sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : London Olympics - Practice day for US Team
London Olympics - Practice day for US Team

'US Womens Match racing Team - Daniel Forster/www.go4image.com'    Daniel Forster - copyright
Practice racing in three sailing events, the Star, Finn and Women’s Match Racing, took place on the day before the Olympic Sailing competition in Weymouth and Portland, U.K.

It was a chance to review the racecourse area, have a look at the complete fleet and have a run-through of the game-day process.


For Finn sailor Zach Railey, the past four years have been spent in preparation for this coming week. 'We have spent a considerable amount of time here,' said the 2008 Olympic silver medalist. 'This is really a second home to us and we feel comfortable here.'

Railey and his coach Kenneth Andreasen, who was with him in Qingdao and is now US Sailing’s high performance director, have looked over every possible detail of the campaign.

Today’s practice gave them a look at the 24-boat fleet. 'It was a chance to get a little bit of racing in before the real racing tomorrow,' said Railey. '..get some experience on the Nothe course, which is always good as it’s one of the most difficult of the courses. It’s going to be fantastic. I think there are 10-12 guys in the Finn class who are on form right now and it will be a very interesting week to see who ends up on top.'

Star: Mark Mendelblatt & Brian Fatih

In the 16-boat Star class, Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Fatih utilized the day to review their boat’s settings as well as get time on the West Course, site of the majority of the fleet’s upcoming racing.

'It’s very choppy and tough sailing out there,' said Mendelblatt, a 2004 Olympian. 'It’s going to be windy the first few days. Today was nice breeze and we worked on our settings to make sure we’re tuned right for the breeze. We’ve had a week or two of light air and it’s a bit of a shock to get back into this breeze in cold weather, but it (today’s practice race) was pretty much about checking in with our heavy-air settings and that we have everything dialed in.'

Women’s Match Racing: Anna Tunnicliffe, Molly O’Bryan Vandemoer, Debbie Capozzi

An abbreviated round of practice was held for the 12 women’s match racing teams on the Portland Harbour course. Tunnicliffe, Vandemoer and Capozzi raced against the teams from New Zealand and Portugal. They have held the 1 ranking from the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) since September 2011.

Practice races in the Laser, Laser Radial and 49er classes will be held on July 29.

The entire U.S. Olympic Sailing Team – 16 athletes – along with Head Coach Kenneth Andreasen joined along with their Team USA team mates in the Opening Ceremony in London. 'It was such an exciting night!' said Amanda Clark. 'Sarah and I with the US Sailing Team made our way to the front of the USA procession. It was absolutely incredible to see the stars and stripes leading the way.Singing along with Paul McCartney with all of the athletes as we walked out of the stadium also was a memorable moment!'

U.S. Olympic Sailing Team<
Amanda Clark (Shelter Island, N.Y.) and Sarah Lihan (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) – 470 (Women’s Two Person Dinghy) Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.), Molly Vandemoer (Stanford, Calif.) and Debbie Capozzi (Bayport, N.Y.) – Elliott 6m (Women’s Match Racing)
Bob Willis (Chicago, Ill.)—RS:X (Men’s Windsurfer)
Erik Storck (Huntington, N.Y.) and Trevor Moore (Pomfret, Vt./Naples, Fla.)—49er (Men’s Two Person Dinghy High Performance)
Farrah Hall (Annapolis, Md.) – RS:X (Women’s Windsurfer)
Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Fatih (both Miami, Fla.) – Star (Men’s Keelboat)
Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) – Laser Radial (Women’s One Person Dinghy)
Rob Crane (Darien, Conn.)—Laser (Men’s One Person Dinghy)
Stu McNay (Boston, Mass.) and Graham Biehl (San Diego, Calif.)—470 (Men’s Two Person Dinghy)
Zach Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) – Finn (Men’s One Person Dinghy Heavy)

News and results, photos and interviews here
Video interviews with the Team on YouTube channel here


by Dana Paxton

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=100280

11:09 PM Sat 28 Jul 2012GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on


Related News Stories:

29 Jul 2012  2012 Olympics: Images from the Practice Day - Star class
29 Jul 2012  2012 Olympics: Practice Racing Womens Match Racing
29 Jul 2012  London Olympics - Can the Spanish spoil the Austrailan 49er party?
29 Jul 2012  London 2012 Olympic Games preview – Australian Sailing Team Day 1
29 Jul 2012  2012 Olympics: Images from the Practice Day - Finn class
28 Jul 2012  London Olympics - Slingsby takes Olympic favouritism in his stride
28 Jul 2012  London Olympics - Ainslie ready
28 Jul 2012  Predictwind forecasts good sailing conditions for start of Olympics
28 Jul 2012  Women’s Match Racers ready to battle for Olympic gold
27 Jul 2012  British Sailing Team - Saskia Clark and Hannah Mills - 470 Women Video
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World

America's Cup: Five Challengers sign-on for 35th Match by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,




















AWT Quatro Desert Showdown at Punta San Carlos by American Windsurfing Tour,
















America's Cup: Rod Davis - Time for a change after ten years with team *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,








Maxi yacht rendezvous this September in Sardinia by International Maxi Association,




















America's Cup: Team NZ wish Davis well with new team *Feature by Richard Gladwell, Sail-world.com/nz,


Fisher's View: Sailing perfection at Hamilton Island- Day 3
Roble and Wilson still number one match racers in the U.S.
2014 Formula Kite World Championship Day 1
IFDS World Championship - Day 1 images by Jude Robertson
Volvo Ocean Race: Forget the f-word - Team SCA profiled
52 Super Series - Fleet grows, 2015 dates revealed
420 and 470 Junior Europeans - Teams from 9 nations on the podium
IFDS Worlds - Former president presented with ISAF awards medal
Nanjing Youth Olympic Games - Improvements aplenty in Byte CII fleets
America's Cup: New Zealand loses top coach to Artemis Racing
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 CEO Knut Frostad talks (Part I) *Feature
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race Day 9 - Swish on record pace
2014 CORK Olympic Classes Regatta - Day 3
2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games - Day 2
2014 IFDS World Championship: Opening Ceremony images
Opera House Cup - Images by Ingrid Abery
Teams descend upon Cowes for inaugural J/111 World Championships
Hamilton Island Race Week: Everywhere there's smiley people
IFDS World Championships - US Paralympic hopefuls ready for racing
Sopot Match Race - Poland's Tour debut deemed a triumph
Vineyard Race celebrates 80th running of the East Coast classic   
Nanjing Youth Olympic Games: Young sailors begin racing on Lake Jinniu   
AWT Quatro Desert Showdown - Victory for Morgan Noireaux   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race - Day 8: Test of endurance   
Bart's Bash: Over 2300 entered from 588 yacht clubs - Join here   
Halifax ready to welcome the world at 2014 IFDS World Championships   
RC44 World Championship title to Bronenosec + Video   
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week: Day 2 Images by Crosbie Lorimer   
IFDS Worlds - Gary Jobson to attend opening ceremonies   
Melges 32 U.S. National Championship - Dalton DeVos crowned champion   
2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games trailer   
2014 Chicago Grand Slam - Canfield wins   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Varuna takes overall lead   
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week; Crosbie Lorimer Day 1 Images   
Fisher's View: Hamilton Island Race Week - Day 1 - Stayin' Alive   
CORK Olympic Classes Regatta 2014 - Day one   
Youth Olympics: practice over, athletes welcomed, time for YOG sailing   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Record for Artemis-Team Endeavour   
2014 Melges 32 U.S. National Championship - Day 2   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland: Artemis sets fourth course record   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT