Please select your home edition
Edition
InSunSport - International - GR

ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca - Final day in Palma + Video

by Will Ricketson on 6 Apr 2014
2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca - 470 Men - USA1713 - Stu Mcnay / Dave Hughes. © Mick Anderson / Sailingpix.dk http://sailingpix.photoshelter.com/
The last day of racing at ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca saw both US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider 470 teams compete in medal races in light and unsteady conditions. Reserved for the top ten overall competitors in each class, medal races present a different set of challenges to sailors who compete in much larger fleets during the qualifying rounds of World Cup events.

The women's team of Annie Haeger (East Troy, Wisc.) and Briana Provancha (San Diego, Calif.) had the earlier start, and racing commenced in flat seas and less than eight knots of wind. 'Today and basically this whole regatta we've seen super weird weather,' said Haeger. 'We felt it was quite challenging to get in tune with everything. In general, we had a 'positive delta,' meaning every mark rounding we were looking to gain some points.' Provancha noted that the former college teammates had a strong skill set for small-fleet racing before they entered the 470 class.


'Medal races are awesome. They are a lot like college sailing, with close quarters and [tight] positioning, and you get to be a little more aggressive. A lot happens on the starting line.' Haeger and Provancha won the pin end of the line, and led the fleet for the first half of the race. After a close battle on the final two legs, Haeger and Provancha were caught by the 2012 Olympic gold and silver medal-winning teams from New Zealand and Great Britain, and finished third.

In the men's fleet, 2008 and 2012 Olympian Stu McNay (Providence, R.I.) and David Hughes (Miami, Fla.) were happy to gain entry into the medal race after a dramatic rally on Friday, capped by a second place finish in the final gold fleet race. 'We knew the points would be close, but we truly just attacked that racecourse as we would any other,' said Hughes. The veteran 470 crew noted that at times this week they had trouble finding their top-end speed, as the wildly inconsistent conditions from day to day challenged athletes in this highly technical class. 'If you are a bit off the pace, you can have a good regatta, but not the regatta you need to win the event,' said Hughes. 'Our finishes were fairly consistent, yet I felt very inconsistent around the racecourse. We'd like to raise our top-end,' noted McNay.

In the medal race itself, the pair looked to be in a strong position off the starting line, and attempted to work up the right side of the course on the first beat. Unfortunately, the pressure filled in on the left side, allowing the bulk of the fleet to cross in front. Nevertheless, a seventh place finish in the medal race allowed McNay and Hughes to improve their event result by one position, up to ninth overall.



Notable US Overall Results, Final:

470 Men (78 boats):

- Ninth overall, Stuart McNay (Providence, R.I.) and David Hughes (Miami, Fla.), US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider

(No racing on day four)

470 Women (47 boats):
- Fifth overall, Annie Haeger (East Troy, Wisc.) and Briana Provancha (San Diego, Calif.), US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider

(No racing on day four)

49er (79 boats):
- 32nd overall, Brad Funk (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) and Trevor Burd (Marblehead, Mass.), US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider
- 39th overall, Thomas Barrows (St. Thomas, USVI) and Joe Morris (Annapolis, Md.), US Sailing Development Team

(No racing for 49er silver fleet on day four)

49erFX (50 boats):
- 19th overall, Paris Henken (Coronado, Calif.) and Helena Scutt (Kirkland, Wash.), US Sailing Development Team

Finn (92 boats):
-11th overall, Caleb Paine (San Diego, Calif.), US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider

Laser (144 boats):
- 22nd overall, Charlie Buckingham (Newport Beach, Calif.)?, US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider

Nacra 17 (73 boats):
- 17th overall, Sarah Newberry (Miami, Fla.) and John Casey (Longwood, Fla.), US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider

RS:X Women (56 boards)
- 32nd overall, Farrah Hall (Annapolis, Md.), US Sailing Team Sperry Click here for full US Sailing Team

