DATE: January 29, 2013
Daily Summary: Day two of racing brought score line improvements for many of the American sailors competing at ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami. Americans hold seven top-three positions across the 12 Olympic and Paralympic classes competing, including class leaders Caleb Paine (Finn) and Fred Strammer and Zach Brown (49er). All told, there are 126 American sailors out of the total 317 sailing this week. The regatta serves as the selection event for 2013 US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider, in all classes except for SKUD-18 and Nacra 17, as well as for the 2013 US Sailing Development Team. Racing continues through Feb. 2 with full results posted on the event’s website: http://mocr.ussailing.org
Highlights from day 2 include:
Finn - Caleb Paine (San Diego, Calif.) had a standout day in the 29-boat Finn class, with two race wins. He adds those results to his win in race 2 to find himself atop of the fleet with a small gap ahead of Brendan Casey (AUS) and Bruno Prada (BRA), in 2nd and 3rd, respectively.
49er – Americans Fred Strammer (Nokomis, Fla.) and Zach Brown (San Diego, Calif.) also had a stellar day and won two of the day’s three races. They have a one-point lead on Sweden’s Sebastian Oestling and Kalle Torlen, in 2nd, and five points on USA’s Ryan Pesch (Vineyard Haven, Mass.) and Trevor Burd (Marblehead, Mass.), in 3rd. Both American teams are members of 2012 US Sailing Development Team and are looking to sail their way onto the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider.
Nacra 17 - American teams went one-two in today’s two races. After discarding their worst result from the four-race series, to date, Sarah Newberry (Miami, Fla.) and John Casey (Longwood, Fla.) are in first overall, with Sarah Streater (Flagler Beach, Fla.) and Matthew Whitehead (Panama City, Fla.) in second. Close behind in third place is Enrique Figueroa and Carla Malatrasi from Puerto Rico.
Newberry and Whitehead qualified for the 2012 US Sailing Development Team with different partners and are looking to sail onto the 2013 US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider with this regatta. The mixed multihull event in the Nacra 17 will make its debut at the Rio 2016 Games, and the U.S. has been working hard this past month preparing for this regatta with Olympic Coach Leandro Spina spearheading the effort in Miami.
Radial – Two American women are in the top six of the 29-boat class. 2012 Olympian Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) turned in a strong two races today with 5th and 3rd. She discards the 5th out of her four-race score line and stands in 4th place overall. In 6th overall is Erika Reineke (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.).
Since competing at the 2012 Games, Railey has taken time off from sailing to train for an Ironman distance triathlon. “Things that used to be simple are a little bit more difficult for me,” she said. “It’s going pretty good; nothing spectacular so far, but really consistent. I’m tring to get the rust out and dust off the cobwebs. I’m starting to see the old me come back and I’m looking forward to more racing.”
Exclusive video interview with Railey where she gives advice to younger sailors starting out with an Olympic campaign: http://youtu.be/Kh144pNHUiQ
As Railey has already qualified for the 2013 US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider, the remaining American competitors will look to sail onto the Team. Behind Reineke, a member of the 2012 US Sailing Development Team and a standout freshman sailor at Boston College, are Claire Dennis (Saratoga, Calif.) and Christine Neville (Oakland, Calif.), in 10th and 11th, respectively.
Quotes from American sailors:
Sydney Bolger, Women’s 470 with Carly Shevitz: “We’re trying to take a step-by-step approach and make an improvement in our sailing each day we go sailing. We’ve had a lot of free flow of information, especially in our debriefs. It’s nice to hear from a lot of different perspectives, from people who are new to the class and have different experience, different techniques and comparing notes from days on the water. Working with Romain ha been phenomenal, and having the opportunity to work with top-level sailors and have more 470s out there is huge. This is the first time we’ve had seven boats together speed tuning and working together. It’s been awesome.”
Listen to Sydney Bolger talk about improving in the 470: https://soundcloud.com/ussailingteam/swc-miami-sydney-bolger-day
Greg Martinez, Laser: “Yesterday was pretty consistent for me. The wind was high the first race, and I just needed to get two solid races. I played it pretty conservative off the line and kept hiking hard, and ended up with a 9 and 15, which is pretty good for me.”
Listen to Greg Martinez talk about Laser sailing and how college sailing at Georgetown helps a Laser sailor: https://soundcloud.com/ussailingteam/swc-miami-greg-martinez-day-2
Dillon Paiva, Men’s 470 with Sam Stokes: “The joint debrief on the water was fantastic. We went over the course tactics and what Romain saw about how the whole fleet could improve. He’s been helping out as much as he can and it’s been fantastic. The American team mates have been helping us out. The men’s and women’s sailors; it’s almost like a family here. Everyone’s been really kind to us and helping us get to their level while they’re pushing themselves.”
In other classes, the top American sailors/teams include:
2nd, 470 Men - Stuart McNay (Providence, R.I.) and Dave Hughes (Miami, Fla.)
3rd, Sonar - Rick Doerr (Clifton, N.J.), Brad Kendell (St. Petersburg, Fla.) and Hugh Freund (Boston, Mass.)
4th, 49er FX - Anna Tunnicliffe (Miami, Fla.) and Molly Vandemoer (Stanford, Calif.)
4th, 470 Women - Anne Haeger (East Troy, Wis.) and Briana Provancha (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
4th, Laser - Charlie Buckingham (Newport Beach, Calif.)
6th, 2.4mR – Daniel Evans (Miami, Fla.)
9th, RS:X Women’s – Marion Lepert (Belmont, Calif.)
16th, RS:X Men’s – Carson Crain (Houston, Texas)
For the US Sailing Development Team, one American sailor or team in each of nine Olympic classes will be selected at ISAF Sailing World Cup. Team members in the Nacra 17 will be selected at the World Championship.
About US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider
The US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider 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 Sperry Top-Sider. US Sailing supports these elite athletes with funding, coaching and training. The title sponsor of the team is Sperry Top-Sider; other sponsors include Harken Team McLube. Oakcliff Sailing is an official training center.
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