Racing Summary – Day 3, April 26: Today’s racing at French Olympic Sailing Week was plagued with a late start due to weather, creating yet another long day on the water for US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics athletes competing in 10 Olympic and two Paralympic classes. To date, most fleets have completed six races with the 49ers completing nine. Women’s Match Racing continued its Gold and Repechage Rounds, which will determine seeds for the Quarter-Final Round.
Performance highlights on day three include:
• 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.) – won all three of their matches in the Gold Round, with the remainder of the round to be completed on Wednesday. In the Repechage Round, Team Tulloch – Genny Tulloch (Sausalito, Calif.), Alice Manard Leonard (New Orleans, La./East Haven, Conn.) and Jenn Chamberlin (Washington, D.C.) – are up two wins, one loss and will complete their round tomorrow as well.
• Zach Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) turned in a 4-3 in the Finn class, one of few classes to complete more than one race today. He now stands in 5th overall. US Sailing Development Team member Luke Lawrence (Palm City, Fla.) had his best finish, to date, with an 8th in race 5.
• Alex Bishop (Vars, France) and Val Smith (Wilmette, Ill.) had a fantastic performance in the 49er class with a 4-3. They move up to 31st overall.
• Turning in another solid day of racing with a 6-4, Sonar team of Rick Doerr (Clifton, N.J.), Brad Kendell (Tampa, Fla.) and Hugh Freund (South Freeport, Me.) continued to solidify their third overall.
• 2008 Paralympic Bronze Medalist John Ruf (Pewaukee, Wis.) found his groove on the 2.4mR course to post a 3-7 and move up the standings to 13th overall.
• In the Star class, all four USSTAG teams are in the top 11: George Szabo (San Diego, Calif) and Mark Strube (Ponta Gorda, Fla.) in 4th overall; Andrew Campbell (San Diego, Calif.) and Ian Coleman (Annapolis, Md.) in 7th; Andy Horton (South Burlington, Vt.) and James Lyne (Granville, Vt.) in 10th; and Rick Merriman (New York, N.Y.) and John von Schwartz (Annapolis, Md.) in 11th.
Athletes Quoted on Day 3:
Mark Strube on Star racing: “Prior to today we were pretty consistent with all top 10 finishes. Today saw what seemed to be many boats over and only one called (back). We dipped below the start at about 10 seconds because we felt we were over. The rest of the boats just kept going. We started close to the pin and got ping-ponged up the first beat and got caught outside of a big shift which put us pretty far back. We fought our way back to around 14th by the top of the last weather mark but lost a few right at the finish which put us at 18th for the day. The next few days we need to be on the line and let our boat speed and tactics do the work. We feel pretty fast but got a little unlucky on the first beat.”
Audio interview with Nick Martin on day 3 and the challenges with light-wind in Hyeres: "We have been sticking to our game plan. Unfortunately, our game plan has been to go to the wrong side. We have been battling our way back when we could and always gaining boats. We%u2019re pretty happy"
Audio interview with Paige Railey discusses day 1 and what she planned for day 2: “My biggest fault was I had two really bad starts. I need to make sure I get off the line clear"
Zach Railey discussing the key to success in weather conditions at Hyeres
Clay Johnson explains why he watches Women’s Match Racing and how it helps his Laser sailing
All USSTAG audio interviews, video reports and photos: 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.
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.
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