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2016 U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Sailing News

caleb paine Below we'll follow the 15 sailors who will represent the United States at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in August, and the six who will represent the United States at the Paralympic Games in September.

U.S. Olympic Team sailor Caleb Paine (San Diego, Calif.) has won a bronze medal in the Finn class, the Men's Heavyweight Dinghy. Rio 2016 is the first career Olympic Games appearance for Paine, 25.

 

 

Update September 18, 2016 - The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Day 3.....

Sonar Silver for Doerr, Kendell and Freund at Paralympic Games

Sonar ParalympicsFrom US Sailing's Rio Report:  With a victory in the final race of the event, U.S. Paralympic Team sailors Rick Doerr (Clifton, N.J.), Brad Kendell (Tampa, Fla.) and Hugh Freund (South Freeport, Maine) have won silver medals in the Sonar class, the three-person Paralympic keelboat. For all three sailors it is the first Paralympic medal of their careers.

Rick Doerr, Brad Kendell and Hugh Freund, Sonar Class.

Gold in the Sonar was won by the Australian team of Colin Harrison, Russell Boaden and Jonathan Harris. Bronze was secured by Paul Tingley, Logan Campbell and Scott Lutes of Canada. Several teams were in the running for the podium coming into the 6th and final day of the sailing events of Rio 2016, but Team USA saved their best race for last to win silver in dramatic fashion.

Doerr, Kendell and Freund entered Rio 2016 as the reigning Para Sailing World Champions and had high hopes for a podium performance. Doerr, the helmsman, is the longest-tenured athlete on the U.S. Sailing Team, having campaigned for the Paralympic Games almost continuously since 1998. Rio 2016 was his second Paralympic appearance following an 8th place performance in Beijing 2008 with different teammates. For Kendell and Freund, Rio 2016 is their first career appearance at the Games.

"We came into today in a similar position as we had at the World Championship earlier this year, with everything to play for on the final day," said Freund on the dock. "We really sailed the way the three of us know how to sail this boat."

Kendell said that it was hard to put into words what this means for the three tight-knit athletes. "2016 has been unbelievable, and this is the year we've worked so hard for. Coming in as World Champions, you don't want to let it get inside your head, but you know at least that you have a chance to medal."

The team also paid tribute to their coach, Mike Ingham (Rochester, N.Y.) who worked intensively with Doerr, Kendell and Freund for the final two year years of the Rio 2016 quadrennium. "We had talent on our team, but Mike figured out how to make it all work," said Freund. "If you look at our trajectory, it's a huge testament to his ability as a coach to get the most out of people." Ingham holds over 20 U.S. national and North American one-design sailing titles, and helped Doerr, Kendell and Freund win their first world championship as a team.

Doerr (56), a surgeon in his professional life, sustained an injury in a 1992 car accident that left him wheelchair-bound. Doerr had grown up sailing in New Jersey, but when he heard that sailing was to be a demonstration sport at the Atlanta 1996 Paralympic Games, it started him on a new and eventful path in the sport. Doerr narrowly missed qualifying for Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, and Athens 2004 before joining the U.S. Paralympic Team at Beijing 2008. As was the case in Brazil, Doerr entered the Games in China as the reigning Para Sailing World Champion, but he and his team could not find their way to the podium. Undaunted, Doerr teamed up with Kendell and Freund for a run at London 2012, and again narrowly missed selection.

Despite this setback, the three teammates profoundly enjoyed sailing together, and committed to campaigning for Rio 2016. Doerr's longevity at the highest levels of adaptive sailing, as well as his success, makes his story all the more remarkable. As sailing has been removed from the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games by the IPC, it is possible that Rio 2016 represented the last chance for the three sailors to accomplish their long-held goal.

Kendell (35) comes from a family of professional sailors, and his father Bruce got him started in the sport at age 7. A 2003 plane crash that claimed the lives of his father and a friend necessitated the amputation of both of Kendell's legs above the knee. Kendell also sustained significant burns across his body, and the healing process was both long difficult. Getting back into the sport of sailing through adaptive competition proved therapeutic for the native Floridian, and a way to both remember and honor his father. Now a father himself, Kendell has said that long weeks on the road away from his family is the toughest aspect of the Paralympic path.

Freund (28) hails from the coast of Maine, and like his teammates is a lifelong sailor. During a 2007 ski trip, Freund discovered a problem with his leg that eventually revealed itself as an aggressive form of bone cancer. Freund survived the illness, but his right foot was amputated during his freshman year at Roger Williams University. Following a suggestion from his college sailing coach, Amanda Callahan (Bristol, R.I), Freund began competing in adaptive sailing, and quickly qualified for the U.S. Sailing Team. In an interesting twist of fate, one of Freund's earliest coaches at the local Harraseeket Yacht Club in Maine was Dave Hughes (Miami, Fla.) who competed on the same race courses in August as part the Rio 2016 U.S. Olympic Sailing Team.

In addition to their 2016 accomplishments, the American Sonar team has amassed an impressive list of successes during their six years of racing together. The trio has won five medals at Sailing World Cup Miami, North America’s premier Olympic and Paralympic classes regatta, since joining forces. In 2015, Doerr, Kendell and Freund won the Sunbrella Golden Torch Award in Miami, given to the top-performing American boat at the event. They were the first Paralympic-class athletes to gain this distinction in the 26-year history of the event.

Standings: Rio 2016 Paralympic Sailing Competition (Final)

Full Results: Rio 2016

Sonar (Three-Person Keelboat):

1. AUS - HARRISON Colin, HARRIS Jonathan, BOADEN Russell: 26

2. USA - DOERR Rick, FREUND Hugh, KENDELL Brad: 44

4. CAN - TINGLEY Paul, LUTES Scott, CAMPBELL Logan: 51

5. NZL - DODSON Richard, MAY Andrew, SHARP Chris: 51

6. NOR - WANG-HANSEN Aleksander, SOLBERG Marie, KRISTIANSEN Per Eugen: 54

7. GER - KLOTZING Lasse, KROKER Jens, MAINKA Siegmund: 55

8. GRE - CHRISTOFOROU Vasileios, ALEXAS Theodoros, NOTAROGLOU Anargyros: 58

9. ISR - COHEN Dror, BEN YAKOV Shimon, EFRATI Arnon: 59

10. GBR - ROBERTSON John, THOMAS Stephen, STODEL Hannah: 64

11. FRA - JOURDREN Bruno, FLAGEUL Eric, VIMONT-VICARY Nicolas: 89

12. BRA - DO CARMO Antonio Marcos, GONCALVES DE ABREU Jose Matias, FERREIRA ANASTACIO Herivelton: 104

13. ITA - RAGGI Gianluca, PIRA Gian Bachisio, SOLAZZO Fabrizio: 109

14. IRL - TWOMEY John, O'CARROLL Austin, COSTELLOE Ian: 111

15. ESP - LLOBET BALCELLS Francisco, ALVAREZ GARCIA Hector, GIMENO UGARTE Manuel: 114

 

