Racing summary: Rolex Miami OCR Race Committee worked hard to get all fleets back on schedule in the majority of 10 Olympic and three Paralympic classes. US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics hold top-10 positions in 11 classes. In 2012, USSTAG is comprised of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Team. This event serves as the selection event for the US Paralympic Team.
Performance highlights include:
Zach Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) continues to lead the 26-boat Finn class after three races. Railey has won all races, but said that it isn’t always easy to get the win. “We have a lot of races to go. I’m making good decisions on the race course and I feel really good about the results. It was a fantastic battle with Caleb (in the first race). The two of us got out in front, well ahead of third place. He was covering me on the second beat. I was fortunate to get some pressure when we came around the second weather mark. From there we were bow to bow to the finish.”
To read how Railey got the upper hand and won the race, listen to the full audio interview
Erik Storck (Huntington, N.Y.) and Trevor Moore (Pomfret, Vt./Naples, Fla.) continue to lead the 23-boat 49er class. At press time, the duo were requesting redress for an OCS penalty in race 6. The 49er fleet enjoys three races each day compared to the other fleet racing classes, which aim to race two per day.
In the Star class, Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Fatih (both Miami, Fla.) are tied for first place with Eivind Melleby Pedersen and Petter Moerland (NOR).
Farrah Hall (Annapolis, Md.) moved into second position in the 12-boat Women’s RS:X windsurfing class, behind Demita Vega della Ville (MEX).
Watch a video interview with Rob Crane http://youtu.be/b6XHasRURUU
Paralympic Team Selection Members of USSTAG who are vying for a spot on the 2012 U.S. Paralympic Sailing Team will compete in the three Paralympic classes. Track American athletes as they qualify for the 2012 Games in the US Olympic and Paralympic Trials Tracker
About the regatta Scheduled for January 23-28, US Sailing’s Rolex Miami OCR is the second stop on the International Sailing Federation’s (ISAF) Sailing World Cup 2011-2012 circuit and expects over 500 athletes from 50 countries. Competition takes place in the 10 Olympic and three Paralympic sailing classes in advance of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, to be held in Weymouth, U.K. The 13 U.S. Olympic Sailing Team members, selected to date, will compete. The regatta serves as the selection for the 2012 US Sailing Development team (USSDT) in the Olympic Development classes.
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About 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, Trinity Yachts, New England Ropes, Group Experiential Learning and Bow Down Training.
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 and Paralympic Sailing Program and the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics, please visit: http://sailingteams.ussailing.org.