Olympic World Cup - Sail for Gold - Weymouth GBR - US sailors battle elements
Wet, windy and long for many competitors] could be the short summary of Day 2 at the sail for Gold Regatta in Weymouth GBR. Again the US sailors turned in some good results, which could have been even better without two capsizes. In Women's Match Racing, Team Tunnicliffe won all three races again today and advanced to the gold round, regardless of the result of their last race Wednesday. The Laser Radials spent more than 9 hours on the water with Paige Railey getting two fourths and Sarah Lihan with 5-7. They are sixth and 12th overall. In the lone Finn race 2008 Olympic Silver Medalist Zach Railey led until he flipped on the last downwind but he salvaged fifth and holds fourth overall. "All things considered, I will take a fifth,” said Railey. In the Lasers Charlie Buckingham holds on to 16th overall after getting 12-15 yesterday. The 49ers need to get nine races in before the top 25 are seeded into the gold fleet. Storck/Moore got a sixth in the first race and flipped in the second, but came back to finish 13th. In the Men's 470, 2008 Olympians McNay/Biehl added 4 - 10 for sixth overall. In the Women's 470, 2008 Olympians Clark/Chin scored a 9, 3 to propel their comeback after their customary slow first day. They are 13th, four behind Maxwell/Kinsolving Farrar in ninth overall. In the Star Mendelblatt/von Schwartz are sixth Szabo/Strube are ninth after a difficult day that saw no US team in the top 10. In the RS:X boars, Farrah Hall holds 41st in the women' s division while Ben Barger is 34th in the men's. The Sonars raced during the worst of the storm, but 2008 Paralympic skipper Rick Doerr (and crew finished 5, 3 and stand in 5th overall. 2010 2.4 mR World Champion John Ruf had a ninth and a DNF with a steering problem. Qualifying continues todaybefore the big fleets are split Gold and Silver. The full report the results and the US Sailing micro site.