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London Olympics 2012 - U.S. Olympic Sailing Team day 9

by Dana Paxton on 7 Aug 2012
Paige Railey (USA) competing today, 04.08.12, in the Women’s One Person Dinghy (Laser Radial) event in The London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition. onEdition © http://www.onEdition.com
Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Regatta in Weymouth brought the Medal Race in the Laser Radial.

U.S. Olympic Sailing Team’s Paige Railey finished sixth for eighth overall. Erik Storck and Trevor Moore concluded their 49er regatta in 15th overall after the 15-race series. The Men’s 470 series continued with Stuart McNay and Graham Biehl ending the day in 17th with two races remaining.

Today was a scheduled reserve day for Women’s 470 and Women’s Match Racing.

In the final race – the medal race – for the Women’s One Person Dinghy (Laser Radial), Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) finished sixth to complete the Olympic Sailing Regatta in eighth overall.

'I saw an improvement on things and I’m happy,' said Railey about racing the medal race. 'I finished a race well and I moved up a spot.'

The race, a two-lap course with one final gate before the finish, was held on the Nothe Course. Railey’s brother Zach Railey, who finished 12th in the Men’s One Person Dinghy Heavy (Finn), joined his family at the spectator area to cheer on his younger sister. 'I couldn’t hear them' she said. 'You just get in the zone and you don’t notice anything else except for the race.'

The 10-boat fleet was tightly packed around the first mark. Railey rounded in eightth and worked hard to make gains. She advanced to fourth at the first gate, but saw that lead slip. With the racecourse shorter and the fleet smaller than the opening series, every competitor battled for every gain. By the second upwind mark, Railey was in seventh, but it was all on with the fleet compact.

Throughout the competition, Railey admitted that she struggled with her downwind speed. 'We tried to take one race at a time. When it started going wrong, I had to focus on what was going well.' This is Railey’s first Olympic Games.

'It hit me today when I was on the water and looked up at the American flag on my sail,' she said. 'It was a moment for me where I was really proud. I was representing my country, everyone back home and everyone here, the staff, the coaches, the U.S.O.C.'


The top 10 competitors in the overall standings after 10 races advanced to today’s short-course event held on the spectator course. Results counted for double points. Gold went to Xu Lijia of China, while to Marit Bouwmeester of The Netherlands. The bronze medal was won by Evi Van Acker of Belgium.

After 15 races, in men’s skiff (49er), Erik Storck (Huntington, N.Y.) and Trevor Moore (Naples, Fla./N. Pomfret,Vt.) ended the Olympic Sailing Regatta in 15th overall. Today’s final two race scores were eighth and 17th. The conditions overall today were very shifty, and with the 49er racing held on the Nothe Course, the race committee move the course slightly farther away than previous races as the 49ers get up to 24 knots in downwind speed need a lot more of a buffer around the course.


'A couple of things didn’t go our way,' said Storck. It was very close all the way through. The points may not indicate that, but we’re proud of how we performed all the way through.' This is the first Olympic Games for both sailors. 'Our journey was phenomenal and we wouldn’t trade it for anything,' said Storck. 'We don’t regret anything we did and we are grateful. I was so fortunate that he chose to sail with me. We don’t believe we performed to our ability, and we truly believe we could have been medal contenders.'

The top 10 competitors at the end of the series advanced to the Medal Race scheduled for Aug. 8.

After eight races (out of 10) in the men’s two person dinghy (Men’s 470), Stu McNay (Boston, Mass.) and Graham Biehl (San Diego, Calif.) scored a sixth in race 7 and 18th in race 8. Today’s races put their overall standing to 17th overall.

'The first race went well,' said McNay after racing. 'But, the second one didn’t go as well.' Racing continues Aug. 7 with the medal race scheduled for Aug. 9.


Racing resumes in Men’s and Women’s 470 at 1200 BST, and the Quarter Final Round of Women’s Match Racing begins with USA vs FIN at 1500 BST. Times are preliminary and possible to change.

Results in concluded events:
12th, Finn (Men’s One Person Dinghy Heavy), Zach Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) 10-15-13-17-2-8-11-8-12-19 (completed Aug 3)
29th, Laser, Rob Crane (Darien, Conn.) 35-42-30-28-16-32-19-8-33-(44)
20th, Women’s RS:X Windsurfing, Farrah Hall (Annapolis, Md.) 22-18-18-18-20-22-23-27[OCS]-16-16 (completed Aug. 5)
22nd, RS:X Windsurfing, Bob Willis (Chicago, Ill.) 7-10-11-25-BFD-28-24-33-11-30 (completed Aug. 5)
7th, Star (Men’s Keelboat), Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Fatih (both Miami, Fla.) 5-14-5-3-8-9-5-10-3-11-6
8th, Laser Radial, Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) 8-5-12-17-4-9-[21]-20-9-8-6 (12 points)
15th, 49er, Erik Storck (Huntington, N.Y.) and Trevor Moore (Naples, Fla./N. Pomfret, Vt.) 6-10-16-1-7-13-[20]-18-2-17-5-20-17-8-17

Overall standings to date:
Women’s Match Racing, 8 wins, 3 losses, Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.), Molly Vandemoer (Stanford, Calif.) and Debbie Capozzi (Bayport, N.Y.) – advances to quarter-final round 17th,
Men’s 470, Stuart McNay (Boston, Mass.) and Graham Biehl (San Diego, Calif.) 17-22-10-3-23-24-6-18
8th, Women’s 470, Amanda Clark (Shelter Island, N.Y.) and Sarah Lihan (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) 7-3-5-7-19-20 **BFD is black flag penalty


NBC Olympics.com Broadcasting sailing live every day of competition. Archived video here

U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Sailing Teams here

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