Big Breeze on Day 1 in San Francisco
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Day 1 Recap
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (August 13, 2021) –The Kiteboarders and Windsurfers were rigged and ready to go this morning for signature San Francisco conditions featuring big breeze and strong currents on Day 1 of 2021 West Marine US Open Sailing – San Francisco.
The Men’s and Women’s iQFoil and Open Formula Kite events were challenged with wind speeds reaching over 20 knots and temperatures in the 60s for most of Friday. All three events completed five races.
Open Formula Kite
Taking the early lead in the Open Formula Kite event is two-time Kiteboarding World Champion, Johnny Heineken (Larkspur, Calif.). The competition is stiff in this fleet as Markus Edegran (Rio Vista, Calif.) and Kai Calder (Alameda, Calif.) are even on points with Heineken. The last two races of the day were were won by Heineken to help power the fleet leader into Saturday’s racing. The Open Formula Kite fleet features 17 entries including several athletes who have competed at 2021 West Marine US Open events in California and Florida.
JP Lattanzi (Honolulu, Hawaii) was nearly perfect in the Women’s iQFoil event on Friday. He won the first four races of the event to take a three-point lead over Bryn Muller (Largo, Fla.). Danicka Sailer (Honolulu, Hawaii) is six points back in third place.
Six countries are represented in the Men’s iQFoil event, including the United States, Mexico, Canada, Dominican Republic, Colombia, and South Africa. Xavier Ferlet (Santa Clarita, Calif.) has an early two-point lead over Mexico’s Cristobal Hagerman Haro and three points over Adrien Gaillard. The top four athletes in the Men’s iQFoil are separated by only four points through five races.
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Olympians Paul Cayard, Pam Healy, and Helena Scutt were featured at LIVE West Marine store events in Alameda and Sausalito on August 11 and 12.
In anticipation of the start of West Marine US Open Sailing – San Francisco, West Marine and US Sailing hosted two LIVE events at West Marine stores in Alameda and Sausalito featuring Olympians Paul Cayard, Pam Healy, and Helena Scutt, along with Olympic hopefuls.
Watch the Sausalito event below:
US Sailing’s Reach program, Kilroy Realty, and the Surfrider Foundation hosted Sustainability Day for youth in San Francisco this morning at Crissy Field. US Sailing invited youth sailors and summer camp participants representing the local Bay Area for a fun day focused on best practices in sustainability and protecting our oceans and waterways. The event featured a collection of the athletes racing this week.
Follow @USSailing on Instagram for fun photos, videos, and more from this special event at Crissy Field.
About the West Marine US Open Sailing Series
The West Marine US Open Sailing Series offers an increase in high-quality Olympic-class and one design racing for U.S. athletes with a long-term goal of attracting top-level national and international competitors to race in these regattas for years to come.
US Sailing and the larger community of sailors in the U.S. identified a demand for a racing and training platform based in the United States that serves to provide a runway to the Olympic Games for prospective athletes. With the 2028 LA Olympics on the distant horizon, it was essential for US Sailing to establish a consistent and predictable cycle for athletes to plan for on an annual basis.
This series of regattas allows US Sailing to provide more support for sailors at these events through advanced and in-person coaching, training, and data collection. The series is an important part of the training plans for young sailors participating as part of the Olympic Development Program (ODP), a US Sailing initiative supported by the AmericaOne Foundation that provides world-class coaching support to promising American youth sailors competing in high-performance classes.
The yacht clubs and sailing organizations hosting these West Marine US Open Sailing Series events are the Organizing Authorities for each regatta.
US Sailing Media Contact:
Jake Fish, Communications Manager