>Day 13 from the ISAF Worlds

>It’s breakfast time here in Perth, and as we do every other day, we eat, plan for the day and try to make each other laugh. Bill Ward gets the award for “funny man of the day” with his witty mock headlines from yesterday’s action. The big winner was “Storck Delivers Olympic Berth,” which will make more sense when you read Dana’s wrap up from yesterday! Thanks Bill for brightening the day!

We’re getting close to the final steps here in Perth. By Saturday, we’ll know 8 more members of the 2012 Olympic Sailing Team, and everyone on the team is well aware of what will happen over these last few days. The next nine months of these athletes’ sailing lives will either be spent getting ready for the Games, or getting back to their regular lives that have been on hold for a long while. It’s a stark diversion of paths for the winners and losers of a Trials.

We had some good results yesterday, led by Team Maclaren who smacked around the Australians in their quarterfinal match race, winning 3-0. They’ll face the Russian team in the semifinals today. And Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Fatih continued their great run in the Star class at these Worlds, rolling a 5-4. They are sitting in 2nd place, and have the lowest discard (9) of any of the top boats. This will give them some leverage over the final races.

We also got a lot more clarity about who will represent the USA next year in a couple of classes, but we’ll discuss that in more detail over the coming days.

Finally, on the Laser and 470 women’s courses, the battle for the Olympic spot heated up a great deal yesterday. Brad Funk and Clay Johnson sit mere points apart in the standings, and Amanda Clark and Sarah Lihan, and Erin Maxwell and Isabelle Farrar are in a virtual dead heat in the 470, after entering this event in a virtual dead heat. These two classes may very well go down to the wire before we know who our Olympians will be.

Today, the 470s and Stars have a lay day. 49ers, RS;X and Lasers continue, and we have Team Maclaren’s semifinal match. Big day!

Thanks for following along, and as always, sail fast!

Dean Brenner

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