Please select your home edition
Edition
Naiad/Oracle Supplier

Sailing World Cup Mallorca 2014 – US Sailing Team on day three

by Will Ricketson on 3 Apr 2014
Annie Haeger (East Troy, Wisc.) and Briana Provancha (San Diego, Calif.), US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider. - Sailing World Cup Mallorca 2014 © Mick Anderson / Sailingpix.dk http://sailingpix.photoshelter.com/
Sailing World Cup Mallorca 2014 - Palma de Mallorca, Spain (April 2, 2014) - Day three of ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca marked the mid-way point of the event, and also a day when American athletes made moves up the leaderboard. The international fleet had endured consistently light and shifty winds over the first two days of racing, but Wednesday featured the welcome arrival of steady conditions for several fleets, including the Finn, 49er, 49erFX, 470, and Nacra 17. However, racing was abandoned for the Laser, Laser Radial, RS:X and 2.4mR, as the courses farther inshore failed to receive the same breeze.

'Palma is an essential training ground for our team because it offers up a unique style of sailing, with big waves and a wide range of wind speeds,' said Josh Adams, Managing Director of US Olympic Sailing. 'The conditions here are something we don't see at many venues at home. Additionally, top European talent is here at this event in force. There is a very high level of competition.'


In the Finn, the men's heavyweight Olympic dinghy, the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider's Caleb Paine (San Diego, Calif.) had a strong opening series in gold fleet. With a pair of seventh place finishes, Paine elevated himself from 15th to ninth overall, and is now only eight points from a podium position. The 2012 ISAF Sailing World Cup overall series champion executed a textbook strategy for southeasterly winds in Palma, while controlling the pin end of the line in both starts. 'There's definitely a lot less room for error in gold fleet, especially on the downwind legs,' said Paine. 'If you mess up, people will definitely pass you. The tactics remain the same, but the stakes are higher.'

The American Finn group is also benefitting this season from the coaching of Brian Ledbetter (Seattle, Wash.), a silver medalist (Barcelona 1992) in the class. 'Brian is always checking all the boxes, and we never have to worry about anything outside our control,' said Paine. 'He's always going above and beyond, and that’s something I really like. All of that comes together [later on] during the Olympics.'

In the double-handed women's 470 class, Annie Haeger (East Troy, Wisc.) and Briana Provancha (San Diego, Calif.) preserved their place in the top ten, and remain the top-ranked US boat in Palma. A scoreline of 6, 16 in two races today moved them up from eighth to sixth overall, and closer to the goal of repeating their podium finish at last year's event. 'A really big thing for us right now is just feeling like we're climbing the ladder,' said Provancha. 'We're looking to minimize losses, and hone our communication.' London 2012 gold medal-winning coach (Star class) Mark Ivey (San Francisco, Calif.) is coaching Team Haeger-Provancha this week, and the collaboration has been fruitful. 'Mark is just what we needed for this event, and Annie and I are very relaxed,' said Provancha. 'We're just trying to learn as much as we can tactically, and we enjoy having a fresh perspective.'

In the men's 470, two-time Olympian Stu McNay (Providence, R.I.) and Dave Hughes (Miami, Fla.) have had a steady performance, with a Tuesday-Wednesday scoreline of 10, 11,10,8 in a deep 78-boat fleet (split into two divisions). 'So far we've been consistently Ok. We hope to continue to avoid errors, but we're also looking to increase our top-end [performances] as well,' said McNay. While in 13th overall, the pair is only 25 points out of third place, with much racing left to be done. 'We're always looking to be in the top five, which is still within our reach, but at this point we're focusing on the process more than results.'

Notable US Overall Results, Day three:

470 Men (78 boats):
- 13th overall, Stuart McNay (Providence, R.I.) and David Hughes (Miami, Fla.), US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider

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

49er (79 boats):
- 30th overall, Brad Funk (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) and Trevor Burd (Marblehead, Mass.), US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider

- 31st overall, Thomas Barrows (St. Thomas, USVI) and Joe Morris (Annapolis, Md.), US Sailing Development Team

49erFX (50 boats):
- 18th overall, Paris Henken (Coronado, Calif.) and Helena Scutt (Kirkland, Wash.), US Sailing Development Team

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

Laser (144 boats):
- 29th overall, Charlie Buckingham (Newport Beach, Calif.)?, US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider

- 44th overall, Erik Bowers (Excelsior, Minn.), US Sailing Development Team
(No racing completed on Day three)

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)
- 34th overall, Farrah Hall (Annapolis, Md.), US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider
(No racing completed on Day three)

Naiadupffront 660x82Schaefer 2016 Ratchet Block 660x82

Related Articles

Anders Pedersen heads into Rio Olympics with high expectations
He is one of the youngest Finn sailors heading to Rio at 24 years old but has proved himself many times on the water. He is one of the youngest Finn sailors heading to Rio at just 24 years old but has proved himself many times on the water. Junior World Champion in 2014, later that same year he qualified Norway at the first opportunity at the Santander world championships. Since then he has bee a regular at the front of the fleet and showing some real potential.
Posted today at 11:07 am
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