Update September 15, 2016 - The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Day 3 - Team USA Sonar Climbs Leaderboard

From US Sailing's Rio Report: A strong breeze filled in early on the third day of racing at the 2016 Paralympic Games sailing competition, providing an exciting change of pace for the adaptive athletes in the Sonar, SKUD-18 and 2.4mR fleets. Team USA made gains in two classes on Day 3, and remains firmly in the hunt for the podium.

Rick Doerr (Clifton, N.J.), Brad Kendell (Tampa, Fla.) and Hugh Freund (South Freeport, Maine) had an excellent day of racing, with a 2, 3, 3 scoreline. The Americans were the second-best performers on Day Three, behind only the British boat, which won all three races in moderate to heavy breeze. Wednesday's action moved Doerr, Kendell and Freund, the reigning World Champions, from 7th overall to 2nd with three days remaining in the regatta.

"One thing we did well today was keep our cool," said Doerr, a two-time Paralympian, two time Para Sailing World Champion and member of the U.S. Sailing Team for over 18 years. "We were fouled twice, but we didn't let it get in the way. We stayed patient, kept our heads out of the boat, and placed ourselves well on the course. We probably weren't the fastest boat out there today, but we sailed smart."

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YouTube - Team USA Sonar Climbs Leaderboard

Ryan Porteous (San Diego, Calif.) and Beijing 2008 gold medalist Maureen McKinnon (Marblehead, Mass.) had finishes of 5, 6, 2 to move up to 5th place overall. The team sailed well despite dealing with some equipment problems in the high winds. "We broke our boom vang at the beginning if the second race today, which made it hard to sail upwind," said Porteous. "Our main was flogging in the heavy breeze [after the breakdown], and we weren't fast. We eventually passed a few boats though, and were happy about that." McKinnon said that after they got the problem fixed, they were pleased to submit their best performance of the regatta to date, a 2nd place in Race 6. "It was nice to get everything working, and sail the way we know we can."

Dee Smith (Annapolis, Md.) had an up-and-down day in the 2.4mR, with scores of 8, 6, 1, his second race victory of the regatta. The 8th is now Smith's discard race, and he moved from 3rd overall to 5th. The standings remain quite tight, with only six points separating 1st overall from 6th.

Standings: Rio 2016 Paralympic Sailing Competition (Day 3)

Full Results: Rio 2016

Sonar (Three-Person Keelboat) Top 10:

1. AUS - HARRISON Colin, HARRIS Jonathan, BOADEN Russell: 12

2. USA - DOERR Rick, FREUND Hugh, KENDELL Brad: 18

3. NZL - DODSON Richard, MAY Andrew, SHARP Chris: 21

4. NOR - WANG-HANSEN Aleksander, SOLBERG Marie, KRISTIANSEN Per Eugen: 22

5. GBR - ROBERTSON John, THOMAS Stephen, STODEL Hannah: 23

6. CAN - TINGLEY Paul, LUTES Scott, CAMPBELL Logan: 25

7. GRE - CHRISTOFOROU Vasileios, ALEXAS Theodoros, NOTAROGLOU Anargyros: 25

8. GER - KLOTZING Lasse, KROKER Jens, MAINKA Siegmund: 30

9. ISR - COHEN Dror, BEN YAKOV Shimon, EFRATI Arnon: 31

10. IRL - TWOMEY John, O'CARROLL Austin, COSTELLOE Ian: 49

SKUD-18 (Two-Person Keelboat) Top 10:

1. AUS - FITZGIBBON Daniel, TESCH Liest: 6

2. GBR - RICKHAM Alexandra, BIRRELL Niki: 14

3. CAN - MCROBERTS John, GAY Jackie: 16

4. POL - GIBES Monika, CICHOCKI Piotr: 24

5. USA - PORTEOUS Ryan, MCKINNON Maureen: 25

6. ITA - GUALANDRIS Marco Carlo, ZANETTI Marta: 32

7. SIN - TAN Wei Qiang Jovin, YAP Qian Yin: 32

8. NED - SCHRAMA Rolf, NAP Sandra: 32

9. BRA - LANDGRAF Bruno, DE ALMEIDA Marinalva: 34

10. ESP - ROIG ALZAMORA Sergi, DEL REINO Violeta: 40

2.4mR (One-Person Keelboat) Top 10:

1. GBR - LUCAS Helena: 10

2. AUS - BUGG Matthew: 12

3. GER - KROGER Heiko: 12

4. FRA - SEGUIN Damien: 13

5. USA - SMITH Dee: 15

6. NOR -ERIKSTAD Bjornar: 16

7. ITA - SQUIZZATO Antonio: 26

8. AUT - REIGER Sven: 26

9. ESP - MONTES VORCY Arturo: 32

10. FIN - SALOMAA Niko: 34

 

Update September 14, 2016 - The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Day 2 - Light Winds

From US Sailing's Rio Report:  All three fleets at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games sailing competition were challenged with a long postponement and tricky weather conditions on Day Two of racing on Guanabara Bay. After being cleared to launch shortly after 2:00PM local time, one race was attempted for each class. The Sonar and SKUD-18 classes were able to complete a race, while the 2.4mR contest was cancelled partway through due to lack of wind.

Rick Doerr (Clifton, N.J.), Brad Kendell (Tampa, Fla.) and Hugh Freund (South Freeport, Maine) took 9th in the day's only race, and sit in 7th overall. The Americans started near the middle of the line, and like most of the fleet charged towards the left side of the course towards the spectators lining Flamengo Beach. "Our start was fine, but the issue we had was during the race to the shore," said Freund. "We ended up getting pinned too far left by the fleet, and we couldn't come back until it was too late. We made some gains on both downwind legs by finding puffs, which kept us in it."

