SANTANDER, SPAIN (May 8, 2021) – Riley Gibbs (Long Beach, Calif.) and Anna Weis (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) are bringing bronze medals back to the US after a successful week of racing in their first large-fleet international regatta since February of 2020. Gibbs and Weis have been training primarily in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with their coach, Sally Barkow, and the three had their sights set on the Santander Test Event as an opportunity to check-in with the fleet just a few months out from the Tokyo 2020 Games where they’ll be representing the USA in the Nacra 17 class.
“It was so fun racing against the international teams again,” said Weis. “We had very challenging conditions this week, and we are excited to see our progress. The three of us came away with some areas to continue to focus and work on these next few weeks- we’re ready and pumped to keep working.”
The fleet was stacked with representatives from plenty of countries that will Gibbs and Weis will see this summer in Enoshima: Lin Cenholt and Christian Peter Lübeck from Denmark (placing 1), Paul Kohlhoff and Alica Stuhlemmer from Germany (placing 2), Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin from Australia (placing 4), Micah Wilkinson and Erica Dawson from New Zealand (placing 5), Quentin Delapierre and Manon Audinet from France (placing 7), and Emil Järudd and Cecilia Jonsson from Sweden (placing 9).
In the 49er fleet from the US Sailing Team in Santander was Andrew Mollerus (Larchmont, NY) and Ian MacDiarmid (Delray Beach, Fla.) who took home 11 in a fleet of 16, including Rio 2016 gold medalists Peter Burling and Blair Tuke from New Zealand. Other notable competitors included Diego Botin and Iago López Marra of Spain, recent winners of the highly attended Lanzarote International Regatta.