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NY sailor qualifies for Olympic berth

With the conclusion of the 470 World Championships, the final Olympic qualifying event for the class, the United States earned its spot in the 470 Women’s event at the Olympic Regatta in Athens.

Katie McDowell of Barrington, R.I., and Isabelle Kinsolving of New York placed eighth overall in the 53-boat fleet, their best finish at a world championship.

The 470 World Championship, held in Zadar, Croatia, allowed five previously unqualified nations to earn their Olympic berth in the 470 Women’s division. Argentina, Canada, Brazil and Italy joined the United States in qualifying. The result by McDowell/Kinsolving also means that the United States will send a full sailing team of 18 athletes in 11 events to this summer’s Olympics.

Only six other nations — Australia, Spain, France, Great Britain, Germany and Italy — have qualified to send an entry for all of the sailing events. Greece, as host country, receives an automatic entry in every event.

Yale wins N. American Women’s Championship

Yale University won the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association Women’s North American Championship for the first time in the Ivy League school’s history.

Female sailors from 18 colleges around the nation competed at the Cascade Locks, Ore., three-day event that was sailed in FJs on the Columbia River.

“I’m really excited for the girls,” said Yale sailing coach Zach Leonard. “We have a young team and they worked really hard. They didn’t over think it, they just kept working and getting better and better.”

On Day 1, competitors faced an exciting afternoon after a squall brought rain and 15 to 20 knots of breeze, capsizing more than half the fleet. The Navy team led after the first day’s racing with Yale 10 points behind.

Despite uncooperative weather, Yale had a strong Day 2 performance in A-

division courtesy of sophomore skipper Molly Carapiet of Belvedere, Calif., sailing with juniors Jenn Hoyle of Manchester, Mass., and Julie Papanek of Woodside, Calif. Yale’s B-division team — freshman Emily Hill of Miami, Fla., and sophomores Meghan Pearl of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Sarah Himmelfarb of Portland, Maine — added a consistent performance (3-8-3-6) that allowed Yale to finish the day by taking the overall lead from Navy, moving from 10 points behind to eight points ahead.

The final day of the series saw major movement after just the first two races had been sailed but the lead was set and Yale secured the championship with Harvard in second, followed by Navy.

Nautica sponsors US Sailing teams

Nautica International has signed as the “official apparel supplier” of US Sailing, national governing body of the sport, to dress the 2004 US Sailing Teams.

According to the sponsorship agreement, Nautica will outfit the 130 members of the US Sailing Team, US Disabled Sailing Team and US Youth World Team with a complete dress and sportswear wardrobe for men and women.

Kicking off the partnership, members of the US Sailing Teams dressed in their Nautica wardrobes for the Golden Spinnaker Gala, a May 18 fund-raising event supporting the athletes going to Athens, Greece, this summer, hosted by the New York Yacht Club in Manhattan.