of 9-6, Erin Maxwell (Wilton, Conn.) and Isabelle Kinsolving Farrar (New York, N.Y.) wrapped up the week in 7th overall to secure a berth in the Women’s 470 medal race.  Left: Isabelle Kinsolving Farrar and Erin Maxwell who advanced to the medal race in Women’s 470 (Photo right)

• The Sonar team of Rick Doerr (Clifton, N.J.), Brad Kendell (Tampa, Fla.) and Hugh Freund (South Freeport, Me.) go into tomorrow’s final race of the series in 4th, one point out of third overall.

Athletes Quoted on Day 5:
Sally Barkow on advancing to the final match for gold and what to expect against MacGregor: “It feels great. We had a couple of close races, it was tight downwind and boat handling and speed paid off. We won the starts and got what we wanted, but we were able to extend or hold our lead with boat speed.”

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Isabelle Kinsolving Farrar on making it into the medal race in Women’s 470: “We’re totally psyched. It’s always nice to finish up normal racing with best race. It’s sunny and we’re in Southern France, how can you complain? For us, we focus on always passing boats regardless of where you are on the racecourse.”

Full interview:

Bishop_Smith_d5SOF2011Val Smith on 49er racing: “You know you just have to look up the course a little bit. We’re trying to avoid the corners as much as possible and as boats come back together have more opportunities to get into lanes. Not being the first or last person to tack is essential.” Photo left: Alex Bishop and Val Smith (behind sail) head out for 49er Silver fleet racing.

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Erin Maxwell

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Zach Railey
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The racing: Scheduled for April 24-29 across 10 Olympic and two Paralympic classes, the 43rd French Olympic Sailing Week is hosting over 1,000 sailors from 63 countries.

Fleet racing started Sunday, April 24 in 10 Olympic classes and concludes with the medal race on Friday, April 29 in nine of the 10 classes. Women’s Match Racing consist of an opening series, a knockout series, and a sail-off for boats not advancing to the knockout series, with the final matches scheduled on Friday, April 29. In the Paralympic 2.4mR and Sonar classes, fleet racing takes place Sunday, April 24 through Friday, April 29.

Trials Tracker
Follow the progress of U.S. athletes as they campaign for the U.S. Olympic Team – Sailing. Currently in the midst of the European season, athletes in nine of 10 Olympic classes qualify for a berth at two Selection events based on combined results at ISAF World Cup events.

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.

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