Day 4 summary: Weymouth and Portland, U.K. (June 7, 2012) – Gale-force winds put an early end to day 4 of Sail for Gold, but before racing was halted the race committee completed an abbreviated schedule for most classes, except for Paralympic and Star in which all racing was cancelled for the day. US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider continued to attack the racecourse, the same which will be used in 50 days time at the 2012 Olympic Games.
Friday is the final day of racing for the Paralympic classes, while the Olympic classes will complete the 10-race series (13 for the 49ers) to determine the sailors who will advance to Saturday’s medal race.
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Performance highlights include:
–Anna Tunnicliffe with her ‘Team Maclaren’ of Molly Vandemoer and Debbie Capozzi won both gold round matches to advance to the Quarter-Final round. They will face Lehtinen (FIN).
Listen to Debbie Capozzi talk about the day: http://soundcloud.com/ussailingteam/us-womens-match-racing-now
–Zach Railey went into the lone Finn race in third place overall. After a long wait onshore while the race committee ran an abbreviated racing schedule due to impending storms, the fleet headed out to big waves and pouring rain. While he was in the leading group of the racing, an unfortunate incident occurred.
“The whole day has been tough,” said Railey moments after getting back to the dock. “We waited around for the weather system. We finally got onto the water, and I was doing pretty well. I made up a bunch of boats on the downwind and was waiting to go around the leeward mark and it was very tight. There was a boat that came in and didn’t have room. Unfortunately, he tried to take room on a couple of us. There was a pretty big collision; it threw me out of the boat. The boat got broken in the process. It’s obviously very difficult when you’re in the race. Unfortunately it’s part of racing. I know the person did a penalty turn so he knew he was in the wrong. I was in third going into today and it all depends on the results and what happens tonight.”
Railey filed for redress and was awarded average points for his previous races. He is in 3rd place overall.
–In the Laser Radial, two races were completed with Paige Railey taking a 3rd and a 7th. Unfortunately, she was deemed to have started early in the latter and received an “OCS” (on-course side) penalty. With that score used as her throw out, she now finds herself in 13th overall.
– Amanda Clark and Sarah Lihan, now find themselves in 6th overall, after collecting a15-8 in the Women’s 470 class’ two races.
–In the Men’s 470, Stuart McNay and Graham Biehl are four points out of 10th, in 13th overall. Friday will be the chance to move up to the top 10.
– Racing in the Paralympic classes was cancelled for the day due to the storm. It will resume for the final day of racing on Friday. SKUD-18 skipper Jen French, who with crew JP Creignou is currently in 4th overall, explained the team’s plan.
“The regatta is classic Weymouth weather,” said French. “This week the breeze kicked in and it’s what we should expect for the Games. It’s a good gauge for us against international competition. We’ve been training hard in the starts. We’re getting aggressive in our training and have seen improvement. JP is a very busy guy up front in the SKUD. Between all the lines and controlling three sails, we try to use our communication to keep everything going. It’s a very physical position and he does it well. For our training schedule, we trained a week before this event and will stay here a week after. We have a pretty rigorous training schedule before the Games.”
–While the Star class was ashore under postponement, Brian Fatih talked about his role in the boat with skipper Mark Mendelblatt. “Once you’re in a harness and you’re strapped in, depending on the sea state, you have to straight leg over the waves and make sure you don’t plow into them,” he said. “I hike out as hard as I can in breeze. Depending on the breeze, I’ll be on the deck talking about other boats. When you hike out like that I can’t see the compass, the boom, the jib lock, I’m just hiked out and trimming a little bit here and there.” The Olympic Sailing Team representatives are currently in13th overall.
To listen to Fatih talk about the intricacies of Star crew work and which boat they’ll select for the Olympic Games: http://soundcloud.com/ussailingteam/us-star-crew-brian-fatih-on
–In the Laser class, Rob Crane had a strong day, adding a 6th to his score line. “It was a good first beat and it was a tight race the whole time,” he said of the first. “I did a pretty good job maintaining the spot. There were huge waves and you were being tossed around. It took some skill to make sure you weren’t getting tossed around.” He moved up in the standings to 19th overall.
Listen to Rob Crane talk about what they’ve learned about the venue: http://youtu.be/UilnBLhLY-I
US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider athletes competing at Sail for Gold and their results, to date:
Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.), Molly Vandemoer (Stanford, Calif.) and Debbie Capozzi (Bayport, N.Y.) – women’s match racing, advanced to Quarter-Final Round, will race against Lehtinen
Amanda Clark (Shelter Island, N.Y.) and Sarah Lihan (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) – Women’s 470, 6th
Bob Willis (Chicago, Ill.) – RS:X (Men’s Windsurfer), 29th
Caleb Paine (San Diego, Calif.) – Finn, 18th
Erik Storck (Huntington, N.Y.) and Trevor Moore (Pomfret, Vt./Naples, Fla.) – 49er, 11th
Farrah Hall (Annapolis, Md.) — RS:X (Women’s Windsurfer), 27th
Jen French and JP Creignou (both St. Petersburg, Fla.) – SKUD-18, 4th
Mark LeBlanc (New Orleans, La.) – 2.4mR, 9th
Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Fatih (both Miami, Fla.) – Star, 13th
Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) – Laser Radial, 13th
Paul Callahan (Cape Coral, Fla./Newport R.I.), Tom Brown (Castine, Me.) and Bradley Johnson (Pompano Beach, Fla.) – Sonar, 8th
Rob Crane (Darien, Conn.) – Laser, 19th
Stuart McNay (Boston, Mass.) and Graham Biehl (San Diego, Calif.) — Men’s 470, 13th
Zach Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) – Finn, 3rd
US Sailing Development Team members competing and results, to date:
Charlie Buckingham (Newport Beach, Calif.) – Laser, 10th
Carson Crain (Houston, Texas) – RS:X , 58th
Zach Brown (San Diego, Calif.) and Fred Strammer (Nokomis, Fla.) – 49er, 33rd
Gordon Lamphere (Lake Forest, Ill.) – Finn, 41st
Greg Martinez (Houston, Texas) – Laser, 78th
Solvig Sayre (Vineyard Haven, Mass.) – RS:X, 41st
Day 4 videos:
Fatih audio interview: http://soundcloud.com/ussailingteam/us-star-crew-brian-fatih-on
Editorial-free photos available: http://usst.photoshelter.com/gallery/2012-Sail-for-Gold/G0000OYHT4ApkXX0 Please use password “USA” to download
About Sail for Gold Held June 4-9 at the location selected for the Olympic Sailing competition, Sail for Gold is an important milestone event for sailing athletes preparing for the Games. Organizers expect over 700 athletes from 60-plus nations to compete in the fifth stop on the ISAF (International Sailing Federation) World Cup circuit. This will be the last time US Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Team members will have a chance to compete at the venue before the start of the 2012 Olympic Games, scheduled for July 29-August 11. The Paralympic Games, scheduled for August 29-Sept. 6, also will be held at the same location.
Daily race tracking: http://event.skandiasailforgoldregatta.co.uk/eventsites/content.asp?id=9641&eventid=109902
About the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider
The US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider 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 Sperry Top-Sider. US Sailing supports these elite athletes with funding, coaching and training. The title sponsor of the team is Sperry Top-Sider; other sponsors include Rolex Watch USA, Atlantis WeatherGear, LaserPerformance, Harken Team McLube, Bow Down Training, New England Ropes and Trinity Yachts.