News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery : Battle for Olympic places overshadows Miami result

Battle for Olympic places overshadows Miami result

'Radial - Penny Clark (GBR) - Rolex Miami OCR'    © Rolex / Dan Nerney    Click Here to view large photo

British sailors missed out on the medals after the final day of the Rolex Miami Olympic Classes Regatta. Competing in the Radial and Yngling Medal Races, the best placed Brits were Penny Clark, taking fourth in the Radial and the Yngling team, Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson, finishing the event in fifth.

In the fight for a place at the Beijing Olympics, Penny Clark gained the first round in the battle for selection in the Laser Radial class, finishing fourth and as the top British sailor at the Rolex Miami Olympic Classes Regatta on Saturday (2 February).

The 32-year-old Royal Naval Officer was competing in the first of a potential three-regatta series of trials events for the women’s single-handed class – the only one of the 11 Olympic sailing classes in which the Royal Yachting Association has still to identify its preferred candidate for the Beijing Games. Charlotte Dobson, Lizzie Vickers and Andrea Brewster are also in contention for the one British spot.

Clark held her position as the top Brit in the Miami fleet from the outset of the six-day regatta in Biscayne Bay, and went into the final medal race in fourth place but with the chance of bronze. She needed to finish ahead of Swedish rival Karin Soderstrom to earn a place on the podium for Skandia Team GBR.

The British sailor, who won bronze on the Olympic waters in Qingdao at sailing’s 2006 Test Event, chased Soderstrom in the first leg, and was drawn into a tacking battle with the Swede as she tried to nudge in front.

But Soderstrom managed to increase her lead on the first downwind leg of the 10-boat final race, and in the extremely light wind conditions, Clark was unable to gain ground. She finished the medal race in eighth place to maintain her fourth place in the final results, while Charlotte Dobson finished in the medal race in sixth place – after having led for the first lap – to finish in sixth place overall.

Lizzie Vickers sailed an impressive second leg to finish the medal race in second place and improve her final result to ninth, while local USA sailor Paige Railey clinched overall victory in the class.

“I just couldn’t find any speed out there!” Clark said a frustrated afterwards. “It’s funny how one bad race at the end can colour your view of the rest of the week, because I am really pleased with my result here.

“I finished as the top Brit, which is obviously important for the trials, and I didn’t pick up a score outside of the top ten all week so I’ve got to be happy with that.”

The RYA’s Olympic selectors will now determine whether the trials in the Laser Radial class will move on to the next event, which would be the World Championship at Takapuna in March.

Meanwhile, an infringement at the start of the Yngling medal race and subsequent penalty turns for Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson dented their chances of a podium finish. The trio, who will contest the Yngling World Championships in Miami in a week’s time, recovered well from the incident to cross the line in sixth, and finish the regatta in fifth place overall just three points away from the podium spots.

“It’s been a different kind of regatta for us here in Miami, with the different classes having different goals,” remarked RYA Olympic Manager Stephen Park.

“The Radials and the Paralympic classes have had their trials so they’ve obviously been conscious of that, and the Star and Yngling crews are in the development parts of their programmes in preparation for the World Championships, but more importantly the Olympics in China.

“It’s a little bit disappointing that we weren’t able to convert the two medal opportunities we had today, but I’m not worried – it’s been a goal-oriented regatta and we’ve achieved a lot of the goals that we came here for.”

Laser Radial (39 boats) -- 12 races
1. Paige Railey (USA), 41pts
2. Anna Tunnicliffe (USA), 44pts
3. Karin Soderstrom (SWE), 62pts
4. Penny Clark 73pts
6. Charlotte Dobson 91pts
9. Lizzie Vickers 102pts
16. Andrea Brewster 141pts

Yngling (28 boats) -- 13 races
1. Mandy Mulder/Mary Faber/Merel Witteveen (NED), 76pts
2. Ekaterina Skudina,/Diana Krutskikh/Natalia Ivanova (RUS), 86pts
3. Renee Groeneveld/ Annemieke Bes/ Marge Kampen (NED), 104pts
5. Sarah Ayton/Sarah Webb/Pippa Wilson 107pts
15. Shirley Robertson/Annie Lush/Lucy Macgregor 146pts

by RYA/


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

3:01 PM Sun 3 Feb 2008 GMT

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:

10 Dec 2013  Abersoch Dinghy Week 2014 - Title sponsors announced
09 Dec 2013  OK Dinghy World Rankings for December 2013
16 Jun 2013  PWA Catalunya World Cup - Celebrating 15 years of Costa Brava action
16 Jun 2013  Route des Princes - Edmond de Rothschild victorious in Lisbon
16 Jun 2013  Contender World Championship - 174 entries and still counting
16 Jun 2013  Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge – Day 2 in Porto Santo Stefano
16 Jun 2013  NYYC Annual Regatta – J sailing talent to take part
25 Apr 2013  Jorgen Svendsen retains OK Dinghy World 2013 number one ranking
07 Mar 2013  Finn Class partners Dinghy Academy to train next Olympians
03 Mar 2013  RYA Dinghy Show - Glanfield and Patience launch Rio 2016 campaign

News - USA and the World

Audi Hamilton Island Race Week: Riding the AC45 - VIDEO by Crosbie Lorimer, Hamilton Island

America's Cup: Five Challengers sign-on for 35th Match by Richard Gladwell/,

Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad talks Time and Money (Part II) *Feature by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,

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/,

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

IFDS Worlds - Hot competition on first day of racing
Challenging Conditions - CORK OCR
IFDS World Championship - Day 1 for the US Sailing Team
2014 Melges 20 World Championship - Countdown begins
2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games - Day 3
America's Cup: Team NZ wish Davis well with new team *Feature
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   

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  

Switch Default Region to:

Social Media





New Zealand

United Kingdom

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World






Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text


Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery


Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery





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.
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT