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 1 April 2000

Issue # 173

By Ike Stephenson

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US Olympic Tornado Trials

Yesterday I wrote that a comeback for Lars Guck and P.J. Schaffer "...will have to rely heavily on winning finishes."  The fleet sailed 3 races on Friday and Guck and Schaffer won all 3 races.  This 3 race streak goes beyond heavily totally.

Better yet from their perspective the team of Lovell and Ogletree struggled finishing 13th, 5th and 2nd.  

With 11 races now completed teams can discard their 2 worst scores.  Lovell and Ogletree discard their 13th in race 9 and 5th in race 10.  Guck and Schaffer discard a 4th in race 2 and a DNF in race 12.

After all that Lovell and Ogletree now lead by only 1 point.  They have 6 wins and 5 seconds, while Guck and Schaffer have 5 wins and 6 seconds.

With the next boat over 15 points back the last two days will be a catamaran match race for the USA's Olympic berth.

Wind forecasts show a decline from N-NE @ 15 to variable 10 or less on Sunday.  This means conditions will require patience and the possibility that the regatta will not get all the scheduled races in.  

With the records of the two teams it seems that the winner of the trials will be the team that literally wins the most races.

 

Sun Australia Cup

The last round robin races saw form hold with Dean Barker (NZL), Bertrand Pace (FRA), Peter Gilmour (JPN) and Sebastain Destremeau (FRA) moving to the semi finals.

Barker totaled 16.5 points, Pace 16, Gilmour 14 and Destremeau 13.  Destremeau ended tied with Peter Holmberg, but advanced as he twice beat Holmberg.

In the semi finals Barker won the first and 3rd races to beat Destremeau 2 races to 1.  In the other pairing Gilmour's winning combination was also the 1st and 3rd races.

Enough time was left that the best of 5 finals could begin.  In the round robins, Gimour beat Barker in round 1, with Barker taking their 2nd round match.

Only 1 race of the final was completed, with Barker the winner.  During this race Gilmour was slowed by a man overboard incident.

In the consolation Pace beat Destremeau to go up 1-0.

Star Western Hemisphere's

With the USA's Star Olympic trials starting later in the week, 23 Star boats are contesting the Start Spring Western Hemisphere title.  Venue is San Francisco Bay and the heavily currented Berkeley Circle.

Day 2 was reigning World Champion and Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Eric Doyle's day.  He won the days first race and was second in the days final race.  Of the top boats he was one of few who had 2 top 10's and the only boat with 2 podium finishes.  This shining day allowed him to go from a 3 way tie for 1st to a 10 point lead.

2nd is Mark Reynolds who was 3rd in race 3, but fell off to 10th in the next race.  3rd is Great Britain's Ian Walker, who was 11th and 1st on the day.

Two other boats achieved a pair of top 10's.  Peter Vasella was 2nd and 6th, putting him in 5th.  Brian Ledbetter was 5th in both races and stands 10th.

Doyle seems to be regaining his Star sailing form after a hiatus as a main trimmer in the America's Cup. As he is the world champion and regatta leader his Olympic trials hopes are strong.

 

Barker will look to add 2 more wins to his total and return to New Zealand champion of the Australia Cup.

 

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