Closing in on medals at Pan Am Games
Published on August 7th, 2019
Paracas, Peru (August 7, 2019) – The sun brought along the wind for day five at the 2019 Pan Am Games with racing in 8-12 knots. All 11 fleets continued to roll through their Opening Series schedule to determine the top ten teams to advance to the Medal Race stage.
American Charlotte Rose continued her tear, making up for her 15th in the first race of her event to now claim seven straight bullets. While she was selected to represent USA when others opted to train in Japan in advance of the upcoming Olympic Test Event, Rose is proving she belongs.
Also winning the day was Riley Gibbs and Anna Weis (USA) who also came out of the blocks slow but have since won seven of the 11 races. “When we went into the week, we weren’t even worried about results,” said Gibbs. “We were just focused on the process and improving together. Continuing to work on ourselves and developing as a team is why we’re here.”
The Pan Am Games are also being used as a country qualification to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, with the scores after today securing the USA’s entry into two events. While the representatives for the Olympics is still to be determined, Stephanie Roble/ Maggie Shea helped their country gain one of the 21 slots for the 49erFX while Gibbs and Weis earned one of the 20 slots in the Nacra 17.
Assuming races are completed as scheduled, tomorrow will be the final day of the Opening Series. August 9 will feature Medal Races in the Men’s and Women’s RS:X, Laser, Laser Radial, 49er, 49erFX, and Nacra 17 fleets. On August 10, the Lightning, Snipe, Sunfish, and Kite classes will have Medal Races to conclude the Games.
August 3-8 – Opening Series
August 9 – Medal Races for RS:X (M), RS:X (F), 49er, 49erFX, Nacra 17, Laser Standard, and Laser Radial
August 9 – Reserve day for opening series races for Sunfish, Snipe, Lightning and Formula Kite
August 10 – Medal Races for Open Formula Kite, Mixed Snipe, Mixed Lightning, and Open Sunfish.
Tomorrow race schedule:
Men’s 49er – 2 races
Men’s Laser – 2 races
Men’s RS:X – 1 race
Mixed Snipe – 1 race
Mixed Lightning – 1 race
Mixed Nacra 17 – 1 race
Open Formula Kite – 3 races
Women’s 49erFX – 2 races
Women’s Laser Radial – 2 races
Women’s RS:X – 2 races
Open Sunfish – 2 races
Top North Americans:
Men’s RS:X (11 races): 2nd Pedro Pascual (USA)
Women’s RS:X (10 races): 4th Demita Vega (MEX)
Men’s Laser (8 races): 1st Charlie Buckingham (USA)
Women’s Laser Radial (8 races): 1st Charlotte Rose (USA)
Open Sunfish (8 races): 1st Luke Ramsay (CAN)
Mixed Snipe (9 races): 1st Ernesto Rodriguez/ Hallie Schiffman (USA)
Men’s 49er (10 races): 3rd Andrew Mollerus/ Ian MacDiarmid (USA)
Women’s 49erFX (10 races): 2nd Stephanie Roble/ Maggie Shea (USA)
Mixed Lightning (9 races): 4th Jody Swanson/ Ian Jones/ Skip Dieball (USA)
Mixed Nacra 17 (11 races): 1st Riley Gibbs/ Anna Weis (USA)
Open Formula Kite (15 races): 3rd Will Cyr (USA)
Sailing is among the 51 sports to be contested at the 2019 Pan Am Games, with the 11 medal events to be held from August 3 to 10 in Paracas, Peru. A total of 168 athletes will be competing in Men’s and Women’s RS:X, Men’s Laser, Women’s Laser Radial, Open Sunfish, Mixed Snipe, Men’s 49er, Women’s 49erFX, Mixed Lightning, Mixed Nacra 17, and Open Formula Kite. Held every four years, the Pan Am Games attracts athletes from nations of the Americas in the year before the Summer Olympic Games.
Source: Sail Canada, US Sailing Team, Scuttlebutt