US Sailing Team Battles Light Air, Nerves On First Day of Sailing World Cup Miami
Pictured: Brad Funk (Clearwater, Fla.) and Trevor Burd (Marblehead, Mass.), 49er, US Sailing Team Sperry. Photo: Jen Edney.
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January 25, 2016
Miami, Fla. – Light and variable winds challenged the international fleet of over 500 boats on the first day of Sailing World Cup Miami, Presented by Sunbrella, and threw tough tactical choices at US Sailing Team Sperry athletes vying for Olympic and Paralympic Team selection in nine classes. For many, the unpredictable weather conditions meant that the main goal was to live to fight another day.
Three American boats are in the top five of their fleets, including Charlie Rosenfield (Woodstock, Conn.) in the 2.4mR, Stuart McNay (Providence, R.I.) and David Hughes (Miami, Fla.) in the Men’s 470, and Mark and Carolina Mendelblatt (St. Petersburg, Fla.) in the Nacra 17. Overall, Americans are in the top ten in nine of twelve classes.
In the 49er class, US Sailing Team Sperry athletes Brad Funk (Clearwater, Fla.) and Trevor Burd (Marblehead, Mass.) had some early success with scores of 4,8 (7th overall). “We saw light but not massive shifts, and you could see where the pressure was,” said Burd. “Good speed makes it easy once you’re clear of the starting line.”
Burd noted that their mental approach to this event had been carefully considered, and it seemed to be paying off early. “You have to acknowledge that since it’s a [U.S. Olympic Team] selection event, it’s not just another regatta. It’s important, but this week and next month’s 49er Worlds (the second and final selection event) are basically one big regatta, since they’re so close together. We are looking at this thing long term, and keeping it as chill as possible. We did our homework, and are doing a good job of keeping pressure low and doing what we have to to.”
In other classes, American athletes put setbacks in context with the fact that it is still quite early in the regatta. “I had a good first race, but a tough second one. It was hard to stay consistent,” said Laser North American Champion Charlie Buckingham (Newport Beach, Calif.) of the US Sailing Team Sperry, in what seemed to be a common theme across the boat park. His coach, three-time Olympic Medalist Mark Reynolds (San Diego, Calif.) added that “We were happy to escape with a keeper score, a 6th, in the first race. It was pretty tough out there.” The US Sailing Development Team’s Erik Bowers (Excelsior, Minn.) scored an impressive 9,8 in the Laser and leads all Americans in 9th overall.
Pictured: Stuart McNay (Providence, R.I.) and David Hughes (Miami, Fla.), Men’s 470, US Sailing Team Sperry. Photo: Sailing Energy.
The regatta is not a U.S. Olympic Team selection event in the Men’s 470 class, but still holds a high degree of significance for US Sailing Team Sperry sailors gearing up for February’s 470 Worlds in San Isidro, Argentina. “We treated the recent 470 Nationals and North Americans, and now Sailing World Cup Miami, as critical warmup events for the Worlds (an Olympic Team selection event) and the Olympics,” said 2015 US Sailing Rolex Yachtsman of the Year finalist Dave Hughes, (Miami, Fla.). “This event in particular is very valuable, and of high quality.”
Hughes and helmsman Stu McNay (Providence, R.I.), also a Rolex Yachtsman of the Year finalist, fought their way back to the top group after a tough start in the only race, and finished 4th. “It was not how we wanted to start, but we were happy to rally. You can always do better, and we are constantly trying to sharpen the knife,” said Hughes. “We are putting the pieces together now, and it’s all part of the bigger vision for the Worlds and the Olympics this summer.”
Racing at Sailing World Cup Miami, Presented by Sunbrella, continues on Tuesday, January 26th and runs through Saturday, January 30th, which will feature medal races and the closing ceremony. World Sailing will produce and broadcast live video coverage of most of Olympic-class medal races. In North America, the racing will be broadcast online via ESPN3.
The racing will be available to watch in 2D and 3D via World Sailing’s live tracking system. Live tracking via the Sailviewer-3D Tablet app will also be available for devices with 7″ or greater screens. This app comes in iOS and Android versions.
Pictured: Sarah Newberry (Miami, Fla.) and Matthew Whitehead (Panama City, Fla.), Nacra 17, US Sailing Team Sperry. Photo: Jen Edney.
