Clearwater Worlds: USA 49erFX & 49ers Make Gold Fleet, Henken & Scutt Earn Team USA Selection
Pictured: Paris Henken (Coronado, Calif.) and Helena Scutt (Kirkland, Wash.), 49erFX, US Sailing Team Sperry dueling with world championship-winning teams from New Zealand and Brazil, Day Four.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 12, 2016
Clearwater, Fla. – Day Four of the 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships in Clearwater, Florida saw Team USA gain its first two Rio 2016 Olympic sailors while multiple American teams battled their way into Gold Fleet. US Sailing Team Sperry athletes will have a chance to earn their way into Sunday’s medal races based on their performances tomorrow.
SATURDAY: LIVE Video Coverage from Clearwater
49er and 49erFX racing will be brought to a worldwide sailing audience on Saturday, February 13 (Day 5) at the Worlds in Clearwater. Coverage will include onboard cameras, aerial footage, 3D graphics and expert commentary as the best skiff sailors in the world battle off Clearwater Beach. The broadcast will begin at 12:00 noon EST.
49erFX (Women’s Two-Person High Performance Skiff)
Paris Henken (Coronado, Calif.) and Helena Scutt (Kirkland, Wash.) clinched victory in the U.S. Olympic Team Selection Series in the 49erFX after posting a second consecutive day of excellent scores (2,4,9). While the Americans are pleased with their Olympic selection, they remain firmly focused on qualifying for Sunday’s medal race, and challenging for a podium spot. They are currently in 9th overall.
Watch Henken and Scutt battle at the top of the fleet in Clearwater with the full video replay of Day Four 49erFX action, featuring onboard cameras, aerial footage, 3D graphics and expert commentary:
49er (Men’s Two-Person High Performance Skiff)
Nacra 17 (Mixed Two-Person Multihull)
Michael Easton (Bedford, Mass.) and Katie Pettibone (Port Huron, Mich.) lead all American Nacra 17 teams in 19th overall. With no Americans in a strong position to qualify for medal races, Saturday could be the final day of racing for US Sailing Team Sperry athletes in the mixed multihull class. Olympic Team selection is also on the line, and the battle is close.
Bora Gulari (Detroit, Mich.) and Louisa Chafee (Warwick, R.I.) came into this event as the leaders in the selection series after a strong showing at Sailing World Cup Miami. To win selection, Easton and Pettibone must finish fifteen places ahead of Gulari and Chafee, while Mark and Carolina Mendelblatt (Miami, Fla.) must finish seven spots ahead. With the three boats sitting in 19th, 29th and 24th, respectively, the selection series could come down to a dramatic final series of races.
Racing will continue on Day Four of the 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championship in Clearwater, Florida, with medal races being held on Sunday, February 14, 2016.
USA Results: 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championship
49erFX (Women’s Two-Person High Performance Skiff): 43 boats
- 9th overall, Paris Henken (Coronado, Calif.) and Helena Scutt (Kirkland, Wash.), US Sailing Team Sperry
- 37th overall, Genny Tulloch (San Francisco, Calif.) and Maggie Shea (Chicago, Ill.)
- 41st overall, Emily Dellenbaugh (Easton, Conn.) and Elizabeth Barry (Riverside, Conn.), US Sailing Team Sperry
49er (Men’s Two-Person High Performance Skiff): 54 boats
- 16th overall, Judge Ryan (San Diego, Calif.) and Hans Henken (Coronado, Calif.)
- 29th overall, Brad Funk (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and Trevor Burd (Marblehead, Mass.), US Sailing Team Sperry
- 22nd overall, Thomas Barrows (St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.) and Joe Morris (Annapolis, Md.), US Sailing Team Sperry
- 38th overall, Fred Strammer (Nakomis, Fla.) and Mike Kuschner (Gloucester Point, Va.)
- 39th overall, David Liebenberg (Livermore, Calif.) and Dan Morris (San Francisco, Calif.)
- 49th overall, Andrew and Matthew Mollerus (Rye, N.Y.)
- 56th overall, Jonny Goldsberry & Chad Freitas
- 62nd overall, Wade Waddell and Ian MacDiarmid
- 63rd overall, David Ames & P.J. Buhler
Nacra 17 (Mixed Two-Person Multihull): 33 boats
- 19th overall, Michael Easton (Bedford, Mass.) and Katie Pettibone (Port Huron, Mich.)
- 24th overall, Mark Mendelblatt and Carolina Mendelblatt (Miami, Fla.)
- 29th overall, Bora Gulari (Detroit, Mich.) and Louisa Chafee (Warwick, R.I.), US Sailing Team Sperry
- 30th (tied) overall, Steph Hudson (Winnetka, Ill.) and Dalton Tebo (Sarasota, Fla.)
- 32nd overall, Sarah Newberry (Miami, Fla.) and Matthew Whitehead (Panama City, Fla.), US Sailing Team Sperry
- 39th (tied) overall, Jeremy Wilmot and Mayumi Roller
- 40th (tied) overall, Sandra Tartaglino and Charles MacBain
Previous Event Reports:
- US Sailing: Henken & Scutt Earn U.S. Olympic Team Selection in the 49erFX
- Clearwater Worlds #3: USA 49er and 49erFX Jump Upwards, Henken Siblings & Teammates Shine
- Clearwater Worlds #2: Nacra 17’s Complete Four Wild Races, Skiffs Battle Waves
- Clearwater Worlds #1: Survival Conditions Challenge Competitors & U.S. Olympic Hopefuls
- USA Fan Preview: Olympic Selection On the Line At Clearwater Worlds
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About The US Sailing Team Sperry
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