Please select your home edition
Edition
CoastWaterSports 2014

Team USA sailors win seven medals at Pan American Games Lima 2019

by US Sailing 12 Aug 00:20 BST 3-9 August 2019
Pan American Games Lima 2019 Team USA Sailing Medalists (right to left): Charlie Buckingham, Ernesto Rodriguez, Charlotte Rose, Anna Weis, Hallie Schiffman, Stephanie Roble, Riley Gibbs, Pedro Pascual, Maggie Shea © US Sailing

On Saturday, August 10, Team USA's sailing athletes clinched three more medals at the Pan American Games Lima 2019. Will Cyr (Bayview, Mich.) secured the Bronze Medal in the Open Formula Kite Class, Stephanie Roble and Maggie Shea earned the Silver in the Women's 49erFX fleet, and Ernesto Rodriguez (Miami, Fla.) and Hallie Schiffman (Sarasota, Fla.) won the Gold in the Mixed Snipe fleet. Combined with the four medals won by Team USA the previous day, the American team will be bringing home a total of seven medals.

Final Results of the U.S. Pan American Games Sailing Team:

  • Gold - Ernesto Rodriguez & Hallie Schiffman, Mixed Snipe
  • Gold - Riley Gibbs & Anna Weis, Mixed Nacra 17
  • Silver - Stephanie Roble & Maggie Shea, Women's 49erFX
  • Silver - Charlotte Rose, Women's Laser Radial
  • Silver - Pedro Pascual, Men's RS:X
  • Bronze - Will Cyr, Open Formula Kite
  • Bronze - Charlie Buckingham, Men's Laser
  • 4th - Conner Blouin, Open Sunfish
  • 4th - Andrew Mollerus & Ian MacDiarmid, Men's 49er
  • 4th - Farrah Hall, Women's RS:X
  • 5th - Jody Starck, Skip Dieball, & Ian Jones, Mixed Lightning
Rodriguez and Schiffman maintained dominance over the Snipe fleet for the entire week. From the first day of racing, the pair stood atop the leaderboard. While Rodriguez is a decorated and well-seasoned Snipe sailor, Schiffman never competed in a doublehanded boat prior to beginning training with Rodriguez, five months ago. "I had never crewed before, so I had to learn how to sail with a teammate," said Schiffman. "Working together and communicating was really difficult at first, but we had a much better grip on it this week."

As someone who normally sails alone, Schiffman is used to driving the boat. In the Snipe, she competed as Rodriguez's crew. She admitted that the switch from driving to crewing was uncomfortable at first, "When I'm in the front of the boat, I feel so blind to what's happening to the rest of the boat. I basically had to figure out how to work the boat when I'm not steering and be comfortable with that unnatural feeling."

While getting comfortable with a new position in an entirely unfamiliar boat, Schiffman also endured some bruises this week. Despite the hurdles they encountered, the pair prevailed and are pleased with their Gold Medal performance, "As Leandro [Spina (Miami, Fla.), US Sailing's Olympic Development Director and Pan American Games Coach] said earlier this week, 'bruises are temporary, but Medals are forever,'" said Schiffman.

In the 49erFX fleet, Roble and Shea went into their final race with a comfortable lead. The pair sailed a conservative race to lock in the Silver Medal and qualification for U.S. representation in the 49erFX class at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Thanks to his performance early in the week, Cyr also began his Medal Race day with a guaranteed medal. He finished with a Bronze Medal in the Open Formula Kite fleet.

Also representing Team USA in the final Medal Races of the event, Conner Blouin (Tampa, Fla.) finished fourth overall in the Sunfish fleet and Lightning team, Jody Starck (Buffalo, N.Y.), Skip Dieball (Grosse Ile, Mich.), and Ian Jones (Buffalo, N.Y.), finished fifth.

Related Articles

2019 Hempel World Cup Series Miami preview
30th anniversary of elite-level Olympic class sailing on Biscayne Bay Racing will soon begin at the 2019 Hempel World Cup Series Miami (HWCSM). This year marks the 30th anniversary of elite-level Olympic class sailing on Biscayne Bay. Posted on 25 Jan
2024 Olympic Events: Open letter from US Sailing
After request to submit proposals from World Sailing Recently, all World Sailing Member National Authorities (MNA's, such as US Sailing) were requested by to submit proposals for what events should be used at the Paris 2024 Olympic sailing competition. Posted on 4 May 2018
With one year on job Malcolm Page looks ahead
It was almost exactly a year ago that Malcolm Page took reigns of US Sailing Team It was almost exactly a year ago that Malcolm Page, a double gold medalist in the 470 class for Australia, took the reigns of the US Sailing Team. With winds in excess of 30 knots keeping all 10 classes on shore for the entirety of Day 4 Posted on 27 Jan 2018
Familiar faces return for World Cup Series Miami
Anna Tunnicliffe Tobias returns in the 49erFX class The 49erFX class is one of 10 sailing disciplines that will compete in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Regatta. Medal contenders in all 10 will be competing at the World Cup Series Miami, the second stop, of four, on World Sailing's 2017-'18 World Series Cup tour. Posted on 23 Jan 2018
U.S. Adult Championship at St. Petersburg
Northeast Sailing Association (Sail Maine) win the title The action was fast and furious on Tampa Bay this week. Twelve teams in J/70s representing their respective Regional Sailing Associations (RSA) enjoyed the speedy and highly entertaining racing format. Posted on 13 Nov 2017
Enoshima Olympic Week
Views from USA and AUS teams US Sailing Team Laser Radial athlete Erika Reineke (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) won gold at the conclusion of a stormy Enoshima Olympic Week, the first large multi-class regatta to be held at the site of the Tokyo 2020 sailing competition. Posted on 30 Oct 2017
U.S. Match Racing Championship
David Storrs wins Prince of Wales Bowl David Storrs and his international team won the Prince of Wales Bowl but it was second place finisher Pearson Potts and the Yankee Creole Racing team who walked away with the title of U.S. Match Racing Champion. Posted on 16 Oct 2017
2017 U.S. Offshore Championship
Chicago's Kennalley and team win The 10 teams racing in Navy 44 sloops at the 2017 U.S. Offshore Sailing Championship, hosted by the U.S. Naval Academy Sailing Squadron, completed their third and final day of racing on Chesapeake Bay in the best conditions of the weekend. Posted on 25 Sep 2017
Bora Gulari injured in training accident
Prior to Nacra 17 Worlds US Sailing Team Nacra 17 athlete and Rio 2016 U.S. Olympian Bora Gulari suffered an injury during a training incident on Wednesday, as he and teammate Helena Scutt were preparing for the upcoming Nacra 17 World Championship. Posted on 31 Aug 2017
Five Athletes added to US Sailing Team Roster
Following strong performances on the international racing circuit Following strong performances on the international racing circuit this summer, five athletes have been added to the 2017 US Sailing Team roster. Posted on 23 Aug 2017