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Porteous and McKinnon, SKUD-18 class

On the SKUD-18 course, Ryan Porteous (San Diego, Calif.) and Beijing 2008 gold medalist Maureen McKinnon (Marblehead, Mass.) endured even lighter conditions, with the technical two-person keelboat fleet gliding across glassy waters.

"We had a really nice spot on the starting line, but everyone to the right of us just lifted away," said Porteous, a physics student at UC Santa Barbara. "We started in a right [shift], and unfortunately we were the second boat from the pin (left) end of the line. Three quarters of the way up the first leg, we saw that we were [tactically] hurting, so we tacked back towards the right. But then the left filled in right away. So we were chasing the breeze, but not quite getting there." Porteous and McKinnon finished 6th, and stand in 6th overall.

Racing will continue on Wednesday, September 14, at the Rio 2016 Paralympic sailing competition. Three races are planned for each fleet. Medals are scheduled to be awarded in all three classes on Saturday, September 17.

Update September 13, 2016 - The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Opening Day

From US Sailing's Rio Report: - Team USA scored solid results on the first day of racing at the Rio 2016 Paralympic sailing competition, with all three American boats in a top-six position in their fleets. The eighty international competitors were treated to bright sunshine, flat water and a moderate breeze varying from 5-12 knots.

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Porteous and McKinnon, SKUD-18 class. Photo: Richard Langdon / World Sailing

In the 2.4mR, Dee Smith (Annapolis, Md.) finished 7th in the first race, before winning the second. Smith currently sits in 3rd overall. "In the first race, I didnt get off the line very well, and I got 'pinged' a couple times, with too many tacks on the first beat," said the experienced professional sailor, who is making his first Paralympic Games appearance. "The second race was very clean. I won the start, and it was a two-way battle with [London 2012 gold medalist] Helena [Lucas] from Great Britain for the next couple of legs."

The American Sonar team of Rick Doerr (Clifton, N.J.), Brad Kendell (Tampa, Fla.) and Hugh Freund (South Freeport, Maine) also got off to a strong start. Finishes of 7, 3 put them in 6th overall, but only one point from 2nd. The veteran trio experienced a minor setback in Race Two when they caught the unfavorable attention of race officials. "We were flagged by the jury for a violation about 30 yards from the finish line, had to spin, and [were passed] by the (regatta-leading) Aussies," said Freund. "Luckily, we had a good lead on the rest of the fleet at that stage, and only lost one boat. Our speed was great, and we were definitely set up well all day. There was some current, but today's racing was definitely about pressure. Getting to the breeze was definitely the most important factor."

A scoreline of 6,7 on the day has the American SKUD-18 of Ryan Porteous (San Diego, Calif.) and Beijing 2008 gold medalist Maureen McKinnon (Marblehead, Mass.) in 6th overall. "Our speed was good, but we just made a few mistakes and some tactical errors," said McKinnon. "We definitely have the speed, though."

Racing will continue on Tuesday, September 13, at the Rio 2016 Paralympic sailing competition. Medals are scheduled to be awarded in all three classes on Saturday, September 17.

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Update September 1, 2016 - The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Coverage

The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games will feature unprecedented coverage of sailing for fans in the United States. US Sailing will provide multi-channel coverage, with comprehensive daily email reports sent directly to fans in addition to continuous social media coverage on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube (links above). The Olympic Broadcast Service (OBS) will be filming Paralympic racing, and that footage will be used in recap programing by U.S. broadcaster NBC Sports.

Racing Runs September 11-17. Check back here daily for updates.

The 2016 US Paralympic Sailing Team

US Paralympic Team2.4mR (One-Person Keelboat; Open)

Dee Smith (Annapolis, MD)

A veteran of the America’s Cup, Volvo Ocean Race, Maxi competition and many other high-level racing programs over the course of his professional sailing career, Smith, 63, is competing in his first Paralympic Games.

Rick Doerr (helm), Brad Kendell and Hugh Freund are a strong medal threat in the Sonar.   © Jen Edney/US Sailing Team Sperry

SKUD-18 (Two-Person Keelboat; Mixed)

Ryan Porteous (San Diego, CA) & Maureen McKinnon (Marblehead, MA)

Rio 2016 will be the second Paralympic Games for McKinnon, who won gold in the SKUD-18 at Beijing 2008 with the late Nick Scandone, and the first for Porteous, a student at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Sonar (Three-Person Keelboat; Open)

Rick Doerr (Clifton, NJ), Brad Kendell (Tampa, FL) & Hugh Freund (South Freeport, ME)

The winners of the 2016 Para World Sailing Championships in May, Doerr (a Beijing 2008 Paralympian), Kendell and Freund are a strong medal threat at the Rio 2016 Paralympic regatta.

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In addition to title sponsor Sperry, the US Sailing Team Sperry is sponsored by Gold Level sponsor Sunbrella and Silver level sponsors Harken, Team McLube and Groupe Beneteau. Yale Cordage is a team supplier. The US Sailing Center Miami in Miami, FL is an Olympic training site, and Oakcliff Sailing in Oyster Bay, NY and Clearwater Community Sailing Center in Clearwater, FL are US Sailing Team Sperry Training Centers. The National Team Tour, a nationwide presentation program for USSTS athletes, is sponsored by Chubb Personal Insurance and Gowrie Group. For more information, visit ussailing.org/olympics.

 

Update August 18, 2016

From US Sailing's Rio Report: The final races of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games sailing competition were held on Thursday.

It was a day of mixed results for Team USA. The American Men's 470 team, mathematically unable to reach the podium in the medal race, finished a strong 2nd in the double-points race and defended their position in 4th place overall. The U.S. 49erFX team ended their regatta in 10th after a career-best performance. Team USA's Women's 470 team were in podium position as late as halfway through their closely-contested medal race, but in a heartbreaking ending finished 10th in the race and 7th overall.

"We are very proud of the effort this team submitted in Rio," said Josh Adams, the Managing Director of U.S. Olympic Sailing, who became leader of the team after London 2012. "We came ready to compete against the world's best and showed Team USA's ability to contend. Caleb Paine (San Diego, Calif.) set the pace with his bronze medal, an outstanding performance. We are equally proud of the American sailors in six classes who raced in their medal races, reserved for the top-ten overall, and the positive way in which all fifteen athletes represented their country in Olympic competition."

