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Olympic Fever: World Cup Miami Heats Up with StFSF Sailors in the Hunt

The 2020 Hempel World Cup is currently unfurling in Miami and the results will help decide which American sailors earn an Olympic berth to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics this summer. The World Cup is the second of three trial events for the Men’s and Women’s 470 class, Men’s and Women’s RS:X class and the Finn class. It is also the USA’s country qualifier for the Women’s 470 class, where competition is tight between the top three U.S teams.

St. Francis Sailing Foundation sailors in the hunt are:

  • Atlantic and Nora Brugman, Women’s 470
  • Nikole Barnes and Lara Dallman-Weiss, Women’s 470
  • Luke Muller, Finn class
  • Caleb Paine, Finn class
Paine and Muller are in close contention for the lone Finn spot on Team USA. With six races to go before Saturday’s medal round, Paine is in 1st with 5 points and Muller is in 2nd with 12 points.

In the Women’s 470 class, the Brugman sisters are in 11th and Barnes/Dallman-Weiss are in 13th. StFSF sailor Erika Reineke in the Laser Radial, the Hempel World Cup is not part of the U.S. Laser Radial trials, but it is a great warm-up to the Laser Radial Worlds (Feb 21–28) which counts toward the U.S. Laser Radial Trials. Reineke is currently in 1st place in Miami, 11 points ahead of 2nd.

Foundation President and sailing Olympic medalist Pam Healy stated, “On behalf of the St. Francis Sailing Foundation I would like to wish all of our grantees the best of luck in the Miami World Cup. Your dedication and hard work over the past several years is an inspiration to us all. Good luck and sail fast!”
Michelle SladeOlympic Fever: World Cup Miami Heats Up with StFSF Sailors in the Hunt