Daily Report: July 30

Paige Railey on the first day of racing.

Weymouth and Portland, U.K. (July 30, 2012) – A very busy day on Weymouth Bay describes the second day of the Olympic Sailing Regatta. Racing continued in the Star, Finn and Women’s Match Racing, plus it began in the Laser and Radial classes. The U.S. Olympic Sailing Team’s overall results after four races: Zach Railey in 13th (Finn) and Mark Mendelblatt & Brian Fatih in 6th (Star); and after two races Erik Storck and Trevor Moore 7th (49er); Paige Railey 5th (Laser Radial) and Rob Crane 39th (Laser). Anna Tunnicliffe, Molly O’Bryan Vandemoer and Debbie Capozzi upped their match racing record to two wins, two losses. Racing continues in all of these events on July 31, plus men’s and women’s windsurfers will begin their series. For results: http://www.sailing.org/olympics/london2012/results_centre.php

photo credit Daniel Forster/www.go4image.com

Highlights:

49er – Erik Storck & Trevor Moore

The men’s high-performance skiff, the 49er, made its debut on the Nothe course with two races. Erik Storck and Trevor Moore put in a solid first day with finishes of 6th and 10th. They are currently 7th overall in the 20-boat fleet, despite starting early in the day’s first race.

“We had some great moments out there,” said Moore. “We couldn’t ask for more, especially with seven more days  of racing. We were pushing it down by the pin and we thought it was close, so we went back. We clawed our way back to third, and all in all it was a nice day.”

The 49er event is schedule for 15 total races in the series, with the medal race set for August 8.

Laser Radial – Paige Railey

In her debut at the Olympic Games, Paige Railey turned in a strong first day of racing with finishes of 8th and 5th, and now finds herself in 5th overall. Despite a slight slowdown in the first race, Railey recovered for a single-digit result. “In the first race I realized my speed wasn’t up to par, because I usually have good acceleration,” she explained. “So I heeled the boat up and saw I had a huge clump of weeds. I quickly reacted, stopped the boat, got the dagger board up and worked as hard as I could, then thought I had better get up to the top group by slowly picking them off.”

Consistency has always been the name of the game for Railey and her coach Luther Carpenter. “Our goal was not to be top three at the end of the day,” she said. “It was to get two consistent results. All I can do now is control myself.”

Laser – Rob Crane

The first day of racing for Rob Crane in the Laser may not have gone the way he planned. “In the first race I had a pretty good start in the middle,” said Crane. “The breeze was going left and we hadn’t anticipated that and once you get behind in that fleet it is hard to get back. I was going pretty well in the second race. The wheels kind of came off on the downwind I wasn’t going too well and I lost a lot on the runs.”

Finn – Zach Railey

For Zach Railey, today’s Finn racing was made even more difficult by the conditions. His two races finishes bring him up to 13th overall.

“I’ll have to try and dig myself out of this hole. There are six more races to go and the medal race. There’s nothing I can do about the races that happened so far. I feel like I’m making sound decisions on the racecourse. Unfortunately they haven’t been the correct choices, but sometimes that’s the way it goes. I’m very mentally resilient about stuff like this.”

Star – Mark Mendelblatt & Brian Fatih

Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Fatih had another strong day, adding a 5th and 6th for an overall standing of 6th, tied on points with the Irish team.

Women’s Match Racing – Anna Tunnicliffe, Molly O’Bryan Vandemoer, Debbie Capozzi

In Women’s Match Racing, Team USA’s first match up was against the team from Portugal. Off the line, Tunnicliffe, Vandemoer and Capozzi lead POR off the committee boat end of the starting line. By heading out to the right side of the course, they were able to establish a lead at the first windward mark. From there they continued to control the match, and maintained the lead at the final windward mark, to round and finish with a win.

In the second race, against Australia, it was back and forth on lead changes all the way to the final run downwind. Although it was close, perhaps by a fraction of a boat length, Australia managed to nose out for the win, bringing the score to two wins, two losses to date in the round robin for Tunnicliffe, Vandemoer and Capozzi. “It was an awesome race with the Australians,” said Tunnicliffe. “It came down to half a foot. Tricky conditions, but really fun. We knew it was going to be really close racing. There’s still more racing to come.”


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. July 30 blog: http://olympics.ussailing.org/2012/07/30/at-the-helm-day-2-morning-briefing/

Results to Date:

Women’s Match Racing, 2 win, 2 loss, Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.), Molly Vandemoer (Stanford, Calif.) and Debbie Capozzi (Bayport, N.Y.)

5th, Laser Radial, Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.)

39th, Laser, Rob Crane (Darien, Conn.)

7th, 49er, Erik Storck (Huntington, N.Y.) and Trevor Moore (Naples, Fla./N. Pomfret, Vt.)

6th, Star (Men’s Keelboat), Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Fatih (both Miami, Fla.)

13th, Finn (Men’s One Person Dinghy Heavy), Zach Railey (Clearwater, Fla.)

About the U.S. Olympic Sailing Team
The U.S. Olympic Sailing Team is managed by the United States Sailing Association (US Sailing), the national governing body for the sport of sailing and sailboat racing. Athletes in each Olympic class were selected to the Team based on performance at two selection events. US Sailing has a proud history in the sport, collecting 59 medals since sailing was first included in the Games in 1900.

The United States Sailing Association (US Sailing), the national governing body for sailing, provides leadership, integrity, and growth for the sport in the United States. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, US Sailing is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. US Sailing offers training and education programs for instructors and race officials, supports a wide range of sailing organizations and communities, issues offshore rating certificates, and provides administration and oversight of competitive sailing across the country, including National Championships and the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Sailing Teams. For more information, please visit us at www.ussailing.org.

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Editors Notes:

Team photo gallery: http://usst.photoshelter.com/gallery/Olympic-Games-2012/G0000n7oiiXB5jRk
Password to download is USA

Editorial photos available through agency www.go4images.com or by emailing daniel@danielforster.com

Video interview: http://youtu.be/92Njz4DYqxg

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