470 helm Stu McNay (Providence, R.I.) competed in his third consecutive Olympic Games in 2016, but his campaign for Rio 2016 stands apart from the earlier stages of his career. After teaming up with Dave Hughes (Miami, Fla.) following London 2012, the pair found considerable and sustained success in the men's two-person dinghy. While coming up just shy of the podium in 4th overall, the lifelong New Englander said he was proud of their performance. "We were able to find something very special together as teammates," said McNay, who along with Hughes was a finalist for US Sailing's Rolex Yachtsman of the Year honors in 2015. Coached by U.S. Olympic medalist Morgan Reeser (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), McNay and Hughes have earned medals at sixteen major events over the past four years. McNay said they were determined to arrive in Rio with both the speed and skills to challenge for gold. "We were fighting for the top spot on the podium at this event, which is all you can ask for as a competitor."

Annie Haeger (East Troy, Wisc.) and Briana Provancha (San Diego, Calif.) had a chance to join Paine as medalists heading into the Women's 470 medal race, but faced a tough fight for silver and bronze. London 2012 silver medalists Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark of Great Britain locked up gold earlier in the event. The first-time Olympians, who won the Rio Olympic Test Event in 2015 with a memorable medal race performance, started the final race strong, and led around the first two marks. "We had a really good first beat, and then the racing got tricky, the fleet condensed, and it got pretty close," recounted Provancha on the beach afterward.

The American women were unable to stay out in front on the tactically unpredictable "Pao" medal race course, surrounded on almost all sides by the dramatic mountain peaks of Rio. "The wind was up and down coming off Sugarloaf [Mountain], and the fleet split on the second upwind leg," said Provancha, a youth sailing world champion. "We had to pick a side, and we went left. Unfortunately when the fleet converged again it was all one tight-knit group. On the last run, we sailed out of the pressure, fouled a boat, and had to spin." Haeger and Provancha executed their penalty turns, and dropped to 10th place at the finish.

Paris Henken (Coronado, Calif.) and Helena Scutt (Kirkland, Wash.) competed in the second medal race of their careers on Thursday, and on one of the biggest stages the sport can offer. The youngest team in the fleet, Henken and Scutt said a top-10 performance was their goal headed into the event. "We're really happy with our performance, and we were proud to be a part of the medal race on behalf of Team USA," said Scutt. Rio 2016 also marked the entrance of the all-female and high-octane 49erFX into Olympic competition, and Scutt said it was an important development for the sport overall. "I think it was about time that women had a skiff in the Games, and I think the performances this week, with the competitive fleet we had, showed that we all belong here. This will be an exciting class for many years to come."

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Team USA veterans Stu McNay and Dave Hughes finish strong in Rio with one of the best performances of their career while Olympic newcomers Paris Henken and Helena Scutt review the experience of their first Games. Click here to watch Thursday's interviews.

U.S. Sailing Team Results:

Day 11: Thursday, August 18 (Final Results)

Men's Finn: (Final, Top 10)

1. GBR - SCOTT Giles: 36

3. SLO - ZBOGAR Vasilij: 68

3. USA - PAINE Caleb: 76

4. BRA - ZARIF Jorge: 87

5. CRO - KLJAKOVIC GASPIC Ivan: 89

6. SWE - SALMINEN Max: 90

7. NZL - JUNIOR Josh: 92

8. AUS - LILLEY Jake: 97

9. ARG - OLEZZA BAZAN Facundo: 101

10. NED - POSTMA Pieter-Jan: 105

Men's 470: (Final, Top 10)

1. CRO - FANTELA Sime / MARENIC Igor: 43

2. AUS - BELCHER Mathew / RYAN Will: 58

3. GRE - MANTIS Panagiotis / KAGIALIS Pavlos: 58

4. USA - MCNAY Stuart / HUGHES Dave: 71

5. GBR - PATIENCE Luke / GRUBE Chris: 75

6. SWE - DAHLBERG Anton / BERGSTROM Fredrik: 79

7. FRA - BOUVET Sofian / MION Jeremie: 87

8. AUT - SCHMID Matthias / REICHSTAEDTER Florian: 87

9. SUI - BRAUCHLI Yannick / HAUSSER Romuald: 94

10. NZL - SNOW-HANSEN Paul / WILLCOX Daniel: 104

Women's 470: (Final, Top 10)

1. GBR - MILLS Hannah / CLARK Saskia: 44

2. NZL - ALEH Jo / POWRIE Polly: 54

3. FRA - LECOINTRE Camille / DEFRANCE Helene: 62

4. NED - ZEGERS Afrodite / VAN VEEN Anneloes: 63

5. JPN - KONDO YOSHIDA Ai / YOSHIOKA Miho: 66

6. SLO - MRAK Tina / MACAROL Veronika: 67

7. USA - HAEGER Annie / PROVANCHA Briana: 69

8. BRA - OLIVEIRA Fernanda / BARBACHAN Ana Luiza: 76

9. AUT - VADLAU Lara / OGAR Jolanta: 92

10. POL - SKRZYPULEC Agnieszka / MROZEK-GLISZCZYNSKA Irmina: 106

Mixed Nacra 17: (Final, Top 10)

1. ARG - LANGE Santiago / CARRANZA SAROLI Cecilia: 77

2. AUS - WATERHOUSE Jason / DARMANIN Lisa: 78

3. AUT - ZAJAC Thomas / FRANK Tanja: 78

4.NZL - JONES Gemma / SAUNDERS Jason: 81

5. ITA - BISSARO Vittorio / SICOURI Silvia: 84

6. FRA - BESSON Billy / RIOU Marie: 93

7. SUI - BUHLER Matias / BRUGGER Nathalie: 100

8. USA - GULARI Bora / CHAFEE Louisa: 106

9. GBR - SAXTON Ben / GROVES Nicola: 109

10. BRA - ALBRECHT Samuel / SWAN Isabel: 117

Women's 49erFX: (Final, Top 10)

