With eight races completed at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, the Virgin Islands team continues to sit in eighth place. The USA boat that was on top has been replaced by the Norwegian boat crewed by Aleksander Wang-Hansen, Per Eugen Kristiansen, and Marie Solberg.
As of this afternoon, David Flaherty, Antonio Sanpere, and the St. Thomas based Jim Kerr have 61 total points, 50 net in the disability sonar class event. Their last two races both ended with eighth place finishes. Their best finishes were their first and third races, where the finished in seventh place. Their second race was a disappointing 11th place as they retired from the race. The competition ends tomorrow.
The Virgin Islands team is hoping to qualify for the Paralympics, with the major pathway for qualification happening at the 2015 IFDS Sailing World Championships, which is scheduled for November 26 to December 3 in Melbourne, Australia at the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria. The top six highest ranked boats from different countries in the Three-Person Keelboat medal event qualify, assuming that a boat from their country has not already qualified. Seven spots were decided earlier at the 2014 IFDS Sailing World Championships. The Virgin Island team competed in that with Robert Blackwell crewing instead of Sanpere. They finished eighteenth, well out of qualifying range.