At the 2012 Olympic Games, day four of racing in Weymouth and Portland brought a mix of strong and gusting wind that tested everyone on courses spread from the harbor to the bay.
Current results for the U.S. Olympic Sailing Team: Erik Storck and Trevor Moore are seventh in the 49er; Paige Railey is seventh in Laser Radial; Rob Crane 32nd in Laser; Bob Willis 13th in Men’s Windsurfing; Farrah Hall 18th in Women’s Windsurfing, while Anna Tunnicliffe, Molly O’Bryan Vandemoer and Debbie Capozzi stretched their round robin record to five wins, three losses.
Two more races were added to the score line of Erik Storck and Trevor Moore in their 15-race series. Today’s two races yielded a seventh and 13th to improve their overall standing to seventh.
In the first race, the top-10 finish was almost not to be. “We had a bungee come untied that we were fixing halfway down the run,” Storck explained. “We were able to fix it pretty quickly, but we gave up a boat or two a few boats.” As Storck explained, he held the mainsheet, spinnaker sheet and tiller while Moore re-tied the trapeze bungee to his foot strap.
Erik Storck and Trevor Moore fly the stars and stripes spinnaker. photo credit JuergKaufman/www.go4image.com
Two more races are planned for Aug. 2. “There’s a lot of racing left, we’re not even halfway through it,” said Moore. “We just have to pick our way through. Everyone has a bummer. And we’ll just try and avoid those and be in the top 10.”
Racing in the men’s skiff (49er) event continues Aug. 2 and is scheduled for 15 races in the series, with the medal race set for Aug. 8.
Rob Crane had his best race performance, to date, in the series with a finish of 16th. “I pulled a good race off with mental game instead of the physical stuff,” said Crane after racing. “I had a 16 and 26, which is better than the last few days, but not great. I’m a little disappointed with how it’s been going. I usually like the breeze, but physically I’m not where I want to be; hopefully I can turn it around.”
On his reserve day, Aug. 2, Crane said that he would use it to rest and prepare for racing on Aug. 3. “I will try and move up as much as I can, which is pretty much what you want to do from here on out.” He is in 32nd overall.
Another strong day of results for Paige Railey in the Laser Radial resulted in the first-time Olympian’s seventh overall place. The conditions put a toll on the sailor, who has spent the majority of the past few years training on the local water. “It was tough,” said Railey. “There was a lot of thinking involved. All I could think about is two good results to move up.”
With six races completed, the fleet will have a reserve day on Aug. 2, and then go back to racing on Aug. 3. “I’m moving up slowly; there are still four more races and a medal race,” said Railey. “If I keep going like that you never know what can happen. I just tried to stay calm and work with what I had.”
Anna Tunnicliffe, Molly O’Bryan Vandemoer and Debbie Capozzi added another win and loss to their round robin results in Women’s Match Racing. They defeated New Zealand, and later lost a very close match to Russia. Round robin racing continues Aug. 2.
Bob Willis is now in 13th overall in men’s windsurfing, after four races. Racing continues Aug. 2.
For Farrah Hall, two more races proved her consistency in very shifty conditions. She collected two finishes of 18th and is in 18th overall, despite her expectation of better finishes. “I had a really disappointing day today,” she said. “I usually have good starts and today I didn’t. I like racing in these conditions because it’s fun, but I’m better in light air. I can put together a race a little better in light air.”
As for her first time at the Olympic Games, she explained the difference, “I really like the environment. The boat park is quiet and everyone is getting down to business.”