Wednesday, July 11, 2007

USA Gets a Silver

USA's Sally Barkow and Crew Win Silver at ISAF Sailing World Championships

After an extremely tight Medal Race today, USA's Yngling trio of Sally Barkow, Carrie Howe and Debbie Capozzi ("Team 7") won a silver medal at the 2007 ISAF Sailing World Championships in Cascais, Portugal. Amidst windy and challenging conditions, five World Champion titles have been decided thus far, and the racing continues for six more Olympic classes through Friday. This regatta is also the first of two Olympic qualifiers for the 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition in Qingdao, China. So far, USA has qualified for five out of five classes.

Team 7 demonstrated their typical confidence and strength in the Medal Race format, finishing a solid second in the race with the necessary boats between them and their competition to move up to silver overall. According to US SAILING's High Performance Director Gary Bodie, the final position of the other boats in the race left Team 7 with the Silver, but only several feet from the Gold. "Even though she didn't win, Sally put on the best show of anyone out there," he said.

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