Day 4 at Rolex Miami OCR

Racing summary: The fourth day of racing at Rolex Miami OCR saw consolidation in all of the classes, and for US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics athletes it was a day of solid performance in SKUD-18, Finn, Laser Radial, 49er, and Women’s RS:X. In Women’s Match Racing, Sally Barkow’s Team 7 Match Race of Alana O’Reilly (Charleston, S.C.) and Elizabeth Kratzig (Miami, Fla.) defeated Tamara Echegoyen (ESP) in three straight matches to advance to the Semi-Final Round on Friday.

“It was a good match up against the Spanish,” said Barkow after racing. The last time Barkow faced Olivia Price (AUS) was at the Olympic Test Event in August, 2011, although she pointed out that they will prepare for tomorrow’s match in the same manner as they prepare for any match.”We are disciplined in our game plan, basically we aim to not make any mistakes. Since we haven’t raced against them much, in a way it’s good because we can race our own race. She’s been sailing well and she’s pretty fast, we’ll have to be on our game.”

This event serves as the selection event for the US Paralympic Team.

Performance highlights include:
In the US Paralympic Team Trials, positions continue to be close across all three Paralympic classes, especially in the Sonar class where Rick Doerr (Clifton, N.J.), Brad Kendell (Tampa, Fla.) and Hugh Freund (South Freeport, Me.) have a one point lead over Paul Callahan (Cape Coral, Fla./Newport R.I.), Tom Brown (Castine, Me.) and Bradley Johnson (Pompano Beach, Fla.). The teams are 5th and 6th, respectively.

For full standings on the US Paralympic Team Trials, head to the Trials Tracker

Zach Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) Zach Railey continued his dominance in the Finn, winning a race and finishing third in the other. He now has a comfortable lead on the fleet with second-place Jonas Hogh Christensen (DEN) a full 10 points back in second.

Erik Storck (Huntington, N.Y.) and Trevor Moore (Pomfret, Vt./Naples, Fla.) held onto their second place overall in the 49er class, behind class leaders Delle Karth/Nikolaus (AUT).

Farrah Hall (Annapolis, Md.) added another win to her scoreline and strengthened her third overall in the 12-boat Women’s RS:X windsurfing class.

Anna Tunnicliffe’s (Plantation, Fla.) Team Maclaren of Molly Vandemoer (Redwood City, Calif.) and Debbie Capozzi (Bayport, N.Y.) lost their Quarter-Final Round match up, against Lucy MacGregor’s team (GBR), 2-3. Team Maclaren will race on Friday for 5th-8th places.

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 http://sailingteams.ussailing.org/Games/Olympics/Track.htm

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.

Stay Connected with US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics

Fans of the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics can learn more about the athletes and their upcoming schedule on the team’s website http://sailingteams.usssailing.org. For updates from Rolex Miami OCR, follow USSTAG on Twitter – the news microblog service – by adding @USSTAG to your news stream. Links to daily reports, photos and results will be posted to the USSTAG Facebook fan page.

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.

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 CONTACT: Dana Paxton, US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics, danapaxton@ussailing.org, 401-369-0490 (in Miami Jan. 19-30)

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