1. BRA - GRAEL Martine / KUNZE Kahena: 48

2. NZL - MALONEY Alex / MEECH Molly: 51

3. DEN -HANSEN Jena / SALSKOV-IVERSEN Katja Steen: 54

4. ESP - ECHEGOYEN DOMINGUEZ Tamara / BETANZOS MORO Berta: 60

5. ITA - CONTI Giulia / CLAPCICH Francesca: 82

6. FRA - STEYAERT Sarah / COMPAN Aude: 85

7. NED - BEKKERING Annemiek / DUETZ Annette: 97

8. GBR - DOBSON Charlotte / AINSWORTH Sophie: 101

9. GER - JURCZOK Victoria / LORENZ Anika: 110

10. USA - HENKEN Paris / SCUTT Helena: 112

Women's Laser Radial: (Final, Top 10)

1. NED - BOUWMEESTER Marit: 61

2. IRL -MURPHY Annalise: 67

3. DEN - RINDOM Anne-Marie: 71

4. BEL - VAN ACKER Evi: 78

5. FIN - TENKANEN Tuula : 86.6

6. SWE - OLSSON Josefin: 90

7. LTU - SCHEIDT Gintare: 90

8. GBR - YOUNG Alison: 93

9. AUS - STODDART Ashley: 107

10. USA - RAILEY Paige: 131

Men's Laser: (Final)

11. USA - BUCKINGHAM Charlie: 108 points

Women's RS:X: (Final)

16. USA - LEPERT Marion: 156.9 points

Men's 49er: (Final)

19. USA - BARROWS Thomas / MORRIS Joe: 155

Men's RS:X: (Final)

28. USA - PASCUAL Pedro: 286 points

 

Update August 17, 2016

From US Sailing's Rio Report: The medal races scheduled for Wednesday, August 17th were postponed due to a lack of wind. The Men's and Women's 470 races will instead occur on Thursday, August 18th, in what is planned to be the final day of racing..

American athletes will compete in three of the four medal races on Thursday, and each race will be broadcast online by NBC Olympics with commentary from Gary Jobson and two-time Olympic medalist Randy Smyth.

  • Annie Haeger (East Troy, Wisc.) and Briana Provancha (San Diego, Calif.) are locked in a close battle for the podium in the 470 two-person dinghy.
  • In the Men's 470, three-time Olympian Stu McNay (Providence, R.I.) and teammate Dave Hughes (Miami, Fla.) are in 4th overall, and will look to finish the regatta strong in the double-points medal race.
  • 49erFX sailors Paris Henken (Coronado, Calif.) and Helena Scutt (Kirkland, Wash.) will also compete in the medal race, and are currently in 9th overall.

Scroll down for latest results.

wed_coach_vid.pngTo watch video go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6nHtznThzc
With racing cancelled for the day due to light winds we grabbed Team USA sailing coach Luther Carpenter for a quick chat about guiding Caleb Paine to a Bronze medal in Rio and his own Olympic history. Carpenter has now coached American athletes to five medals in four different classes.

Update August 16, 2016

From US Sailing Rio Report: Team USA's Caleb Paine (San Diego, Calif.) won bronze in the Men's Heavyweight Finn, a triumphant moment for both the first-time Olympian from San Diego, and the national team as a whole. The team also qualified for three additional medal races on Tuesday in the Men's 470, Women's 470, and Women's 49erFX classes.

Caleb Paine

First time Olympian Caleb Paine claims the Bronze medal in the Finn Class for Team USA. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0p8K74bzBq4

 

 

Update August 15, 2016

From US Sailing Rio Report: Weather challenges harried race officials and competitors alike on Day 8 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games sailing competition, and the only classes to complete races were the Men's 49er and Women's 49erFX. Racing was delayed on the inner-harbor courses for most of the afternoon due to lack of breeze, but at approximately 3:00PM local time a cold front arrived in Rio bringing 35-knot winds with it. The Laser and Laser Radial medal races were postponed by race officials until Tuesday.

Paris Henken (Coronado, Calif.) and Helena Scutt (Kirkland, Wash.) went 11, 8, 8 in the 49erFX fleet, which kept them in the hunt for a medal race berth. "Once the first race came around, it was about 12-14 knots. We ended up getting three races off before the squall came in," said Henken. Scutt said they've been pleased by their consistent performance so far, and hope to finish strong.

The Men's and Women's 470 fleets were originally scheduled to race on the "Escola Naval" course on Guanabara Bay, but the breeze never arrived, and race officials decided to move both fleets to the ocean. By the time the course changes were completed, only one Men's 470 race was started, which resulted in a general recall. Shortly after that, the powerful weather front arrived, and the 470 fleets were forced to head to shore. Annie Haeger (East Troy, Wisc.) and Briana Provancha (San Diego, Calif.) remain in 2nd overall in the women's fleet, with Stu McNay (Providence, R.I.) and Dave Hughes (Miami, Fla.) in 6th place in the men's fleet.

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Update August 14, 2016

Day 7 of the Olympic regatta was a good one for Team USA with Bora Gulari and Louisa Chafee punching a ticket to the Nacra 17 medal race, and Caleb Paine doing the same in the Finn class. Additionally, both Men's and Women's 470s put up pairs of single digit results further entrenching their top-ten standing.

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Update August 13, 2016

Rio Report from US Sailing - Sunshine and a consistent easterly breeze descended on Rio de Janeiro Saturday, and gave over three hundred Olympic sailors superb racing conditions on Day 6 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games sailing competition. Saturday saw the final full-fleet races in the Laser and Laser Radial classes, and dramatic finishes for Team USA sailors competing in both fleets. After six days of racing, the U.S. Olympic Sailing Team is in the top ten in five of ten classes.

Laser Radial sailor Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) entered Saturday's racing with a battle on her hands for a medal race berth, and the result came down to the final leg of Race 10. Heading into that race, Railey needed to make up at least 12 points and pass the three boats immediately ahead of her in the overall standings. This was a tall order, but Railey's deep experience gave her a considerable boost. Opting for a conservative mid-line start, Railey calmly identified beneficial wind shifts, leaned on her superb downwind speed, and finished 4th. After all the points were tallied, Railey had improved from 14th to 10th, and earned a place in the medal race.

"It's a shock," said Railey, who explained that after three consecutive tough races on Friday and Saturday, hope for a medal race appearance seemed nearly lost. While Railey has been mathematically eliminated from medal contention, the five-time World Championship medalist said she would compete as hard as possible in Monday's final contest, in the spirit of the Olympic Games. "I'm happy for the team, and my coach, and that the American flag will be in the medal race. I probably have the least pressure on me of anybody [who qualified]. I'm going to go out there and see if I can climb a few places."

