Please select your home edition

Roble and Shea take silver at 2019 49er FX Oceania Championships

by US Sailing Team 28 Nov 2019 03:12 PST
US Sailing Team athletes, Stephanie Roble and Maggie Shea - 2019 Oceania Championships © Matias Capizzano

The US Sailing Team is looking solid heading into the 2019 Hyundai 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships. On Wednesday, November 27, the team finished the 2019 Oceania Championships with two boats in the top 10, one of which will take home a medal.

US Sailing Team athletes Stephanie Roble (East Troy, Wisc.) and Maggie Shea (Wilmette, Ill.) led the 49erFX fleet from day one. In the first race of the final series, Roble and Shea endured a black flag penalty allowing local sailors, Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech (NZL), to slip past them and claim gold. After an impressive week of consistent performance at the top of the fleet, Roble and Shea will take home the silver and carry some positive momentum into the World Championships, which begin on Tuesday, December 3.

Also in the top 10 were US Sailing Team Nacra 17 athletes, Riley Gibbs (Long Beach, Calif.) and Anna Weis (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.). Finishing only two races outside the top ten, Gibbs and Weis also had a consistent week at the front of their fleet. The pair wrapped up the event in eighth place overall.

Top U.S. boat in the Men's 49er fleet was the pair, Andrew Mollerus (Larchmont, N.Y.) and Ian MacDiarmid (Delray Beach, Fla.). Mollerus and MacDiarmid had a stellar day one, ending up in the gold medal position. Despite several finishes in the top-three, the pair, unfortunately, suffered a U flag penalty on day two, which brought them outside the top ten.

Overall, the US Sailing Team will bring some excellent momentum into all three fleets at the World Championships next week. All of the athletes have had time to familiarize themselves with the local conditions and get some practice racing in before the stakes are high.

Next week, in addition to competing for the World Championship title, U.S. athletes will be fighting for selection. This regatta will be the first to impact the U.S. Olympic Sailing Team trials in all three fleets. The Men's 49er athletes will also be fighting to qualify the country for a berth on the Tokyo 2020 starting line.

U.S. Results:

  • 2nd - Steph Roble & Maggie Shea, 49erFX
  • 8th - Riley Gibbs & Anna Weis, Nacra 17
  • 15th - Andrew Mollerus & Ian MacDiarmid, 49er
  • 16th - Sarah Newberry & David Liebenberg, Nacra 17
  • 23rd - Ravi Parent & Caroline Atwood, Nacra 17
  • 25th - Judge Ryan & Hans Henken, 49er
  • 27th - Paris Henken & Anna Tobias, 49erFX
  • 29th - Harry Melges IV & Finn Rowe, 49er
  • 38nd - Ian Barrows & Mitchell Kiss, 49er
  • 46th - Nevin Snow & Dane Wilson, 49er
  • 47th - Kate Shaner & Kathleen Love, 49erFX
View the full results here:

Related Articles

US Team at RS:X Windsurfing Worlds, day 4
Geronimo Nores is guaranteed the U21 bronze and has a shot at the silver As things settle down in Sandringham, the RS:X athletes in Sorrento look forward to tomorrow's final day of racing. Though the windsurfers also faced similar light and shifty conditions to the Radial athletes, they managed to get all three races in. Posted today at 6:56 pm
US Team at Women's Laser Radial Worlds, overall
Paige Railey perseveres to qualify for Tokyo Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) emerged victorious over fellow US Sailing Team athletes, Erika Reineke (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and Charlotte Rose (Houston, Texas), to win a spot on Team USA for the Tokyo 2020 Games. Posted today at 4:09 pm
Supporting Siebel Centers announced
A new community sailing program In April of 2019, US Sailing announced a new community sailing program made possible by a major donation from the Thomas and Stacey Siebel Foundation. Posted today at 3:42 pm
US Team at RS:X Windsurfing Worlds, day 3
The athletes endured the challenging and unpredictable breeze The RS:X athletes at the southern end of Port Phillip Bay likewise endured the challenging and unpredictable breeze. Like the Radials, they experienced dramatic shifts and gusts that were hard to identify. Posted on 27 Feb
US Team at Women's Laser Radial Worlds, day 5
Vexing conditions at Radial Worlds For the first time since U.S. athletes began training in Melbourne for the 2020 Worlds Championships a few months ago, sailors were met with westerly winds that created shifty, puffy, and unpredictable conditions. Posted on 27 Feb
US Team at RS:X Windsurfing Worlds, day 2
RS:X athletes in Sorrento endured grueling conditions At the southern end of the bay, the RS:X athletes in Sorrento likewise endured grueling conditions to finish another three races. In addition to breeze that consistently reached 20 knots, their race area was also affected by strong current. Posted on 26 Feb
US Team at Women's Laser Radial Worlds, day 4
Fitness pays dividends at Radial Worlds Competitors at the 2020 ILCA Women's Laser Radial World Championships finally had a full day of racing, competing in three 15-20 knot races, to close out the qualifying series. Posted on 26 Feb
US Team at RS:X Windsurfing Worlds, day 1
Sailors had to pay close attention shifty and puffy conditions Unlike their teammates in Sandringham, the RS:X sailors had to pay close attention shifty and puffy conditions Posted on 25 Feb
US Team at Women's Laser Radial Worlds, day 3
Slow and steady seems to be the pace Slow and steady seems to be the pace of the Laser Radial Worlds. Thanks to conflicting breezes in the morning and some brief thunderstorms in the afternoon, the athletes hit the water just before 6:00 p.m. to finish one race for the third day in a row. Posted on 25 Feb
US Team at Women's Laser Radial Worlds, day 2
Lessons learned in challenging Melbourne conditions The conditions on Port Phillip Bay continue to deliver challenging racing conditions on day two of the 2020 ILCA Women's Laser Radial World Championships, allowing only one more race today. Posted on 24 Feb
North Sails 2019 - NSVictoryList - FooterSOUTHERN-SPARS-AGLAIA-SPARS_728X90 BottomOfficial-Event-Store-Navy-alt1  728x90 BOTTOM