STUART MCNAY / LARA DALLMAN-WEISS WIN THE 2023 CLEARWATER US OPEN!08 Feb 2023
The Florida swing of the US Open Sailing Series culminated in Clearwater this Sunday, February 5, after four days filled with highs and lows for the 200 athletes and 30 countries and territories in attendance.
Nearly all the Olympic classes – iQFOiL Women & Men, 49er, Formula Kite Women & Men, ILCA 6, ILCA 7, and 470 Mixed – came together on the Gulf of Mexico off Sand Key Beach. The regatta saw extremely variable conditions. Thursday was too light for most classes to race, Friday’s gusts over 30 knots kept competitors ashore, and the final two days featured stellar conditions that allowed the Race Committee to run a nearly full slate of races for the competitors.
For the 470 US athletes, it was the final selection event to qualify for the 2023 Sailing World Championships and the 2023 Olympic Test Event at the Paris 2024 venue.
Four-time Olympian Stu McNay paired up with Tokyo 2020 Olympian Lara Dallman-Weiss this weekend to win the Clearwater US Open’s Mixed 470 class with six points after winning four of the six total races. They were followed closely by US Sailing Team athletes Louisa Nordstrom and Trevor Bornarth, who finished second with eight points. Kyra Phelan and Sawyer Bastian finished third with 16 points.