Media Alert – Day 2 at Princess Sofia Trophy Regatta, Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Daily summary: Palma de Mallorca, Spain (April 3, 2012) – A second day of trying conditions at the Princess Sofia Trophy Regatta in Palma de Mallorca, Spain left US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) with a mix of race results and an improvement over the opening day’s light-wind results. Zach Railey moved up the Finn class leader board with two solid race results – 3rd and 7th – to sit in 4th overall, while two USSTAG Women’s Match Racing teams advanced to the Gold Round: Anna Tunnicliffe’s “Team Maclaren” of Molly Vandemoer and Debbie Capozzi, and Sally Barkow’s “Team 7 Match Race” of Alana O’Reilly and Elizabeth Kratzig Burnham.
Performance highlights include:
Sally Barkow’s and Anna Tunnicliffe’s teams returned to Round Robin competition in Women’s Match Racing and finished the day’s matches at the top of the Group A leader board. They will advance, along with the top three in Group B, into the Gold Group, which is also an automatic entry into the Quarter-Final round. Racing begins at 10:00 (local) on Wednesday, with the Repechage round Robins, and then followed by a few flights of the Gold Round Robins.
Erik Stock and Trevor Moore are in 22nd in the 49er class and while the overall scores might not reflect the number they had in mind, the team is on point with their overall strategy.
“Our general game plan leading up to the Games is sailing the way we plan to sail at the Games, chipping it onto the green for the first couple of days making sure we are on the last day in a place to medal,” said Moore. “I think we did a pretty good job at it.”
For a full video interview with Trevor where he talks through a day 1 collision, dicey windward mark roundings and overnight repairs : http://youtu.be/Zj8k1IkCtyk
“Yesterday was tough for us and we had to fight for the scores we had,” said Graham Biehl of racing. “It’s been a little bit light and choppy and we knew what to expect. This is our 8th year in Palma.”
For a video with Graham Biehl on the secret of consistency: http://youtu.be/hWXWqaHlzjg
“We have had a light air regatta so far,” said Amanda Clark. “We’re really happy with how things are going. We are working on individual things. For example, we wanted to work on starts and we did well. The results may not show it.”
For the full video interview with Amanda Clark: http://youtu.be/m-JBCA35CXI
Provisional results in the remaining classes: Paige Railey moved up to 34th in Laser Radial with a 30-2 and Rob Crane also moved up to 42nd overall in the Laser. Genny Tulloch, Jenn Chamberlin and Alice Manard Leonard finished their Round Robin (Group B) with three wins, four losses, which was not enough to advance them into the next round. Mark LeBlanc 8th in the 2.4mR; Stu McNay and Graham Biehl are 15th in Men’s 470; and Amanda Clark and Sarah Lihan 18th in Women’s 470.
Full results online: http://www.trofeoprincesasofia.org/en/default/laregata/vertodoslosresultados
49er – Erik Storck (Huntington, N.Y.) and Trevor Moore (N. Pomfret, Vt./Naples, Fla.)
Men’s 470 – Stuart McNay (Boston, Mass.) and Graham Biehl (San Diego, Calif.)
Women’s 470 – Amanda Clark (Shelter Island, N.Y.) and Sarah Lihan (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Finn – Zach Railey (Clearwater, Fla.)
Laser – Rob Crane (Darien, Conn.)
Laser Radial – Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.)
2.4mR – Mark LeBlanc (New Orleans, La.)
Women’s Match Racing – “Team 7 Match Race” Sally Barkow (Nashotah, Wis.), Alana O’Reilly (Charleston, S.C.) and Elizabeth Kratzig Burnham (Miami, Fla.)
“Team Maclaren”Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.), Molly Vandemoer (Stanford, Calif.) and Debbie Capozzi (Bayport, N.Y.)
Genny Tulloch (San Francisco, Calif.), Jenn Chamberlin (Washington, D.C.) and Alice Manard Leonard (New Orleans, La./East Haven, Conn.)
US Sailing Development Team members competing:
Finn – Caleb Paine (San Diego, Calif.)
Laser – Charlie Buckingham (Newport Beach, Calif.)
Laser – Greg Martinez (Houston, Texas)
49er – Fred Strammer (Nokomis, Fla.) and Zach Brown (San Diego, Calif.)
About the regatta: Racing takes place April 2-7 in 10 Olympic classes and one Paralympic class. The event is a marker in the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics’ “Way to Weymouth,” a series of regattas in the lead up to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The event is the third stop on the ISAF Sailing World Cup event series.
The event cancelled competition in Men’s and Women’s RS:X, Sonar and SKUD-18 classes. USSTAG is not represented in the Star class at this event.
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, Bow Down Training, New England Ropes, Group Experiential Learning and Trinity Yachts.
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