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Champions Named in Nine Olympic and Two Paralympic Classes

Rolex Miami OCR
Miami, FL USA
January 23 - 28, 2005
January 28, 2005

Miami, Fla. (January 28, 2005)˜Champions were crowned today in nine Olympic and two Paralympic classes at US SAILING‚s 16th annual Rolex Miami OCR. The last of five racing days concluded with all but one of yesterday‚s leaders at the top of the scoreboard. Laser Radial sailor Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.), one of over 320 sailors from 26 countries competing on Biscayne Bay for the regatta‚s 16th edition, had some business to settle on the water today with Anna Tunnicliffe (Norfolk, Va.), and a good breeze interspersed with squalls helped her do it.

"The storms would leave, and it would get light," said Railey, a 2003 World Youth Champion who is now age 17, "and then you‚d see them come again and you'd have to get over to the wind." By the third of three races, Railey had put four points on Tunnicliffe, who was then tied in points with 2004 Europe dinghy Olympic Medallist Lenka Smidova (CZE). "I just had to play it calm," said Railey. " It was a lot nicer than the last few days when I made too many mistakes."   more...

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