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US Sailing Team at the 2023 Sailing World Championships - Day 6

by US Sailing Team 16 Aug 17:35 PDT August 10-20, 2023
Betsy Alison, Para Sailing World Champion in the Women's Hansa 303 © Sander van der Borch / World Sailing

Day six was a big waiting game for the Olympic classes as postponement flags took up real estate on every boat park flagpole until the afternoon.

Gold fleet 49ers were the first to start racing at 2:00 pm, and the last boats came in off the water just after 8:30pm. Competitors are hunkering down for what's looking like a similar schedule on day seven.

  • August 16 Final Races: 2.4m, M/W Hansa 303, RS Connect
  • Racing today: 470, 49er, 49er FX, M/W iQFOil, M/W Kite, Nacra 17, ILCA 7, ILCA 6
In her first regatta since surgery and first Para sailing event as a competitor, Betsy Alison won the Women's Hansa 303 at the Para Sailing World Championships held on Lake Brassemermeer. Alison coached the most successful Paralympic sailing team in history from 1998 to 2016 and led Team USA to eight medals. Read her interview with World Sailing here.

Shan McAdoo and Maureen McKinnon PLY ended on a high note and won the final RS Venture Connect race, bringing them up to 12th overall in the Open Two Person Technical class. McKinnon was coached by Alison in the 2008 and 2016 Paralympic Games, where, in 2008, she became the first woman to win a Gold medal in Paralympic Sailing.

US Sailing Team's Andrew Mollerus and Ian MacDiarmid, Ian Barrows and Hans Henken, and Stephanie Roble OLY and Maggie Shea OLY qualified the United States for the Paris 2024 Olympics in the 49er and 49er FX by solidifying their spots in the top ten, which also qualifies them for the medal races set to take place on Friday, August 18. Per World Sailing's Paris Qualification System, the top ten countries at the 2023 Sailing World Championships in the 49er (Men's Skiff) and 49er FX (Women's Skiff) will receive berths at the Olympic Games next year, so medal race participation alone guaranteed the USA's presence in Paris.

Charlotte Rose (USST) moved up 12 places to 12th overall and is just outside of clearing the top 10 for the medal race with two more days of gold fleet racing remaining. The USA will need to score within the top 16 countries at the end of the 2023 Sailing World Championships to secure a place in ILCA 6 (Women's Dinghy) at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

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