Charlie Buckingham (Newport Beach, Calif.) submitted two excellent scores in the Men's Laser fleet on Saturday, with a 10, 6, the latter race being his best of the regatta. However, the two-time College Sailor of the Year for Georgetown University and Laser North American Champion finished Race 10 tied on points for 10th place overall with Dutch athlete Rutger van Schaardenburg, and Buckingham came out on the wrong side of the tiebreaker scoring system. By finishing 11th, Buckingham will miss the medal race, which is reserved for the top ten sailors overall. "I didn't start great in [either] of the races, but felt like I sailed pretty well and put up good scores," said Buckingham. "I did what I could, and it turned out I was close making the medal race."

"The level in the Laser class is unbelievably high," continued Buckingham. "It was fun mixing it up with some of the best sailors in the world. I think there are just so many guys fighting at the top of the leaderboard that you had to take opportunities to have good races [when they appeared]. I think that early in the regatta, I missed a couple of opportunities that would have been valuable points, but towards the end of the week I did a better job of having more consistent top finishes." Buckingham said that his first career U.S. Olympic Team appearance was a positive experience overall. "I was proud to represent Team USA, and be out there flying the American flag. I ended on a good note, and I'm looking forward to cheering on my team for the rest of the week."

Caleb Paine (San Diego, Calif.) finished 17, 7 on Saturday in the Finn class, and also successfully overturned his Race 6 disqualification in a re-hearing of an earlier protest. Paine submitted new evidence, and the jury decision was reversed. The 2012 Sailing World Cup Series Champion now sits in 7th overall, and is once again in position to battle the current regatta leaders.

Paris Henken (Coronado, Calif.) and Helena Scutt (Kirkland, Wash.) had a standout day in the high-performance 49erFX Women's Skiff, with scores of 14, 5, 1, 4 over four races. "We wanted to be in the top ten after today, and we hope to just keep moving up from here," said Henken. Greatly aiding in that effort was a win in Race 5, which was broadcast live on NBC Olympics. "We had a pretty good start, and had good boatspeed," said Henken. "We were punched out from the start [of the race], and from there it was pretty simple." Henken and Scutt are now in 9th overall.

Nacra 17 sailors Bora Gulari (Detroit, Mich.) and Louisa Chafee also enjoyed their best day yet at Rio 2016, securing three single-digit scores of 9, 2, 8 to move up to 12th, and within just one point of 10th and medal race position. "We had really good starts, and I'd say that in general our speed was on par with the top teams," said Chafee. "Today we had some stronger breeze, over 15 knots, which has not been our strongest condition in the past. It was exciting to see a situation where in the past we struggled become something where we excelled."

Men's 49er sailors Thomas Barrows (St. Thomas, U.S.V.I) and Joe Morris (Annapolis, Md.) had a breakthrough in Race 5, where they crossed the finish line in 4th. However, the pair was disqualified in that race due to a protest by the Swiss team stemming from a right-of-way rules dispute. Nevertheless, Barrows and Morris improved their overall position by virtue of their 14, 11 scores in the other two races. The collegiate and Olympic-class teammates are now in 19th overall.

Racing will continue on Saturday, August 14, as 470 athletes Annie Haeger (East Troy, Wisc.), Briana Provancha (San Diego, Calif.), Stu McNay (Providence, R.I.) and Dave Hughes (Miami, Fla.) will return to action after a reserve day. The two American 470's are fighting in the top ten, with five more races scheduled for each class before the medal race. Marion Lepert (Belmont, Calif.) and Pedro Pascual (West Palm Beach, Fla.) have concluded racing in the Men's and Women's RS:X classes.

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Update August 12

Rio Report from US Sailing - Day 5 of the sailing competition at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games was a momentous one, as the RS:X fleets concluded full-fleet competition, the opening races for the Men's 49er and Women's 49erFX high-performance skiffs were held, and the Laser, Laser Radial and 470 events entered critical stages. Standout performances for Team USA were delivered by the American Men's and Women's 470 teams, and both boats remain firmly in the hunt for the podium.

With twelve races completed over four days of sailing, the Men's and Women's RS:X fleets have only the medal races remaining on the schedule. Each medal race is reserved for the top ten competitors, and although Americans Marion Lepert (Belmont, Calif.) and Pedro Pascual (West Palm Beach, Fla.) did not advance to that stage, there were many positive takeaways for the first-time Olympians, both aged 20. "Although I do wish I had more time to train leading up to the regatta, I'm happy with the way I raced given the skill set that I had," said Lepert, an engineering student at Stanford University who had to balance her studies with training. "I truly gave it my all, and I have no regrets. The Rio bay was an incredibly beautiful and challenging place to race, and I will hold fond memories of my experiences here."

Once again, Annie Haeger (East Troy, Wisc.), and Briana Provancha (San Diego, Calif.) submitted a dramatic performance in the Women's 470 class to remain firmly in the hunt for the podium. In the only race of the day on Friday, Haeger and Provancha found themselves trailing the fleet at the first mark after heading far to the lefthand side of the "Escola Naval" racecourse on the first leg. Showing resilience, the Americans passed ten boats over the course of the next three legs, and then five more at the end of the final downwind leg, to finish 5th in the day's only race. "I would prefer if we were spending more of each race closer to the front, but I'm happy we've been recovering," said Provancha. The American women are now in 4th overall, and sit five points from the overall leaders and London 2012 silver medalists Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark from Great Britain.

In the Men's 470 fleet, Stu McNay (Providence, R.I.), Dave Hughes (Miami, Fla.) submitted their best race of the event, a 4th place finish in Race 5, which moved them into 8th overall and twelve points from podium position. "Today was good for us," said Hughes. "We knew we had to get our team back on track. We haven't been the team we've been recently, or been the team we've needed to be at this regatta. [Today] showed us that we could do that, and we want to keep the inertia going." Five more races are schedule in the Men's 470 class before the medal race.

Laser Radial athlete Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) endured a tough day on the open-ocean "Copacabana" and "Pai" courses. The two-time Olympian and five-time World Championship medalist scored 25, 24 to fall to 10th overall. Railey is now 36 points from podium position with two full-fleet races and one double-points medal race remaining. Charlie Buckingham (Newport Beach, Calif.) earned scores of 15-10 today in the 46-boat Men's Laser fleet, and remained in 15th overall.

