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Olympic Test and Rolex Forecast

21 September 1999

Issue # 60

Sydney Harbour Olympic Test Event

After 3 days of racing the US Sailing team has members in positions ranging from 1st to last.  In most racing disciplines the US team has top 10 positions.  In the Olympic keelboat classes Americans are 1st in Star and 3rd in Soling.  Another strong area is 2 person performance dinghies.  In 3 dinghy classes all of the USA's teams are in the top 5.  In board sailing the USA's 2 sailors are within the top 10, and in the Tornado catamaran class it's 5th.

The worst area of performance has been in the three singlehanded classes.  Here the best performance is 14th in Lasers.  

Still, at this point the USA has 8 of 11 boats in contention for a top 3 podium spot.  

Americans Tracey Hayley and Louise Van Voorhis are 1st in the women's 470 fleet.  With 5 races in they have a 3 point lead over the French team.  The men's team of Paul Foerester and Bob Merick are 5th.  An 18th and a 22nd have offset a 1st and a 2nd.  Still, they are only 3 points from 3rd.

 In the 49er skiff class the brother team of Jonathan and Charlie Mckee lie 4th.  They are only 5 points from 3rd.

The Star fleet is very completive with 6 boats within 6 points. The American team of Mark Reynolds and Phil Trinter is tied for first and posted a victory in race 4.

The Europe class is a singlehanded fleet for women sailors.  American Meg Galliard is 21st.

In the men's singlehanded fleet Darrel Peck is Sailing a Finn he is 20th of 20th. 

The 3rd singlehanded class is the Laser.  In this class American Mark Mendenblatt is 14th of 39 entries.  He has been consistent with scores ranging from 11th to 15th.

The Mistral class is boardsailing for both men and women..  In the Men's Mistral fleet, Mike Gebhardt remains 8th, with 3 top 10 finishes and a 20th.  The USA's women's Mistral sailor Lanee Butler lies 7th after 4 races. 

The USA's Soling team of Jeff Madrigal, Craig Healey and Hartwell Jordan is solidly in contention.  They lie 3rd.  

Olympic catamaran sailors compete in the Tornado class.   American's John Lovell and Charlie Ogletree are 5th.  They have kept their placings in the top 10 and so could easily make up the 5 points that separates them from the podium.


Rolex International Women's Keelboat Regatta Day 1 WX

Appears as though day 1 of this regatta may not be chamber of commerce quality in weather.  Forecasters put the chance of rain at 80%.  Winds will be SE in the 10 to 15 knot range.

As of 0930 Newport had SE winds at 5 knots with a temperature of 66 degrees.

An approaching front and low pressure system should bring the fleet of J 24's more wind later in the week.