MEDIA ALERT – Day 4 of racing, April 25 – French Olympic Sailing Week
Daily Summary: Hyeres, France (April 25, 2012) – On day four of racing at French Olympic Sailing Week, light wind was a complete change from the previous three days’ 20-plus knots. US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider holds four top-10 positions: Jen French and JP Creignou third in the SKUD-18; Amanda Clark and Sarah Lihan fourth in Women’s 470; Mark LeBlanc is tenth in 2.4mR; and Paul Callahan, Tom Brown and Bradley Johnson are tenth in Sonar. In Women’s Match Racing, Anna Tunnicliffe’s “Team Maclaren” of Molly Vandemoer and Debbie Capozzi continued to go undefeated.
Performance highlights include:
Stuart McNay and Graham Biehl finished the day’s racing with a 3rd in race 8. They’ll advance into the gold fleet, which is the top half division in the Men’s 470 fleet. They currently sit in 11th overall and will need to finish in the top 10 tomorrow in order to advance to Friday’s medal race.
“It has been a very windy event,” said Biehl “The first day went well for us. Generally it has been going well. We have been trying some new things and checking on our settings because we haven’t had this kind of wind for a while.”
Erik Storck and Trevor Moore won the first 49er race of the day and as they explained in their daily racing blog, “We were happy to notch a race win in our first race as US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider athletes today! This is a brilliant partnership, and we are thrilled to be a part of it.” For their full report: http://www.storckmooresailing.com/
In the Men’s RS:X windsurfer, Bob Willis has been struggling in the breeze, but working hard to harness the power. “It’s very hard to sail tactically sound and keep your head out of the boat when you’re focused on boat speed, which is our #1 priority,” said Willis. “In Hyeres, with the Mistral, it’s been really shifty, choppy and windy. For the most part I feel my speed has been really good, but I’ve had some issues with staying in phase, and my results indicate that.” Willis is currently in 26th.
Racing continues through Friday, April 27. Event website: http://sof.ffvoile.com/
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The Team: There are 26 US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider athletes competing at this event, 15 of whom have qualified for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Teams.
Competing in the French Olympic Sailing Week:
2.4mR – Mark LeBlanc (New Orleans, La.)
49er – Erik Storck (Huntington, N.Y.) and Trevor Moore (N. Pomfret, Vt./Naples, Fla.)
470 Men – Stuart McNay (Boston, Mass.) and Graham Biehl (San Diego, Calif.)
470 Women – Amanda Clark (Shelter Island, N.Y.) and Sarah Lihan (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Finn – Caleb Paine (San Diego, Calif.)
Laser – Rob Crane (Darien, Conn.)
RS:X Men – Bob Willis (Chicago, Ill.)
RS:X Women – Farrah Hall (Annapolis, Md.)
SKUD-18 – Jen French (St. Petersburg, Fla.) and JP Creignou (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Sonar – Paul Callahan (Cape Coral, Fla./Newport R.I.), Tom Brown (Castine, Me.) and Bradley Johnson (Pompano Beach, Fla.)
Women’s Match Racing:
Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.), Molly Vandemoer (Stanford, Calif.) and Debbie Capozzi (Bayport, N.Y.)
Sally Barkow (Nashotah, Wis.), Alana O’Reilly (Charleston, S.C.) and Elizabeth Kratzig Burnham (Miami, Fla.)
Genny Tulloch (San Francisco, Calif.), Jenn Chamberlin (Washington, D.C.) and Alice Manard Leonard (New Orleans, La./East Haven, Conn.)
Fred Strammer (Nokomis, Fla.) and Zach Brown (San Diego, Calif.), members of the 2012 US Sailing Development Team, will compete in the 49er.
The US Sailing Team is not represented at French Olympic Sailing Week in the Laser Radial or Star classes.
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