Perth, Australia (Dec. 7, 2011) -- The Fremantle Doctor returned on Dec. 7 and with it brought characteristically windy conditions to the ISAF Sailing World Championships. The day’s conditions ranged in the 18-20 knot range, which allowed the Race Committee to run three races in all fleet classes – RS:X Women, 470 Men, Laser Radial and Finn – and to catch up on the schedule for Group B’s Women’s Match Racing. The fleet racing classes have now raced a series – determined at this event as five races – and will be split into “gold” and “silver” fleets.
Daily Racing Highlights:
“Team GETSailing” -- Genny Tulloch (Houston, Texas/Sausalito, Calif.), Alice Manard Leonard (New Orleans, La./East Haven, Conn.) and Jenn Chamberlin (Washington, D.C.) – had a full day of Women’s Match Racing and added more wins and one more loss to their score line to bring the team’s overall score, to date, to 6 wins and 2 losses. The team will take Thursday off while Group A returns to the Fremantle Harbour to complete the round robin.
Stu McNay (Boston, Mass.) and Graham Biehl (San Diego, Calif.) had a very strong day and collected a 8-5-5 to bring them into 5th overall. They’ll make the gold fleet split as will their USSTAG team mates Adam Roberts and Nick Martin (both San Diego, Calif.)
“We are generally pretty happy with the way we sailed,” said Biehl after racing. “A couple times we had to sail our way back through the fleet, especially in last race. We got caught doing a penalty turn before the start. We were near last and sail our way through the whole fleet, and luckily there were three legs and we had more time to make up the time. We came 5th there and we’re extremely pleased with that.”
With racing abandoned on Tuesday, the fleet came back to race three races and make up for lost time.
“The day off always makes you more anxious especially when they decide to do three races,” continued Biehl. Every race was a black flag start because I think everyone was anxious and there were general recalls. We are going to keep fighting and doing our best.”
Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) turned in a 10-3-3 in the Laser Radial class, but will discard the 10th place to stand in 5th overall. In the Finn class, Zach Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) received a black flag penalty in race 3, then went on to score a 7-6. The discard is in effect in the Finn class and Railey will drop the black flag penalty. The 2008 Olympic Silver Medalist is currently in 5th place overall.
Racing in the Men’s 470, Laser Radial, Finn and Women’s RS:X classes continues on Wednesday, Dec. 7. The Star, along with Men’s RS:X, Laser, Women’s 470 and 49er, race during the second week of this event.
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About ISAF Sailing World Championships: This event serves as the second and final U.S. Olympic Team Selection Event in the nine Olympic fleet racing events. It is also the country qualification regatta where USA will look to secure an Olympic berth in all 10 Olympic events. Full results: http://www.perth2011.com/results
The event: More than 5,000 officials, 1,200 sailors and tens of thousands of spectators are expected to visit Western Australia for the two-week regatta (Dec. 3-18) where world champions in each of the 10 Olympic sailing events will be determined.
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