Sailing World Cup Miami: USA Results
Sailing World Cup Miami is a U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Team Selection event for the following classes: 2.4mR, 49er, 49erFX, Finn, Laser, Laser Radial, Nacra 17, RS:X Men, RS:X Women.
2.4mR (Open One-Person Paralympic Keelboat): 10 boats
- 2nd overall, Charlie Rosenfield (Woodstock, Conn.), US Sailing Team Sperry
- 4th overall, Dee Smith (Annapolis, Md., pictured), US Sailing Team Sperry
Men’s 470 (Men’s Two-Person Dinghy): 21 boats
- 4th overall, Stuart McNay (Providence, R.I.) and David Hughes (Miami, Fla.)
- 8th overall, Dillon Paiva and Ryan Davidson
- 10th overall, Wiley Rogers and Jack Parkin
Nacra 17 (Mixed Two-Person Multihull): 47 boats
- 5th overall, Mark Mendelblatt and Carolina Mendelblatt (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
- 7th overall, Bora Gulari (Detroit, Mich.) and Louisa Chafee (Warwick, R.I.), US Sailing Development Team
- 15th overall, Sarah Newberry (Miami, Fla.) and Matthew Whitehead (Panama City, Fla.), US Sailing Team Sperry
- 22nd overall, Michael Easton (Bedford, Mass.) and Katie Pettibone (Port Huron, Mich.), US Sailing Team Sperry
Finn (Men’s One-Person Heavyweight Dinghy): 46 boats
- 7th overall, Luke Muller (Ft. Pierce, Fla.), US Sailing Development Team
- 8th overall, Caleb Paine (San Diego, Calif.), US Sailing Team Sperry
- 12th overall, Phil Toth (Los Angeles, Calif.), US Sailing Team Sperry
- 13th overall, Zach Railey (Clearwater, Fla.)
49er (Men’s Two-Person High Performance Skiff): 61 boats
- 7th overall, Brad Funk (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and Trevor Burd (Marblehead, Mass.)
- 10th overall, Judge Ryan (San Diego, Calif.) and Hans Henken (Coronado, Calif.)
- 13th overall, Thomas Barrows (St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.) and Joe Morris (Annapolis, Md.)
Sonar (Open Three-Person Paralympic Keelboat): 9 boats
- 8th overall, Rick Doerr (Clifton, N.J.), Brad Kendell (Tampa, Fla.) and Hugh Freund (South Freeport, Maine), US Sailing Team Sperry
- 6th overall Andrew Fisher (Greenwich, Conn.) Daniel Evans (Miami, Fla.) and Tom Brown (Northeast Harbor, Maine), US Sailing Team Sperry
Women’s 470 (Women’s Two-Person Dinghy): 17 boats
- 8th overall, Sydney Bolger (Long Beach, Calif.) and Carly Shevitz (Santa Barbara, Calif.), US Sailing Team Sperry
Laser Radial (Women’s One-Person Dinghy): 60 boats
- 9th overall, Lindsay Baab
- 15th overall, Erika Reineke (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), US Sailing Team Sperry
- 29th overall, Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.), US Sailing Team Sperry
Laser (Men’s One-Person Dinghy): 98 boats
- 9th overall, Erik Bowers (Excelsior, Minn.), US Sailing Development Team
- 18th overall, Scott Rasmussen
- 32nd overall, Charlie Buckingham (Newport Beach, Calif.), US Sailing Team Sperry
49erFX (Women’s Two-Person High Performance Skiff): 34 boats
- 11th overall, Emily Dellenbaugh (Easton, Conn.) and Elizabeth Barry (Riverside, Conn.), US Sailing Development Team
- 21st overall, Genny Tulloch (San Francisco, Calif.) and Maggie Shea (Chicago, Ill.)
- 23rd overall, Paris Henken (Coronado, Calif.) and Helena Scutt (Kirkland, Wash.)
Women’s RS:X (Women’s Board): 37 boards
- 16th overall, Farrah Hall (Annapolis, Md.), US Sailing Team Sperry
- 27th overall, Marion Lepert (Belmont, Calif.), US Sailing Team Sperry
Men’s RS:X (Men’s Board): 48 boards
- 18th overall, Pedro Pascual (West Palm Beach, Fla.), US Sailing Team Sperry
- 23rd overall, Carson Crain (Houston, Texas), US Sailing Team Sperry
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