Cayard extends lead

Discard comes in at US Olympic Star trials after a flukey day in Miami

Tuesday March 23rd 2004, Author: Jan Harley, Location: United States
Three attempts to get a race off at the 2004 US Olympic Team Trials-Sailing were all foiled yesterday by light and fluky air that started out from 320 degrees, went around to 130-140, and finally ended up at 70 degrees by the time boats were crossing the finish of today's lone race. The sailors endured a ninety minute postponement on the water with not a breath of wind to break the haze, before the arrival of a light breeze that never made it over 10 knots.

"It was a good race, and well worth waiting until 3:20 p.m. to start," said Jonathan Harley (Middletown, R.I.), US Sailing's Olympic Director. The Race Committee will attempt to run three races tomorrow, with the first start holding at noon, in an effort to get back on track before Wednesday's layday.

George Szabo (San Diego, Calif.) and Mark Strube (Miami, Fla.) won today's race, the fifth of the series. With five races figured into the scoring, the 22 Star teams can now drop their worst race thus far. Once 12 races have been scored the sailors will be able to drop two. Szabo and Strube gained two spots, moving up from sixth to fourth overall on 19 points.

Paul Cayard (Kentfield, Calif.) and Phil Trinter (Lorain, Ohio) added a third from today to their scoreline, and dropping a sixth from day one. They remain in the leader's spot in the overall scoring on eight points.

Eric Doyle (San Diego, Calif.) with crew Brian Sharp (Norwalk, Conn./Franklin, Mass.) also keep their place in the overall scoring – second – after placing fifth today. They have 15 points thus far for the series.

Vince Brun and Mike Dorgan (both San Diego, Calif.) finished fourth, and with the benefit of dropping their OCS from the first race of the series, now stand third overall on 16 points

Andrew Macdonald (Miami, Fla.) and Austin Sperry (Miami, Fla.) round out the top-five in overall scoring after finishing sixth today. They carry 22 points.

R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Total
1 Paul Cayard/ Phil Trinter 2 [6] 1 2 3 8.00
2 Eric Doyle/ Brian Sharp 1 1 [9] 8 5 15.00
3 Vince Brun/ Mike Dorgan [23/OCS] 9 2 1 4 16.00
4 George Szabo/ Mark Strube 4 5 [14] 9 1 19.00
5 Andrew Macdonald/ Austin Sperry [11] 7 5 4 6 22.00
6 John MacCausland/ J Brad Nichol 6 8 3 6 [10] 23.00
7 Mark Reynolds/ Steve Erickson 5 2 10 7 [13] 24.00
8 Howie Shiebler/ Will Stout 3 3 6 [23/OCS] 12 24.00
9 Richard Merriman/ William M Bennett 7 4 [17] 13 2 26.00
10 Andy Lovell/ Magnus Liljedahl [23/OCS] 23/DNS 4 3 11 41.00
11 Karl Anderson/ Ezra Culver 13 10 15 5 [16] 43.00
12 Douglas Schofield/ Robert Schofield 12 13 [16] 11 7 43.00
13 Peter Vessella/ Brian Fatih 10 [23/DNF] 8 19 8 45.00
14 John Dane/ Henry Sprague 9 12 [20] 16 9 46.00
15 Ben Cesare/ Serge Leonidov 14 11 [18] 10 15 50.00
16 Henrik Wennerstrom/ Jon Rogers 15 15 7 [23/OCS] 14 51.00
17 Jock Kohlhas/ Rick Burgess 16 14 12 18 [19] 60.00
18 John Virtue/ Scott Pack 8 [23/DNF] 19 12 22 61.00
19 Stephen Gould/ Christopher Gould [23/DNF] 23/DNS 13 14 18 68.00
20 Bill Allen/ Brad Lichter [23/DNF] 23/DNS 11 15 20 69.00
21 Steve Brown/ Michael Marzahi [23/OCS] 16 21 17 17 71.00
22 Fotis Boliakis/ Chris Rogers 17 17 [22] 20 21 75.00

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