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15 September 2000 Issue # 251
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US Sailing Championships
US Sailing is conducting it's annual championship regattas the Mallory and Adams Cups.
The Mallory Cup is the US Men's Sailing Championship being sailed on the Detroit River in Flying Scots. Past winners include: John Kolius, Dave Ulman and 2000 Olympian Jeff Madrigali.
The Adams Trophy is the US Women's Sailing Championship hosted by San Diego Yacht Club. The teams are sailing Etchells. Past Adams winners include Dru Slattery, Jody Swanson and Betsy Alison.
After 1 days of racing 6 boats were within 4 points of the lead. The lead team skippered by Anne Mooney had 10 points including a 1st race win. 2nd place skipper is Mary Brigden-Snow who had all top 5 finishes for 11 points. Amy Cermak's team also had all top 5 placings and is 3rd with 12 points. Racing continues until Sunday.
The men's Mallory teams saw no racing the first day due to lite air.
Day 2 saw 4 races sailed. Conditions ranged from 5 knots winds to rain and 2 to 4 foot waves.
Emerging as boat of the day was Robert Schmidt's team with a pair of 2nd's and a total of 9 points. Just a point back was Bill Ewing's team with wins in the 1st and 3rd races. With 13 points is Paul Jon-Patin's team including a bullet in race 2.
The Flying Scots will also race until Sunday.
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With the large time difference between the USA and Sydney, the Olympic Torch has been lit and the Opening Ceremonies are over. Starting Sunday 400 sailors in 274 boats will begin the Sailing Portion of the regatta sailing largely inside a working harbor for the first time in Olympic history.
It has been learned that the Chinese representatives in the Laser and Europe class will not sail the regatta. Speculation is that they failed drug tests, the official word is that "they missed their plane."
Beginning competition on Sunday will be: Men's and Women's Mistral Sailboard, the fleet racing portion of the Soling keelboats and the Tornado Catamarans. The 49er skiffs will begin Monday. 2 races per day for all class except the 49ers who will sail 3 heats per day.
The classes not beginning racing will have some opportunity to practice. Wednesday will see the 470's, Laser and Finn on the race course. The Star's will not begin sailing until Saturday the 23rd.
Forecasters expect a 10-15 knot North Easterly sea breeze for the first day of sailing. This breeze blows steadily through the Harbor's entrance is a stable breeze.
Look for a special Sailing Daily on Sunday detailing the first day of Olympic Sailing.