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Day 2 French Olympic Sailing Week

Racing Summary – Day 2, April 25: On a very tricky weather day at French Olympic Sailing Week in Hyeres, France, US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics had strong race performances across all 10 Olympic and two Paralympic classes.

Results: http://sof.ffvoile.net/index.php (links to each class at top of page)

Performance highlights on day two include:

• A Laser Radial win in race 4 for Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) paired with two 20th-place finishes today to move her into 16th overall.

• Impressive performances in the Laser class from US Sailing Development Team members:  Derick Vranizan (Seattle, Wash.) scored a third in race 3; Kyle Rogachenko (Toms River, N.J.) finished second in race 5. To date, they are in 55th and 58th overall, respectively, in the 155-boat fleet.

TeamUSA672_day2• The Sonar team of Rick Doerr (Clifton, N.J.), Brad Kendell (Tampa, Fla.) and Hugh Freund (South Freeport, Me.) moved up to third overall with a race 4 win.

• USSTAG’s Erik Storck and Trevor Moore moved into 4th overall in the 49er class and are one point out of third.

• In the Star class, George Szabo (San Diego, Calif) and Mark Strube (Ponta Gorda, Fla.) held onto their second overall, while Andrew Campbell (San Diego, Calif.) and Ian Coleman (Annapolis, Md.) are in 5th. Knocking on the top-10 door are Andy Horton (South Burlington, Vt.) and James Lyne (Granville, Vt.) in 11th overall with a stellar second in race 4.

• Mark LeBlanc (New Orleans, La.) continued to hold onto 4th overall in the 2.4mR class.

• In Elliott 6m, Women’s Match Racing Team Barkow – Sally Barkow (Nashotah, Wis.), Alana O’Reilly (Charleston, S.C.) and Elizabeth Kratzig Burnham (Miami, Fla.) – finished their round robin with 5 wins, 2 losses to advance to the Gold Round.

Athletes Quoted on Day 2:
Stars sail day 2_SOF
George Szabo: “We arrived at the yacht club early for a 9am start time, but were postponed on shore. It was a tough day on the water starting off with a big 30-plus degree wind shift on first beat of first race. The race committee did a good job getting us three races, although we had lots of recalls. We finally got back on land around 6pm and we were greeted by delicious gnocchi at the regatta tent coming in off the water. It was nice after a very long day.”

Hugh Freund on two 5ths and what happens when waves cover over their heads during racing:It wasn't entirely what we wanted, but we did good things on the race course that we can take with us all week. Today was def tricky for us, really lumpy, so we had a bit of a tough time getting the rig set-up. By the second race we had some good speed.

USSTAG audio interviews, video reports and photos: http://sailingteams.ussailing.org/Events/World_Cup/SOF.htm

Full list of USSTAG athletes competing: http://sailingteams.ussailing.org/Events/World_Cup/SOF.htm

Daily summaries: US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics Facebook

Reports: from the racecourses on Twitter (@USSTAG)

The racing: Scheduled for April 24-29 across 10 Olympic and two Paralympic classes, the 43rd French Olympic Sailing Week is hosting over 1,000 sailors from 63 countries.

Fleet racing started Sunday, April 24 in 10 Olympic classes and concludes with the medal race on Friday, April 29 in nine of the 10 classes. Women’s Match Racing consist 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 Friday, April 29. In the Paralympic 2.4mR and Sonar classes, fleet racing takes place Sunday, April 24 through Friday, April 29.

Trials Tracker
Follow the progress of U.S. athletes as they campaign for the U.S. Olympic Team – Sailing. Currently in the midst of the European season, athletes in nine of 10 Olympic classes qualify for a berth at two Selection events based on combined results at ISAF World Cup events. http://sailingteams.ussailing.org/Games/Olympics/Track.htm

About the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics
The US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics 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 AlphaGraphics. US SAILING supports these elite athletes with funding, coaching and training. The title sponsor of the team is AlphaGraphics; other sponsors include Rolex Watch USA, Atlantis WeatherGear, Sperry Top-Sider, LaserPerformance, Harken Team McLube, Trinity Yachts, New England Ropes, Group Experiential Learning and Bow Down Training.

All photos Dave Johnson

Contact: Dana Paxton, US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics Press Officer, +1 401-683-0800, x615, mobile: 401-369-0490, danapaxton@ussailing.org