MEDIA ALERT: January 23, 2012 – Day 1 of racing
CONTACT: Dana Paxton, US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics, email@example.com, 401-369-0490 (in Miami Jan. 19-30)
Racing summary: On the opening day of US Sailing’s 2012 Rolex Miami OCR, US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics athletes hold seven top-10 spots in the 10 Olympic and three Paralympic classes. Racing continues through Friday for the Paralympic classes where the U.S. Paralympic Team Selection will occur. In the Olympic classes, racing concludes on Saturday. Racing takes place on Biscayne Bay and is hosted at the US Sailing Center, Coral Reef Yacht Club, Biscayne Bay Yacht Club, Coconut Grove Sailing Club, Miami Rowing Club and Key Biscayne Yacht Club.
USSTAG athletes holding first place in their respective fleet racing classes:
Erik Storck (Huntington, N.Y.) and Trevor Moore (Pomfret, Vt./Naples, Fla.) in the 23-boat 49er class. Storck talks about the first day of racing: “We’re feeling really good coming into this event. We haven’t won a World Cup yet and heading into the Olympics that’s our goal. Today was the first day in our boat and it felt really good. We were higher and faster in most conditions.”
To listen to the full audio interview: http://soundcloud.com/usstag/erik-storck-discusses-the
Paul Callahan (Cape Coral, Fla./Newport R.I.), Tom Brown (Castine, Me.) and Bradley Johnson (Pompano Beach, Fla.) in the 11-boat Sonar class.
Zach Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) in the 26-boat Finn class.
Farrah Hall (Annapolis, Md.) in the 12-boat Women’s RS:X windsurfing class.
Sally Barkow’s (Nashotah, Wis.) Team 7 Match Race of Alanna O’Reilly (Charleston, S.C.) and Elizabeth Kratzig Burnham (Miami, Fla.) went undefeated in Women’s Match Racing, winning all six matches of the day.
Watch Amanda Clark and Sarah Lihan discuss day 1 http://youtu.be/MQVUEBVlYVw
About the regatta Scheduled for January 23-28, US Sailing’s Rolex Miami OCR is the second stop on the International Sailing Federation’s (ISAF) Sailing World Cup 2011-2012 circuit and expects over 500 athletes from 50 countries. Competition takes place in the 10 Olympic and three Paralympic sailing classes in advance of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, to be held in Weymouth, U.K. The 13 U.S. Olympic Sailing Team members, selected to date, will compete.
Members of USSTAG who are vying for a spot on the 2012 U.S. Paralympic Sailing Team will compete in the three Paralympic classes.
The regatta also serves as the selection for the 2012 US Sailing Development team (USSDT) in the Olympic Development classes.
Track American athletes as they qualify for the 2012 Games in the US Olympic and Paralympic Trials Tracker http://sailingteams.ussailing.org/Games/Olympics/Track.htm
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About 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.
Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, US SAILING is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. US SAILING offers training and education programs for instructors and race officials, supports a wide range of sailing organizations and communities, issues offshore rating certificates, and provides administration and oversight of competitive sailing across the country. For more information about US SAILING, please visit: www.ussailing.org. For more information about the US Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Program and the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics, please visit: http://sailingteams.ussailing.org.