Daily Report: U.S. Olympic Sailing Team – August 9

Women’s Match Racing practice; photo Daniel Forster/www.go4image.com

Due to lack of wind at the sailing venue in Weymouth & Portland, all racing was abandoned for the day. Anna Tunnicliffe, Molly Vandemoer and Debbie Capozzi, who were eliminated from Women’s Match Racing Quarter-Final round on Aug. 8 by Finland, were scheduled to compete against The Netherlands for places 5th and 6th. With the abandonment of racing, their overall scores from the earlier rounds stand and USA will finish the Olympic Sailing Regatta in 5th place.

“It’s very unusual, especially for match racers as we generally race in anything,” said Tunnicliffe of the lack of wind. “The wind was very difficult, we got out to our course and it was 5-6 knots, then it quickly started dying and getting shifty.”

While waiting on the water, Team USA initiated a water fight among the teams. “We were trying to make light of the situation and have a little fun,” said Tunnicliffe.

“It’s definitely disappointing not to sail. We were psyched to get on the water and looking forward to sailing. We are happy with 5th place since we couldn’t get into the top four, but sailing would have been a better way to do it.”

As this campaign comes to a close, Tunnicliffe pointed out that there are many positive aspects. “We are an amazing team and we get along really well,” she said. “We pushed through some highs and lows throughout our whole campaign. Everything we learned made us stronger people and athletes. We learned a ton about match racing, sailing and life, and we will be stronger people in the end.”

Amanda Clark and Sarah Lihan, who finished the 10-race series in the Women’s 470 in 9th place overall will compete in the medal race on Aug. 10. Today was a scheduled reserve day for the Women’s 470.

Photo Daniel Forster/go4image.com

Results: http://www.sailing.org/olympics/london2012/results_centre.php

Audio interview with Anna Tunnicliffe: http://soundcloud.com/ussailingteam/anna-tunnicliffe-talks-about

Check out some photos from Weymouth below!


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.” Before racing each, Brenner will give a perspective honed from eight years of leading the U.S. Olympic program. Aug 9 blog http://olympics.ussailing.org/2012/08/09/at-the-helm-history-of-the-wrong-kind/

Results in concluded events:

12th, Finn (Men’s One Person Dinghy Heavy), Zach Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) 10-15-13-17-2-8-11-8-12-19 (completed Aug 3)

29th, Laser, Rob Crane (Darien, Conn.) 35-42-30-28-16-32-19-8-33-(44)

20th, Women’s RS:X Windsurfing, Farrah Hall (Annapolis, Md.) 22-18-18-18-20-22-23-27[OCS]-16-16 (completed Aug. 5)

22nd, RS:X Windsurfing, Bob Willis (Chicago, Ill.) 7-10-11-25-BFD-28-24-33-11-30 (completed Aug. 5)

7th, Star (Men’s Keelboat), Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Fatih (both Miami, Fla.) 5-14-5-3-8-9-5-10-3-11-6

8th, Laser Radial, Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) 8-5-12-17-4-9-[21]-20-9-8-6 (12 points)
15th, 49er, Erik Storck (Huntington, N.Y.) and Trevor Moore (Naples, Fla./N. Pomfret, Vt.) 6-10-16-1-7-13-[20]-18-2-17-5-20-17-8-17

14th, Men’s 470, Stuart McNay (Boston, Mass.) and Graham Biehl (San Diego, Calif.) 17-22-10-3-23-24-6-18-7-4

Women’s Match Racing, Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.), Molly Vandemoer (Stanford, Calif.) and Debbie Capozzi (Bayport, N.Y.) – 5th place overall

Overall standings to date:

9th, Women’s 470, Amanda Clark (Shelter Island, N.Y.) and Sarah Lihan (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) 7-3-5-7-19-20-3-8-17-9

**BFD is black flag penalty

NBCOlympics.com Broadcasting sailing live every day of competition. Archived video: http://t.co/rTcogwuZ

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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