Zhik Yachting 660x82Wildwind 2016 660x82T Clewring One Design

Related Articles

Smooth sailing for Max Salminen in quest to repeat Olympic success
Four years ago Max Salminen was on his way to gold medal in Weymouth Bay, sat in front of Freddy Lööf in Star class boat Four years ago Max Salminen (SWE) was on his way to a gold medal in Weymouth Bay, sat in front of Freddy Lööf (SWE) in their Star class boat. He is now trying again for Olympic glory in Rio, but this time will be in a boat by himself, sailing the Finn.
Posted on 23 Jul
Olympics 2016 - Brits fire first shots in the battle for the Likes
The British Sailing team have enlisted the services of Cricketing great Phil Tufnell to get Olympic Sailing fans support The British Sailing team have enlisted the services of Cricketing great Phil Tufnell to get fans support in this zany video, featuring all 15 team members. Even if you're not a Brit you can't help but like a top team that doesn't take themselves that seriously and can have a bit of fun
Posted on 22 Jul
ThrowbackThursday - London 2012, sudden death sailing
London 2012 was the first time the Olympic Games had returned to British shores since 1948. London 2012 was the first time the Olympic Games had returned to British shores since 1948. Even the famously grey weather seemed to be on board as the greatest show on earth touched down in gloriously British style.
Posted on 22 Jul
My Road to Rio – Like climbing Mount Everest
The Olympic Games is the pinnacle of sailing, also reaching an unrivalled number of sports fans. When an Olympic sailing heavyweight says ‘I think going to the Olympics is rather like climbing an Everest’, you get a feel for the commitment and determination required to reach the top.
Posted on 20 Jul
Rio 2016 – Olympic dreams run in the family for Deniss Karpak
For Karpak, Olympic ambitions are more than a singlehanded drive for the gold. For him it is very much a family affair. For Deniss Karpak (EST), his Olympic Finn ambitions are more than a singlehanded drive for the gold. For him it is very much a family affair. While his mother, Marina, is the team manager, his father Igor is the head coach. They travel with him everywhere, working together as a very tight unit, but also making sure it is fun along the way.
Posted on 20 Jul
My Best Olympic Race – Bekatorou to fight in honour of her sister
A career of 20 years has resulted in four World Championships two Olympic medals and two World Sailor of the Year awards This success is not without sacrifice. Weeks and months away from home, serious injuries and extreme physical and mental tests are common in sailing but her hardest Olympic race yet will be at Rio 2016.
Posted on 18 Jul
Pieter-Jan Postma ready for a big Finn fight in Rio 2016
He wants a medal, but he knows that it will be a big fight on the water to achieve that dream. Since 2012 he has had, as usual, some ups and downs, but over the last 12 months he has most definitely been on the up.
Posted on 18 Jul
Finn contender Caleb Paine makes the hard work count for Rio Olympics
In the cockpit of the Finn belonging to Caleb Paine (USA) there is a decal that reads “No Paine, no gain”. In the cockpit of the Finn belonging to Caleb Paine (USA) there is a decal that reads “No Paine, no gain”. This very much sums up his attitude towards making sure he is the absolutely best prepared he can possibly be come the start of the Olympic Games in August.
Posted on 16 Jul
Rio Olympics - Golden duo's unbeaten run comes to an end
The odd-on favorites for the Gold medal in the 49er Skiff at the Rio Olympics in three weeks time have stumbled The odd-on favorites for the Gold medal in the 49er Skiff at the Rio Olympics in three weeks time have stumbled at the final hurdle. Peter Burling and Blair Tuke who have been unbeaten in any regatta since the 2012 Olympics in Weymouth have finished third in the 29th Rio de Janeiro International Sailing week, which is being used as a final hit out for all the Olympic classes.
Posted on 15 Jul
Countdown to Rio 2016– Throwback Thursday – Beijing 2008, Zao an China
Conquering adversity became the theme of the Beijing Olympics as China transformed trepidation into “glorious success” Conquering adversity became the unofficial theme of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games as China transformed trepidation into “glorious success” and no other sport would feel this triumph more than sailing.
Posted on 14 Jul