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WHAT: Day three of racing complete at Princess Sofia Trophy, the third stop on the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Sailing World Cup 2010-2011 series

April 6, 2011 -- At the mid-way point for Princess Sofia Trophy, US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics continued to solidify results despite some challenging conditions in Palma de Mallorca.

Performance highlights on day three include:

Paige Railey Day 3_PST11• Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) consolidated her overall lead in the 78-boat Laser Radial class, despite dying winds that prevented her from finishing race 5 within the time limit. (photo left by Jesus Rendedo)

• Zach Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) dominated a tricky racecourse and won race 5, then went on to collect a 5th in race 6. He now sits in 5th overall.

• Another day undefeated for Team Tunnicliffe – Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.), Molly Vandemoer (Stanford, Calif.) and Debbie Capozzi (Bayport, N.Y.) in the Gold Round women’s match racing teams in the Elliott 6m.

• Star team Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Fatih (both Miami, Fla.) won the day’s only race to move into 15th overall, while Andrew Campbell (San Diego, Calif.) and Ian Coleman (Annapolis, Md.) remain the top-ranked U.S. team, in 6th, in the 39-boat fleet.

• Erin Maxwell (Wilton, Conn.) and Isabelle Kinsolving Farrar (New York, N.Y.) solidified their top-10 standings in the 49-boat Women’s 470 fleet; while Stuart McNay (Boston, Mass.) Graham Biehl (San Diego, Calif.) delivered on their goal to improve results, moving up the standings after disappointing scores on day one, including a BFD which is now their throwout result.

• US Sailing Development Team athletes turned in impressive results today: Laser sailor EJ O’Mara (Burton, Mich.) finished 10th in race 5, his best result at an ISAF Sailing World Cup event; and Finn sailor Caleb Paine (San Diego, Calif.) finished 5th in race 6.

Rob Crane day 3_PST11 
Photo by Nico Martinez

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Athletes Quotes on Day 3 of Racing
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Sally Barkow (Nashotah, Wis.) talks about her new team and their women’s match racing goals: “This year is a little different game for us. We haven’t raced with each other since Miami; we came early to do four days of training to knock the rust off. We’re here to get more experience and not make that many mistakes.”

Sally Barkow on match racing growth in the U.S. and training in the U.S. and Europe: “We don’t have to jam our schedule with so much traveling over to Europe; we can go to Chicago or Miami or Sheboygan, which is close to my hometown. We’re using those venues to bring in training partners and get more time on the water. It is great there are a lot of open events because it’s important we race against other teams. We come to these World Cup events and race against the same teams it’s hard to get big improvements.”

Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) on her goals racing in Gold Fleet: “The main thing is to go into that without having any drops because the next two days are where the big points come in. If I can go in with all top fives I’ll feel like I’m sitting pretty good, and I’ll have a bumper race I can get rid of.”

Graham Biehl (San Diego, Calif.) on day three of racing with helm Stuart McNay (Boston, Mass.), an improvement for the Men’s 470 team” “We had a tough start to the regatta, we had some unfortunate racing and a few early starts. We had a rough time. Today we went out with a clear head and wanted to do our normal thing. We managed a 3-7, pending protests, and that lets us know we still know how to race and we haven’t lost anything. We’re pretty happy with the day.”

THE ATHLETES: 32 members of US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics and four members of US Sailing Development Team are competing against over 700 teams from 53 countries in 10 Olympic sailing classes.

WHERE: Palma de Mallorca, Spain

WHEN: April 4-9, 2011

ABOUT THE EVENT: Racing started Monday, April 4 and continues daily through Friday, April 8.  The top 10 finishers in each of nine Olympic Classes will advance to the medal race on Saturday, April 9.  Women’s Match Racing consists 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 Saturday, April 9.