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Final report from Sail for Gold

USSTAG Athletes Bring Home Two Medals from Olympic Venue; A Win in Star Medal Race

US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics Media Alert: Sail for Gold Regatta - First Selection Event for U.S. Olympic Team
Racing Summary – Final June 11, 2011, Weymouth, U.K.

On the final day of racing at Skandia Sail for Gold, US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics athletes won two medals in women’s match racing: gold for Anna Tunnicliffe, Debbie Capozzi and Molly Vandemoer; and bronze for Sally Barkow, Alana O’Reilly and Elizabeth Kratzig Burnham. Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Fatih won the Star class medal race and Zach Railey took a second in the Finn medal race.

Skandia Sail for Gold is the first of two Selection Events for the U.S. Olympic Team as well as a qualifier for the Pre-Olympic Regatta (except for Women’s Match Racing which has its own qualifier). The full team will be announced in July.

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

Medal race highlights:

• Women’s Match Racing team “Team Maclaren” – Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.), Debbie Capozzi (Bayport, N.Y.) and Molly Vandemoer (Stanford, Calif.)—won the gold medal against GBR’s Lucy MacGregor. After taking the first two wins in the “first-to-three-wins” final match, it was up to Tunnicliffe and crew to close it out. Into the final match start, Tunnicliffe had the advantage as MacGregor had to luff up around the pin end of the starting line. At the first cross, it was Team  Maclaren ahead but close. Rounding the first weather mark by one and a half boat lengths, it was close downwind to the leeward mark with Tunnicliffe just ahead. She continued to control the match upwind and fought her off to the finish and a gold medal.

Video interview with Team Maclaren: http://youtu.be/W07Jxx6iF-0
 
• In the women’s match racing petit-final, Sally Barkow (Nashotah, Wis.), Alana O’Reilly (Charleston, S.C.) and Elizabeth Kratzig Burnham (Miami, Fla.) took two straight wins off of Lucy MacGregor (GBR). With the win, Barkow and her team won the bronze medal.
Sally Barkow audio interview on the bronze: http://soundcloud.com/usstag/sets/2011-sail-for-gold

• Another highlight of the medal races was a victory by Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Fatih (both Miami, Fla.) in the Star class.
Mark Mendelblatt audio interview: http://soundcloud.com/usstag/sets/2011-sail-for-gold

• Women’s 470 duo Erin Maxwell (Wilton, Conn.) and Isabelle Kinsolving Farrar (New York, N.Y,) finished 8th in the medal race to end the regatta in 8th overall.
Erin Maxwell audio interview pre-race: http://soundcloud.com/usstag/sets/2011-sail-for-gold• Zach Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) sealed the week with a medal-race 4th place and 10th overall for the week.

Kenneth Andreasen, High Performance Director/Head Coach, talks about the Pre-Olympic Regatta in August:
http://soundcloud.com/usstag/sets/2011-sail-for-gold

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

Photos:http://bit.ly/SSFGphotos
Results: http://www.skandiasailforgoldregatta.co.uk/Results/results2011.htm?refresh=5
All video interviews: http://www.youtube.com/USSTAG
All audio interviews: http://soundcloud.com/usstag/sets/2011-sail-for-gold/The racing: Skandia Sail for Gold took place June 6-11 across 10 Olympic and three Paralympic classes and hosted over 1,000 sailors from 62 countries at the venue to be used in the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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)