Zach Railey Takes Gold at Rolex Miami OCR

At US Sailing’s Rolex Miami OCR on January 28, Zach Railey took home the gold in the Finn class. The 2008 Olympic Silver medalist is gunning for gold at this summer’s Olympics, and he’s off to a good start. In his 26-boat fleet, Railey began with three race wins and went into the medal race with a lead of 12 points, finishing 18 points ahead of the second-place boat.

The OCR is the latest of several warm-up regattas preceding July’s 2012 Olympic Regatta in Weymouth, England, which will include competition in 10 different classes. The U.S. team was decided during the ISAF Sailing World Championships last December in Perth, Australia.

Finn class battles to the finish at Rolex Miami OCR. <em>Images from</em>

U.S. sailor Farrah Hall also took home silver in RS:X class as did Erik Storck and Trevor Moore in the 49er class. Like Railey, Storck and Moore have already secured a berth at the Olympics, but Hall has yet to qualify the United States in her class.

In women’s match racing, the team of Sally Barkow, Elizabeth Kratzig-Burnham and Alana O'Reilly took bronze, while 2011 Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year, Anna Tunnicliffe and teammates Molly O'Bryan and Debbie Capozzi took fifth.

In the paralymic SKUD class, the team of Jennifer French and Jean-Paul Creignou took home the bronze.

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