Day 5 report from Hyeres

MEDIA ALERT – Day 5 of racing, April 26 – French Olympic Sailing Week 

Daily Summary: Hyeres, France (April 26, 2012) – Day 5 of racing at French Olympic Sailing Week was another day of heavy wind and big waves preventing some of the classes from completing racing. For Friday’s medal races in the Olympic classes, US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider will be represented in the Women’s 470 by Amanda Clark and Sarah Lihan. The battle for silver is on after the series leaders from The Netherlands captured the overall title on points

For a video interview with French and Creignou discussing the boat and plans for the next two months

Jen French and JP Creignou are in third overall in the SKUD-18. With the cancellation of racing, organizers will use Friday to complete up to three more races in the Paralympic classes.

“We’re getting back into the rhythm of things,” said French. “This regatta is a good check in for us and a good gauge of where we are. We have a list of things we need to work on before Sail for Gold. In breeze it’s all about keeping the boat upright, keeping the water out of it and keeping our speed downwind. It’s a challenge in the breeze because in the SKUD you can’t hike out.”

Although organizers attempted to get the women’s match racing fleet underway at an early hour, the conditions proved too rough for the Elliott 6m boats. Wind over 25 knots and large, rolling waves forced the cancellation of racing for the day. Anna Tunnicliffe’s “Team Maclaren” of Molly Vandemoer and Debbie Capozzi won their two matches and continued to go undefeated.

We’re taking it day by day,” said Capozzi when asked about the winning streak. “The conditions are pretty challenging, so we learn a little bit each day and try to improve in each race. One thing our coach Dave Dell (Dellenbaugh) is good at is helping us with boat speed and making sure we’re fast and also faster than the other boat. We spend a lot of time on that and make sure we’re confident in our settings.”

Debbie Capozzi talks about their winning streak. http://soundcloud.com/ussailingteam/debbie-capozzi-checks-in-for

The preliminary plan for Friday is to finish the round robin before holding final and petite final rounds. If the round robin is not completed, then final positions will be calculated on percentage wins.

Event website: http://sof.ffvoile.com/

New Title Sponsor

On April 24, Sperry Top-Sider®, the leading global nautical performance and lifestyle brand, announced its title sponsorship of the US Sailing Team, newly named US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider. The title sponsorship is the brand’s highest profile sailing sponsorship to date and is effective immediately through December 31, 2016.

The Team: There are 26 US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider athletes competing at this event, 15 of whom have qualified for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Teams.

Competing in the French Olympic Sailing Week:

2.4mR – Mark LeBlanc (New Orleans, La.)
49er – Erik Storck (Huntington, N.Y.) and Trevor Moore (N. Pomfret, Vt./Naples, Fla.)
470 Men – Stuart McNay (Boston, Mass.) and Graham Biehl (San Diego, Calif.)
470 Women – Amanda Clark (Shelter Island, N.Y.) and Sarah Lihan (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Finn – Caleb Paine (San Diego, Calif.)
Laser – Rob Crane (Darien, Conn.)
RS:X Men – Bob Willis (Chicago, Ill.)
RS:X Women – Farrah Hall (Annapolis, Md.)
SKUD-18 – Jen French (St. Petersburg, Fla.) and JP Creignou (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Sonar – Paul Callahan (Cape Coral, Fla./Newport R.I.), Tom Brown (Castine, Me.) and Bradley Johnson (Pompano Beach, Fla.)

Women’s Match Racing:

Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.), Molly Vandemoer (Stanford, Calif.) and Debbie Capozzi (Bayport, N.Y.)

Sally Barkow (Nashotah, Wis.), Alana O’Reilly (Charleston, S.C.) and Elizabeth Kratzig Burnham (Miami, Fla.)

Genny Tulloch (San Francisco, Calif.), Jenn Chamberlin (Washington, D.C.) and Alice Manard Leonard (New Orleans, La./East Haven, Conn.)

Fred Strammer (Nokomis, Fla.) and Zach Brown (San Diego, Calif.), members of the 2012 US Sailing Development Team, will compete in the 49er.

 

The US Sailing Team is not represented at French Olympic Sailing Week in the Laser Radial or Star classes.

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Editors notes:

Contact: Dana Paxton, US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider Press Officer, +1 401-683-0800, x615, danapaxton@ussailing.org; mobile +1 401-369-0490

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