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WHAT: Day five of racing complete at Princess Sofia Trophy, the third stop on the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Sailing World Cup 2010-2011 series.
DAY FIVE RACING SUMMARY:
April 8 - On the fifth day of racing at Princess Sofia Trophy, US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics continued to improve on standings, and qualified for Saturday’s medal race in Women’s 470, Finn, Laser Radial, Star as well as advancing to the Women’s Match Racing final and petit-final matches.
Performance highlights on day five include:
• In Elliott 6m, Women’s Match Racing quarter-finals: Team Tunnicliffe – Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.), Molly Vandemoer (Stanford, Calif.) and Debbie Capozzi (Bayport, N.Y.) defeated Stephanie Hazard (NZL), 3-1; while Team Barkow – Sally Barkow (Nashotah, Wis.), Alana O’Reilly (Charleston, S.C.) and Elizabeth Kratzig Burnham (Miami, Fla.) – defeated Lucy MacGregor (GBR), 3-2. Both teams advanced to the semi-finals and went head-to-head for an all-American match, with Barkow emerging victorious 3-2. Team Barkow advances to the final match for gold and silver medals, on Saturday, against Silja Lehtinen (FIN). Team Tunnicliffe will sail the petit-final against Claire Leroy (FRA) to decide the bronze medal.
• With final-day results of 13-8, Erin Maxwell (Wilton, Conn.) and Isabelle Kinsolving Farrar (New York, N.Y.) finished the week in 7th overall to advance to the Women’s 470 medal race.
• Andrew Campbell (San Diego, Calif.) and crew Ian Coleman (Annapolis, Md.) qualified for the Star medal race, finishing the week in 5th overall.
• Zach Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) held firmly to his 5th overall in the Finn gold fleet and advanced to the medal race.
• After stringing together a strong score line over five days of racing, Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) finished the week in 5th and advanced to the Laser Radial medal race.
USSTAG athletes pass time togther on shore while the event is under postponement.
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 5 of Racing
(Full archive of audio interviews http://sailingteams.ussailing.org/Events/World_Cup/Princess.htm)
Erin Maxwell (Wilton, Conn.), Women’s 470 skipper with Isabelle Kinsolving Farrar (New York, N.Y.), on day 5 goals: “Sometimes when you’re fighting to make top 10 for medal race, you have a couple of boats you have your eyes on, but in our case 5th through 12th is a 15-point range and in a fleet of almost 50 boats anyone can have a deep race and things are going to move around a lot. Our game plan is to have a fleet race strategy, and race the best we can and there are too many boats to keep an eye on and we need to race as best as we can.”
Isabelle Kinsolving Farrar (New York, N.Y.) on getting back into racing full-time: “Erin and I are totally psyched. This is the first event we’ve shown up more than a week before the event, and we haven’t hit our rhythm but we’re getting closer and closer. One of the biggest takeaways is to never ever give up. We’ve passed so many boats downwind. We’ve subtracted probably 50 points from our score downwind. In term of things we need to work on is our starts and our upwind speed, but that will come.” (photo right by Dave Johnson)
Andy Horton (South Burlington, Vt.), Star skipper with James Lyne (Granville, Vt.) on their 5-5 finish on day 5 and moving up in the overall results: “We changed a bunch of stuff last night and trying to find our speed. All week we have been struggling a bit upwind. Today we were competitor and we felt like we could sail again. A little more breeze seemed to help. Whatever it was, we were pretty quick and sailed a bit better. Hopefully the way it should go for us.”
On his overall thoughts about this event: “This is a training event for us. A top 10 would have been great, but this is a 100% training for us. The first day was blowing 25 knots and we put up a sail we’ve never seen before. We would never do that if this was a championship that we needed to score in or had as a priority goal. That’s why we did that. Yes, we would have liked the results, but at the end of the day we learned a lot.”
Sally Barkow (Nashotah, Wis.) with Alana O’Reilly (Charleston, S.C.) and Elizabeth Kratzig Burnham (Miami, Fla.) on their 5th and final match against Team Tunnicliffe: “We went right to the end; (there) was so much action, a lot of passing and penalties. We took the idea that we were a little faster and we tried to stay out of trouble.”
Sally Barkow on her team’s plan against Finland: “We’ll stick with same plan and try to minimize mistakes. If it’s choppy we’ll try and be diligent in pick our place to tack so we didn’t lose a lot of boat speed. And good starts.”
Andrew Campbell (San Diego, Calif.), Star skipper with Ian Coleman (Annapolis, Md.) on their final day of racing: “We couldn’t get out of our own way. We didn’t have great speed upwind. We had good stuff downwind, we were able to come back both races, we rounded in 20-25 range, just awful beats. Didn’t get off the favored side when we wanted to, didn’t have the speed we wanted to when we needed it. We had to claw our way into some decent finishes. We dug ourselves into this hole and we’re going to get a chance to dig ourselves out. We’re lucky to have that chance.”
Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.) on her last match against team mate Sally Barkow (USA): "The last race came down to deciding who would advance. Sally's team sailed great. We split start them. We were just behind them at the top mark. Downwind we closed the distance, had a better mark rounding and took control of the second beat. Managed to get back in front of them, but then hit a couple of waves bad when we tried to lee bow and they got back in front of us. Again, at the (last) top mark we were a boat length or two behind, and closed all the distance up and ran out of racecourse at the bottom and it was 2 or 3 feet from the finish line. That is what match racing is all about."
Anna Tunnicliffe on her opponent in the petit-final, Claire Leroy (FRA): “Leroy we’ve been sailing great, we lost today, but we won’t change what we’re doing. Claire’s a great sailor and we look forward to sailing against her.”
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.