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WHAT: Day four of racing complete at Princess Sofia Trophy, the third stop on the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Sailing World Cup 2010-2011 series.
DAY FOUR RACING SUMMARY:
April 7, 2011 -- Overall, day four of racing at Princess Sofia Trophy was successful for US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics as sailors climbed up the scoreboard in Women’s 470 and Star, and scored wins in Women’s Match Racing. Friday will see the completion of the quarter-finals and the semi-finals in the Women’s Match Racing while the final races for the other classes will be held to determine the top 10 berths in Saturday's medal races.
Performance highlights on day four include:
• Erin Maxwell (Wilton, Conn.) and Isabelle Kinsolving Farrar (New York, N.Y.) turned in 20-5 results and moved into 7th overall in the 49-boat Women’s 470 fleet.
• 2008 Olympian Andrew Campbell (San Diego, Calif.) and crew Ian Coleman (Annapolis, Md.) surged into second place overall in the 39-boat Star fleet by winning the first of today’s three races, then adding a 3rd and 9th to the scoreline.
• In Elliott 6m, Women’s Match Racing, the fleet is now down to the top eight teams, with Team Tunnicliffe – Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.), Molly Vandemoer (Stanford, Calif.) and Debbie Capozzi (Bayport, N.Y.) – advancing to the quarter-finals after going undefeated in the gold round. They are up two wins over Stephanie Hazard (NZL) in the “first-to-3-wins” stage. Team Barkow – Sally Barkow (Nashotah, Wis.), Alana O’Reilly (Charleston, S.C.) and Elizabeth Kratzig Burnham (Miami, Fla.) – are tied on points with Lucy MacGregor (GBR).
• In the Finn gold fleet, another two races were completed with Zach Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) maintaining his 5th overall, with a 25th in race 7 that is a drop-out result.
• USSTAG newcomer Erika Reineke turned in her best gold fleet finish day of career with 10-13 results in the 78-boat Laser Radial fleet, while Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) now sits in 3rd overall.
(Left: Erika Reineke heads off from the USSTAG coach boat on day four of racing.
Dave Johnson photo)
For a full list of athletes and bios, please visit: http://sailingteams.ussailing.org/Events/World_Cup/Princess.htm
Athletes Quotes on Day 4 of Racing
(Full archive of audio interviews http://sailingteams.ussailing.org/Events/World_Cup/Princess.htm)
Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) on winning race 7 and her disappointing 28th-place finish in race 8. “I think I used up all my luck in the first race and sailed a bad one. It was the first race of the regatta where I didn’t sail a good one. I’ll wipe it clean and start again tomorrow.”
Women’s Match Racing skipper Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.) comments on the results that she, Molly Vandemoer and Debbie Capozzi have earned: “We are very excited with how we are sailing. We have been working hard on the game and are trying to incorporate everything we have learned. The race committee is doing a great job with the races and the competition is great. Everyone is getting better and better every time we see each other, which makes the racing tight and fun.”
Bonus content: Zach Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) shares his thoughts about his competition in the Finn class: “I’ve made huge gains and we’re very happy with the way that we’re sailing.” http://usstag.blogspot.com/
THE ATHLETES: 32 members of US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics and four members of US Sailing Development Team are competing against over 700 teams from 53 countries in 10 Olympic sailing classes.
WHERE: Palma de Mallorca, Spain
WHEN: April 4-9, 2011
ABOUT THE EVENT: Racing started Monday, April 4 and continues daily through Friday, April 8. The top 10 finishers in each of nine Olympic Classes will advance to the medal race on Saturday, April 9. Women’s Match Racing consists of an opening series, a knockout series, and a sail-off for boats not advancing to the knockout series, with the final matches scheduled on Saturday, April 9.