The Finn and Nacra 17 classes had reserve days on Friday, and were inactive. Caleb Paine (San Diego, Calif.), Bora Gulari (Detroit, Mich.) and Louisa Chafee return to racing tomorrow on Saturday, August 13.

 

Update August 11

Rio Report from US Sailing – Thursday’s conditions were breezy with large swells on the ocean racing areas, and flat water with unpredictable weather on the Guanabara Bay courses.

The Women's 470 duo of Annie Haeger (East Troy, Wisc.), and Briana Provancha (San Diego, Calif.) fought through a pre-race serious breakdown in the first race and unfavorable early positions in both races.

"The 470's had a course change this morning and went from [the interior] "Ponte" course to "Niteroi" [on the ocean]. You definitely plan to be [on the scheduled course], but the Olympics is all about adapting and being flexible," said Provancha, a Youth World Champion. "We did our best in 25-knot massive-wave sailing. It was a very full-on day, and it was awesome. It was what 470's are supposed to be raced in."

"In the first race our halyard lock failed with 15 seconds [left until] the start," said Provancha. "We were unable to start with the fleet, and were pretty far behind. We managed a 10th, and that was pretty awesome." Provancha explained that due to the failure, the head of their mainsail was stuck about 1.5 feet down from its optimal position at the top of the mast, effectively "reefing" of the main sail. "I think that was probably the best sailing the two of us have ever done, honestly," said Provancha.

In the second race, this time with their mainsail restored to its proper position, Haeger and Provancha again found themselves buried deep in the pack at the first mark after choosing an unfavorable course on the first leg. The Americans maintained their composure, steadily climbed through the fleet, and finished in 2nd. After four races, Haeger and Provancha sit in 6th overall, only six points from the lead.

Marion Lepert (Belmont, Calif.) once again showed flashes of elite speed on Thursday, finishing 6th in Race 7, before two mid-fleet scores placed her in 12th overall. Lepert will have an opportunity to fight for a medal race berth on Friday in the final day of full-fleet RS:X racing.

In the Men's 470 fleet, Stu McNay (Providence, R.I.), Dave Hughes (Miami, Fla.) scored 8, 13 in two races Thursday. McNay and Hughes were forced to execute penalty turns in both races, hampering what had looked to be two strong performances.

Caleb Paine (San Diego, Calif.) crossed the finish line today in his two races in 14th and 2nd positions, which would have put him in 4th place overall. However, a protest against Paine in Race 6 resulted in a disqualification for the American, which dropped him from 4th to 15th overall.

Bora Gulari (Detroit, Mich.) and Louisa Chafee (Warwick, R.I.) experienced equipment problems that forced their retirement in two of the days' four races. "Bora's trapeze harness kept snapping where it attached to the mast," said Chafee. "It's not something you can quickly fix and go right back into the racing. You're done for the race." Despite the setback, Gulari and Chafee mentally regrouped, and submitted a 12th in Race 4, and an impressive 4th in Race 6.

 

Update August 10th: Sailing Day 3

Rio Report from US Sailing: The sailing venue at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games continues to surprise and challenge hundreds of the world's best athletes and coaches with unpredictable weather. Light winds in the early afternoon gave way to rain on the "Pao" (Nacra 17) and "Escola Naval" (470) race courses on Guanabara Bay, which also brought heavier and shiftier breezes. Meanwhile, Laser, Laser Radial and Finn sailors competing on the Copacabana and Niteroi open-ocean courses battled consistent 25-knot winds with waves over eight feet in height. Despite the challenges, Team USA submitted strong scores throughout the day and is in the top ten overall in five of the eight active classes.

Haeger (East Troy, WI) and Provancha (San Diego, CA) executed a rare and difficult maneuver at the beginning of the second race of the day. "We actually port tacked the fleet [on the second start], and that was a pretty cool feeling at the Olympics. We finished the race in third, and were happy with that one." Haeger and Provancha finished with scores of 8, 3 on the day, and are in 5th overall.

In the Men's 470 fleet, Stu McNay (Providence, R.I.), Dave Hughes (Miami, Fla.) also started with solid results, earning a 10, 7  and are in 8th overall.

The Laser and Laser Radial classes also moved onto an ocean course for the first time, and Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) had her best day yet, scoring 2, 7 and moving up to 7th overall. Charlie Buckingham (Newport Beach, Calif.) started well with an 8th, but a 26th in the second race of the day became his drop race. Buckingham now stands in 15th in the 46 boat fleet.

Caleb Paine (San Diego, Calif.)  finished 21st in Race 3 before taking 3rd in Race 4, and is in 7th overall. "The points are still pretty close, so as long as I can keep getting off the [starting] line and doing what I need to do, I'll be there at the end."

Bora Gulari (Detroit, Mich.) and Louisa Chafee (Warwick, R.I.) saw action for the first time in the Nacra 17, the mixed gender multihull which is a new Olympic class for Rio 2016. They sit in 11th.

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Full results at Latest Results (Sailing)

Update:  August 9: Team USA Finn and RS X Classes

Day 2 of the Olympic Regatta kept all four classes to the Guanabara Bay courses and conditions made for challenging and unpredictable racing. Light winds and shifty currents kept the leaderboard interesting and as Caleb Paine (San Diego)  proves, you were never out of a race until the finish. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsDvyhX1Yfg

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Caleb Paine (San Diego, Calif.). executed a dramatic comeback in the opening race of the men's heavyweight Finn class. "It was exciting racing. [The breeze] was coming in from both the left and right, and it would die and then build," said Paine. After two races today, Paine sits in 8th out of 23.

The Finn fleet is scheduled to move from today's flat and shifty "Pão de Açucar" course on Guanabara Bay to the open-ocean "Niterói" course tomorrow, which often features sizable waves. Wednesday's forecast also calls for strong wind. "I think it's going to be a little easier [tomorrow] in the sense that it's not as shifty," said Paine. "It will be a physically taxing day outside, with big breeze. Grinding and boat speed are going to be key."

Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) had an up-and-down day in the Laser Radial, finishing 10 ,23 in two races and is in 10th overall after two days of sailing on the "Escola Naval" and "Ponte" courses on Guanabara Bay.

