US Sailing Team’s McNay & Hughes Win Miami Gold, Railey Wins Medal Race

Pictured:  Sailing World Cup Miami gold medalists Stu McNay (Providence, R.I.) and David Hughes (Miami, Fla.), Men’s 470, US Sailing Team Sperry.


January 30, 2016

Miami, Fla. – For the second time since the last Olympic Games, Stu McNay (Providence, R.I.) and David Hughes (Miami, Fla.) have won gold at Sailing World Cup Miami, Presented by Sunbrella, North America’s premier Olympic and Paralympic classes regatta. McNay and Hughes won their medal race in dominating fashion, as did Laser Radial athlete Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.), which moved her up to 7th overall. For nine sailing classes, the event served as part of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Team athlete selection series for Rio 2016.

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McNay and Hughes led their race nearly from the moment it began, as they launched off the line faster than their world-class medal race competitors. “We saw an opportunity at the start, and we were able to take advantage of it and take an early lead on the fleet,” said McNay. “Dave called some great shifts on the upwind [leg], and that helped us extend.” Hughes noted that their team has been building positive momentum as the Olympics draw nearer, and heading into their first Olympic Team selection event in San Isidro, Argentina, in February. “We’re excited. It’s been three regatta wins here [in Miami this winter], with the Nationals, the North Americans, and now the Sailing World Cup. It’s wonderful preparation going into Argentina.”

The Finn class battle had been close all week, with the leaders often separated by less than a dozen points. For American sailors battling for Olympic selection, the stakes were high. Heading into the medal race, top-ranked Finn athlete Caleb Paine (San Diego, Calif.) held a narrow lead over Beijing 2008 silver medalist Zach Railey (Clearwater, Fla.), but it was not to last. “I was in third place on the last downwind leg, but the other U.S. guy match raced me farther back [into the fleet],” said Paine. “He was [then] able to leave me when the opportunity was best, and put some boats in between us.” Despite the setback, Paine remains determined. “I’m right behind him. Basically we’re tied in terms of Olympic qualification. It’s ‘who beats who.’ We thought we might as well make it exciting for everyone.”

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Railey used his extensive experience to improve his position right when it seemed Paine would solidify his lead. “On the last downwind, I had to try to slow myself and Caleb down as much as I could, and let everybody catch back up,” said Railey. “I was able to do that with some maneuvers near the leeward gate, and put two boats between us, which was very fortunate. To be basically even, which is what we’ll be going into the second [selection] event, I feel very confident.” The second and final selection event is the Finn European Championship, in Barcelona, Spain, from March 5-12.

Paige Railey won the Laser Radial medal race in Miami for the second consecutive year, and again in dramatic come-from-behind fashion. The victory moved her from 10th to 7th place overall. “I went out there to just do my own race and try to move up,” said the London 2012 Olympian. “I was sailing restricted and conservative.” Railey’s top competition for the Olympic Team berth is Laser Radial Youth World Champion Erika Reineke (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), who finished 17th. “The trials is a two-part system, and currently I’m leading. It’s based on how you do in both events. My goal was to move up as much as possible and put more boats in between us.”

Competing in the Women’s 470 medal race was Sydney Bolger (Long Beach, Calif.) and Carly Shevitz (Santa Barbara, Calif.), who finished 7th overall. Like McNay and Hughes, the pair is looking ahead to their first trials event in Argentina in February. “Miami was an event where we wanted to bring it all together, and see what final preparations we need to make it advance of the World Championship.” said Bolger, who with Shevitz recently won both the 2016 470 U.S. Nationals and 470 North Americans. “Overall, we’re happy with how we sailed, although there were some disappointing moments throughout the week. Those are the areas we’re going to work on over the next few days.”

Racing at Sailing World Cup Miami, Presented by Sunbrella, ran from January 25 to January 30, 2016.

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.

