Day 4 – racing at London 2012 Olympic Test Event

Erin Maxwell is all smiles after the first day of racing

Summary: Weymouth, U.K. – August 5
The Laser, Laser Radial and Men’s and Women’s 470 joined the Men’s and Women’s RS:X fleets racing today while Women’s Match Racing took the day off in preparation for the Quarter Final Round tomorrow.  Stuart McNay (Boston, Mass.) and Graham Biehl (San Diego, Calif.) made quick work of the Men’s 470 fleet and are in  5th overall; while in the Women’s 470 Erin Maxwell (Wilton, Con.) and Isabelle Kinsolving Farrar (New York/Fishers Island, N.Y.) also had a great day and find themselves in 5th overall. Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) holds the 12th spot in the Laser Radial and Laser sailor Brad Funk (Plantation, Fla.) is in 14th.

Meanwhile racing continued in the Men’s RS:X and Bob Willis (Chicago, Ill.) is in 24th overall and RS:X Women’s rep Farrah Hall (Annapolis, Md.) is in 25th.

The Schedule: Tomorrow is the start of fleet racing for the 49er, Star and Finn, while the Men”s and Women”s RS:X, Men”s and Women”s 470, Laser, Laser Radial continue. The medal races will run August 11-13.


Paige Railey

Paige debriefs with Coach Luther

Pre-race preparation: “When I woke up this morning I was really amped, a bit too excited so I took about 15 minutes to relax and to focus and get a hold of my emotions.

I always stick to routine because it keeps me calm. I do the same thing everyo event. Just because it’s the Pre-Olympics I’m not going to do anything different. I give myself 45 minutes to get rigged up and changed. Same thing always.”

On today’s races: “I think I opened up the races, the best of the fleet. I made two decisions that cost me both races. I’m pretty upset, but they are huge learning curves for me and I’ll use them this week and next year. I have to stay positive and not let the races get me down.”

On what this event means in the year’s schedule: “The Trials is the most important part for me. Winning the Trials and getting to the Olympics is what I want to do. This is a Test to see what conditions to expect. It’s something to put in the books because it’s a difficult place tactically.”

Brad Funk
On racing today: “I missed a few opportunities where I slipped back. Our fleet is pretty competitive and one mistake and you’re going to lose a lot of boats. The course was tricky today. It was an unstable day and tricky for everybody. I think there are opportunities.”

Graham Biehl
On his feelings before racing: “We’re pretty excited to get racing. We had a small hiccup with our rigging yesterday. We had a good practice race and feeling pretty confident. It is going to be a long event. It will test our patience and our fans as well, so I hope everyone is following along on Facebook.”

The Team: The U.S. Team is comprised of 16 athletes – nine men, seven women.

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The Regatta: Designed to test the Olympic sailing venue and its operations in advance of the 2012 Games, the 2011 Weymouth and Portland International Regatta (an official London 2012 Olympic Test Event) takes place August 2-13 and will welcome 460 sailors competing in 10 Olympic classes.

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