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US Sailing Team at Hempel World Cup Series Enoshima - Day 3

by US Sailing Team 29 Aug 2019 14:07 BST 25 August - 1 September 2019
U.S. Men's 49er, Andrew Mollerus and Ian MacDiarmid - Hempel World Cup Series Enoshima, day 3 © Pedro Martinez / Sailing Energy / World Sailing

Sailors we met with demanding conditions on the third day of racing at the 2020 Hempel World Cup Series Enoshima. With about 20 knots of wind and swell reaching 2.5 meters, several sailors were pushed to their breaking point.

The victory of the day for the US Sailing Team goes to the performance of Andrew Mollerus (Larchmont, N.Y.) and Ian MacDiarmid (Delray Beach, Fla.). After finishing today's three races in fourth, third and third, the Men's 49er team moved up 16 places to ninth overall.

"It was pretty wild out there," said Mollerus. "The conditions ended up separating the fleet quite a bit. We were lucky to keep upright for the first couple races and have some energy for the last ones." The pair was glad to have some practice in windy conditions before this week. MacDiarmid added, "It was pretty fun to be out there while it was ripping. It's definitely the biggest breeze we've raced in since Palma, so training in San Francisco this summer certainly helped a lot."

Despite the U.S. success in the 49er fleet, today's conditions were especially hard on the Nacra 17 and Skiff classes. Several countries endured breakdowns in today's conditions. In the 49erFX class, Stephanie Roble (East Troy, Wisc.) and Maggie Shea (Wilmette, Ill.) broke their mast after capsizing just above the finish line. Shea's ankle was injured in the crash, and the pair will be staying ashore for the remainder of the event.

U.S. Nacra 17 athletes also suffered some breakdowns. Riley Gibbs (Long Beach, Calif.) and Anna Weis (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) broke their spinnaker pole just after finishing the first race. They were able to make the repair quickly and return in time for their third and final race of the day. Despite the breakdown, the pair sailed well today. They finished seventh in the first race, and fourth in the third. Sarah Newberry (Miami, Fla.) and David Liebenberg's (Livermore, Calif.) spinnaker pole also snapped after colliding with another boat midway through the second race. They were unable to return to the race course before the start of the third race.

In the Men's Laser fleet, Chris Barnard (Newport Beach, Calif.) also sailed in early. He did not compete in the final two races of the day, electing to rest a recovering ankle injury instead. At this point, he intends to compete in tomorrow's races.

Racing is scheduled to resume tomorrow at 1200, local time. The forecast is currently predicting conditions similar to today.

2020 Hempel World Cup Series Enoshima - U.S. Results after Day 3:

  • Finn - Luke Muller (Fort Pierce, Fla.), 6th
  • 49er - Andrew Mollerus (Larchmont, N.Y.) and Ian MacDiarmid (Delray Beach, Fla.), 9th
  • Women's 470 - Atlantic Brugman (Winthrop, Mass.) and Nora Brugman (Winthrop, Mass.), 13th
  • Men's 470 - Stu McNay (Providence, R.I.) and Dave Hughes (Miami, Fla.), 14th
  • Finn - Caleb Paine (San Diego, Calif.), 15th
  • Laser Radial - Erika Reineke (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), 16th
  • Nacra 17 - Riley Gibbs (Long Beach, Calif.) and Anna Weis (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), 16th
  • Women's 470 - Nikole Barnes (Miami, Fla.) and Lara Dallman-Weiss (Shoreview, Minn.), 16th
  • 49er - Judge Ryan (San Diego, Calif.) and Hans Henken (Coronado, Calif.), 18th
  • Men's RS:X - Pedro Pascual (West Palm Beach, Fla.), 18th
  • Laser - Charlie Buckingham (Newport Beach, Calif.), 19th
  • Women's 470 - Carmen Cowles (Larchmont, N.Y.) and Emma Cowles (Larchmont, N.Y.), 19th
  • 49erFX - Paris Henken (Coronado, Calif.) and Anna Tunnicliffe-Tobias (Pittsburgh, Penn.), 20th
  • Women's 470 - Rachel Bryer (Jamestown, R.I.) and Laura Slovensky (Brookhaven, N.Y.), 21st
  • 49erFX - Stephanie Roble (East Troy, Wisc.) and Maggie Shea (Wilmette, Ill.), 26th
  • Nacra 17 - Sarah Newberry (Miami, Fla.) and David Liebenberg (Livermore, Calif.), 28rd
  • Nacra 17 - Ravi Parent (Sarasota, Fla.) and Charlotte Mack (Miami, Fla.), 30th
  • Men's 470 - Trevor Davis (Annapolis, Md.) and Trevor Bornarth (Martin County, Fla.), 32nd
  • Laser - Chris Barnard (Newport Beach, Calif.), 41st
See full results here

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