January 17, 2020
 South Freeport, ME
10:22 AM / 10:47 PM
04:13 AM / 04:39 PM
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  • Day 4 Para Worlds “Team USA 1” controls Penultimate Day, from Medemblik, The Netherlands


    Rick Doerr (Clifton, N.J.), Brad Kendell (Tampa, Fla.) and Hugh Freund (South Freeport, Maine)

    Team USA 1 had one of their strongest days of racing as team on Friday, and won the first Sonar race of the day by a significant margin before taking second in the next race. Doerr, Kendell and Freund will carry a four-point overall lead into Saturday’s final races. The veteran squad will represent the United States in Rio 2016, and continue to improve with each passing regatta.

    “Today’s good performance began with our starting,” said Kendell, the main trimmer and tactician. Kendell noted that coach Mike Ingham (Rochester, N.Y.) had made starting technique the team’s main priority during the past six months. “On the first race, it was all about sailing our own race. We got off the starting line well, hit all the shifts, and had a clear lane all the way through. I was just telling the guys that we were sailing smart, and to keep it going. We also had a pretty good comeback in the second race. We had to cover the Germans and British for most of it, since they were close to us overall. We stayed with who we had to, and then pounced at the end to take second.”

    This is the second consecutive major regatta, after Sailing World Cup Hyères in April, where Doerr, Kendell and Freund will enter the final day of racing in the overall lead. “Going into the final day of a World Championship in the top spot is the best possible practice you could get before the [Paralympic] Games,” said Freund. “We are right where we want to be. We have to recognize that it’s a big day [tomorrow], but keep doing what’s been working. Whenever we do our early morning practice routine well, we have a good day.”

    To Help them remain competitive on the road to Rio Donate

    Track the Para Worlds, check out the results page here


    – See more at: http://www.ussailing.org/para-worlds-usa-skud-18-rio-2016-selection-tightens-up/#sthash.Wr8swlc0.dpuf