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US Sailing Team at the 2024 Trofeo Princesa Sofía - Day 2

by US Sailing Team 2 Apr 16:39 PDT April 1-6, 2024

Day two of the Trofeo Princesa Sofía brought a change of pace from the opening day's wild conditions. All fleets began the day under wind delay as the race committee waited for the bay breeze to fill.

Racing began around 1300 for all 10 fleets on the Bay of Palma, kicking off the regatta for 49ers, 49erFXs, Nacra 17s, and iQFOiL Men and Women who were unable to race yesterday. Making up for lost time, US Sailing Team athletes settled into the groove, landing in the top ten of the 49er, 49erFX, and Men's iQFOiL.

In the 49erFX, USST's Stephanie Roble (Tokyo 2020) and Maggie Shea (Tokyo 2020) scored a 2nd and 5th in blue fleet to end their opening day in second overall. Paris Henken (Rio 2016) and Anna Tunnicliffe Tobias (Beijing 2008 & London 2012) finished the day in 19th place. The Trofeo Princesa Sofía is the final event in the athlete selection process for the USA 49erFX spot at Paris 2024, rounding out a two-event series following their World Championship last month in Lanzarote, Spain. Learn more about the 49erFX selection procedures here.

This week in Mallorca kicks off the two-regatta selection process for the USA Nacra 17 spot in Marseille this summer. Carson Crain and Lindsay Gimple are currently ahead of USST's Sarah Newberry Moore and David Liebenberg after day one. The second event of the selection process will take place in La Grande-Motte, France May 7-12 for the 2024 Nacra 17 World Championship.

Daniela Moroz remains on top in the Women's Formula Kite fleet, winning five of the seven races completed so far and lengthening her lead on Australia's Breiana Whitehead.

Paris 2024 ILCA 6 nominee Erika Reineke took advantage of the light air conditions, scoring a 2nd and 5th in yellow fleet which moved her up 26 places on the scoreboard. All four American ILCA 6 athletes qualified for Gold Fleet after finishing in the top half of the standings after day two today. Next, their focus will turn to making the top ten by the end of finals racing to qualify for the one last "medal race" and a chance at making the podium.

Paris nominated athlete Ford McCann* had a strong finish to the day, winning the last race in the ILCA 7 red fleet. McCann is competing alongside his twin brother, Marshall, as they train for the Last Chance Regatta where they will work to qualify the USA for Paris 2024 in the ILCA 7 and confirm Ford's ticket to the Olympics. Any American can achieve "country qualification" in Hyères, France April 20-27 with a high enough finish, so it's a group effort to secure the ILCA 7 berth in Marseille this summer.

For his first day on the water, Paris nominated iQFOiL athlete Noah Lyons* opened the week with mostly single digit scores. Like the McCann brothers, Lyons is also training for the Last Chance Regatta at the end of this month, working to earn the country spot at Paris 2024 in the Men's iQFOiL.

US Sailing Team's Andrew Mollerus and Ian MacDiarmid sailed a solid opening day in the 49er with two 2nd place finishes out of four races and currently sit 9th overall.

*Nominated for Paris 2024 pending country qualification with final opportunity coming up April 20-27 in Hyères, France at the "Last Chance Regatta"

USA Standings after Day 2:

  • Women’s Formula Kite
      • 1st – Daniela Moroz, US Sailing Team & Paris 2024 Nominee

  • 49er FX
      • 2nd – Stephanie Roble (Tokyo 2020) & Maggie Shea (Tokyo 2020), US Sailing Team
      • 19th – Paris Henken (Rio 2016) & Anna Tunnicliffe Tobias (Beijing 2008 & London 2012)

  • Nacra 17
      • 22nd – Carson Crain & Lindsay Gimple
      • 31st – Sarah Newberry Moore & David Liebenberg, US Sailing Team

  • 49er
      • 9th – Andrew Mollerus & Ian MacDiarmid, US Sailing Team

  • Mixed 470
      • 19th – Stu McNay (4x Olympian) & Lara Dallman-Weiss (Tokyo 2020), US Sailing Team

  • ILCA 6
      • 18th – Erika Reineke, US Sailing Team & Paris 2024 Nominee
      • 22nd – Charlotte Rose, US Sailing Team
      • 32nd – Christina Sakellaris
      • 35th – Lilly Myers

  • ILCA 7
      • 63rd – Ford McCann, US Sailing Team & Paris 2024 Nominee (pending country qualification)
      • 71st – Marshall McCann
      • 183rd – Thomas Kraak

  • Men’s iQFOiL
      • 10th – Noah Lyons, US Sailing Team & Paris 2024 Nominee (pending country qualification*)

  • Women’s iQFOiL
      • 26th – Dominique Stater, US Sailing Team & Paris 2024 Nominee

  • Men’s Formula Kite
      • 46th – Adam Keaton

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Race Schedule: April 1-6 with medal races and medal series racing on April 6

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