Day 1 in Palma

Media Alert – Day 1 at Princess Sofia Trophy Regatta, Palma de Mallorca, Spain

What: The third stop on the ISAF Sailing World Cup event series.

About: Racing takes place April 2-7 in 10 Olympic classes and one Paralympic class. The event is a marker in the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics’ “Way to Weymouth,”  a series of regattas in the lead up to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Paige Railey round during the practice race.

Daily summary: Palma de Mallorca, Spain (April 2, 2012) – After a brief delay waiting for the wind to fill in over the bay in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics began the Princess Sofia Trophy Regatta with Zach Railey sitting in 6th overall in the Finn class and all three of the USA’s Women’s Match Racing teams sitting at the top of their round robin groups.

Performance highlights include:

Fresh off a silver-medal performance at US Sailing’s 2012 Rolex Miami OCR, in January, 49er team of Erik Stock (Huntington, N.Y.) and Trevor Moore (N. Pomfret, Vt./Naples, Fla.) began the series with three races — 11th, 3rd and 9th – to put them into 8th overall in the 76-boat high-performance class.

Zach Railey preps for a day on the water

Zach Railey scored a 4th and 14th to sit in 4th overall in the Finn class. The heavyweight dinghy class has a total of 57 entries.

“It was a solid first day,” said Railey. “We feel the boat is going really fast. I had a big comeback in the second race; with an unfortunate decision I made in the first beat.”

To watch an exclusive video with Zach as he talks about the first day of racing and getting back in the battle: http://youtu.be/r547MSzooHQ

In Group A of Women’s Match Racing, the round robin kicked off with Anna Tunnicliffe’s “Team Maclaren” of Molly Vandemoer and Debbie Capozzi and Sally Barkow’s “Team 7 Match Race” of Alana O’Reilly and Elizabeth Kratzig Burnham tied at the top with three wins and one loss. Barkow’s team is the defending champion.

In Group B, Genny Tulloch, Jenn Chamberlin and Alice Manard Leonard had a disappointing day, losing both matches to Spain and GBR. Round robin racing continues on April 3 with Group B starting first.

Kenneth Andreasen (Tampa, Fla.), US Sailing’s High Performance Director/Head Coach, on the importance of this event to the Team’s preparation for the 2012 Games. “This is crunch time before the Olympic and Paralympic Games. We are making sure we are putting the final touches on our mental and physical shape, and this is the first test of that plan.”

Kenneth Andreasen

For a full interview with Andreasen where he talks about coaching, gear selection and why Palma is a great place to race: http://youtu.be/rwDGx4vY-WY

Rob Crane on his coach Leandro Spina (Miami, Fla.), US Sailing Olympic Coach, and Palma: “So far we’ve been on the water here together for seven days. We are still feeling out the relationship, but it’s going well so far. Palma is a great place to bike. I’ve done about 300 miles since I’ve been here.:

For a full interview with Crane along with Laser Radial sailor Paige Railey:  http://youtu.be/A-ogCYiMvFk

Provisional results in the remaining classes: Rob Crane is in 77th overall in the Laser; Mark LeBlanc 9th in the 2.4mR; Stu McNay and Graham Biehl 17th in Men’s 470; Amanda Clark and Sarah Lihan 16th in Women’s 470; and Paige Railey 56th in Laser Radial.
Full results online: http://www.trofeoprincesasofia.org/en/default/laregata/vertodoslosresultados

Athletes competing:

49er – Erik Storck (Huntington, N.Y.) and Trevor Moore (N. Pomfret, Vt./Naples, Fla.)
Men’s 470 – Stuart McNay (Boston, Mass.) and Graham Biehl (San Diego, Calif.)
Women’s 470 – Amanda Clark (Shelter Island, N.Y.) and Sarah Lihan (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Finn – Zach Railey (Clearwater, Fla.)
Laser – Rob Crane (Darien, Conn.)
Laser Radial – Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.)
2.4mR – Mark LeBlanc (New Orleans, La.)

Women’s Match Racing – “Team 7 Match Race” Sally Barkow (Nashotah, Wis.), Alana O’Reilly (Charleston, S.C.) and Elizabeth Kratzig Burnham (Miami, Fla.)

“Team Maclaren”Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.), Molly Vandemoer (Stanford, Calif.) and Debbie Capozzi (Bayport, N.Y.)

Genny Tulloch (San Francisco, Calif.), Jenn Chamberlin (Washington, D.C.) and Alice Manard Leonard (New Orleans, La./East Haven, Conn.)

US Sailing Development Team members competing:

Finn – Caleb Paine (San Diego, Calif.)
Laser – Charlie Buckingham (Newport Beach, Calif.)
Laser – Greg Martinez (Houston, Texas)
49er – Fred Strammer (Nokomis, Fla.) and Zach Brown (San Diego, Calif.)

The event cancelled competition in Men’s and Women’s RS:X, Sonar and SKUD-18 classes. USSTAG is not represented in the Star class at this event.

About the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics
The US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics is managed by the United States Sailing Association (US Sailing), the national governing body for the sport of sailing and sailboat racing. The top boats in each Olympic and Paralympic class are selected annually to be members of the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics. US Sailing supports these elite athletes with funding, coaching and training. The title sponsor of the team is AlphaGraphics; other sponsors include Rolex Watch USA, Atlantis WeatherGear, Sperry Top-Sider, LaserPerformance, Harken Team McLube, Bow Down Training, New England Ropes, Group Experiential Learning and Trinity Yachts.

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. For more information about US Sailing, please visit: www.ussailing.org. For more information about the US Olympic Sailing Program and the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics, please visit: http://sailingteams.ussailing.org.

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Contact: Dana Paxton, US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics Press Officer, +1 401-683-0800, x615, danapaxton@ussailing.org; mobile +1 401-369-0490

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