The Medalist APRIL - 2019

The Medalist Newsletter is your source for updates on the US Sailing Team, the U.S. Olympic Sailing Program, and the Olympic Development Program. This is our path to the podium.

In This Issue:

  • European Season Begins with Four Medals
  • US Sailing Announces 2019 Pan American Games Teams
  • Catch up with Trofeo Sofia Gold Medalist, Chris Barnard
  • 2019 US Sailing Team All Access Series Bloopers
  • Live Blog: Follow the Racing in Hyeres
  • Preview: The 2019 Class European Championships

US Sailing Team Athletes Deliver Four Medals in the Early European Season

Hempel World Cup Series Genoa

The 2019 Hempel World Cup Series Genoa was met with light wind. Despite the light-air conditions and several wind delays, U.S. athletes Stephanie Roble (East Troy, Wisc.) and Maggie Shea (Wilmette, Ill.) performed consistently throughout the week and kept their competitors in podium positions within striking distance. During the final race of the regatta, the pair made the jump from top five to the podium. By finishing second in the 49erFX Medal Race, they earned the bronze and their first World Cup medal.

Stephanie Roble and Maggie Shea, HWCS Genoa 49erFX bronze medalists

50th Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia Iberostar Regatta

Three U.S. athletes secured a spot on the podium at the 50th Trofeo S.A.R Princesa Sofia Iberostar Regatta (Trofeo Sofia). Laser sailor, Chris Barnard (Newport Beach, Calif.), earned his first major title win and brought home the gold medal. Pedro Pascual (West Palm Beach, Fla.) and Erika Reineke (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) also earned spots on the podium. Both athletes clinched the bronze medal in their respective classes.

Left to right: Erika Reineke, Trofeo Sofia Laser Radial bronze medalist; Pedro Pascual, Trofeo Sofia RS:X Men's bronze medalist
Chris Barnard, Trofeo Sofia Laser gold medalist

The Trofeo Sofia regatta was also the second of two selection events for two major regattas this summer. All 2020 Olympic classes had the opportunity to qualify for the 2019 Olympic Test Event in Enoshima, Japan. Sailors in the Nacra 17, 49er, and 49erFX classes simultaneously competed for selection to the 2019 Pan American Games that will be held in Lima, Peru.

Keep reading to find out which sailors will be heading to Japan and Peru this summer.

2019 U.S. Olympic Test Event Team

Left to right, Top row: Paige Railey, Laser Radial; Stephanie Roble & Maggie Shea, 49erFX; Stu McNay & Dave Hughes, Men's 470; Riley Gibbs & Anna Weis, Nacra 17; Farrah Hall, Women's RS:X Bottom row: Charlie Buckingham, Laser; Andrew Mollerus & Ian MacDiarmid, 49er; Nikole Barnes & Lara Dallman-Weiss, Women's 470; Luke Muller, Finn; Pedro Pascual, Men's RS:X

Meet the 2019 U.S. Pan American Games Sailing Team

The Pan American Games (Pan Am Games) take place every four years, in the year preceding the Olympic Games. They are the third-largest multi-sport event in the world behind the Summer and Winter Olympics. The 2019 Pan Am Games will take place in Lima, Peru on July 26-August 11. The sailing events will take place from August 3-10 in Paracas, Peru.

2019 U.S. Pan American Games Sailing Team Roster:

  • Pedro Pascual (West Palm Beach, Fla.) – Men’s RS:X
  • Farrah Hall (Annapolis, Md.) – Women’s RS:X
  • Charlie Buckingham (Newport Beach, Calif.) – Men’s Laser Standard
  • Erika Reineke (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) – Women’s Laser Radial
  • Andrew Mollerus (Larchmont, N.Y.) & Ian MacDiarmid (Delray Beach, Fla.) – Men’s 49er
  • Stephanie Roble (East Troy, Wisc.) & Maggie Shea (Wilmette, Ill.) – Women’s 49erFX
  • Riley Gibbs (Long Beach, Calif.) & Anna Weis (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) – Mixed Nacra 17
  • Conner Blouin (Tampa, Fla.) – Open Sunfish
  • Will Cyr (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) – Open Kites
  • Jody Starck (Buffalo, N.Y.), Ian Jones (Buffalo, N.Y.), & Skip Dieball (Grosse Ile, Mich.) – Mixed Lightning
  • Ernesto Rodriguez (Miami, Fla.) & Hallie Schiffman (Sarasota, Fla.) – Mixed Snipe

Note: This roster is subject to approval from the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).

US Sailing Announces the 2019 U.S. Youth World Championship Team

US Sailing has named the 14 athletes that will be competing at the 2019 Hempel Youth Sailing World Championships. The premier event in international youth sailing will take place on July 13–20 in Gdynia, Poland.

The United States will be sending a large group of talented sailors to Poland who are new to the Youth World Championships. At the event, 11 of the 14 sailors on the U.S. team will be making their Youth World Championship debut. Returning sailors include Dominique Stater (Miami, Fla.), Berta Puig (Miami, Fla.) and Bella Casaretto (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.). Stater will be making her third appearance in the RS:X Girls fleet. Last year’s silver medalists, Casaretto and Puig, will be competing in the 29er Girls fleet for the second and third time, respectively.

2019 U.S. Youth World Championship Team Roster:

  • Connor Nelson (Tampa, Fla.) - Laser Radial Boys
  • Grace Austin (Greenwich, Conn.) - Laser Radial Girls
  • Maddie Hawkins (Edgewater, Md.) and Yumi Yoshiyasu (Houston, Texas) - 420 Girls
  • Oliver Hurwitz (New York, N.Y.) and Ethan Froelich (Austin, Texas) - 420 Boys
  • Jack Sutter (Benicia, Calif.) and Charlotte Versavel (Palo Alto, Calif.) - Nacra 15
  • Stephan Baker (Miami, Fla.) and Oliver Duncan (Brooklyn, N.Y.) - 29er Boys
  • Berta Puig (Miami, Fla.) and Bella Casaretto (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) - 29er Girls
  • Alexander Temko (Palm Harbor, Fla.) - RS:X Boys
  • Dominique Stater (Miami, Fla.) - RS:X Girls

Barnard's Path to the Podium

In this episode of the Our Athletes podcast, Chris Barnard describes his career and the path that he's taken in pursuit of an Olympic Medal. Listen to find out how he came to stand atop the podium earlier this month and what his win means in the future.

Cutting Room Floor - All Access Series

Thanks for tuning into the All Access Series these past few weeks! For some laughs, watch the takes that didn't quite make the cut.

Live Blog: French Olympic Week

This week, Olympic class racing is returning to Hyeres, France. While many American athletes will be training and competing at the class European Championships, several Laser and Radial sailors are competing at French Olympic Week. Visit our live blog to follow the racing.

Preview: The 2019 European Championships

The month of May is packed with 2019 Class European Championships. Racing will span nearly 20 days, beginning on May 6.

The Finn class will have the most on the line as this event will serve as a country qualifier for the 2020 Olympic Games. The top four countries that have not already qualified for representation at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will earn a berth to the event.

Earlier this month, Pedro Pascual (West Palm Beach, Fla.) finished the Men's RS:X European Championships in 49th while Farrah Hall (Annapolis, Md.) finished 50th, in the Women's fleet.

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