by Dana Paxton
Following on the previous ISAF Sailing World Cup event in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, a group of American sailors, which includes members of the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider and US Sailing Development Team, will compete against 800 sailors from fifty countries in France’s premier Olympic classes regatta, ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres.
ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma 2013 - Anne Haeger and Briana Provancha captured a bronze medal in Women’s 470
'With each competition in international fleets, U.S. sailors gain valuable experience and training,' said Josh Adams, Managing Director of U.S. Olympic Sailing (Essex, Mass.).
'ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres will be similar in fleet size to Palma and provide another opportunity for sailors to gauge where they are this first year of the 2016 quad.'
U.S. athletes competing:
470 Women - Anne Haeger (East Troy, Wis.) and Briana Provancha (San Diego, Calif.)*
470 Women – Sydney Bolger (Long Beach, Calif.) and Sarah Lihan (New York, N.Y.) * **
49er - Fred Strammer (Nokomis, Fla.) and Zach Brown (San Diego, Calif.)*
49er - Ryan Pesch (Vineyard Haven, Mass.) and Trevor Burd (Marblehead, Mass.)*
49er – Brad Funk (Miami, Fla.) and Erik Aakhus (Corona del Mar, Calif.)**
49er FX - Kristen Lane (Tiburon, Calif.) and Christine Neville (Oakland, Calif.) **
Finn – Caleb Paine (San Diego, Calif.)*
Finn – Gordon Lamphere (Lake Forest, Ill.)*
Laser - Charlie Buckingham (Newport Beach, Calif.)*
Laser – Erik Bowers (Excelsior, Minn.)
RS:X Women – Farrah Hall (Annapolis, Md.)
* Denotes member of US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider
** Denotes member of US Sailing Development Team
Racing starts Monday, April 22 and concludes with the medal race on Saturday, April 27 in the 10 Olympic Classes. Racing was cancelled in the SKUD-18 class. There are no Americans competing in the 2.4mR and Sonar classes. Results will be posted online at the event’s website.