Day 3 in Palma

Media Alert – Day 3 at Princess Sofia Trophy Regatta, Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Daily summary: Palma de Mallorca, Spain (April 4, 2012) – With the qualifying series completed in the Laser, Radial, 470 Men’s and Women’s, and 49er fleets, US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics holds top-10 positions in three classes. Zach Railey is 3rd overall in the Finn; Erik Stock and Trevor Moore had a great day and moved into 10th in the 49er; and Mark LeBlanc continued to move up in 2.4mR to 6th overall. In Women’s Match Racing, 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 completed part of the Gold Round robin racing.

Performance highlights include:

Zach Railey

Zach Railey charged into the Finn class’ first race of the day, and after a great start found himself leading the fleet to the finish for a win. His second race finish, a 9th, helped solidify a 3rd place overall.

“Winning the first race built my confidence for the rest of the day,” said Railey after racing. “In the second race, I had a big comeback again. I had a good start at the pin, shifted left and got onto port tack. There were about six of us who were able to separate. I rounded in first, had a great first downwind and extended from there.

“That’s the thing about this week. It’s been very difficult. It’s been light. You have to pick the correct side and not try the middle. Some races I’ve picked the correct side and some I haven’t. I have to have the confidence with my decision.”

To listen to Zach discuss the rest of day three in Palma: http://youtu.be/Fctg8FV1jLE

The fleet in women’s match racing continues its “win to advance” series in the Gold Round. Tunnicliffe, Vandemoer and Capozzi currently stand with two wins, one loss, while Barkow, O’Reilly and Kratzig Burnham have one win, two losses. The Gold Group will finish their round robin in the morning and the seeding for the Quarter Finals will be complete.

Erik Stock and Trevor Moore made an impressive leap up in the 49er class standings to 10th. They qualified for the gold fleet racing, which will continue Thursday and Friday to decide the weeks’ top-10 qualifiers for the medal race.

Stuart McNay

Men’s 470 team of Stuart McNay and Graham Biehl held their position in the fleet despite a black flag start. “It usually gives you more opportunities, but if the fleet is being aggressive they can be scary. You can’t be emotional about it.” The team qualified for gold fleet racing and is currently in 16th overall.

Video with Stuart McNay discussing light conditions and the black flag: http://youtu.be/7AQqSLOxsAI

Provisional results in the remaining classes: Paige Railey moved up to 23rd in Laser Radial with a 4-11 and Rob Crane scored a 6th in race 6 to hold 46th overall in the Laser. Mark LeBlanc is 8th in the 2.4mR with two solid race results, 2-6; and Amanda Clark and Sarah Lihan 2nd in Women’s 470. Caleb Paine is in 15th overall in the Finn class.

US Sailing Development Team Laser sailor Charlie Buckingham is in third overall in the highly-competitive Laser fleet.

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.), Caleb Paine (San Diego, Calif.)
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.)

About the regatta: 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. The event is the third stop on the ISAF Sailing World Cup event series.

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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Notes to editors:

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