Debbie Capozzi and team lose quarterfinal races, more races Wednesday

Anna Tunnicliffe, left, Molly Vandemoer, center, and Debbie Anna Tunnicliffe, left, Molly Vandemoer, center, and Debbie Capozzi of the USA talk to the media during a Team USA press conference. (July 26, 2012) Photo Credit: Getty Images

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Bayport's Debbie Capozzi and her No. 3-seeded women's Elliot 6-meter team lost both matches of its quarterfinal race to No. 6 Finland Tuesday in Weymouth, England.

Capozzi, Molly Vandemoer and skipper Anna Tunnicliffe will race Finland in the second half of the quarterfinals Wednesday.

"Both boats were never more than a boat-length or two apart," Vandemoer said in an interview on the U.S. sailing website. "First race we led most of the race and then at the last five, six boat lengths into the finish we kind of maybe went for a little bit more than we maybe should have. They fall for a fake jibe and let's say you have one plan and you go a different way.

" . . . Second race, we were pretty even around the whole course. They had a little piece of us on starboard the whole time, so they were able to just stay ahead the whole time. We got close and closed distance all the time but never quite got enough to get the win."

In other races, Shelter Island's Amanda Clark and partner Sarah Lihan had mixed results in the women's 470. They went from last in the field of 20 to third, 1:04 behind first-place New Zealand (1:03:16) in Race 7. Clark and Lihan spent most of Race 8 in the middle of the field and took ninth, 2:04 behind winner New Zealand (57:44).

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Team USA moved up to seventh place (53 points), with Races 9 and 10 Wednesday.

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