Day 5 of Rolex Miami OCR

Racing summary: In a thrilling conclusion to the Paralympic racing, US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics’ Jen French and JP Creignou (both St. Petersburg, Fla.) earned a bronze medal in the SKUD-18 class. In the Olympic classes, which concluded their series with 10 races, USSTAG advances to the final medal race, Jan. 28, in the 49er, 470 Men, 470 Women, Laser Radial, Finn, Star, RS:X Men, RS:X Women. In Women’s Match Racing, Sally Barkow’s Team 7 Match Race of Alana O’Reilly (Charleston, S.C.) and Elizabeth Kratzig (Miami, Fla.) advances to the Petit-Final round vs. Silja Lehtinen (FIN) for the bronze medal match.

Performance highlights include:

In the US Paralympic Team Trials, it was a day of exciting racing in all three classes selected for the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Jen French and JP Creignou (both St. Petersburg, Fla.) secured the bronze in the SKUD-18 and with it the Team Trials. They’ll be joined by Mark LeBlanc (New Orleans, La.) in the 2.4mR, and Paul Callahan (Cape Coral, Fla./Newport R.I.), Tom Brown (Castine, Me.) and Bradley Johnson (Pompano Beach, Fla.) in the Sonar. A full announcement on the US Paralympic Team will be made in the next few days.

Jen French and JP Creignou

“The racing this week at Rolex Miami OCR has been beautiful,” said French dockside after racing. “We’ve had a tough week. Most of the boats have been close together, and all of the boats here will give us an idea of what the Paralympics will be like.”

To listen to the full audio interview with Jen French, click here (photo: Jen and JP celebrate on their SKUD)

Zach Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) added another win and a 3rd to his impressive score line to hold a comfortable lead in the Finn, and to earn a cumulative 13 points, a full 12 points ahead of second place Jonas Hogh Christensen (DEN). Railey will advance into the medal race along with USSTAG’s Caleb Paine (San Diego, Calif.), in 4th.

Erik Storck (Huntington, N.Y.) and Trevor Moore (Pomfret, Vt./Naples, Fla.) may not have had the day that they had planned – they added an 8th and 14th – but they are booked into the 49er medal race after ending the opening 15-race series in 2nd.

Farrah Hall (Annapolis, Md.) goes into the medal race in second overall in the 12-boat Women’s RS:X windsurfing class, her best performance to date in an ISAF Sailing World Cup event. “I’ve been working really hard on my technique and it’s starting to pay off,” she said after racing. “I’ve been able to use the other things I’ve done well in the past to a better extent, such as good starts and mark roundings.”

For tomorrow’s medal race, which is forecast to be in light wind, she said: “I’m expecting a really good finish. There should be some match racing going on. It will be about tactics and pumping, and good maneuvers rather than straight out speed. The medal race is all about positioning. You have to position yourself to have a really good start and be aware of the other competitors you need to beat. You have to sail close to them and sail conservatively; not make any mistakes and you should be ok.”

To listen to the full audio interview with Farrah Hall, click here

In Women’s Match Racing, Anna Tunnicliffe’s (Plantation, Fla.) Team Maclaren of Molly Vandemoer (Redwood City, Calif.) and Debbie Capozzi (Bayport, N.Y.) won their match against Tamara Echegoyen (ESP) to finish 5th overall.

Before racing this morning, USSTAG PAralympic Coach Betsy Alison talked about emotions and the Trials US Paralympic Head Coach Betsy Alison on Her Emotions Heading Into the Final Day of Team Trials by USSTAG

Daily photo gallery

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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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