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Day 2 Sail for Gold

Day 2 summary: Weymouth and Portland, U.K. (June 5, 2012) – An outstanding second day on the water saw US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider athletes move up into the standings and claim three top-3 positions in Women’s 470, 49er and Finn. Although the wind returned to Weymouth and Portland, site of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic sailing regatta, the rain and cold whipped through the area and served up big waves. For US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider, it was a day to remember.

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Performance highlights include:

-- After a slow start on the first day in frustrating light wind conditions, Paige Railey relished the big waves and strong wind on day 2. She worked the Laser Radial fleet and collected a 6th and 3rd to move her up in the standings after four races.

- Amanda Clark and Sarah Lihan won 470 Women’s race 4 and with it moved into third place overall in the 32-boat fleet. “Today’s misery is only dulled by yesterday’s horiffic conditions,” said Sarah Lihan of the two quick Women’s 470 races. “The race committee did a fantastic job today. It was great. We know that this is our advantage condtion, when it’s big waves and windy, we’re one of the fastest teams out there.. Our game plan was to go out and dominate. It’s a great feeling to say that and do that and have it done. Our speed is very good, both upwind and downwind. We struggled a bit on the starting line, but we’re working on it. It’s great to keep working hard.”

To listen to the full interview with Sarah Lihan and find out what her and Amanda Clark’s plans are for day 3 racing:
http://soundcloud.com/ussailingteam/sarah-lihan-day-2

-For Erik Storck and Trevor Moore, today was a day of everything going well. “It was windy, but not quite as windy as it was supposed to be. We saw up to 18-20 knots in the final race, sailed around clean and got a 2-3-1 to win the day and bump us up to third overall,” he said. “We have been focusing a lot on our starts in the training leading up to this. I can happily say we are six for six on getting off the line well, front row and be able to do whatever we want. When you add the boat speed we had today.”

Full video interview with Storck: http://youtu.be/K-Si3hpkqRI

To read a report from Erik and Trevor: http://www.storckmooresailing.com/article/12763-Great-Day-in-Weymouth-Moved-up-to-Third

-- In the 2.4mR class, Mark LeBlanc talked about day 1 before heading out. “It wasn’t that great,” he said. I had a poor start, I picked the wrong side and got an 18 out of 33. In the second race I had a great start, made a couple of mistakes and ended up with 16th.” As he explained, moving up is very hard to find a clear lane. With a speed advantage on a short course, “you have to find a clear lane and pick up speed. I think I can be a little more consistent with my speed.” LeBlanc finished day 2 with a 7-5 to move up into 9th overall.

Full video interview: http://youtu.be/M9yNxSyIckU

-In Women’s Match Racing, Anna Tunnicliffe, Molly Vandemoer and Debbie Capozzi improved their overall standings in the round robin, collecting three wins. Round robin racing continues on Wed.

-To listen to Bob Willis talk about an improvement in Men’s RS:X standings despite the challenging conditions and what to expect on the Olympic race courses.
http://soundcloud.com/ussailingteam/bob-willis-rs-x-sail-for-gold

US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider athletes competing at Sail for Gold and their results, to date:

Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.), Molly Vandemoer (Stanford, Calif.) and Debbie Capozzi (Bayport, N.Y.) – women’s match racing, 5 wins and 5 losses in the round robin
Amanda Clark (Shelter Island, N.Y.) and Sarah Lihan (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) – Women’s 470, 3rd
Bob Willis (Chicago, Ill.) – RS:X (Men’s Windsurfer), 30th
Caleb Paine (San Diego, Calif.) – Finn, 15th
Erik Storck (Huntington, N.Y.) and Trevor Moore (Pomfret, Vt./Naples, Fla.) – 49er, 3rd
Farrah Hall (Annapolis, Md.) -- RS:X (Women’s Windsurfer), 25th
Jen French and JP Creignou (both St. Petersburg, Fla.) – SKUD-18, 4th
Mark LeBlanc (New Orleans, La.) – 2.4mR, 9th
Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Fatih (both Miami, Fla.) – Star, 13th
Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) – Laser Radial, 24th
Paul Callahan (Cape Coral, Fla./Newport R.I.), Tom Brown (Castine, Me.) and Bradley Johnson (Pompano Beach, Fla.) – Sonar, 7th
Rob Crane (Darien, Conn.) – Laser, 11th
Stuart McNay (Boston, Mass.) and Graham Biehl (San Diego, Calif.) -- Men’s 470, 8th
Zach Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) – Finn, 2nd

US Sailing Development Team members competing and results, to date:

Charlie Buckingham (Newport Beach, Calif.) – Laser, 5th
Carson Crain (Houston, Texas) – RS:X , 58th
Zach Brown (San Diego, Calif.) and Fred Strammer (Nokomis, Fla.) – 49er, 32nd
Gordon Lamphere (Lake Forest, Ill.) – Finn, 41st
Greg Martinez (Houston, Texas) – Laser, 53rd
Solvig Sayre (Vineyard Haven, Mass.) – RS:X, 42nd


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Editors Notes:

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About Sail for Gold Held June 4-9 at the location selected for the Olympic Sailing competition, Sail for Gold is an important milestone event for sailing athletes preparing for the Games. Organizers expect over 700 athletes from 60-plus nations to compete in the fifth stop on the ISAF (International Sailing Federation) World Cup circuit. This will be the last time US Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Team members will have a chance to compete at the venue before the start of the 2012 Olympic Games, scheduled for July 29-August 11. The Paralympic Games, scheduled for August 29-Sept. 6, also will be held at the same location.

Full results:

Daily race tracking: http://event.skandiasailforgoldregatta.co.uk/eventsites/content.asp?id=9641&eventid=109902

About the 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 Rolex Watch USA, Atlantis WeatherGear, LaserPerformance, Harken Team McLube, Bow Down Training, New England Ropes and Trinity Yachts.