Pictured: Stu McNay and Dave Hughes (Men’s 470), US Sailing Team Sperry. Image: Will Ricketson/US Sailing.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 13, 2015
Portsmouth, R.I. – After scoring an impressive 5,4,2 in the final series of full-fleet races at ISAF Sailing World Cup Weymouth and Portland, US Sailing Team Sperry athletes Stu McNay (Providence, R.I.) and Dave Hughes (San Diego, Calif.) head into the medal race with a seven point lead on the reigning world champions from Australia, Mathew Belcher and Will Ryan, in the men’s 470 class. McNay and Hughes hope to secure an overall victory against the world’s best Olympic talent in a regatta they have led from the opening races on Wednesday.
TV programming from Weymouth will go on the air at 6:00AM ET on Sunday morning.
Also competing in the medal round will be North American Champion Charlie Buckingham (Newport Beach, Calif.) in the Men’s Laser class. Buckingham heads into the final race on Sunday in 5th overall, but only five points from podium position and nine points from the lead. Medal races count for double points, so a medal is within Buckingham’s reach.
In the Women’s 470, Annie Haeger (East Troy, Wisc.) and Briana Provancha (San Diego, Calif.), currently sit in 6th overall. The pair, who are currently ranked 6th in the world, are not in contention for a medal tomorrow but will look to hone their skills in the challenging 10-boat medal race format. Just barely missing out on the medal race in the Women’s 470 were Haeger and Provancha’s US Sailing Team Sperry teammates Sydney Bolger (Long Beach, Calif.) and Carly Shevitz (Santa Barbara, Calif.), who finished 11th overall.
Racing began at ISAF Sailing World Cup Weymouth and Portland on Wednesday, June 10 and concludes on Sunday, June 14.
Notable US Standings: ISAF Sailing World Cup Weymouth and Portland 2015
Men’s 470 (Men’s Two-Person Dinghy):
- 1st overall, Stuart McNay (Providence, R.I.) and David Hughes (Miami, Fla.), US Sailing Team Sperry
Laser (Men’s One-Person Dinghy):
- 5th overall, Charlie Buckingham (Newport Beach, Calif.), US Sailing Team Sperry
Women’s 470 (Women’s Two-Person Dinghy):
- 6th overall, Annie Haeger (East Troy, Wisc.) and Briana Provancha (San Diego, Calif.), US Sailing Team Sperry
- 11th overall, Sydney Bolger (Long Beach, Calif.) and Carly Shevitz (Santa Barbara, Calif.), US Sailing Team Sperry
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The US Sailing Team Sperry 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. 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; other sponsors include Gold-Level partner Sunbrella and Silver-Level partners Harken, Team McLube and Groupe Beneteau. 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 Training Centers. Chubb Personal Insurance sponsors US Sailing’s National Team Tour, a nationwide presentation program for US Sailing Team Sperry athletes. For more information, please visit www.ussailing.org/olympics
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About the ISAF Sailing World Cup
The ISAF Sailing World Cup is a world-class annual series for Olympic sailing. It is open to the sailing events chosen for the 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition. Its centre piece is the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
The 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup will consist of five regattas for all ten Olympic events and where possible, Formula Kite Racing. Qualification places for the ISAF Sailing World Cup final are up for grabs at each event. The final will bring together the top 20 boats in each Olympic event and an Open Kiteboarding event where the World Cup Champions will be crowned.
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