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 3 April 2000

Issue # 174

By Ike Stephenson

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USA's Tornado Olympic team is.....

By 2 points Charlie Ogletree and John Lovell will again represent the USA in the Tornado Class.  Also as in 1996, Lars Guck and P.J. Schaffer finished second.

After 3 straight wins on Friday Guck and Schaffer had closed to 1 point of the lead.  In Saturday's 1st race they were 2nd, with Lovell and Ogletree 3rd.  The teams were now tied.

In the next race Lovell and Ogletree took 2nd with Guck and Schaffer 3rd.  1 point advantage to Lovell and Ogletree.

Sunday was the last day of racing.  Light air caused a long wait.  With under an hour to the deadline to start a race the fleet started in 8 to 9 knots.

Again Lovell and Ogletree maintained a 1 spot advantage as they finished 3rd.  4th were Guck and Schaffer now a total of 2 points back.

This week Olympic trials racing will begin for the Europe, Finn, Laser and Star classes.  The first day of racing will be Saturday.

Star Western Hemisphere's Conclusion

Eric Doyle had enough of a lead that he didn't sail the last race and won the Start Spring Western Hemisphere regatta.  Significantly this victory came in the same waters that will host the Olympic trials beginning Friday.

Finishing 2nd was American Skipper Mark Reynolds with 22 points.  3rd was Canadian Ross Macdonald with 22 points, but the loses of a tie breaker.

Next among the Americans was John Macausland in 5th.

Sailing Daily will preview the Olympic trials on the following schedule.  Tuesday:  Europe and Finn class.  Thursday: Laser and Friday: Star Class.

Sun Australia Cup Final

Despite taking a 2-0 lead, Dean Barker (NZL) was unable to close out Peter Gilmour (JPN).  Gilmour won three straight races to take the Sun Australia Cup Championship.  Gilmour's three wins came in heavy air produced by the 'Fremantle Doctor' sea breeze.

Bertrand Pace won the match for 3rd place.  Along with his win at the Steinlager Line 7 Cup this puts Pace # 1 on points for the Swedish Match Tour.  Pace has 37, with Barker next at 35 followed by Gilmour with 29.

The next event for the Swedish Match Tour is: The ACI/ISAF World Championships in Split, Croatia 22-30 May.

The world championships will feature the top 10 ranked match racing skippers.  Additionally the Croatian National Champion will receive a spot, along with the defending champion if he is not ranked in the Top 10.  If skipper chose not to take part, skippers ranked from 11 on will receive an invitation.

 

 

 

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