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U.S. sailors clinch Test Event Qualification and bring home three medals from Palma

by Brittney Manning 7 Apr 01:46 PDT 1-6 April 2019
Chris Barnard (Newport Beach, Calif.) receiving award for first place in the Laser class - 50th Trofeo S.A.R Princesa Sofia Iberostar Regatta © Sailing Energy

The 50th Trofeo S.A.R Princesa Sofia Iberostar Regatta (Trofeo Sofia) has concluded, following Saturday's medal races. In breezy conditions, three U.S. athletes secured a spot on the podium. Laser sailor, Chris Barnard (Newport Beach, Calif.), earned his first major title and will take home the gold medal. Pedro Pascual (West Palm Beach, Fla.) and Erika Reineke (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) also earned spots on the podium. Both athletes clinched the bronze medal in their respective classes. Athletes Charlie Buckingham (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) also appeared in medal races today, finishing in 5th and 6th place, respectively.

For U.S. sailors, this regatta was the second of two selection events for the 2019 Olympic Test Event. The event will be held at the Olympic venue, The Enoshima Yacht Harbour, August 17-22. Selection is aggregated over results from Trofeo Sofia and the 2019 Hempel World Cup Series Miami.

Despite an impressive performance this week, Barnard misses out on U.S. selection to the Olympic Test Event to Buckingham but was pleased to round out his regatta with the win. "I'm extremely happy, relieved, and emotionally exhausted," grinned Barnard. "This is by far the biggest regatta I've won. I've been happy with the way I've sailed all week and today I showed a really good fight. That's probably what I'm most proud of."

"Charlie will go to the test event. For myself I'm disappointed with Miami, I didn't finish very well. I did everything I needed to do here to have a good result, but Charlie earned that spot. He sailed two really consistent events. So, I will work hard to keep on improving and focus on our Olympic Trials."

Athletes qualified to the 2019 Olympic Test Event

  • Charlie Buckingham (Newport Beach, Calif.), Laser
  • Paige Railey (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Laser Radial
  • Stu McNay (Providence, R.I.) & Dave Hughes (Miami, Fla.), Men's 470
  • Nikole Barnes (Miami, Fla.) & Lara Dallman-Weiss (Shoreview, Minn.), Women's 470
  • Andrew Mollerus (Larchmont, N.Y.) & Ian MacDiarmid (Delray Beach, Fla.), 49er
  • Stephanie Roble (East Troy, Wisc.) & Maggie Shea (Wilmette, Ill.), 49erFX
  • Luke Muller (Fort Pierce, Fla.), Finn
  • Riley Gibbs (Long Beach, Calif.) & Anna Weis (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Nacra 17
  • Pedro Pascual (West Palm Beach, Fla.), Men's RS:X
  • Farrah Hall (Annapolis, Md.), Women's RS:X
Note: The above individuals have qualified in accordance with US Sailing's selection procedures. This announcement does not guarantee the listed athletes' attendance at the 2019 Olympic Test Event, only their initial qualification.

The 50th Trofeo S.A.R Princesa Sofia Iberostar Regatta was also the second of two selection events for the 2019 Pan American Games for the Nacra 17, 49er, and 49erFX classes. More information about the U.S. Pan American Games Sailing Team will be released in the coming days.

50th Trofeo S.A.R Princesa Sofia Iberostar Regatta U.S. Results


  • 1st Chris Barnard (Newport Beach, Calif.), Laser
  • 5th Charlie Buckingham (Newport Beach, Calif.), Laser
  • 56th Marek Zaleski (Norwalk, Conn.)
  • 59th Malcolm Lamphere (Lake Forest, Ill.)
  • 132nd Paul Didham (San Diego, Calif.)
Laser Radial
  • 3rd Erika Reineke (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
  • 6th Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.)
  • 64th Lillian Myers (Sarasota, Fla.)
  • 71st Christina Sakellaris (Milton, Mass.)
  • 89th Hanne Weaver (Gig Harbor, Wash.)
Men's 470
  • 38th Stu McNay (Providence, R.I.) & Dave Hughes (Miami, Fla.), Men's 470
Women's 470
  • 36th Carmen Cowles (Larchmont, N.Y.) & Emma Cowles (Larchmont, N.Y.), Women's 470
  • 20th Nikole Barnes (Miami, Fla.) & Lara Dallman-Weiss (Shoreview, Minn.), Women's 470
  • 35th Atlantic Brugman (Palo Alto, Calif.) & Nora Brugman (Palo Alto, Calif.), Women's 470
  • 45th Kathleen Tocke (Buffalo, N.Y.) & Charlie Bess (Miami, Fla.), Women's 470
  • 17th Andrew Mollerus (Larchmont, N.Y.) & Ian MacDiarmid (Delray Beach, Fla.), 49er
  • 37th Nevin Snow () & Dane Wilson (Santa Barbara, Calif.), 49er
  • 39th Judge Ryan (San Diego, Calif.) & Hans Henken (Coronado, Calif.), 49er
  • 44th Harry Melges (Lake Geneva, Wisc.) & Finn Rowe (Lake Forest, Ill.), 49er
  • 46 Ian Barrows (Miami, Fla.) & Mitchell Kiss (Holland, Mich.), 49er
  • 13th Paris Henken (Coronado, Calif.) & Anna Tunnicliffe Tobias (Pittsburgh, Penn.)
  • 16th Stephanie Roble (East Troy, Wis.) & Maggie Shea (Wilmette, Ill.)
  • 37th Kate Shaner (Bellevue, Wash.) & Charlotte Mack (Miami, Fla.)
  • 30th Caleb Paine (San Diego, Calif.)
  • 44th Luke Muller (Fort Pierce, Fla.)
  • 68th Eric Anderson (Mountain View, Calif.)
  • 80th Jack Jennings (Miami, Fla.)
Nacra 17
  • 12th Riley Gibbs (Long Beach, Calif.) & Anna Weis (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
  • 24th Bora Gulari (Detroit, Mich.) & Louisa Chafee (Warwick, Calif.)
  • 32nd Ravi Parent (Sarasota, Fla.) & Caroline Atwood (Killingworth, Conn.)
  • 35th Sarah Newberry (Miami, Fla.) & David Liebenberg (Livermore, Calif.)
Men's RS:X
  • 3rd Pedro Pascual (West Palm Beach, Fla.)
Women's RS:X
  • 12th Farrah Hall (Annapolis, Md.)
  • 30th Carolina Mendelblatt (San Francisco, Calif.)
View full results from the 50th Trofeo S.A.R Princesa Sofia Iberostar Regatta here.

View full results from the 2019 Hempel World Cup Series Miami here.

To learn more about the US Sailing Team click here.

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