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Day 4 report Sail for Gold

Racing Summary – Day 4 June 9, 2011, Weymouth, U.K.

Today was the traditional “moving day” for US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics on day four of Skandia Sail for Gold. As the saying goes, you either move up in the overall standings and increase your chances to get into the top-10 group who advances to Saturday’s medal race, or you don’t. With calmer seas and steady wind, athletes gained points in Women’s 470, Star, 2.4mR, Men’s RS:X, 49er and Women’s Match Racing.

Full list of USSTAG athletes competing at the 2011 Skandia Sail for Gold regatta, along with results, photos, videos and a link to the team blog: http://sailingteams.ussailing.org/Events/2011/SFG.htm

Performance highlights include:

• It was another good day in the Women’s 470. Amanda Clark (Shelter Island, N.Y.) and Sarah Lihan (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) collected a 5th in race 7. The duo lead the fleet into the first windward mark rounding along with US Sailing Development Team members Briana Provancha and Annie Haeger, who was recently named Quantum College Sailor of the Year. With a 5-12 in two races, Clark and Lihan are in an overall 10th. Provancha and Haeger scored a 15-9 moved up to 23rd overall.  Erin Maxwell (Wilton, Conn.) and Isabelle Kinsolving Farrar (New York, N.Y,) consolidated their 9th overall with scores today of 22-6.

 

• With a 6th, a first and another 6th, Mark LeBlanc (New Orleans, La.) moved up the 2.4mR standings to 5th overall. LeBlanc is the lone American 2.4mR sailor in the 35-boat fleet.

• Adding to more match racing wins was Sally Barkow (Nashotah, Wis.), Alana O’Reilly (Charleston, S.C.) and Elizabeth Kratzig Burnham (Miami, Fla.). They defeated the their USSTAG team mates Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.) with her “Team Maclaren” crew Molly Vandemoer (Stanford, Calif.) and Debbie Capozzi (Bayport, N.Y.) and Australian skipper Nicky Souter.

• Bob Willis (Chicago, Ill.) took two wins in the Men’s RS:X silver fleet, his best performance at an ISAF Sailing World Cup event. He stands in first overall.

• Erik Storck (Huntington, N.Y.) and Trevor Moore (Naples, Fla./North Pomfret, Vt.) were back on form in the 49er today. They scored a win in the day’s first race and then went on to score 13-13-14. They stand in 14th overall and in the hunt for the medal race cutoff tomorrow.

Daily Team Blog from Dean Brenner, Chairman, Olympic Sailing Committee: http://usstag.blogspot.com/

Photo Gallery from Weymouth: http://usstag.photoshelter.com/

Quotes on Day 4:

Bob Willis describes his best RS:X performance of the day. “It felt really good in 15-20 and I’ve been training in these types of conditions. I’ve been training with really fast guys and I was really disappointed when I didn’t make Gold fleet, the best way to justify that is to make a statement in the silver fleet.”
Full audio interview: http://soundcloud.com/usstag/bob-willis-crushes-silver-rs-x/s-grjrA 

Kenneth Andreasen, High Performance Director, previews day 4 and the US Trials:
“Our goal is to become the fittest team on the planet and it looks like it’s working. Today is an important day. This is the first part of the US Trials. We have gone through the qualification for gold fleets and now it’s time for the athletes to do what they need to do. You can’t win a regatta at the beginning, but you can lose it.”
Full video interview: http://bit.ly/AndreasenD4
 
USSTAG meteorologist Doug Charko previews the weather expectations on day 4: “This is early summer and this is the sunny seaside. We have a band of showers off to the west, but the sun prevails because it’s that time of the year.”
Full video interview: http://bit.ly/kgzgMM

Exclusive video interview with 2008 Olympian Amanda Clark about day 4: http://youtu.be/0wZRI79Dy40

The racing: Scheduled for June 6-11 across 10 Olympic and three Paralympic classes, the Skandia Sail for Gold is hosting over 1,000 sailors from 62 countries.

Notes on Olympic Selection:

Trials Tracker
Follow the progress of U.S. athletes as they campaign for the U.S. Olympic Team – Sailing. This week’s Skandia Sail for Gold is the first of two Selection Events for nine of 10 Olympic classes to qualify for a berth.
http://sailingteams.ussailing.org/Games/Olympics/Track.htm

For more information on 2012 Olympic Selection Procedures: http://sailingteams.ussailing.org/News/2010/Olympic_Selection_Procedures.htm

To read an interview with Dean Brenner that explains the 2012 Olympic Selection Process: http://sailingteams.ussailing.org/News/2010/Selection_Procedures_Interview.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.

For more information about the US Olympic Sailing Program and the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics, please visit: http://sailingteams.ussailing.org.

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Contact: Dana Paxton, US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics Press Officer, danapaxton@ussailing.org or mobile +1 401-369-0490 (in Weymouth through June 12)