Men's Laser athlete Charlie Buckingham (Newport Beach, Calif.) had a rollercoaster of a day as well, and recorded scores closely matching Railey's with a 10,23 on the "Ponte" course. The Laser North American Champion sits in 16th overall,

Marion Lepert (Belmont, Calif., Women's RS:X) recorded scores of 13,22(RDG),23 in the women's RS:X board fleet. In the second race of the day (Race 5), Lepert was involved in a collision with a Brazilian athlete. Lepert won the resulting protest and was awarded redress by the jury, which will make her Race 5 score equal to that of the average points of the rest of her scores during the regatta. In the Men's RS:X fleet, Pedro Pascual (West Palm Beach, Fla., Men's RS:X) recorded scores of 27,37,29 on the day.

Update:  August 8: Team USA Is Ready to Race

The action starts on Monday, August 8, 2016 in Rio.

Monday, August 8 will see the opening races of the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing competition, with 380 athletes from 66 nations ready to put four years of intense preparation to the test. Racing is scheduled to take place from August 8-18, and will be broadcast live online each day by NBC. Monday's action will include four classes: Men's Laser, Women's Laser Radial, Men's RS:X and Women's RS:X.

Social Media

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Social Media

Managed by award-winning Volvo Ocean Race and America’s Cup photographer and Onboard Reporter Amory Ross and US Sailing Team Press Officer Will Ricketson, and with additional imagery from 10-time Olympic Games photographer Daniel Forster, @USSailingTeam social media channels will turn out world-class coverage on an hourly basis during Rio 2016. Follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube:

- See more at: http://www.ussailing.org/olympics/rio2016guide/#sthash.Zbzu66G2.dpuf

The 2016 US Olympic Sailing Team

49er (Men’s Two-Person High Performance Skiff)

Thomas Barrows (St. Thomas, USVI) & Joe Morris (Annapolis, MD)

For Barrows, this will be a second shot at the Olympic podium, having represented the U.S. Virgin Islands in the Laser in 2008. Five-time U.S. National Champion and collegiate standout Morris is competing in his first Olympics.

49erFX (Women’s Two-Person High Performance Skiff)

Paris Henken (Coronado, CA) & Helena Scutt (Kirkland, WA)

Rio 2016 will be the first Olympics appearances for both Henken and Scutt, who won bronze at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games.

Nacra 17 (Mixed Two-Person Multihull)

Bora Gulari (Detroit, MI) & Louisa Chafee (Warwick, RI)

Two-time Moth World Champion and 2009 US Sailing Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Gulari and collegiate All-American Chafee are competing in their first Olympics.

Laser Radial (Women’s One-Person Dinghy)

Paige Railey (Clearwater, FL)

Rio 2016 will be the second consecutive Olympics for Railey, a World Champion, Rolex World Sailor of the Year, three-time Pan American Games medalist and US Sailing Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year.

Finn (Men’s One-Person Heavyweight Dinghy)

Caleb Paine (San Diego, CA)

Paine, a Sailing World Cup Series Champion, has been the top-ranked American Finn sailor since 2012 and is competing in his first Olympics.

Laser (Men’s One-Person Dinghy)

Charlie Buckingham (Newport Beach, CA) 

The Laser North American Champion, two-time College Sailor of the Year and Toronto 2015 Pan American Games representative is sailing in his first Olympics.

Women’s RS:X (Women’s Board)

Marion Lepert (Belmont, CA)

This is the first Olympics for the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games bronze medalist, who made the podium at the 2015 RS:X U21 European Championship and won the medal race at the 2016 Trofeo Princesa Sofia Regatta.

Men’s RS:X (Men’s Board)

Pedro Pascual (Miami, FL)

Pascual won the RS:ONE European Championship before making the gold fleet at the 2016 RS:X Worlds. He’s sailing in his first Olympics.

Women’s 470 (Women’s Two-Person Dinghy)

Annie Haeger (East Troy, WI) & Briana Provancha (San Diego, CA) 

Winners of the 2015 Olympic Test Event in Rio de Janeiro, 2015 US Sailing Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year Haeger and Youth World Champion Provancha are making their first Olympics appearances.

Men’s 470 (Men’s Two-Person Dinghy)

Stu McNay (Providence, RI) & Dave Hughes (Miami, FL)

This is the third consecutive Olympics for McNay but his first with Hughes. Since teaming up in 2013, the veteran pair has compiled an impressive list of podium finishes at many of the world’s toughest dinghy regattas.

 

The 2016 US Paralympic Sailing Team

US Paralympic Team2.4mR (One-Person Keelboat; Open)

Dee Smith (Annapolis, MD)

A veteran of the America’s Cup, Volvo Ocean Race, Maxi competition and many other high-level racing programs over the course of his professional sailing career, Smith, 63, is competing in his first Paralympic Games.

Rick Doerr (helm), Brad Kendell and Hugh Freund are a strong medal threat in the Sonar.   © Jen Edney/US Sailing Team Sperry

SKUD-18 (Two-Person Keelboat; Mixed)

Ryan Porteous (San Diego, CA) & Maureen McKinnon (Marblehead, MA)

Rio 2016 will be the second Paralympic Games for McKinnon, who won gold in the SKUD-18 at Beijing 2008 with the late Nick Scandone, and the first for Porteous, a student at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Sonar (Three-Person Keelboat; Open)

Rick Doerr (Clifton, NJ), Brad Kendell (Tampa, FL) & Hugh Freund (South Freeport, ME)

The winners of the 2016 Para World Sailing Championships in May, Doerr (a Beijing 2008 Paralympian), Kendell and Freund are a strong medal threat at the Rio 2016 Paralympic regatta.

The US Sailing Team Sperry is managed by US Sailing. The top boats in each Olympic and Paralympic class are selected annually to be members of the US Sailing Team Sperry. US Sailing helps these elite athletes with financial, logistical, coaching, technical, fitness, marketing and communications support.

In addition to title sponsor Sperry, the US Sailing Team Sperry is sponsored by Gold Level sponsor Sunbrella and Silver level sponsors Harken, Team McLube and Groupe Beneteau. Yale Cordage is a team supplier. The US Sailing Center Miami in Miami, FL is an Olympic training site, and Oakcliff Sailing in Oyster Bay, NY and Clearwater Community Sailing Center in Clearwater, FL are US Sailing Team Sperry Training Centers. The National Team Tour, a nationwide presentation program for USSTS athletes, is sponsored by Chubb Personal Insurance and Gowrie Group. For more information, visit ussailing.org/olympics.


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