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01-25-2017, 12:56 PM
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The 49er class has never been a bastion of consistency. The overpowered skiff is challenging to sail, and because it accelerates so quickly in the smallest increase in wind speed, lead changes are frequent.
When you toss in a shifty and puffy westerly breeze that was forced to weave through the Coconut Grove skyline before reaching the racecourse, it's no surprise that the opening day of the 2017 World Cup Series Miami presented by Sunbrella was one of ups and downs throughout the 26-boat fleet.

The French duo of Lucas Rual and Emile Amoros started the day with a pair of seconds before slipping to 16th in the third race. With every team discarding its worst finish, Rual and Amoros have a one-point advantage in the overall standings over Dylan Fletcher-Scott and Stuart Bithell (GBR) and two points over Fred Strammer and Trevor Burd (USA) and the Lange brothers, Yago and Klaus (ARG).

With limited experience in the class, the French pair were a little surprised by their first day success.

"We sailed the 29er before for one year in 2013, and we started sailing 49er together in September [2016]," said Amoros. "That's why we are surprised. We work really hard and we're happy to be here. But it wasn't our goal [to be in the lead at the end of day one]. If we stay here it will be nice."




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Rual added that the primary goal for the regatta was to build confidence and determine, roughly, where they stand in the international fleet.

Another team looking to get a feel for things was the American duo of Fred Strammer and Trevor Burd. Unlike Rual and Amoros, Strammer and Burd have plenty of experience in the 49er, but with other crewmates. They have only sailed as a pair for 10 days.

"Fred and I got together this fall," says Burd. "We both had different partnerships going into the U.S. Olympic trials last year. We just found we were the best available and the US Sailing Team gave us some support and said they wanted to see it happen, so we just went for it."

Strammer and Burd started the day with a 14th, but then added a fifth and a first to the scoreline. It's very early in what may be a gruelling four-year effort to reach the podium at the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020, but those early returns are promising.

That is not the case for sailing legend and five-time Olympic medallist Robert Scheidt (BRA) who has switched over to the skiff after a 20-year career of sailing-and winning-Olympic-class regattas in the Laser and Star. His first day of competition in the 49er class, with crew Gabriel Borges, produced a forgettable scoreline of 19-23-18, which leaves the pair in 22nd place. However, no one is expecting the Brazilian team to stay there for long. Last year around this time, people were wondering if the 40-something Scheidt could hang with sailors half his age in the physical Laser class. Then he won the regatta and went on to finish fourth in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Thomas Goyard (FRA) and Kiran Badloe (NED) are tied for first in the Men's RS:X class with three points. Goyard will wear the leaders jersey tomorrow by virtue of his win in the third race.

There's also a tie at the top of the Women's RS:X with Hei Man H V Chan (HKG) and Emma Wilson (GBR) both on four points. China's Yunxui Lu is third, with seven points.

Karl-Martin Rammo (EST) had a strong start to his Laser regatta. A first and a fourth leaves him five points clear of Nick Thompson (GBR) with Tomas Pellejero (ARG) in third with 16 points.

Evi Van Acker (BEL) is a familiar name to anyone who's followed the Radial class. The 2012 bronze medallist is currently second, three points back of Vasileia Karachaliou (GRE) who has six points. France's Mathilde de Kerangat is third with 10 points.



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Alican Kaynar (TUR) put together a first and a second to open his regatta in the Finn class and leads by two points over the regatta's defending champion, Brazil's Jorge Zarif. Great Britain's Ben Cornish is third, also with five points.

The gold medallists from Rio 2016, Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze (BRA) picked up right where they left off and are winning the 49erFX class courtesy of a tie break with two other teams. Fellow South Americans Victoria Travascio and Maria Branz (ARG) are second while the Canadian duo of Erin Rafuse and Dannie Boyd are third.

Kazuto Doi and Naoya Kimura (JPN) had a first and a fourth and have opened up a three point lead in the Men's 470 class over Giacomo Ferrari and Guilio Calabrò (ITA). Panagiotis Mantis and Pavlos Kagialis (GRE) are third.

