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Day 5 report Skandia Sail for Gold

Racing Summary – Day 5 June 10, 2011, Weymouth, U.K.

Today was the final day of racing for US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics in the Paralympic classes – 2.4mR, Sonar and SKUD-18 – at the Skandia Sail for Gold, in Weymouth, U.K. Athletes in the Olympic classes, competing here for U.S. Olympic Team selection, had a goal of making the top-10 in each class and advancing to Saturday’s medal race. 
US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics will be represented in the Finn, Women’s 470, Star and in the Women’s Match Racing final match for gold and the petit-final for bronze.

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:

• SKUD-18 team Jennifer French and JP Creignou (both St. Petersburg, Fla.) finished the week with a strong 3-3 and an overall 4th. Scott Whitman (Brick, N.J.) and Julia Dorsett (Boca Raton, Fla.) scored a pair of 8th places to end in 7th in the 17-boat fleet.

• Rick Doerr (Clifton, N.J.), Brad Kendell (Tampa, Fla.) and Hugh Freund (South Freeport, Maine) ended the week in style with a 3rd and a 1st in the final Sonar race to put them into 5th overall for the week.

• Both women’s match racing teams skippered by Sally Barkow (Nashotah, Wis.) and Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.) advanced to the Semi-final round, although against other teams. Barkow, who sails with Alana O’Reilly (Charleston, S.C.) and Elizabeth Kratzig Burnham (Miami, Fla.), won her quarter-final match 3-1 to advance to the semi-final round where she raced against Lucy MacGregor (GBR). They were defeated in closely-fought round.

• Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.) with her “Team Maclaren” crew Molly Vandemoer (Stanford, Calif.) and Debbie Capozzi (Bayport, N.Y.) won three straight matches against Claire Leroy (FRA) in the “first-to-three-wins” format to advance. In Saturday’s final match Tunnicliffe will race MacGregor for the gold medal, while Barkow and crew will face Claire Leroy (FRA) in the petit-final for the bronze medal.

• Women’s 470 duo Erin Maxwell (Wilton, Conn.) and Isabelle Kinsolving Farrar (New York, N.Y,) scored a 4-11 to move into 7th overall and advance to the medal race.
Exclusive video interview: http://youtu.be/4NJF8NR-q8M

• Zach Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) came on strong gunning for a medal race berth. He sealed his slot by adding a 7th and 9th to his scoreline to advance to Saturday’s big race.

• Heading into the Star class medal race are Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Fatih (both Miami, Fla.), who scored a 19-13 today.

• In Silver fleet racing, Bob Willis (Chicago, Ill.) finished in second overall in the Men’s RS:X, while Kyle Rogachenko (Collegeville, Penn.) took an overall third place in the Laser class.

Daily Team Blog from Dean Brenner, Chairman, Olympic Sailing Committee: http://usstag.blogspot.com/

Photo Gallery from Weymouth: http://bit.ly/SSFGphotos

Exclusive video interview with 2011 Quantum College Sailor of the Yearhttp://youtu.be/yLpDSt2CY2o

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

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.

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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)