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Day 4 French Olympic Sailing Week

Hyeres, France: Racing Summary – Day 4, April 27 - On the fourth day of racing at French Olympic Sailing Week, sailors continued to solidify their standings and move up the leader board. US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics athletes are in good standing throughout and hold top-10 positions in Laser, Finn, Women’s 470, Sonar, 2.4mR and Star. Going into tomorrow, sailors will look to improve overall results. Results: http://sof.ffvoile.net/index.php

Performance highlights on day four 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.) – came out of the Gold Round in the third seed for the “first-to-three-wins” Quarter-Final Round. She will race against tomorrow Anne-Claire Le Berre (FRA).TeamTulloch_repechageD4SOF

Team Tulloch – Genny Tulloch (Sausalito, Calif.), Alice Manard Leonard (New Orleans, La./East Haven, Conn.) and Jenn Chamberlin (Washington, D.C.) – advanced through the Repechage Round and into the Quarter-Final Round to face Lucy MacGregor (GBR). Photo right: Team Tulloch in the repechage round, sailed close to shore

• In the Laser Gold Fleet, Clay Johnson (Toms River, N.J.) managed what many called “treacherous conditions” on the race course to finish 30-8-11. He will throwout the 30th to hold the 9th overall position.

• Zach Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) continued to improve his results in the Finn class with a second-place finish in the only race held in the Gold fleet. US Sailing Development Team member Luke Lawrence (Palm City, Fla.) also scored a second place, in Silver fleet racing.

• Sonar team of Rick Doerr (Clifton, N.J.), Brad Kendell (Tampa, Fla.) and Hugh Freund (South Freeport, Me.) held their third overall place with a 4-1 result today.

Day4standings_SOF2011• In the Star class, all four USSTAG teams continued to pull in good results with George Szabo (San Diego, Calif) and Mark Strube (Ponta Gorda, Fla.) holding at second overall. Andrew Campbell (San Diego, Calif.) and Ian Coleman (Annapolis, Md.) in 8th; Andy Horton (South Burlington, Vt.) and James Lyne (Granville, Vt.) in 12th; and Rick Merriman (New York, N.Y.) and John von Schwartz (Annapolis, Md.) remain in 11th.

Photo left: The onshore class standings board. Can you find the French translation of our Star sailor?

Athletes Quoted on Day 4:
Genny Tulloch on qualifying through Repechage: “It was really light and choppy out there today. We were trying to keep our momentum going. It’s do or die in repechage. We had to win races in the round robin. You’re always approaching each race for a win.”
http://bit.ly/TullochRep


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Olympic Coach Luther Carpenter helping prep Paige Railey's Laser Radial

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Team USA arriving at the venue, Wednesday morning

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John Ruf heads out to the race course on day 4

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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 and videos Dave Johnson 

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