Afrodite Zegers and Anneloes Van Veen (NED) have the early lead in the Women's 470 class with four points in two races. Sophie Weguelin and Eilidh McIntyre (GBR) are second with six points while Silvia Mas Depares and Paula Barcelo Martin (ESP) are third with seven points.

The Nacra 17 class got in three races today. Lorenzo Bressani and Caterina Marianna Banti (ITA) have the lead after winning two races and discarding a second. Tom Phipps and Nicola Boniface (GBR) are second with four points and John Gimson and Anna Burnet (GBR) are third courtesy of a tie-break with Lin Ea Cenholt and Christian Peter Lübeck (DEN). Both teams have seven points.
Racing will continue from Regatta Park, Coconut Grove on Wednesday 25 January at 11:00 local time beginning with the Nacra 17 and 49erFX.




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Information on how to follow the event is below:

RESULTS / ENTRIES
A full list of sailors registered to sail in Miami is available to view here - http://manage2sail.com/en-US/eventonly/f61c409e-4fad-49a6-baa6-f9287b804645/style/worldcup#!/entries?classId=e2d355cc-1d5b-4dfb-b6b9-58c9d28c0cfa
Results will be available from Tuesday 24 January via the Manage2Sail results centre here - http://manage2sail.com/en-US/eventonly/f61c409e-4fad-49a6-baa6-f9287b804645/style/worldcup#!/results?classId=e2d355cc-1d5b-4dfb-b6b9-58c9d28c0cfa

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01-26-2017, 08:59 AM
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Even sailors who have committed in advance to another campaign traditionally take some time away from the sport after the Olympic Games. The question is usually how much time is needed to refresh the batteries without getting too stale. Decades ago these hiatuses were usually measured in years. Now it's more likely to be weeks or months.
The British duo of Ben Saxton and Nicola Groves finished ninth at Rio 2016 in the mixed multihull and then took the rest of the year off. They got back into the Nacra 17 for the first time a few weeks ago and officially started their campaign for Tokyo 2020 at the 2017 World Series Cup Miami presented by Sunbrella.


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The first day of racing had more than its share of bumps in the road, including two double-digit finishes and a race they were forced to retire from after sailing the wrong course.

Wednesday's racing was a different story.

"We sailed well, we've got to be happy with a third and a first when we haven't been in the boat for about five months since the Games," said Saxton. "We feel a bit rusty compared to the guys that have been training through the autumn.

"Some of these guys are a little bit slicker than us. I think it'll set us up well to be here. I can understand why other people aren't here. But I'm happy to be here. I love racing and I love sailing so why wouldn't you be in Miami racing?"

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The four-point day was the best among the 17-boat fleet and moved them right into contention for the overall lead. They are currently fourth, six points behind Lorenzo Bressani and Caterina Marianna Banti (ITA) and Tom Phipps and Nicola Boniface (GBR) who are tied on points for first.

Nico Delle-Karth and Laura Schöfegger (AUT) are in third. Both are experienced skiff sailors-Delle-Karth finished fourth at London 2012 in the 49er and has competed in three other Olympic Games-but are new to each other and the speedy catamaran. They finished today with a second and a fourth.

"I am really surprised by our performance today," said Delle-Karth. "Laura did an excellent job and considering it was our 12th [day] together and on the Nacra, we are more than happy."

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The top American team of Riley Gibbs and Rio 2016 Olympian Louisa Chafee also had a solid day. A fourth and a sixth was good enough to move them into seventh place, with 25 points.

Jorge Zarif (BRA), the defending champion in the Finn class, is determined to hold on to his title. He scored a second and a first in today's two races and, counting four points, leads the regatta by three points over Alican Kanyar, of Turkey, and Ben Cornish, of Great Britain. Luke Muller is the top American sailor, in sixth, with 20 points.

