Finn Europeans: Tight U.S. Olympic Selection Series Enters Final Stages


Pictured:  Zach Railey, Finn, US Sailing Team Sperry, in Barcelona, Day Four


March 10, 2016

Barcelona, Spain. –  The Finn European Championship (March 7-12) is entering its final stages in Barcelona, Spain, and the U.S. Olympic Team Selection Series in the Finn class (Men’s Heavyweight Dinghy) will end on Saturday. Beijing 2008 Olympic silver medalist Zach Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) leads US Sailing Team Sperry (national team) teammate Caleb Paine (San Diego, Calif.) by slim margins in both the regatta and the selection series. The event has been a light-air affair to date, with just four races completed over the first four days of racing.

The experienced Railey remained in position as the top American on Day Four after racing was abandoned, and currently sits in 12th overall. “We’re supoosed to have had eight races by this point in the regatta, so it’s been a struggle so far,” said Railey. “There have been races where parts of the fleet have made huge gains and losses. There’s aren’t many people here without a bad score,” said Railey, who noted that resilience will be a key factor over the next two days. “My performance has been ok. I’ve had to create a couple of regatta-saving comebacks so far to stay in it.”

Paine, the top US Sailing Team Sperry Finn athlete for the past four years, is just seven points back of Railey, and the battle remains tight. “We’ve definitely had some challenging racing,” said Paine. “I didn’t have a great first race, but after that it’s been fairly good. I’m just trying to keep executing the same process each day, and if the weather cooperates, to be ready to go when the time is right.”

Three races are scheduled for Friday, with a discardable “drop race” score coming into play after the fifth race of the series is completed. Saturday will feature one final full-fleet race, plus a medal race for the top ten competitors. Light winds are predicted to remain in Barcelona through the end of the event.

More information can be found on the event website.

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Pictured: Caleb Paine, Finn, US Sailing Team Sperry, in Barcelona, Day Four.

Note: All athletes named to the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team are subject to approval by the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC). For more information on the 2016 Laser Radial European Championship, visit the event website.

See Also: Full U.S. Olympic Team Selection Tracker (All Classes)

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