Pictured: Stuart McNay (Providence, R.I.) and David Hughes (Miami, Fla.), Regatta Leaders, Men’s 470.
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August 17, 2015
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Day Three of racing at the 2015 Olympic Test Event brought light winds on all courses along with solid scores for the US Sailing Team Sperry. American sailors achieved single-digit finishes in the Men’s 470, Women’s 470, Finn, 49er, Laser and Laser Radial, and as a team continued to rely on their extensive preparation as they race at the 2016 Olympic venue.
Stuart McNay (Providence, R.I.) and David Hughes (Miami, Fla.) opened their day with a victory in the first race, followed by a 9th. This was good enough to move the pair into the overall lead in the Men’s 470.“We’re feeling good. There are always opportunities to be better,” said McNay. “Luckily the results thus far have taken care of themselves.” McNay and Hughes have been on a hot streak, having won major events such as ISAF Sailing World Cup Weymouth and the 470 Europeans. McNay attributed that success to a steady approach, combined with patience. “This is a class where you have to pay your dues. There is a lot of nuance with the tuning, and the different modes available, but theres always the opportunity to improve your tactics and strategy. The 470 is a fascinating class to sail, especially in a place like Rio.”
Pictured: Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.), Laser Radial.
Additional standout scores on Day 3 were provided by multiple US Sailing Team Sperry athletes. Caleb Paine (San Diego, Calif.) notched an 8th in the only Finn race, while Laser athlete Charlie Buckingham (Newport Beach, Calif.) added a 5th. the 49er team of Brad Funk (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) and Trevor Burd (Marblehead, Mass.) recorded a 2nd in Race Five.
Racing continues at the Aquece Rio International Sailing Regatta 2015 (Olympic Test Event) on Tuesday, August 18. The event will conclude with medal races for the top competitors in each fleet from August 20-22.
2015 Olympic Test Event, USA Results:
Men’s 470 (Men’s Two-Person Dinghy):
- 1st overall, Stuart McNay (Providence, R.I.) and David Hughes (Miami, Fla.)
Laser Radial (Women’s One-Person Dinghy):
- 2nd overall, Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.)
Women’s 470 (Women’s Two-Person Dinghy):
- 2nd overall, Annie Haeger (East Troy, Wisc.) and Briana Provancha (San Diego, Calif.)
Laser (Men’s One-Person Dinghy):
- 11th overall, Charlie Buckingham (Newport Beach, Calif.)
Finn (Men’s One-Person Heavyweight Dinghy):
- 14th overall, Caleb Paine (San Diego, Calif.)
Nacra 17 (Mixed Two-Person Multihull):
- 15th overall, Sarah Newberry (Miami, Fla.) and Matthew Whitehead (Panama City, Fla.)
49erFX (Women’s Two-Person High Performance Skiff):
- 17th overall, Paris Henken (Coronado, Calif.) and Helena Scutt (Kirkland, Wash.)
49er (Men’s Two-Person High Performance Skiff):
- 17th overall, Brad Funk (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and Trevor Burd (Marblehead, Mass.)
Women’s RS:X (Women’s Board):
- 18th overall, Farrah Hall (Annapolis, Md.)
Men’s RS:X (Men’s Board):
- 24th overall, Carson Crain (Houston, Texas)
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