It wasn't a great day for Brazil's Martine Soffiati Grael and Kahena Kunze. But a second and a ninth, which is now their discard, was more than good enough to keep the pair in the lead of the 49erFX. Standing on seven points, they have a six-point advantage over Victoria Travascio and Marina Branz of Argentina. Ragna and Maia Agerup (NOR) are third.

After opening the regatta with a 17th, Great Britain's Dylan Fletcher-Scott and Stuart Bithell have rattled off four top-four finishes and now have a four-point lead over Yago and Klaus Lange (ARG) in the 49er class. In third are Carl Sylvan and Marcus Anjemark (SWE).


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It's very tight at the top of the Laser with Jean Baptiste Bernaz (FRA) and Karl Martin Rammo (EST) tied for first with 12 points apiece. Great Britain's Nick Thompson is third with 15 points.

Evi Van Acker (BEL) put on a clinic for the Laser Radial fleet, winning both of today's races. She's the overall leader, after four races, with four points. Vasileia Karachaliou (GRE) is second with seven points. Erika Reineke (USA) had a strong day to surge into third with 19 points. Behind her are five boats within six points of the podium.

Kiran Badloe (NED) continued his consistently excellent performance in the Men's RS:X class with a pair of second-place finishes and a first. He has eight points. Daniele Beneditti (ITA) is second with 15 points while Louis Giard (FRA) is third with 16.

Yunxiu Lu (CHN) was nearly untouchable today with a 2-1-2. She has 12 points, but has opened up an 11-point lead over second place Isobel Hamilton (GBR). Hei Man H V Chan (HKG) is in third, two points further back.

Pangiotis Mantis and Pavlos Kagialis (GRE) finished second and then first in the day's Men's 470 races, and have moved into the lead. Mathias Schmid and Lukas Mähr (AUT) are in second, just a point behind.

In the Women's 470 fleet, three teams are bunched at the top of the leaderboard within one point of one another. Afrodite Zegers and Annaloes Van Veen (NED) are first with Bàrbara Cornudella Ravetllat and Sara López Ravetllat (ESP) tied on points with Sophie Weguelin and Eilidh McIntyre (GBR).

The Men's RS:X and 49er are scheduled to race first at 11:00 local time as the action continues from Regatta Park, Coconut Grove for day three of the World Cup Series Miami.

Information on how to follow the event is below:

RESULTS / ENTRIES

A full list of sailors registered to sail in Miami is available to view here - http://manage2sail.com/en-US/eventonly/f61c409e-4fad-49a6-baa6-f9287b804645/style/worldcup#!/entries?classId=e2d355cc-1d5b-4dfb-b6b9-58c9d28c0cfa

Results will be available from Tuesday 24 January via the Manage2Sail results centre here - http://manage2sail.com/en-US/eventonly/f61c409e-4fad-49a6-baa6-f9287b804645/style/worldcup#!/results?classId=e2d355cc-1d5b-4dfb-b6b9-58c9d28c0cfa

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01-26-2017, 04:56 PM
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For Swiss RS:X sailor Mateo Sanz Lanz, success on the third day of racing at the 2017 World Series Cup Miami presented by Sunbrella was as much about what he didn't do as what he did do. In a gusty and shifty northeasterly breeze that moved about like an over-caffeinated flyweight boxer, Lanz finished first, third and fourth in three races.


"Today was really shifty and gusty and during the races there were many changes of positions; it was crazy," said Lanz, who finished 14th at the Rio 2016 Olympics. "I didn't know really well what to do, [I tried to] just manage my position with the fleet, be conservative, and not take many risks. You could pass the upwind mark really well but then then you would round the downwind mark with 10 people coming from behind with strong gusts and planing."

Lanz had a forgettable second day of the regatta, with a 15th, 17th and a U-flag disqualification for being over the starting line early. His complete turnaround, from a results perspective, was all the more impressive when considering that only one other sailor in the top 10 was able to string together three top-10 finishes. He moves up to fifth from 11th.

How tough was it on the water? The regatta leader going into racing, Kiran Badloe (NED), finished 11, 15, 26 in today's races after not finishing worse than third in the first six races.

