Please select your home edition
Edition
Allen Brothers

2021 West Marine US Open Sailing - Miami Day 2

by US Sailing 22 Jan 2021 20:33 PST January 21-24, 2021
Farrah Hall (USA) in front at 2021 West Marine US Open Sailing – Miami © Allison Chenard

Sailors were greeted with warm, sunny conditions and temperatures in the low 70s for most of Friday. Light wind prevailed again for most of the day, similar to Thursday's breeze on Biscayne Bay. Wind speeds peaked at around 6 knots in the afternoon.

On Thursday, the late afternoon breeze allowed the Nacra 17, 49er, 49erFX, and Mixed 470 fleets to complete two races each. Meanwhile, the iQFoil and Open Windsurf Foil fleets did not have ample wind on Thursday and looked ahead to Friday to start the racing in those fleets. The Friday weather forecast looked improved in comparison to Friday, so there was optimism in the air for the windsurfers. Despite minimal breeze the two iQFoil fleets completed one race each. Mateus Isaac (BRA) earned the bullet in the Men's fleet (9-meter sail) and Garrett January (Pinellas, Fla.) won the 8-meter sail race. Farrah Hall (Annapolis, Md.) placed third overall in the 8-meter race and the top women's sailor.

Farrah Hall had a lot to say about the iQFoil and how this Windsurfing class equipment could change the sport. "I've had over 15 years of RS:X experience, so it's been a long time. The iQ is a new opportunity and breath of fresh air for the Olympic Windsurfing class. We really need to stay current with all the foiling boats we see out there. I really think that we are attracting new people from all backgrounds, including windsurfing and other sailing classes. We are excited to have something that is really fun to sail."

Hall raced at the 2012 London Olympic Games for Team USA. More recently, she represented Team USA at the 2019 Pan American Games and is Team USA's selected athlete in Women's RS:X for Tokyo 2020.

Hall still loves every element of windsurfing. "I think windsurfing is the purest form of sailing. You are connected to your equipment. It's in your hands. It's very athletic and physical. And it's also extremely fun and it's going to be the biggest Olympic class."

The iQFoil is the 2024 Olympic Games Windsurfing class replacing the RS:X equipment. The concept around this class was to create exciting windsurfing equipment more sustainable for future generations by making the equipment appealing to not only the professionals, but for the weekend windsurfer, and to create a foil racing platform at the local level.

The 49erFX has been highly competitive through two days of racing and six races total. After posting mid-fleet results on Thursday, the new team of Lucy Wilmot (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and Erika Reineke (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) surged up the leaderboard on Friday and took a one point lead over Stephen Baker (Miami, Fla.) and Nicholas Hardy (Newton, Mass.). Wilmot and Reineke posted a 2-1-2-1 scoring line. Baker and Hardy won both races on Thursday to take an early lead.

Nevin Snow (San Diego, Calif.) and Dane Wilson (Ojai, Calif.) have won five consecutive races on Friday in the 49er fleet after placing second in Race 1 on Thursday. They have a four point lead over Ian Barrows (St. Thomas, USVI) and Hans Henken (Coronado, Calif.), who Race 1 and have placed runner-up to Snow and Wilson in each of the last five races.

The 470 event has been paced by Stu McNay (Providence, R.I.) and Dave Hughes (Ithaca, N.Y.) who have won five of six races through two days and are racing this week in recognition of the Trevor Moore Foundation. The fleet completed four races on Friday. Louisa Nordstrom (Osprey, Fla.) and Trevor Bornarth (Stuart, Fla.).

In the Nacra 17 fleet, the Brazilian team comprised of Samuel Albrecht and Gabriela Nicolino (BRA) have had an impressive regatta through five races, including three races on Friday. They have won four of the five races and lead by six points over Riley Gibbs (Long Beach, Calif.) and Anna Weis (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.).

Full results and standing available here.

Related Articles

U.S. Para Sailing Championship preview
13 teams will take to Lake Michigan from Friday Starting this Friday, 13 teams will take to the water August 5-7 in Chicago, IL for the US Sailing Para Championship. Posted on 5 Aug
US Sailing Junior Women's Championship
Two days of clinic and two days of racing in Marina del Rey, California After two days of clinic and two days of racing, winners were crowned at the US Sailing Junior Women's Championship in Marina del Rey, California. Posted on 26 Jul
Long Beach shines for West Marine US Open
114 athletes took to the water in the LA 2028 sailing venue 114 athletes took to the water in the LA 2028 sailing venue this past weekend for the West Marine US Open. Each day, mornings of fog gave way to beautiful ocean breeze, with race committee running a total of 64 races across seven fleets. Posted on 18 Jul
Gold for Parkin & Beck in the i420 at Youth Worlds
Seven top-10 finishes for Team USA in The Hague Racing wrapped on the North Sea for the 450+ athletes representing 69 countries, and the USA is coming home with a shiny gold medal in the i420 by Freddie Parkin and Asher Beck. Posted on 14 Jul
West Marine US Open Sailing Series continues
Sailors from across the country will be racing in Long Beach, CA The West Marine US Open Sailing Series continues the West Coast swing with a stop in Long Beach, CA, the sailing venue for the 2028 Olympic games. Posted on 14 Jul
US Sailing reveals Paris 2024 Selection Procedures
The product of a lot of thoughtful work The 2024 Olympic Games will take place from July 26 - August 11, 2024. The Sailing events will be held in Marseille, France. Posted on 13 Jul
15 USA athletes ready to roll for Youth Worlds
Over 450 of the world's top youth sailors from 69 countries are set in The Hague Over 450 of the world's top youth sailors from 69 countries will hit the water July 9-15 for the 2022 Allianz Youth World Sailing Championships, and the USA is proud to put forward 15 athletes for the pinnacle annual youth sailing event. Posted on 9 Jul
Newport Bermuda fatality US Sailing panel convenes
In light of the tragic incident that occurred during the running of the 51st Newport to Bermuda Race In light of the tragic incident that occurred during the running of the 51st Newport to Bermuda Race, US Sailing, at the request of the race organizing authority, has convened a panel of experts to study the incident. Posted on 1 Jul
2022 US Sailing Youth Champs winners crowned
Over 100 sailors competed across four classes for top honors Winners were decided at the 2022 U.S. Sailing Youth Championship yesterday after three days of champagne sailing on the Pacific. Posted on 27 Jun
Sailors ramp up for next week's Youth Champs
San Diego edition of the West Marine US Open Sailing Series wrapped on Sunday The San Diego edition of the West Marine US Open Sailing Series wrapped on Sunday after three days of beautiful racing in the Pacific, with 8-10 knots and 3-5-foot sea swell across the weekend. Posted on 20 Jun
McConaghy 2022 - MC63p & MC75 FOOTERHella Dual Colour Floodlights - 728 x 90px - 004 gif BottomHyde Sails 2022 One Design FOOTER