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USA Qualifies for London Olympic Games in Two Events

Dec. 8, 2011 Summary: Glorious wind and sunshine were a welcome change for the first part of the ISAF Sailing World Championships, held in Fremantle, AUS. With three additional races held Thursday in the Laser Radial, Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) has an overall third place, to date, in the series. By making the cut into the gold fleet on Wednesday, Railey secured a country berth for USA in the women’s singlehanded dinghy event at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Her USSTAG team mates, Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.), Molly Vandemoer (Stanford, Calif.) and Debbie Capozzi (Bayport, N.Y.) finished at the top of Group A – with 12 wins, three losses – and advanced straight to the Women’s Match Racing quarterfinals, and by doing so they qualified the USA for the 2012 Games.

For Paige Railey, today’s three races were a chance to move up and secure some points on the fleet. With a dominating win in the first of three races, Railey displayed her trademark tenacity.

“Going into the first race I knew I had to perform,” said Railey. “I wanted to show the whole Radial fleet that the pressure is on, but I mean business! I had a great start and stuck to my gut with the tactics. When I was ahead I thought to myself that I don't need to outsmart anyone; I just need to be conservative and protect my lead.”

She lead from the start and held her lead for most of the race, never giving up her advantage.

“Going into the racing, I knew that it was going to be an important day,” said Railey. “I told myself that it was time to step up, so to perform well under pressure makes me very happy. Of course I feel that there are things that I can improve on, but what’s so great about that is that I have two more races to apply the new knowledge! I’m really happy that I managed to move up in the standings.”

Stu McNay (Boston, Mass.) and Graham Biehl (San Diego, Calif.) collected their throwout score -- 21st -- in today’s lone Men’s 470 race. They currently stand in 9th overall, while their USSTAG team mates Adam Roberts and Nick Martin (both San Diego, Calif.) are in 26th.

In the Finn class, Zach Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) finished 14th in the lone race of the day to bring his overall score to 11th after six races.

Racing in the Men’s 470, Finn and Women’s RS:X classes continues on Friday, Dec. 9; Laser Radial has a reserve day. “Team GETSailing” -- Genny Tulloch (Houston, Texas/Sausalito, Calif.), Alice Manard Leonard (New Orleans, La./East Haven, Conn.) and Jenn Chamberlin (Washington, D.C.) return to Fremantle’s Inner Harbour on Friday to complete the Group B round robin in Women’s Match Racing. At stake is the chance to advance to the  next round.

The Star, along with Men’s RS:X, Laser, Women’s 470 and 49er, race during the second week of this event.

To follow the live blog from event organizers and link to live tracking, please visit http://www.perth2011.com/live-blog. For class results: http://www.perth2011.com/results

For a roster of US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics athletes competing in this event, please visit http://sailingteams.ussailing.org/Events/Perth_2011.htm

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• Photo gallery http://olympics.ussailing.org/multimedia/photo-gallery
• Behind-the-scenes views about US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics from Team Leader Dean Brenner http://www.usstag.blogspot.com

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.

About 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 and Paralympic Sailing Program and the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics, please visit: http://sailingteams.ussailing.org.

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Press contact: Dana Paxton, US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics, danapaxton@ussailing.org, mobile: +1 401-369-0490 (in AUS Nov. 27-Dec. 19)