Taking maximum advantage of Badloe's struggles was France's Louis Giard, who finished sixth, first and second. Giard now has a 12-point lead over Badloe in second place with three races, and Saturday's live Medal Race, remaining.

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Giard's keys to success in this atypically unstable wind sounds fairly similar to that of Lanz.

"I didn't try for some crazy perfect start, but then I followed the wind pretty well and did not try any crazy stuff, just doing what I do the best," said Giard, who has his eyes on the French berth in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, though getting that will mean fending off Rio 2016 bronze medallist Pierre Le Coq, who sits fourth in this regatta.

"The wind was really shifty and sometimes you can have around 12 knots and the other guy can have only four knots, so you have to manage your race all the time to be in the right gust and the right shift. It's not an easy game, but I played it well today."

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For sailors who found themselves occasionally out of sync with the breeze, it was all about damage control.

British RS:X sailor Isobel Hamilton fought hard all day just to stay in the top 10 in each race. A 4, 10, 9 was well off the 3, 2, 1 she produced on the second day of racing. But considering how much worse it could've been, she wasn't complaining.
"We kind of decided that getting an average in the top five or top six would be a good day because it was pretty unpredictable," said Hamilton. "I almost did that, so I'm pretty happy.

"The secret to success [on days like this] is keeping a level head. Just because you've lost a bit of distance on the upwind doesn't mean you can't instantly gain it on a downwind with a gust. Just keep your head and always try to take places."

With nine of 12 races done before the top 10 are moved into the Medal Race, Hamilton has put herself in a good position to claim a podium spot in the first major competition on the road to Tokyo 2020.

China's Yunxiu Lu leads the Women's RS:X with 24 points, with countrywoman Manjia Chen in second with 38. Hamilton has 44 and Marina Alabau Neira (ESP) is just off the podium with 46.

The 49ers got back on schedule with four races, three of which were won by the British duo of Dylan Fletcher-Scott and Stuart Bithell. With a third in the fourth race, they now have a very cozy 27-point lead over second placed Carl Sylvan and Marcus Anjemark (SWE). Benjamin Bildstein and David Hussl (AUT) are third, 13 points further back.

Martine Soffiatti Grael and Kahena Kunze are showing no signs of slowing down after winning gold in 49erFX at Rio 2016. They totalled 11 points in four races today and lead a pair of Norwegian teams-Helen Naess and Marie Ronningen and Ragna and Maia Agerup-by 18 points.

With a pair of wins, Jean Baptiste Bernaz (FRA) pushed his winning streak to three races and his lead in the Laser to seven points over Pavlos Kontides (CYP). Great Britain's Nick Thompson is third. USA's Charlie Buckingham is fourth, but just 10 points separate his current position from 10th.


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The race for gold in the Laser Radial appears to be a two-woman competition. Vasileia Karachaliou (GRE) leads the class with 13 points while Evi Van Acker (BEL) is second with 14. Mathilde de Karangat (FRA) is third with 37.

Stu McNay and David Hughes (USA) vaulted onto the podium in the Men's 470 with a third and a first. With 20 points, the defending regatta champions are just two points behind Panagiotis Mantis and Pavlos Kagialis (GRE). Tetsuya Isozaki and Akira Takayanagi (JPN) are third with 23 points.

Consistency has been the name of the game for Women's 470 sailors Sophie Weguelin and Eilidh McIntyre (GBR). They have finished second in five of six races and, with 10 points, are in first, one point ahead of Afrodite Zegers and Anneloes van Veen (NED). Silva Mas Depares and Paula Barcelo Martin (ESP) are third.

The British are dominating the Nacra 17 class with Tom Phipps and Nicola Boniface in first with 28 points and Ben Saxton and Nicola Groves in second with 30 points. Nico Delle-Karth and Laura Schöfegger (AUT) are third with 34 points.

Jorge Zarif continued his winning ways in the Finn, claiming both of today's races to open up a six-point lead over Ben Cornish (GBR), who stands on 12 points. Anders Pedersen (NOR) is third with 15 points.

