PERTH, AUSTRALIA — Erik Storck ’07 recently punched his ticket to the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England by placing ninth at the International Sailing Federation World Championship.

Storck sails the high-speed 49er with Trevor Moore, of North Pomfret, Vt. There are ten classes of boats in the Olympics for sailing. Each country that qualifies in a given class can use any method they choose to determine the one boat in that class that will represent that country at the Games. The governing body of US Sailing uses a system that combines your finishes at two events on the Sailing World Cup. The second of those two events is the ISAF (International Sailing Federation) World Championships.

Storck and Moore sailed very well throughout the event, which finished on Sunday, Dec. 18, in Freemantle, Australia. On the World Cup, events end with a "Medal Race", which is competed in by the top ten on the final day of racing and points count double. Storck and Moore qualified for the Medal Race in fifth position, with a very real possibility of medaling at the World Championship.

In the Medal Race, Storck and Moore led the ten boat fleet for the entire race. On the final lap, the pair suffered a breakdown to their rudder which left them capsized and unable to continue and finish the race. The DNF (Did Not Finish) in the Medal Race dropped them to 9th overall, but the duo is proud of their performance and are looking forward to the coming months as they prepare for the Olympic Games.