After coming up empty at the 2012 Olympics, US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider did well at the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Miami, taking five gold medals, three silver and three bronze. The January event was the second of the four regattas comprising the 2012-13 ISAF World Cup and an early milestone in the long road back to what will hopefully be redemption at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
U.S. sailors did especially well in the mixed multihull Nacra 17 class, which will be making its Olympic debut in Rio, sweeping the top three spots. “It’s definitely good to know that what we’ve been doing so far is working,” said Nacra 17 sailor Sarah Newberry, who along with John Casey took gold in the class.
Also winning gold for the United States were Stuart McNay and David Hughes in the 470 class, Paige Railey in the Laser Radial class, Caleb Paine in the Finn class, and Fred Strammer and Zach Brown in the 49er class. The last two stops for the current World Cup, which began last December in Melbourne, Australia, will be in Palma, Spain, and Hyeres, France.
Photo by Walter Cooper