🏅Miami World Cup 🏅10th Overall🏅Top Female Helm🏅Qualification for the US Sailing Team! After months of work with the US Team to improve performance, we were ready to race our first event of the 2019 year. From January 27th - Feb 3 we raced agains the international fleet and qualified to compete in the medal race, and represent the US Sailing Team
"The first day of Medal Races at the 2019 Hempel World Cup Series Miami came and went without too much noise from the U.S. Sailing Team. Just three American teams qualified to compete in one of the five Medal Races held on Biscayne Bay earlier today, and none started their respective final races with a shot at a medal. But look beyond the podium in Regatta Park and champagne celebrations and there was a lot to be positive about from a regatta where the wind was capricious at best and downright mystifying at worst.
Sarah Newberry (Miami, Fla.) and David Liebenberg (Livermore, Calif.) started the Nacra 17 Medal Race in 10th place and that's where they remained once the boats finished. For a team that's still getting their footing on the tricky foiling catamaran, however, this was a breakthrough performance…
"We started sailing together a year ago and we spent the last year trying to get the basics down and get to a point where we could really race with the fleet.," said Newberry. "After a few months working with the U.S. team, mostly on speed, this fall, it was great to come into this regatta and see we can start focusing on racing and building our skills in that department now that we can get around the course. We're really happy with our improvements as a team and it is exciting to make the Medal Race. That's a nice sign that you're doing it right."
The Nacra 17 class is sailing's only coed class. Each team must have one man and one woman, though who skippers and crews is up to each team. Newberry was the only female helm in the Medal Race in Miami.”
“The trials for the U.S. berth in the Tokyo 2020 Games won't start until later this year. In the meantime. Newberry is looking forward to more cooperative training with her fellow American Nacra 17 sailors.
"The Nacra squad is going quite well for the U.S.," she said. "We're all traveling together this spring and training together and working with the same coach. Four teams going to Palma, Hyeres, Genoa, Weymouth for our Europeans, so what I see is more collaboration and more skill building and working together as a team to keep improving the U.S. level until the trials.”
Read the rest of the article at Sail-World.
We are currently in our last stateside training camp before heading overseas to Palma de Mallorca for the Princess Sofia Trophy. After that it’s a jam-packed season with 4 more major regattas in rapid succession. We are preparing our bodies, minds, and equipment for a big year!