Silver and Bronze in the Sonar; USA Gears Up for Medal Races Saturday
DATE: February 1, 2013
Daily Summary: Day five at ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami brought the conclusion of the Men’s and Women’s RS:X, 2.4 mR and Sonar classes. In the Sonar silver and bronze medals were won by Americans Andy Fisher (Greenwich, Conn.), Mike Hersey (Hyannis, Mass.) and Ryan Levinson, and Rick Doerr (Clifton, N.J.), Brad Kendell (St. Petersburg, Fla.) and Hugh Freund (Boston, Mass.), respectively. Racing in the remaining classes concludes on Saturday with Americans poised in podium position in seven classes: 49er, 49er FX, 470 Men’s, 470 Women’s, Finn, Laser and Radial. Live tracking, live blog coverage, photos, video and results can be found on the event website http://mocr.ussailing.org.
Highlights from day 5 include:
Sonar – Going into the final day of racing, two races were on the line to determine both podium finishes and selection to US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider. Fisher, Hersey and Levinson were in 5th overall and Doerr, Kendell and Freund were in third. Although it is a relatively small fleet, it is packed with talent including 2012 Paralympic bronze medalists Alexander Wang-Hansen, Marie Solberg and Per Eugen Kristiansen, who won the overall gold medal today. Both American teams will be selected for the national team.
“We took a little bit of time to get our mojo going,” said Doerr of their slow start to the regatta. “We were a little rusty, but once we got our thing going the crew work was great.”
“It really comes down to our communication, the sail trim together and of course Rick on the stick, all synchronized.
Exclusive video interview with both American Sonar teams: http://youtu.be/wc7efQKRobU
2.4 mR – Racing concluded in the 2.4 mR class and the top two Americans will be selected for US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider: Danny Evans (Miami, Fla.) and Charlie Rosenfield (Woodstock, Conn.).
“I’ve done pretty well in the standings and had some pretty good days out there,” said Evans of the regatta. He went on to explain that the first time he sailed in the 2.4 mR in 2012 he knew it was the boat for him. “I just tried to learn the boat and sailed five events last summer.”
Exclusive video interview with Evans: http://youtu.be/_r8fZfHoASM
49er and 49er FX - Americans Fred Strammer (Nokomis, Fla.) and Zach Brown (San Diego, Calif.) continued at the top of the 16-boat 49er class. They are in first place by two points ahead of Ryan Pesch (Vineyard Haven, Mass.) and Trevor Burd (Marblehead, Mass.).
In the 49er FX, Anna Tunnicliffe (Miami, Fla.) and Molly Vandemoer (Stanford, Calif.) maintained their second overall in the new Olympic skiff class, five points behind fleet leaders Martine Soffiati and Kahena Kunze of Brazil, and two points ahead of Italians Giulia Conti and Francesca Clapcich.
“Today we had wind gusting into the low 20s and it made for some made for some awesome sailing and good wipeouts,” said Tunnicliffe. “Despite our numerous capsizes, we ended the day with a 2, 4, 3 and held second overall after the opening series. This qualified us for the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider as the top team, but the medals will be decided tomorrow in a new format of racing.”
The top six teams in the 49er and 49er FX events will advance to Saturday’s respective medal races. The medal races will be conducted using a unique format and challenging course, commonly referred to as the “Big Sixy”. The theater style course includes two enclosed parallel lanes approximately 400 meters long and 220 meters wide. The target time for race duration is 10 minutes, with the goal of three laps. The first boat to win two races wins the regatta. Teams entering the medal races with the lead from the fleet series will begin this stage with a win.
Laser – In the 78-boat Laser class, Charlie Buckingham (Newport Beach, Calif.) moved back up the score line to first overall. With today’s race finishes of 1st and 2nd, with a discard of 17th, Buckingham now finds himself with a two-point lead over Sweden’s Jesper Stalheim going into tomorrow’s medal round.
The Lasers and Laser Radials are testing an experimental format this week. Sailors receive zero points for each race they win. Their first fleet series standings through six races translated into a single carryover race score applied to the new series which started today. The new series will include one discard which could be the carryover race. Following the next five races and six total scores, the top 10 will advance to the medal races on Saturday. The top 10 will sail three medal races on Saturday. Each medal race is double points and non-discardable. Final score is the six race series which began today plus the medal race scores.
In other classes, the top American sailors/teams include:
1st, 470 Men - Stuart McNay (Providence, R.I.) and Dave Hughes (Miami, Fla.)
1st, Nacra 17 - Sarah Newberry (Miami, Fla.) and John Casey (Longwood, Fla.)
1st, Caleb Paine (San Diego, Calif.)
2nd, Radial – Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.)
5th, 470 Women - Anne Haeger (East Troy, Wis.) and Briana Provancha (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
5th, 2.4mR – Daniel Evans (Miami, Fla.)
9th, RS:X Women’s – Marion Lepert (Belmont, Calif.)
16th, RS:X Men’s – Carson Crain (Houston, Texas)
About Selection for US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider American sailors qualify for the team based on their 2012 results or performance at 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, scheduled for January 28-February 2. Selection in the Nacra 17 and SKUD-18 will take place at future events. The event to qualify in the Nacra 17 will be the class World Championship, scheduled for July 20-28 in The Hague, NED. SKUD-18 selection will take place at the 2013 C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Memorial Clinic & Regatta, scheduled for July 26-30.
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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