The RS:X, Nacra 17 and 49er sailors will finish their opening series on Friday 27 January where the top 10's will be decided in advance of Saturday's live Medal Races. All other fleets will continue with their schedule with racing set to start at 11:00 local time from Regatta Park, Coconut Grove.

Information on how to follow the event is below:

RESULTS / ENTRIES
A full list of sailors registered to sail in Miami is available to view here - http://manage2sail.com/en-US/eventonly/f61c409e-4fad-49a6-baa6-f9287b804645/style/worldcup#!/entries?classId=e2d355cc-1d5b-4dfb-b6b9-58c9d28c0cfa
Results will be available from Tuesday 24 January via the Manage2Sail results centre here - http://manage2sail.com/en-US/eventonly/f61c409e-4fad-49a6-baa6-f9287b804645/style/worldcup#!/results?classId=e2d355cc-1d5b-4dfb-b6b9-58c9d28c0cfa

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01-30-2017, 08:43 AM
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Miami, Fla. – The final five medal races were held at World Cup Series Miami 2017, Presented by Sunbrella (January 22-29, 2017) on Sunday, capping off a successful 28th year of North America’s premier Olympic classes regatta. U.S. Olympians Stu McNay (Providence, R.I.) and Dave Hughes (Miami, Fla.) won their fourth Miami medal in the last five years, with three of those medals being gold. The veteran campaigners, who have reached the podium at top-level events more times than any other American team since 2012 once again led the US Sailing Team in the standings this week. Eight American boats competed in seven different medal races in Miami, and those sailors also became the first athletes to qualify for the 2017 US Sailing Team roster.

“We had a solid team performance this week in Miami, with eight teams making medal races, and I’m happy with what I saw out of our athletes,” said Malcolm Page (Newport, R.I.) the two-time Olympic champion who recently assumed the role of Chief of U.S. Olympic Sailing. “We have much work ahead of us as a team, but we clearly have a great foundation not only of talented sailors, but of collective hunger for improvement.”

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McNay and Hughes entered Sunday’s Men’s 470 medal race with a narrow eight point lead over Rio 2016 bronze medalists Panagiotis Mantis and Pavlos Kagialis of Greece in the Men’s 470, and were 12 points over Tetsuya Isozaki and Akira Takayanagi of Japan. The Americans scored 5th in the medal race, which secured a four point overall victory, while the Japanese took silver and the Greeks bronze following a light and tricky contest on Biscayne Bay. McNay and Hughes were also the recipient of the Sunbrella Golden Torch Award, given to the top-performing American team in Miami each year.

“There are no relaxing moments out there on the racecourse,” said McNay, a three-time Olympian who is coming off a career-best 4th place performance in Rio 2016. “There are times when you calm the tempo and tune into the sensations more, but it’s far from relaxed. We had to work hard out there today after a tough start, but we were happy to fight back and end up with the gold.”

Hughes noted that the key to the race was transitioning their tactical and physical mindset as the conditions evolved and become lighter. “It’s taxing in the light air, and its hard to find the correct tempo [on the trapeze] at times,” said Hughes, who lives in Miami full time.

Both World Cup Series Miami champions also tipped their caps to young U.S. teammates and 2016 I420 Youth Sailing World Champions Wiley Rogers (Houston, Texas) and Jack Parkin (Riverside, Conn.), who finished an impressive 6th overall in just their second career Miami appearance. “It’s great to have some young guys around to push the old men,” said Hughes. “We’re fortunate that sailing is a sport that you can do for a long time, and as you get older its nice to know that there’s a younger generation on the way,” added McNay. Both American boats were coached this week by Olympic gold medalist Nathan Wilmot (Sydney, Australia).

