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31st January 2013
Mid-Event Report

Irish sailor Annalise Murphy leads the field at the mid-way point of the Sailing World Cup regatta in Miami. It is Murphy's first competitive event since capturing the nation's attention at the London Olympics. The 29 boat Laser Radial fleet have had three days racing and six races in fantastic conditions on Biscayne Bay, Miami.

Annalise’s first day on the water resulted in a 5th and a 6th place. On day two she took a stranglehold on the event and a strong performance from the Dubliner, scoring a 2nd and a 1st, catapulted her into the overnight lead . Day three produced similar results as she won one race and placed 3rd in the other, maintaining her lead overall. In close pursuit is American Paige Railey who was a medal race finalist in London and a bronze medallist from the 2011 World Championship.

The second half of the regatta comprises a further five races, which will be sailed today (Thursday) and Friday. After racing on Friday, the top ten will advance to the medal race on Saturday. ISA Performance Director James O’Callaghan remarked “It is great to see Annalise back competing. Her hunger for success makes her a great role model for our young sailors coming through our ISA programmes“.

Meanwhile in the men’s Laser fleet, 19 year old Philip Doran has had a solid debut in one of the most competitive Olympic classes. Philip has had five top 20 results leaving him in 31st place from a total of 70 boats. It means he is assured of GOLD fleet racing for the next two days.

In the Paralympic classes, John Twomey, Ian Costello and American sailor Bradley Johnson have put in a great performance in the Sonar class. With four top three results they currently lie in second place overall on a total of 14 points.

Follow the live blog here.

Results will be available daily from the event website http://mocr.ussailing.org/. Please note, Miami is five hours behind GMT.

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29th January 2013
Pre-Event Report

Annalise Murphy will start racing in Florida today at her first competitive event since the London Olympics, beginning her four year campaign to Rio 2016. The 22 year old is competing at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami on Biscayne Bay where 300 of the world’s best sailors, representing 35 countries, will compete across six classes over the six day regatta. Annalise will face competition from three of the world’s top Radial sailors in the 29 boat fleet including four-time Olympian Tatiana Drozdovskaya (BLR), 2012 Olympic rival Paige Railey (USA) and Finland’s Tuula Tenkanen who is ranked 5th in the world. 
 
Marking the mid-point in her winter training programme, Annalise will use this event to sharpen her race skills ahead of the Laser European Championships, the main target for the 2013 season, which will be held in Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin in September. Commenting from Miami, Annalise remarked “I am just getting back into training after taking a long break. All my plans for the next four years start here and it’s great to do it in Miami.”
 
Joining Annalise in Miami for his first ever senior world cup event is 19 year old Philip Doran from Gorey, Co. Wexford. The young sailor has risen through the ranks of the ISA’s Junior Pathway Programme and is now taking his first steps towards a campaign for Rio. James O’Callaghan commented “ This is the beginning of a long road for Philip. The senior circuit will be a huge challenge for him but he certainly has the talent and dedication to get there."  
 
In the Paralympic classes, 10 time Paralympic athlete and newly elected President of the International Association for Disabled Sailing, Corkonian John Twomey will be sailing in the Sonar class. He is joined by fellow 2012 Paralympic teammate Ian Costello from Co. Kerry and American sailor Bradley Johnson in the three-man boat.

Follow the live blog here.

Results will be available daily from the event website http://mocr.ussailing.org/. Please note, Miami is five hours behind GMT.
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