Final Stop on the ISAF Sailing World Cup Series Brings Four Overall Season Medals
Kiel, Germany (June 23, 2011) – US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) athletes wrapped up a successful week of racing at Kiel Week by winning three medals: Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) won gold in the Laser Radial; Erin Maxwell (Wilton, Conn.) and Isabelle Kinsolving Farrar (New York, N.Y.) won gold in the Women’s 470; and Zach Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) won bronze in the Finn. As the final stop on the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Sailing World Cup circuit, Kiel Week performances counted toward the overall season’s standings and USSTAG earned four medals: Women’s 470 gold; Laser Radial bronze; and Women’s Match Racing gold and bronze.
“Three medals in Kiel is yet another sign that we are on the right track,” said High Performance Director/Head Coach Kenneth Andreasen (Tampa., Fla.). “I am very proud of the sailors who put the right foot forward and put together great scores resulting in two gold medals and one bronze (tied for first). We did not have the best results at Sail for Gold, as many of our sailors were more focused on it being part 1 of our Olympic trials, but it shows our commitment to success at the 2012 Olympics that we come back and make a strong statement in Kiel.”
Highlights from Kiel Week
Gold medal in Women’s 470
In a week with mostly windy conditions, Erin Maxwell and Isabelle Kinsolving Farrar saw their heavy-air training in the 470 pay off with wins in four out of 10 races.
“It helped that each morning we left the dock early to get in extra training in breeze, said Erin Maxwell. “We have learned a lot throughout the season and were able to put it all together here. We went to every single major regatta except Delta Lloyd as we decided to train in Weymouth for our Trials. We sat down at every event to plan out what we needed to do to make sure we came up with good results. This regatta shows that we have done just that.”
Going into the final medal race – held on a shorter racecourse and closer to shore – the 2008 470 World Champions knew they had to continue the consistent performance that kept them at the top of the leader board. They finished the medal race in second to clinch the gold medal. “We are super excited about winning!” said Maxwell.
With the Kiel Week gold medal score added to the World Cup series scores, Maxwell and Farrar captured the overall gold medal. “When we’re trying to ramp up our campaign in the year before the Olympics, our winning the World Cup is huge,” said Maxwell. “It confirms we are finishing consistently and it gives us a lot of confidence going forward.”
Gold medal in Laser Radial
After an admitted disappointing finish at Sail for Gold, Paige Railey arrived at Kiel Week with a revised, yet clear, plan.
“My goals were to move up in world cup rankings and finish in third overall (World Cup) by winning this event,” said Railey. “And I wanted to redeem myself after Sail for Gold because I wasn’t happy with how I performed. I also needed to secure funding for next year. I really wanted to win it. I sailed smart and consistent and I’m happy with how I did.”
After consulting with USSTAG Olympic Coach Luther Carpenter, Railey took what she learned at Sail for Gold and started applying it. “That is where I’m going to make big steps in sailing. This week, when I was out on the water I took it one race at a time. I stayed positive because after Sail for Gold it would have been easy not to be.”
Railey dominated the fleet from the beginning, posting four wins throughout the week to win her third straight Kiel Week gold medal. With the win, she secured the overall World Cup bronze.
“My goal was to win World Cup this year,” she said. “I had two setbacks this season, and I had to readjust and go for top three. It made me realize I could set a goal and things don’t always go according to plan. Even though it’s not what I wanted (originally), I’ll take a third over anything else.”
Bronze medal in Finn
As is typical in the Olympic Finn class, the final medal race decided the medal winners. Despite winning three of eight races during the week, Zach Railey wasn’t assured a spot on the podium.
It all came down to whether Railey would out sail the French and British boats. “It was very shifty and I knew I had to go out and sail my own race. During the medal race, I was in front of both of them and then there was a big shift in the second upwind. I was on the wrong side of the shift and they were in front of me. I tried to make up the difference downwind, but ran out of time.”
Railey finished the race in sixth and wound up in a three-way tie for first, which put him in third overall.
“My goal was to finish on the podium,” he said. “I reached the goal and it was one of those regattas where the three of us were really close all of the time. At the end of the week to end on the same points and the tie had to be broken on .02 points for first, second and third (places) shows how competitive and close the racing was.”
Railey referenced his 10th place finish at Sail for Gold and his philosophy for recovering from a less-desired finish. “There are two ways to deal with it,” he explained. “Some people would allow it to affect them at next event and then they’d feel even worse. Or you say you have to forget about what happened, learn from the experience. Kenneth (Andreasen) and I talked at length about what did we do wrong, how can we learn and how can we apply it at Kiel Week. I was able to apply Sail for Gold lessons in a little bit smaller fleet at Kiel. People forget that you have more breakthroughs in disappointing events than at positive ones. To finish on the podium was a good result. It was a good rebound after Sail for Gold. To win a bronze was really good.”
Railey ended the World Cup season in 4th overall.
Women’s Match Racing scores two World Cup medals
Based on their standout performance over the course of the 2010-2011 World Cup season Team Maclaren – Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.), Molly Vandemoer (Stanford, Conn.) and Debbie Capozzi (Bayport, N.Y.) – won the overall World Cup gold medal. They began the season in January at US SAILING’s Rolex Miami OCR with a silver, then went on to win bronze at Princess Sofia Trophy, in April, and gold at Sail for Gold, in June.
Team 7 Match Race – Sally Barkow (Nashotah, Wis.), Elizabeth Kratzig-Burnham (Miami, Fla.) and Alana O’Reilly (Charleston, S.C.) – won overall the overall bronze medal. The team won bronze at Rolex Miami OCR, gold at Princess Sofia Trophy, silver at French Olympic Sailing Week and bronze at Sail for Gold.
For more information about the ISAF Sailing World Cup or season results: http://www.sailing.org/worldcup/home.php
With the first of two Selection Events for the U.S. Olympic Team – Sail for Gold – completed, USSTAG athletes now look toward the second event, the ISAF Combined World Championship, to be held Dec. 3-18 in Perth, Australia.
Follow the progress of U.S. athletes as they campaign for the U.S. Olympic Team – Sailing. Athletes in nine of 10 Olympic classes qualify for a berth at two Selection events based on combined results at ISAF World Cup events. http://sailingteams.ussailing.org/Games/Olympics/Track.htm
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