Hyères, France (April 24, 2014) – US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider athletes returned to action on Day 4 of ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères and enjoyed yet another day of world-class weather in southern France, with breezes in the low teens and consistent sunshine.
In the women’s 470, Annie Haeger (East Troy, Wisc.) and Briana Provancha (San Diego, Calif.) remain in 3rd place despite another stellar day which saw them score a 2,4. The top three boats (NZL, GBR and USA) are separated by only two points, and one of these three boats has won 7 of the 8 races sailed so far in the event.
In the men’s 470, Stuart McNay (Providence, R.I.) and David Hughes (Miami, Fla.) experienced some misfortune in the day’s first race, when their main halyard broke during the first tack of the first beat. “It didn’t go the way we planned it,” said Hughes. “We were basically swimming for an extended period trying to fix the halyard, but we couldn’t get it sorted fast enough to finish the first race. Our second race wasn’t great. We were unprepared for what was happening on the course.” Despite two tough scores, the pair only dropped one spot in the standings, a testament to how consistent their performance has been so far in the event.
In the Laser Radial, Paige Railey enjoyed a strong day, posted a 1,9 to jump upwards to 9th overall. Hyères is the second event for the Rolex ISAF World Sailor of the Year and World Champion this year, after winning ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami in February.
The fight for the podium in Hyères got harder for Finn sailor Caleb Paine (San Diego, Calif.) who scored a 9,18 and dropped to 4th from 2nd overall. The ever-upbeat Californian responded simply by saying that tomorrow, on the final day of racing before the medal race, “it’s time to get awesome!”
Notable US Overall Results:
470 Men (81 boats):
- 7th overall, Stuart McNay (Providence, R.I.) and David Hughes (Miami, Fla.), US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider
470 Women (51 boats):
- 3rd overall, Annie Haeger (East Troy, Wisc.) and Briana Provancha (San Diego, Calif.), US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider
49er (79 boats):
- 28th overall, Brad Funk (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) and Trevor Burd (Marblehead, Mass.), US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider
49erFX (42 boats):
- 32nd overall, Kristen Lane (San Francisco, Calif.) and Maggie Shea (Chicago, Ill.), US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider
Finn (59 boats):
-4th overall, Caleb Paine (San Diego, Calif.), US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider
Laser (123 boats):
- 21st overall, Charlie Buckingham (Newport Beach, Calif.)
, US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider
Laser Radial (79 boats):
- 9th overall, Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.), US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider
Nacra 17 (77 boats):
- 17th overall, Sarah Newberry (Miami, Fla.) and John Casey (Longwood, Fla.), US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider
RS:X Women (58 boards)
- 25th overall, Farrah Hall (Annapolis, Md.), US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider
About the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider
The US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider 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 Sperry Top-Sider. US Sailing helps these elite athletes with with financial, logistical, coaching, technical, fitness, marketing and communications support. The title sponsor of the team is Sperry Top-Sider; other sponsors include Harken and Team McLube. Yale Cordage is a team supplier. The US Sailing Center Miami is an Olympic training site. Oakcliff Sailing and Clearwater Community Sailing Center are US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider training centers. Chubb Personal Insurance sponsors US Sailing’s National Team Tour, a nationwide presentation program for US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider athletes.
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