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 11 April 2000

Issue # 179

By Ike Stephenson


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Olympic Trials:  Europe 

After 3 days of racing and 6 races, Courtney Becker Dey is the leader with just 6 points.  She posted a pair of seconds on Monday, the first races she did not win.  2nd is Meg Galliard who won both Monday races and has 12 points.  3rd is Danielle Myrdal with a pair of Monday 3rd and 16 points overall. 

With the next boat another 9 points back, Monday's podium finishers look to the be one's with a chance of going to Sydney.  The first 6 races have seen the good finishes go to a small number of sailors.  This makes top 3 finishes essential in putting together a winning score line.

Olympic Trials: Laser

As forecast yesterday the inclusion of a discard race has put Mark Mendeblatt in 1st place.  His scores include 3 victories and a total of 12 points.  2nd is John Myrdal who had the best of the sailing on Monday with a 1st and a 5th.  He trails by 3 points. 3rd is the leader after 2 days Brett Davis.  He has 17 points.

A bit farther back are Peter Hurley with 22 points, and Bill Hardesty with 26.  Hardesty was scored OCS in race 6.

4 sailors have crossed the line first showing a fleet with depth.  As even the leaders are being beat of out top 5 finishes, the regatta should be close for several more races.

Olympic Sailing:  Finn Trials 

Although in slightly different order the same three sailors filled the Finn podium positions on Monday.  Russ Silvestri won the first race and was second in the next.  Silvestri has won 4 of the 6 races and leads with 6 points.  Darrel Peck won the days second race and was 2nd in the morning race.  He has a total of 10 points.  3rd in both races was Mark Herrmann who has 15 points.

With all the 1st place finishes between two sailors, the Finn trials could be a two boat duel like the recent Tornado trials.

Olympic Sailing: Star Trials Past Olympians Lead

Two past Star Class Olympians stepped up a notch on day 3 of the Star Olympic selection trials.  1st place skipper Mark Reynolds won the first race and was second in the next heat.  Vince Brun posted the opposite winning the 2nd race and finishing 2nd in the first race.  Brun is 2nd with 12 points.  John Macausland and Phil Trinter were 3rd in both races and climbed to 5th.

Reynolds and Brun may be aligning for a 2 boat duel to see who returns to the Olympics.

Congressional Cup Day 1

Day 1 of the Congressional Cup Grade 1 Match racing regatta saw French sailor Bertrand Pace stand out.  Sailing in Catalina 37's the fleet sailed 5 flights of the first round robin.

Pace was the only skipper to post a 4-1 record.  One of Pace's victories came against 2 time defending champion Peter Holmberg.

5 skippers sailed to 3-2 records.  Sten Mohr of Denmark (including a win over Holmberg), Dean Barker of New Zealand ( including a win over Germany's Markus Wieser), France's Luc Pillot (who finished with 3 straight wins including one over Australia's James Spithill) Sebastain Destremeau of Australia who finished his day by beating Pace and Germany's Markus Wieser who beat fellow Euro Sten Mohr.

At 2-3 are Scott Dickson who managed one his wins over Dean Barker, James Spithill who started out 2-0 including a win over Dean Barker, and Peter Holmberg who won his last 2 races including a beating of James Spithill.

In last with an 0-5 record is France's Damien Iehl.

Racing continues with the typical format for a match racing regatta a double round robin.  The top 4 winners will make the semi finals and get a chance to win the majority of the $ 25000 purse.





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