ISAF Worlds, Final Report: USA Finishes Top-10 in 4 Classes at 2014's Peak Event
September 21, 2014
Santander, Spain - The US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider arrived at the ISAF Sailing World Championships looking to turn in peak performances, and enjoyed a successful week at the most significant regatta before the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. With American sailors finishing in the top-10 in 4 classes, the results in Santander, Spain represent a positive step towards the team's larger goals. "We are encouraged by the top US performances in Santander. US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider athletes demonstrated that they are Olympic contenders in their respective classes and on track to perform well in Rio 2016," said Josh Adams, Managing Director of US Olympic Sailing. "Our team's top performances in Santander showed significant progress over the results from class World Championship events in 2013. This event represents the midpoint of the Rio 2016 quad, and we are seeing positive results from the team's effort so far and are looking forward to continuing our team's training process to Rio."
For the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider, the US national team, the highlights of the event were 4 top-10 overall finishes in the largest and most talented fleets seen so far in this Olympic quadrennium. These included a 5th place finish in the Men's 470 by Stuart McNay (Providence, R.I.) and David Hughes (San Diego, Calif.), 7th in the Women's 470 by Annie Haeger (East Troy, Wisc.) and Briana Provancha (San Diego, Calif.), 7th in the Men's Laser by Charlie Buckingham (Newport Beach, Calif.) and 7th in the Men's Finn by Caleb Paine (San Diego, Calif.). Also turning in a notable performance was Laser Radial athlete Erika Reineke (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), who narrowly missed a berth in the medal race and finished 14th.
Pictured: Stuart McNay and David Hughes, Men's 470.
Sunday, September 21 saw the final races held at the event, including the medal race for the Finn class. Top-ranked American Finn athlete Caleb Paine (San Diego, Calif.) capped his best-ever performance at a Finn World Championship (also known as the Finn Gold Cup) by finishing 5th in a very light and difficult medal race. This boosted Paine to 7th overall in the 78-boat fleet. A winner of the ISAF Sailing World Cup series (2012), Paine has made great strides in the past two years, and is beginning to see the results of his concerted effort."It's been a hard-fought regatta, and a close one," said Paine, who was the runner-up to Beijing 2008 Olympic silver medalist Zach Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) in the 2012 US Olympic Trials. "There were some significant moments and races that cost me some points, and in the future I can correct those mistakes with better execution. Overall, I'm very happy with my result here." Paine's performance was the best by an American Finn sailor at the Worlds since 2010.
Also up for grabs at the Santander 2014 World Championships were the first berths awarded to countries (but not individual athletes) for the Rio 2016 Olympic sailing competition. 50% of the available berths for Rio 2016 in each of the ten Olympic sailing classes were awarded in Santander, and the United States has now qualified for The Games in the Laser, Laser Radial, Men's 470, Women's 470, and Finn. American sailors in the remaining classes will have other opportunities to qualify for Rio 2016 at World and Continental Championship events in 2015 and 2016.
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