Published on 01-27-2015 05:24 PM
Miami, Fla. – The first day of racing at ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, Presented by Sunbrella, America’s premier Olympic and Paralympic classes regatta, featured the full range of what sailing in Miami has to offer. Over 850 sailors enjoyed strong breeze for the duration of the day, in addition to a brief but powerful rainstorm.
Leading the way for the US Sailing Team Sperry was Marion Lepert (Belmont, Calif.), who is in 1st place in the Women’s RS:X fleet after two windy and physical races. Lepert earned an impressive 4,1 scoreline in what many described as “survival” conditions on Biscayne Bay for much of the day. The San Francisco Bay area native was 4th at the 2013 ISAF Youth World Championship, and since then has been working hard at translating her youth success to the Olympic level. “I really felt at home today in the strong breeze, it felt just like home in San Francisco,” said Lepert. “It was special to get my first World Cup race win. However, I know I need to take this event one day at a time, and keep myself focused.”
Olympian and defending ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami champion Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) persevered through the effects of a recent injury to notch an