US Open tour shifts to Miami
Published on January 20th, 2021
Miami, FL (January 20, 2021) – The inaugural West Marine US Open Sailing Series, launched at the Lauderdale OCR on January 15-18, now heads south to Miami for four days of racing on Biscayne Bay at the 2021 Miami OCR on January 21-24. The Miami Yacht Club Youth Sailing Foundation is serving as the Organizing Authority for this event.
Five Olympic-classes featuring both men and women sailors will be racing in Miami, including the Mixed 470, Nacra 17, 49er, 49erFX, and iQFoil. The Open Windsurf Foil, while not an Olympic-class event, will also be included.
Miami is the longest standing Olympic-class regatta in the country. For 32 years, Biscayne Bay and Miami have been an important stop on the Olympic-class circuit.
Last January, sailors from around the globe convened in Miami with North American Olympic qualification at stake and the Tokyo 2020 Games only six months away at the time. However, soon afterwards, the global pandemic led to the Summer Olympics being postponed to 2021, now only six months away.
Nine countries will be represented across the six events in Miami, including the United States, U.S. Virgin Islands, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Venezuela, and Great Britain.
The US Sailing Team will be represented by 11 total athletes across three classes: the Nacra 17, 49er, and Mixed 470.
Riley Gibbs (Long Beach, Calif.) and Anna Weis (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) of the Nacra 17 class have been training most recently in Fort Lauderdale with their coach, Sally Barkow. Ravi Parent (Bradenton, Fla.) and David Liebenberg (Richmond, Calif.) are sailing together for this event and have enjoyed putting their engineering knowledge to use in the Nacra 17. Caroline Atwood (Clinton, Conn.) is racing with former US Sailing Team windsurfer, Carson Crain (Houston, Texas).
Nevin Snow (San Diego, Calif.) and Dane Wilson (Ojai, Calif.) of the 49er class have been sailing out of the US Sailing Center in Miami for the past few months participating in three of the 2NINER Skiff Generation Grand Prix events. They have been training with the 49er squad, comprising of fellow teammates Ian Barrows (St. Thomas, USVI) and Hans Henken (Coronado, Calif.), and Harry Melges IV (Fontana, Wis.) and Finn Rowe (Fontana, Wis.). All three boats have been training with their coach, Mark Asquith.
Barrows and Henken will be joining Snow and Wilson on the course this weekend. Five other USA-based 49ers and one Mexico-based 49er will round out the fleet for an exciting weekend of racing.
Stu McNay (Providence, R.I.) and Dave Hughes (Ithaca, N.Y.), selected Tokyo Men’s 470 athletes, are back in action for Miami OCR.
“Racing is always good preparation for the next race, so we’re using this as part of our world championship preparation,” said McNay. “Our Worlds are in Portugal at the beginning of March and we need to get more racing situations under our belt between now and then.
“It was great to get a whole bunch of starts in at the Oakcliff Triple Crown regatta and then at the North American Championships a couple of weekends ago, and we’ll do the same again at the West Marine US Open Sailing Series in Miami.
“It’s been fun to train with the younger teams from the United States this last month. [Coach] Yevgeniy has a nice group from the Oyster Bay Area, and the Cowles twins [Carmen and Emma] have been fantastic to sail with as well. We look forward to getting out on the starting line with some official scored races.”
US Sailing and host yacht clubs at established sailing venues in Florida and California launched the 6-stage West Marine US Open Sailing Series to provide high-quality Olympic-class racing in the USA. usopen.ussailing.org
Source: US Sailing