U.S. Struggles in Miami

Thanks to the weather, the ISAF Sailing World Cup regatta in Miami, Florida, was tough all around. And it was especially tough for US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider, as sailors in only three of the 10 Olympic classes made it to the podium.
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 Stuart McNay and David Hughes (at the far right) battle for bronze in the 470 class

Stuart McNay and David Hughes (at the far right) battle for bronze in the 470 class

Thanks to the weather, the ISAF Sailing World Cup regatta in Miami, Florida, was tough all around. And it was especially tough for US Sailing Team Sperry

Top-Sider, as sailors in only three of the 10 Olympic classes made it to the podium.

The sole U.S. gold medal went to Laser Radial veteran Paige Railey, who is campaigning for another shot at Olympic glory after finishing 8th at Weymouth two summers ago. The other U.S. podium efforts came from Brad Funk and Trevor Burd, who took silver in the 49er, and Stuart McNay and David Hughes, who took bronze in the 470.

 49er sailors Brad Funk (right) and Trevor Burd battle both the fleet and light air

49er sailors Brad Funk (right) and Trevor Burd battle both the fleet and light air

Unfortunately for the United States, medals for the 470 women, 49erFX women, Finn, Laser, Nacra 17, and men’s and women’s RS:X classes all went to teams from other countries.

Though conditions on Biscayne Bay were light and shifty during much of the regatta, a number of sailors took some consolation in the fact that it was good practice for the 2016 Olympic regatta in Rio de Janeiro, where winds can be equally fluky.

“I had some goals for how I wanted to sail the medal race and where I wanted to finish,” said Railey afterward. “[But] it was more about what I was going to work toward, so I can keep progressing for Rio, and what we will face there.” For complete results, visit mocr.ussailing.org

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