Full Results

Men’s 470 (Men’s Two-Person Dinghy):
 21 boats

  • 1st overall, Stuart McNay (Providence, R.I.) and David Hughes (Miami, Fla.), US Sailing Team Sperry

2.4mR (Open One-Person Paralympic Keelboat): 10 boats, FINAL

  • 3rd overall, Charlie Rosenfield (Woodstock, Conn.), US Sailing Team Sperry
  • 6th overall, Dee Smith (Annapolis, Md., pictured), US Sailing Team Sperry

Sonar (Open Three-Person Paralympic Keelboat): 9 boats, FINAL

  • 5th overall, Rick Doerr (Clifton, N.J.), Brad Kendell (Tampa, Fla.) and Hugh Freund (South Freeport, Maine), US Sailing Team Sperry
  • 7th overall, Andrew Fisher (Greenwich, Conn.) Daniel Evans (Miami, Fla.) and Tom Brown (Northeast Harbor, Maine), US Sailing Team Sperry

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

  • 5th overall, Zach Railey (Clearwater, Fla.)
  • 6th overall, Caleb Paine (San Diego, Calif.), US Sailing Team Sperry

Women’s 470 (Women’s Two-Person Dinghy):
 17 boats

  • 5th 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

  • 7th overall, Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.), US Sailing Team Sperry
  • 17th overall, Erika Reineke (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), US Sailing Team Sperry

Nacra 17 (Mixed Two-Person Multihull): 47 boats, FINAL

  • 12th overall, Bora Gulari (Detroit, Mich.) and Louisa Chafee (Warwick, R.I.), US Sailing Development Team
  • 20th overall, Mark Mendelblatt and Carolina Mendelblatt (St. Petersburg, Fla.)

49er (Men’s Two-Person High Performance Skiff):
 61 boats, FINAL

  • 13th overall, Thomas Barrows (St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.) and Joe Morris (Annapolis, Md.)
  • 21st overall, Judge Ryan (San Diego, Calif.) and Hans Henken (Coronado, Calif.)
  • 18th overall, Brad Funk (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and Trevor Burd (Marblehead, Mass.)
  • 31st (Canada*), David Mori and Justin Barnes
  • 28th (British V.I.*) Alec Anderson and Chris Brockbank

* USA has won the final North American qualifying berth for Rio 2016 in the 49er, beating CAN and IVB.

Laser (Men’s One-Person Dinghy):
 98 boats, FINAL

  • 16th overall, Charlie Buckingham (Newport Beach, Calif.), US Sailing Team Sperry
  • 24th overall, Erik Bowers (Excelsior, Minn.), US Sailing Development Team

Women’s RS:X (Women’s Board):
 37 boards, FINAL

  • 17th overall, Farrah Hall (Annapolis, Md.), US Sailing Team Sperry
  • 19th overall, Marion Lepert (Belmont, Calif.), US Sailing Team Sperry

49erFX (Women’s Two-Person High Performance Skiff): 34 boats, FINAL

  • 17th overall, Paris Henken (Coronado, Calif.) and Helena Scutt (Kirkland, Wash.)
  • 18th overall, Emily Dellenbaugh (Easton, Conn.) and Elizabeth Barry (Riverside, Conn.), US Sailing Development Team
  • 25th overall (U.S.V.I*) Mayumi Roller, Agustina Barbuto
  • 31st overall, Genny Tulloch (San Francisco, Calif.) and Maggie Shea (Chicago, Ill.)
  • 33rd overall (Aruba*) Odile van Aanholt and Philipine van Aanholt

* USA has won the final North American qualifying berth for Rio 2016 in the 49erFX, beating ISV and ARU.

Men’s RS:X (Men’s Board):

 48 boards, FINAL

  • 20th (Canada*), Zachary Plavisc
  • 24th overall, Pedro Pascual (West Palm Beach, Fla.), US Sailing Team Sperry
  • 32nd overall, Carson Crain (Houston, Texas), US Sailing Team Sperry
  • 33rd (Aruba*) Mack van den Eerenbeemt

* USA and CAN have won the final North American qualifying berths for Rio 2016 in Men’s RS:X, beating ARU.

For more information about the US Sailing Olympic and Paralympic athlete selection system, and the main players, click here.

Pictured: Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.), Laser Radial, US Sailing Team Sperry.

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