Weymouth and Portland, U.K. (August 1, 2012) – Day 4 of racing in Weymouth & Portland brought a mix of strong and gusting wind that tested everyone on courses spread from the harbor to the bay. Current results for the U.S. Olympic Sailing Team: Erik Storck and Trevor Moore 7th in the 49er; Paige Railey 7th in Laser Radial; Rob Crane 32nd in Laser; Bob Willis 13th in Men’s Windsurfing; Farrah Hall 18th in Women’s Windsurfing, while Anna Tunnicliffe, Molly O’Bryan Vandemoer and Debbie Capozzi stretched their round robin record to 5 wins, 3 losses.
49er – Erik Storck & Trevor Moore
Two more races were added to the score line of Erik Storck and Trevor Moore in their 15-race series. Today’s two races yielded a 7th and 13th to improve their overall standing to 7th.
In the first race, the top-10 finish was almost not to be. “We had a bungee come untied that we were fixing halfway down the run,” Storck explained. “We were able to fix it pretty quickly, but we gave up a boat or two
a few boats.” As Storck explained, he held the mainsheet, spinnaker sheet and tiller while Moore re-tied the trapeze bungee to his foot strap.
Two more races are planned for Aug. 2. “There’s a lot of racing left, we’re not even halfway through it,” said Moore. “We just have to pick our way through. Everyone has a bummer. And we’ll just try and avoid those and be in the top 10.”
Racing in the men’s skiff (49er) event continues Aug. 2 and is scheduled for 15 races in the series, with the medal race set for Aug. 8.
Laser– Rob Crane
Rob Crane had his best race performance, to date, in the series with a finish of 16th. “I pulled a good race off with mental game instead of the physical stuff,” said Crane after racing. “I had a 16 and 26, which is better than the last few days, but not great. I’m a little disappointed with how it’s been going. I usually like the breeze, but physically I’m not where I want to be; hopefully I can turn it around.”
On his reserve day, Aug. 2, Crane said that he would use it to rest and prepare for racing on Aug. 3. “I will try and move up as much as I can, which is pretty much what you want to do from here on out.” He is in 32nd overall.
Laser Radial – Paige Railey
Another strong day of results for Paige Railey in the Laser Radial resulted in the first-time Olympian’s 7th overall place. The conditions put a toll on the sailor, who has spent the majority of the past few years training on the local water. “It was tough,” said Railey. “There was a lot of thinking involved. All I could think about is two good results to move up.”
With six races completed, the fleet will have a reserve day on Aug. 2, and then go back to racing on Aug. 3. “I’m moving up slowly; there are still four more races and a medal race,” said Railey. “If I keep going like that you never know what can happen. I just tried to stay calm and work with what I had.”
Women’s Match Racing – Anna Tunnicliffe, Molly O’Bryan Vandemoer, Debbie Capozzi
Anna Tunnicliffe, Molly O’Bryan Vandemoer and Debbie Capozzi added another win and loss to their round robin results in Women’s Match Racing. They defeated New Zealand, and later lost a very close match to Russia. Round robin racing continues Aug. 2.
Men’s RS:X Windsurfer – Bob Willis
Bob Willis is now in 13th overall in men’s windsurfing, after four races. Racing continues Aug. 2.
Women’s RS:X Windsurfer – Farrah Hall
For Farrah Hall, two more races proved her consistency in very shifty conditions. She collected two finishes of 18th and is in 18th overall, despite her expectation of better finishes. “I had a really disappointing day today,” she said. “I usually have good starts and today I didn’t. I like racing in these conditions because it’s fun, but I’m better in light air. I can put together a race a little better in light air.”
As for her first time at the Olympic Games, she explained the difference, “I really like the environment. The boat park is quiet and everyone is getting down to business.”
Upcoming on Aug. 2
Aug. 2 will see racing continue in the 49er, RS:X Men’s and Women’s Windsurfing, while racing will resume in the Star and Finn. The Men’s 470 will begin competition with two scheduled races. It is a scheduled reserve day for Laser and Laser Radial fleets.
At the Helm – Dean Brenner’s daily blog
For an insider’s view of the U.S. Olympic Sailing Team, tune in to Team Leader Dean Brenner’s daily blog “At the Helm.” Each morning, Brenner will give a perspective honed from eight years of leading the U.S. Olympic program. Aug. 1 blog: http://olympics.ussailing.org/2012/08/01/at-the-helm-day-4-daily-briefing/
Results to Date:
Women’s Match Racing, 5 wins, 3 losess, Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.), Molly Vandemoer (Stanford, Calif.) and Debbie Capozzi (Bayport, N.Y.) – defeated NZL and lost to RUS
13th, Finn* (Men’s One Person Dinghy Heavy), Zach Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) 10-15-13-17-2-8
6th, Star* (Men’s Keelboat), Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Fatih (both Miami, Fla.) 5-14-5-3-8-9
7th, Laser Radial, Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) 8-5-12-17-4-9
32nd, Laser, Rob Crane (Darien, Conn.) 35-42-30-28-16-32
7th, 49er, Erik Storck (Huntington, N.Y.) and Trevor Moore (Naples, Fla./N. Pomfret, Vt.) 6-10-16-1-7-13
18th, Women’s RS:X Windsurfing, Farrah Hall (Annapolis, Md.) 22-18-18-18
13th, RS:X Windsurfing, Bob Willis (Chicago, Ill.) 7-10-11-25
*Finn and Star did not race on Aug. 1.
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