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4 May 2000
Issue # 191
Today's Sailing News
Olympic Class Rankings
The ISAF has issued a new set of rankings for sailors competing in the Olympic classes. The following analysis will provide a look at the Olympic prospects of countries in different sailing disciplines and also show what level US sailors have achieved in the rankings.
Clearly Great Britain has some excellent single handed sailors. Sweden also has several top ranked sailors.
For the USA both the Europe (Courtney Becker Dey) and Laser (John Myrdal) trials winners were low ranked. However, they bested their fleets over 16 races, and should make a good showing. Finn trial winner Russ Silvestri still must qualify for an Olympic berth at the upcoming world championships.
Australia is strongest in the board sailing rankings. New Zealand's best medal chance looks to be in the men's fleet.
For the USA both qualifiers are veterans and maybe able to sail above their current ranking.
France is the rankings power in the 2 person dinghy classes. The USA should have good medal shots in the 49er fleet and the 470 men's fleet.
The Soling's are a Scand avian dominated ranking. The USA's teams were very good at the recent worlds and should easily be in the top 5. Mark Reynolds and Magnus Liljerdahl are the USA's top ranked team. They will get a world class competition gauge at the upcoming Star worlds in Annapolis.
Another good situation for the host country. The USA's team of Lovell and Ogletree look to be top 10 or better.
Adding things up host country Australia has the most sailors ranked in the top 3. Sweden is next with 4. With 3 sailors are Great Britain, France and Germany.
The USA has no sailors ranked in the top 3 exhibiting how tough a multiple medal performance will be in Sydney later this year.
Soling Trials Qualifier
Currently underway is the qualifying regatta for the Soling Class. The top 8 teams will advance to the Olympic trials 1 to 11 June. The trials will be sailed in a match racing format.
Leading after 5 races is the team of Horton/Herlihey and Buttner with 6 points including 2 wins. Second is the team of Madrigal/Healy and Jordan with 7 points and 2 1sts. 3rd is the team that won the recent national championship regatta Baird/Breener and Burnham with 10 points and a 1st place.
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