Day 4 in Palma

Media Alert – Day 4 at Princess Sofia Trophy Regatta, Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Daily summary: Palma de Mallorca, Spain (April 5, 2012) – Day 4 of racing at the Princess Sofia Trophy Regatta, in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, brought the typical light-wind conditions and a tough battle for some of US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG). On the bright side, USSTAG continued to climb through Women’s Match Racing where Anna Tunnicliffe’s “Team Maclaren” of Molly Vandemoer and Debbie Capozzi won their quarter-final match-up to advance to the semi-final round. Friday is the final day of the qualifying series for the Olympic fleet racing classes. The top 10 in each class will advance to Saturday’s medal races.

Performance highlights include:

In an exclusive video, Tunnicliffe, Vandemoer and Capozzi talk about how her Team Maclaren divides up the on board responsibilities

In Women’s Match Racing, the Quarter-Final round was completed, which makes way for the Semi-Final round on Friday. Tunnicliffe was pleased with her team’s performance, to date.

“So far we’ve had a very good regatta,” said Tunnicliffe after racing.  “We’ve been working on a lot of little things. We’re psyched to make it into the Gold Round and guaranteed to get into the Quarter Finals.”

Strategy and fitness go hand in hand in Team Maclaren’s approach to match racing. “With match racing they’re really long days,” said Vandemoer. “Sometimes we’re on the water from 9am until sunset. If your body is fatigued, your brain can’t be working 100%.  We want to make sure there’s never a reason for our bodies to be tired and make a bad decision.”

In an exclusive video, Tunnicliffe, Vandemoer and Capozzi talk about how her Team Maclaren divides up the on board responsibilities: http://youtu.be/pwkdvn9As-8

Video with Sally Barkow talking about day 4 and her training program toward the US Trials

Sally Barkow’s “Team 7 Match Race” of Alana O’Reilly and Elizabeth Kratzig Burnham completed the quarter-final round seeding match with one win, three losses to Tamara Echegoyen (ESP). As the Quarter Finals are a knockout round, Barkow does not advance.

“Not ideal in the end,” said Barkow. “We had a penalty in the first race and couldn’t pass her. The second race was good. And the third, we had a bad race. We’re not sure if we had something on the keel, but we couldn’t pass her. The last race was a good fight and we had a struggle for speed downwind. We felt good in the pre-starts. We felt like we were getting what we needed.”

Video with Sally Barkow talking about day 4 and her training program toward the US Trials: http://youtu.be/EgGxKlqZ_rM

Mark LeBlanc moved into podium striking distance in the 2.4mR with two solid race results today. A 6-2 finish puts him in 5th overall and in position for a medal. Racing in the 2.4mR concludes on Friday.

Zach Railey continued to accumulate low scores, posting a 7-2, and moved into second place overall in the Finn class.

Provisional results in the remaining classes: Stuart McNay and Graham Biehl are in 19th in Men’s 470; Caleb Paine is 11th overall in the Finn class; Erik Storck and Trevor Moore are in 21st in the 49er; Rob Crane is in 39th in the Laser; Paige Railey is in 20th in the Laser Radial; and Amanda Clark and Sarah Lihan 25th in Women’s 470.

US Sailing Development Team sailor Charlie Buckingham continued his impressive surge in the Laser class. He won race 8, and with an additional 27th place, he moved into 7th overall.

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:

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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