Finishing 4th overall in the Men’s heavyweight Finn class was Luke Muller (Ft. Pierce, Fla.), who moved up one spot in the standings with a solid 4th place finish in the double-points medal race. “This is certainly my best regatta in the Finn so far,” said Muller, a 2014 U.S. Youth Worlds Team member and current Stanford University student. Muller was one of Rio 2016 bronze medalist Caleb Paine’s (San Diego, Calif.) primary training partners in the lead up to the Olympic Games, which he said was an important step in his development. “I think being asked to join Caleb in Rio was a pretty big catapult for me,” said Muller. “Caleb and [US Sailing Team Senior Olympic Coach Luther Carpenter (Cypress, Texas)] got me to where I am now. I feel like thanks to them, I can contend in this fleet. Having good speed allows you to focus on racing, tactical moves and making plays. The confidence really helps, as well as not being constantly worried about getting rolled, which you have to deal with in the beginning [of your Olympic-class career].”


Erika Reineke (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) finished 9th in the Laser Radial medal race, and remained in 7th overall. “I had two confident and successful upwind legs today, and some other good highlights this week,” said Reineke, who in 2016 had a career-best 6th place result at the Laser Radial World Championship. “Finishing in the top ten here, with many of the best girls in the world, is a good starting point for the new “quad” (Olympic quadrennium). However, going forward I’ll be looking for podium finishes.”

In the Men’s Laser, U.S. Olympian Charlie Buckingham (Newport Beach, Calif.) finished 4th in the medal race, and also remained in 7th overall. “Considering how tactically hard it was this week, with many top guys carrying deep scores, I am pretty happy with how I sailed,” said the two-time College Sailor of the Year. “I had some bad races hanging over me from the first day onward, and it was hard to climb back. Going forward, I have a very full 2017 racing schedule planned. After [the Olympic Games in] Rio, I wanted to start the Tokyo quad fast by sailing as much as I can. I’m fully focused on the Laser.”

Women’s 470 sailors Atlantic Brugman (Palo Alto, Calif.) and Nora Brugman (Palo Alto, Calif.) were among the newest teams to compete in Miami this year, but nevertheless came away with a career-first medal race appearance and a solid 8th place final result. “We’re definitely happy with how this first regatta went, and now we have a much better idea of what we need to work on,” said Atlantic Brugman, who was a two-time All-American for Connecticut College, and now works as the Assistant Sailing Coach for Stanford University. “We learned so much this week, and Nora and I owe a huge debt to [US Sailing Team 470 coach] Dave Ullman (Newport Beach, Calif.). “I can’t say enough about how great Dave was throughout this event, and the recent U.S. training camp in Miami. He kept us positive, while also wanting us to be feisty enough to push ourselves and the other teams.”


Men’s 470:
1st overall, Stu McNay (Providence, R.I., Rio 2016 U.S. Olympian) and Dave Hughes (Miami, Fla., Rio 2016 U.S. Olympian)
6th, Wiley Rogers (Houston, Texas) and Jack Parkin (Riverside, Conn.)
Men’s Finn:
4th overall, Luke Muller (Ft. Pierce, Fla.)
Nacra 17:
6th overall, Louisa Chafee (Warwick, R.I., Rio 2016 U.S. Olympian) sailing with Riley Gibbs (Long Beach, Calif.)
Women’s Laser Radial:
7th overall, Erika Reineke (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.)
Men’s Laser:
7th overall, Charlie Buckingham (Newport Beach, Calif., Rio 2016 Olympian)
Women’s 470:
8th overall, Atlantic Brugman (Palo Alto, Calif.) and Nora Brugman (Palo Alto, Calif.)
Men’s 49er:
10th overall, David Liebenberg (Livermore, Calif.) and Ian MacDiarmid (Delray Beach, Fla.)
Women’s 49erFX:
13th overall, Steph Roble (East Troy, Wisc.) and Maggie Shea (Chicago, Ill.)
Women’s RS:X:
14th overall, Farrah Hall (Annapolis, Md., London 2012 U.S. Olympian)
Men’s RS:X:
25th overall, Pedro Pascual (West Palm Beach, Fla., Rio 2016 U.S. Olympian)

LINKY (http://www.ussailing.org/mcnay-and-hughes-usa-claim-3rd-miami-gold-as-us-sailing-team-concludes-miami-regatta/)