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19 October 2006, 10:08 am
New And Familiar Faces At US Olympic And Paralympic Pre-Trials
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Beijing 2008

Race organizers and athletes were put to the test over the weekend at US SAILING's Olympic and Paralympic Pre-Trials held in Newport, Rhode Island and San Diego, California. The events are considered test events for race organizers to prepare for hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Trials at the same time next year and for athletes to get accustomed to local conditions, race areas, and facilities.
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Taking a quick look at the weekend's winners show some familiar as well as new faces, ranging from Athens silver medallists John LOVELL and Charlie OGLETREE (USA) winning the Tornado Pre-Trials, to Mark LEWIS and Maureen McKINNON-TUCKER (USA) winning the new Paralympic class SKUD18 in the Pre-Trials.

The Rhode Island Sailing Foundation, supported by Sail Newport, New York Yacht Club, and Ida Lewis Yacht Club, hosted the US SAILING Pre-Trials in the Laser and Laser Radial, as well as the Paralympic classes 2.4 Metre, SKUD18, and Sonar. Meanwhile, in California, San Diego Yacht Club hosted the US SAILING Pre-Trials in the Tornado class.

TUNNCLIFFE Wins Radial Battle

In the battle of current and former Laser Radial world number ones, Anna TUNNICLIFFE (USA) and Paige RAILEY (USA), TUNNICLIFFE came out after back to back bullets in the final two races. In the Laser fleet, Andrew CAMPBELL (USA) just held off Brad FUNK (USA) to win on countback. Tom BROWN (USA) sailed an near flawless series to win in the 2.4 Metre, whilst Sonar victory went to the even more dominant Rick DOERR, Timothy ANGLE and Bill DONOHUE (USA).

The US SAILING Pre-Trials in the Laser and Laser Radial also served as the qualification event for the 2007 Pan American Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in July. The U.S. Pan American Games Team - Sailing will be announced on a later date when the team is finalized.

Coming Up Next

Next weekend from 20-22 October the 49ers will be at Southwestern YC in San Diego, the Finns at Newport Harbour YC and the Stars at California YC in Marina del Rey. The spectacle will finish on 26-29 October with four days of racing for the Men's and Women's 470s at the US Sailing Centre in Long Beach and the Men's and Women's RS:X - the new Olympic windsurfing equipment - just down the street at Alamitos Bay YC.

A year from now the same venues in San Diego, Newport Beach, Long Beach and Marina del Rey will host the formal Olympic Trials to select the one boat in eight of the eleven classes that will represent the United States in the 2008 Olympic sailing at Qingdao, China in 2008.

For a complete list of all the news about the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games CLICK HERE.

Marlieke EATON (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Paige RAILEY and Anna TUNNICLIFFE:© Stuart STREULI/Sailing World
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