Railey Wins Twice to Lead U.S. Sailors on Day Four
NUEVO VALLARTA, Mexico (October 21, 2011) — Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) won twice in the Laser Radial class to lead Team USA on day four of the Pan American Games regatta at the Vallarta Yacht Club.
With eight races under their belts, U.S. sailors top the J/24 and Snipe classes and currently sit in medal position in four others. The Americans are second in the Lightning and Sunfish classes and third in the Laser Radial and women’s Windsurfer classes.
Following two victories today, Railey has now won the last three Laser Radial races and four of the eight races in the series. She is currently in third place, two points out of second and eight off the lead.
“I just took everything that I’ve learned from the past few days and I applied it today and, honestly, the pressure is on,” said Railey, who also has placed ninth and 11th this week. “I had to step up today because I need to grind down as many points as possible.”
Led by skipper John Mollicone (Newport, R.I.), the J/24 team recorded second- and fifth-place finishes to hold onto first place with 13 net points and a three-point lead over Brazil. Joining Mollicone on the J/24 are Geoffrey Becker (Arnold, Md.), Daniel Rabin (Charlestown, Mass.) and Paul Abdullah (Jacksonville, Fla.).
“We’ve been basically trading off with the Brazilian boat,” Becker said. “It’s been a two-boat race for the entire series and we’re starting to realize that more and more, so today we kind of went after them a little bit.”
The Snipe team of Augie Diaz (Miami, Fla.) and Kathleen Tocke (Miami, Fla.) posted a second- and a first-place finish today to reclaim the overall lead with 17 net points, six points clear of the field. “We had a really good day today,” Diaz said. “Kathleen and I had a day we needed. Now we need to stay focused and be prepared.”
Other strong efforts today came from the Lightning team, which went fourth and second, and Paul Foerster (Heath, Texas), who placed second and fourth on the Sunfish.
Each sailing class is slated to race twice per day, with the exception of the scheduled off day Thursday. The medal races, reserved for just the top five in each class, are set for Sunday. The low point total at the end of competition will decide the medalists.
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