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US Sailing Team at the Ready Steady Tokyo test event - Day 5

by US Sailing Team 21 Aug 15:06 BST 15-22 August 2019
U.S. Women's Laser Radial, Erika Reineke - Ready Steady Tokyo, day 5 © Jesus Renedo / Sailing Energy / World Sailing

The Qualifying Series of Ready Steady Tokyo - Sailing has officially concluded. As of Wednesday, August 21, Medals have been awarded in half of the classes, and the final group of athletes who will be competing in tomorrow's Medal Races has been decided.

With the Exception of Erika Reineke (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Stu McNay (Providence, R.I.) and Dave Hughes (Miami, Fla.), all of the U.S. representatives have concluded racing.

Stephanie Roble (East Troy, Wisc.) and Maggie Shea (Wilmette, Ill.) were the only US Sailing Team athletes to compete in a Medal Race today. The U.S. athletes in the Men's and Women's RS:X, Men's 49er, and Mixed Nacra 17 fleets finished racing at Ready Stead Tokyo - Sailing, upon conclusion of the Qualifying Series. Roble and Shea placed eighth in the 49erFX Medal Race, finishing the regatta in 10th place overall.

Ready Steady Tokyo Sailing - U.S. Results

  • Men's 470 - Stu McNay (Providence, R.I.) & Dave Hughes (Miami, Fla.), 4th
  • Women's Laser Radial - Erika Reineke (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), 8th
  • Women's 49erFX - Stephanie Roble (East Troy, Wisc.) & Maggie Shea (Wilmette, Ill.), 10th
  • Men's Laser - Charlie Buckingham (Newport Beach, Calif.), 12th
  • Men's Laser - Chris Barnard (Newport Beach, Calif.), 14th
  • Women's 470 - Nikole Barnes (Miami, Fla.) & Lara Dallman-Weis (Shoreview, Minn.), 15th
  • Men's 49er - Andrew Mollerus (Larchmont, N.Y.) & Ian MacDiarmid (Delray Beach, Fla.), 16th
  • Men's Finn - Luke Muller (Fort Pierce, Fla.), 18th
  • Women's RS:X - Farrah Hall (Annapolis, Md.), 18th
  • Mixed Nacra 17 - Riley Gibbs (Long Beach, Calif.) & Anna Weis (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), 19th
  • Men's RS:X - Pedro Pascual (West Palm Beach, Fla.), 20th
  • Women's Laser Radial - Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.), 22nd

The remaining fleets sailed the final races of the Qualifying Series today. Thanks to their performances this week, Reineke will continue to the Medal Race in the Women's Laser Radial and McNay and Hughes will do the same in the Men's 470 class. Reineke is currently in eighth place. With a close point spread ahead and behind her, she will be looking to move up in tomorrow's double-point Medal Race.

Reineke is looking forward to sailing under the stars and stripes in tomorrow's Medal Race, "It feels like you're a part of something bigger than the sailing world. Representing America is an awesome experience and I love the team environment that an event like this creates." She also added that this event offers a different experience than that of a typical Olympic class regatta. "Overall, there's a lot of little details that make the event feel more official," she said. "It's cool to see what that Games environment will be like next year."

McNay and Hughes are all but locked into 4th place in the Men's 470 fleet. Rather than focusing on moving up the leaderboard, they will be looking to sail their best in an environment that will likely simulate the final race of the 2020 Olympic Regatta.

Tomorrow, the Laser Radials will begin at 1:30, and the Men's 470 race will follow at 3:30, local time.

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