Sailing World Cup Hyères: USA Takes Sonar Bronze, Qualifies for 470 and Finn Medal Races

US Sailing Team Sperry || Sailing World Cup Hyeres, France 2016

Pictured: Rick Doerr (Clifton, N.J.), Brad Kendell (Tampa, Fla.) and Hugh Freund (South Freeport, Maine), Paralympic Sonar, US Sailing Team Sperry. Photo: Jen Edney/US Sailing.


April 30, 2016

Hyères, France – Rick Doerr (Clifton, N.J.), Brad Kendell (Tampa, Fla.) and Hugh Freund (South Freeport, Maine) won bronze for the US Sailing Team Sperry on Day 4 of Sailing World Cup Hyères (April 27 – May 1).  It is the second career podium performance in Hyères for the three adaptive sailors, and a strong week of racing against the best Sonar teams in the world indicates that the veteran team will be medal contenders in Rio 2016.

In the Olympic classes, American sailors qualified for medal races in the Men’s 470 and Finn. Sunday’s medal races will be broadcast by World Sailing live online for U.S. audiences at WatchESPN (ESPN3). The Women’s 470 and Men’s Laser medal races will feature commentary from US Sailing Team Sperry athlete Briana Provancha.

US Sailing Team Sperry || Sailing World Cup Hyeres, France 2016

Doerr, Kendell and Freund entered the day wearing gold leader jerseys in the Sonar, but scores of 7,8 allowed teams from Norway and Great Britain to slide just ahead in the final standings. “We didn’t quite put ourselves in position to succeed today,” said Freund. “That being said, this was still one of our stronger events of the [four-year Paralympic cycle] so far. Our middle set of races were especially consistent. Many of the teams that will likely be in Rio were here, and so we are proud to get on the podium.” Doerr, Kendell and Freund earned selection to the Rio 2016 U.S. Paralympic Sailing Team on Wednesday.

SUNDAY: Watch Medal Races LIVE online at WatchESPN (ESPN3), with commentary from Briana Provancha (USA). 

US Sailing’s Rio 2016 Paralympic Athlete Selection Series in the 2.4mR class wrapped up on Saturday with Dee Smith (Annapolis, Md.) earning selection after a strong final day of racing. The America’s Cup, Volvo Ocean Race and Maxi sailor trailed longtime national team athlete Charlie Rosenfield (Woodstock, Conn.) heading into Hyères, but came out on top after a week that saw a wide range of weather conditions. Smith will make his first career Paralympic Games appearance in Rio.

US Sailing Team Sperry || Sailing World Cup Hyeres, France 2016

Pictured: Stu McNay (Providence, R.I.) and Dave Hughes (Miami, Fla.), U.S. Olympic Team & US Sailing Team Sperry (national team).

Stu McNay (Providence, R.I.) and Dave Hughes (Miami, Fla.) finished full-fleet Men’s 470 action in strong fashion, and scores of 19,2,2 placed them in 5th overall heading into the medal race. “We had a bad start in the first race, and couldn’t come back. The die was cast early,” said Hughes. “After that, we just shook it off and got back into our normal race routine. We had tight races with Russian and Australian teams in the final two races, though we weren’t looking for battles. We were just trying to hold onto top three scores. It’s always nice to win races, but any time you can lock in a top-three, you do it.”

Caleb Paine (San Diego, Calif.) rebounded from a tough day 3 with an 11th in the day’s only Finn race, putting him in 9th overall. Paine has battled in the top-ten since the start if the regatta, and will look to close things out in decisive fashion on Sunday. Annie Haeger (East Troy, Wisc.) and Briana Provancha (San Diego, Calif.) started the day in 11th overall in the Women’s 470, but after floating in and out of a top-ten position throughout the day, ended up just two points shy of qualifying for the medal race.

In the Nacra 17, Bora Gulari (Detroit, Mich.) and Louisa Chafee (Warwick, R.I.) ended their regatta with their strongest day yet, submitting scores of 7,6 in the final two races and moving up to 15th overall. “The top of the leaderboard [in the class] has shuffled, and we’re still making gains, that’s for sure,” said Gulari. Chafee noted that they continue to improve as a team with each passing event. “Every event and day of training is an added bonus for us,” said Chafee. “We feel like we’re making great strides in every aspect of our sailing.”

Racing at Sailing World Cup Hyères (April 27 – May 1) continues on Saturday with the final Paralympic races of the regatta. Olympic-class medal races take place on Sunday. American sailing fans will be able to watch medal race action LIVE online at WatchESPN (ESPN3).

US Sailing Team Sperry || Sailing World Cup Hyeres, France 2016

Pictured: Caleb Paine (San Diego, Calif.), U.S. Olympic Team & US Sailing Team Sperry (national team).

US Sailing Team Sperry || Sailing World Cup Hyeres, France 2016

Pictured: Annie Haeger (East Troy, Wisc.) and Briana Provancha (San Diego, Calif.), U.S. Olympic Team & US Sailing Team Sperry (national team).

US Results, Day 4: 2016 Sailing World Cup Hyères

Sonar (Paralympic Three-Person Keelboat): Final

Men’s 470 (Men’s Two-Person Dinghy): 

2.4mR (Paralympic One-Person Keelboat): Final

  • 6th overall, Dee Smith (Annapolis, Md.), US Sailing Team Sperry (national team)
  • 13th overall, Daniel Evans (Miami, Fla.), US Sailing Team Sperry (national team)
  • 15th overall, Charlie Rosenfield (Woodstock, Conn.), US Sailing Team Sperry (national team)
  • 19th overall, Kevin Holmberg (Tampa, Fla.)

Finn (Men’s One-Person Heavyweight Dinghy):

Women’s 470 (Women’s Two-Person Dinghy): Final

Nacra 17 (Mixed Two-Person Multihull): Final

Women’s RS:X (Women’s Board): Final

49er (Men’s Two-Person High Performance Skiff): Final

Laser (Men’s One-Person Dinghy): Final

  • 36th overall, Chris Barnard (Newport Beach, Calif.), US Sailing Team Sperry (national team)

Men’s RS:X (Men’s Board): Final

SWC Hyères: Full Results

Note: U.S. Olympic Team members Paige Railey (Laser Radial), Charlie Buckingham (Laser) Paris Henken (49erFX) and Helena Scutt (49erFX) are not competing at the 2016 Sailing World Cup Hyères.

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