The Medalist May - 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:

  • US Sailing Team Wraps European Season
  • Caleb Paine Qualifies the U.S. for Olympic Representation
  • Take an Inside Look at the Future of U.S. Olympic Sailing
  • #Sailors4theSea Movement Gains Momentum

US Sailing Team Wraps European Season

Throughout the month of May, all ten Olympic classes competed at their Class European Championships. Four US Sailing Team athletes finished within the top ten. Laser Radial athletes, Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) and Erika Reineke (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) finished in eighth and ninth place at the Laser Senior European Championships. Paris Henken (Coronado, Calif.) and Anna Tobias (Pittsburgh, Pa.) were the top American boat at the Volvo 49er, 49erFX, and Nacra 17 European Championships. The pair finished in tenth place overall.

Highlights from the 2019 European Championships - (Left to Right) Luke Muller (Finn), Sarah Newberry & David Liebenberg (Nacra 17), Erika Reineke (Laser Radial), Andrew Mollerus & Ian MacDiarmid (49er), Paris Henken & Anna Tobias (49erFX)

2019 Class European Championship Results - Top American Athletes in Each Class:

  • Laser – Chris Barnard (Newport Beach, Calif.), 19th
  • Laser Radial – Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.), 8th
  • Finn – Caleb Paine (San Diego, Calif.), 11th
  • 49erFX – Paris Henken (Coronado, Calif.) & Anna Tobias (Pittsburgh, Pa.), 10th
  • 49er – Ian Barrows (Miami, Fla.) & Mitchell Kiss (Holland, Mich.), 24th
  • Nacra 17 – Sarah Newberry (Miami, Fla.) & David Liebenberg (Livermore, Calif.), 24th
  • Men’s 470 – Stu McNay (Providence, R.I.) & Dave Hughes (Miami, Fla.), 15th
  • Women’s 470 – Atlantic Brugman (Winthrop, Mass.) & Nora Brugman (Winthrop, Mass.), 30th
  • Men’s RS:X – Pedro Pascual (West Palm Beach, Fla.), 49th
  • Women’s RS:X – Farrah Hall (Annapolis, Md.), 50th

Four Down, Six to Go - Paine Qualifies the U.S. for Olympic Representation

Caleb Paine (San Diego, Calif.) at the 2019 Finn European Championships

At the Finn European Championships, Caleb Paine (San Diego, Calif.) placed in eleventh overall, and qualified the country for representation at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, in the Finn class. He earned the third of four spots that were up for grabs at the Championship.

The U.S. is now qualified for country representation in four of the ten Olympic classes. Last summer, at the 2018 Hempel Sailing World Championships, US Sailing Team athletes, Charlie Buckingham (Newport Beach, Calif.), Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.), and Stuart McNay (Providence, R.I.) and Dave Hughes (Miami, Fla.), qualified the country for representation in the Laser, Laser Radial, and Men's 470 classes. The remaining six classes will have the opportunity to qualify next at the Pan American Games and the 2019 Class World Championships, this summer.

While the U.S. has secured a spot on the Olympic starting line in these fleets, the sailors that qualified the country are not necessarily guaranteed to go to the 2020 Games. Olympic athlete selection events begin this summer with the Olympic Test Event, the 2019 Hempel World Cup Series Enoshima and the 2019 Class World Championships.

Inside Look: The Future of U.S. Olympic Sailing

Earlier this year, US Sailing’s Olympic Development Director, Leandro Spina (Miami, Fla.) was named Developmental Coach of the Year by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). In the latest issue of the Olympic Coach Magazine, the USOC goes behind the scenes of US Sailing’s Olympic Development Program with Spina.

To learn about the young sailors’ journeys to the US Sailing Team and the Olympic Podium, begin reading on page 23.

#Sailors4theSea Movement Gains Momentum

Last month, US Sailing Team Women’s 470 athlete, Atlantic Brugman (Winthrop, Mass.), helped organize a beach cleanup before the Princesa Sofia Regatta in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Brugman joined in an effort to support the #Sailors4theSea cause—a social media movement among sailors to take action on ocean pollution. Since then, Olympic class athletes have been following her example across Europe. Sailors in the Finn, 49er, 49erFX, and Nacra 17 classes all participated in coastal cleanups at the 2019 Class European Championships.

US Sailing Team Finn sailor, Luke Muller (Fort Pierce, Fla.) helped organize the cleanup at the Finn European Championships in Athens. Muller said that the locals were inspired by the competitors’ actions. “The guys from the sailing center here gave us nets to use, and some of the locals working on their boats stopped what they were doing to help us clean," Muller said. "It really was something special.”

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