CLOSING IN ON OLYMPIC QUALIFICATION AT WORLD CUP MIAMI28 Jan 2016
Torrential rainfall and a chill in the air, Miami isn't usually like this, but competition for World Cup honours and Rio 2016 Olympic spots are keeping the temperatures on Biscayne Bay hot.
Sailing World Cup Miami presented by Sunbrella acts as the Olympic continental qualification regatta for sailors from North and South America. Qualify here, you'll be representing your country on the grandest of stages, miss out, it's the end of the road.
Competitiveness from the front to the back of each fleet has been evident and every sailor has something to fight for. Whether it's the coveted Rio spot, a Sailing World Cup honour, internal qualification for Rio 2016 or even striving to perfect their game, it's all on in Miami.
Sailors were made to wait for racing on Thursday as torrential downpours killed off the breeze and produced large quantities of surface water. When the breeze materialised it enabled the sailors to commence racing at 15:20 local time in building conditions that ranged from 12-17 knots from the south east.
With a win in today's lone race, Lara Vadlau/Jolanta Ogar (AUT) moved into a tie for first place with the Brazilian team of Fernanda Oliveira/Ana Luiza Barbachan. Those two teams are starting to stretch away from the rest of the fleet. With many 470 teams choosing to train in Argentina for the 470 Worlds next month or train in Europe, the 470 Women fleet is smaller than usual, and it will be hard, but not impossible, for anyone else to claw back into contention for the win. The other teams in the top five are Shasha Chen/Haiyan Gao (CHN), Marina Gallego/Fatima Reyes (ESP) and Sydney Bolger/Carly Shevitz (USA).
Onan Barreiros/Juan Curbelo Cabrera (ESP) were the only team in the top six of the Men's 470 fleet to record a top-five finish today. As a result the Spanish duo pushed their lead over Stu McNay/David Hughes (USA) out to five points. Panaglotis Mantis/Pavlos Kangialis (GRE) are third, nine points further back. A point behind third are Matthias Schmid/Florian Reichstäder (AUT). While there are three races scheduled for tomorrow, it's hard to imagine anyone outside that top four making a serious challenge for the lead.
It's one on one in both North and South America for Rio 2016 Olympic qualification. Canada's Jacob Chaplin-Saunders/Graeme Chaplin-Saunders, on 53 points, have a good advantage over Mexico's Jeronimo Cervantes Belausteguigoitia/Ander Belausteguigoitia, on 90 points, in the North.
Looking south, the 21st placed Ecuadorians, Jonathan Martinetti/John Birkett, have work to do on the final day of fleet racing to catch the 17th placed Chileans, Andres Ducasse/Francisco Ducasse. The Chileans have a 16 point advantage.
Canada's Allison Surrette/Alexandra Ten Hove are uncontested for the North American spot so will seal that place this week. Chile's Nadja Horwitz/Sofia Middleton are poised to take the South American spot, holding a 36 point advantage over Argentina's Mercedes Travascio/Delfinia Bellagio.
Live sailing will be available from 11:00 EST on Saturday here:
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Further information on how to follow the event is available below:
RESULTS / ENTRIES
Entries for Sailing World Cup Miami are available to view here - http://www.regattanetwork.com/clubmgmt/applet_registrant_list.php?regatta_id=11442&custom_report_id=66 and results will be available throughout when racing commences on 25 January here - http://www.sailing.org/worldcup/results/index.php
The racing will be available to watch in 2D and 3D via the live tracking. Live tracking will be available when racing commences via - http://www.sailing.org/worldcup/multimedia/tracking.php
Live Tracking via the Sailviewer-3D Tablet App will be available for devices with 7" or greater screens.
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The Competition Status Screen feeds in straight from the Race Committee boats with the teams inputting data such as race times, course type, the status of each race and the plan moving forward. The competition status screen will be available when racing commences via - http://www.sailing.org/worldcup/multimedia/tracking.php
High resolution imagery free for editorial usage will be provided throughout Sailing World Cup Miami by Sailing Energy. Imagery will be available to download via http://worldsailing.photoshelter.com/gallery-collection/SWC-Miami-2016/C0000XsZ8MOIfCnE. The password is SWCMiami16
Agency news feeds will be available from Sailing World Cup Miami.
Four VNRs will be sent throughout the event:
Tuesday 26th of January
Friday 29th of January
Saturday 30th January (Medal races)
VNR duration and content: 2:30 minutes agency news feed. Includes long lens shots, on board action, mounted cameras and sound on tape.
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