Canada's David Wright in fifth spot

Canada's David Wright in fifth spot

Funk at the front

Rolex Miami OCR reaches halfway stage in light winds

Thursday January 27th 2005, Author: Barby MacGowan, Location: United Kingdom
Only one lead change took on Wednesday at the Rolex Miami OCR when Carol Cronin's Yngling team outpaced Sally Barkow's to take second in a single race. Extremely light breezes in the morning died in the afternoon, causing cancellation of racing in two Olympic classes (Tornado and Laser Radial) and completion of less races than desired in the other seven. Both Paralympic classes, however, managed three races apiece. The Rolex Miami OCR, in its 16th year, is an ISAF Grade 1 world ranking event and the largest Olympic and Paralympic classes regatta in the country. Over 320 sailors, representing 26 countries, began racing Monday and will continue through Friday.

Cronin, who sails with fellow Jamestown, Rhode Islander Jamie Haines and Kate Fears of Washington, D.C. capitalized on a nice start with Barkow beneath her. "Sally didn't pull the trigger in time and had to tack off to the right to clear her air. We went on to round the top mark in third with a pack of leaders." Cronin worked up to second place at the finish while Barkow settled for sixth, breaking the tied point score they shared after yesterday's racing. "We've done lots of sailing here in these kinds of conditions, so we feel really comfortable," said Cronin, who has shown good speed in the light breezes that are expected to repeat tomorrow.

In the Lasers, the largest fleet with 46 boats, a single race allowed Andrew Campbell to close in on leader Brad Funk in overall scoring. Campbell, a two-time College All-American, won the race after leading from the start. "Things just fell into place," he said.

Funk, also a two-time College All-American who finished third at the Laser Olympic Trials last year, didn't much care for the light conditions but was satisfied with his third-place finish today. Both Funk and Campbell, like many sailors at this regatta, have announced their Olympic campaigns for 2008 in Beijing. "Right now I'm mostly training in the gym," said Funk, who weighs 168 pounds and needs to put on 12 more before the Laser Worlds. "I'm going to be a body builder, so that I'm the first guy to loosen his outhaul to power up in a big breeze."

Canada's Christopher Cook, who has led the 26-boat Finn class since the regatta began, was surprised to get in two races today. "I prefer a breeze because you don't have to worry as much about other competitors, but any wind is good," he said. Cook, a three-time North American and Canadian National Champion who finished second at his country's 2004 Olympic Finn Trials, added that he is mostly watching runner-up Kevin Hall, who represented the USA in Athens in this class. Cook contends, however, that Bill Hardesty, in third overall, is "coming on strong."

Cook also believes the Rolex Miami OCR's expansion to five days from four aligns it more with other Grade 1 events in Europe. "In the grand scheme of things, I've always treated this as a very important event," said Cook, who has competed in this regatta three times in the Laser class and four times in the Finn. "It's the first big Grade 1 event of the season. You have to establish yourself as a player, and sponsors love it if you do well here."

Other Action

In Paralympic sailing, Sweden's Stellan Berlin is leading the 2.4 Metre class, while Great Britain's John Robertson and crew Hannah Stodel and Steve Thomas still top the Sonars.

With two races each today, respective leaders in the Star, 49er and 470 Men's and Women,s classes are: Andrew Horton and Brad Nichol; Morgan Larson and Pete Spaulding; and Sven Coster/Kalle Coster (NED) and Amanda Clark/Sarah Mergenthaler.

Tonight,s shoreside activities for competitors feature a special dinner sponsored by Nautica, which is a sponsor of the regatta and the US Sailing Teams. Other sponsors of the event, in addition to Rolex, are Sperry Top-Sider, Team McLube and Zodiac. Regatta Headquarters for the 2005 Rolex Miami OCR are at the US Sailing Center, with classes hosted by the US Sailing Center; Coral Reef, Key Biscayne and Miami Yacht Clubs; the Coconut Grove Sailing Club; and Shake-A-Leg-Miami.

Rolex Miami OCR
Day 3 (Jan. 26, 2005) Results

Position, Skipper/Crew, Hometowns, Finishes, Total Points

Finn (26 boats)
1. Christopher Cook, CAN, 2-1-[4]-2-1-4-3, 13.00
2. Kevin Hall, Bowie, Md., USA, 1-4-6-1-2-[8]-1, 15.00
3. Bill Hardesty, San Diego, Calif., USA, 5-8-1-[14]-7-1-4, 26.00

470 Men (11 boats)
1. Sven Coster/Kalle Coster, NED, 1-2-1-2-[5]-1, 7.00
2. Mike Anderson-Mitterling/David Hughes, San Diego/San Diego, Calif., USA, 2-3-2-[7]-1-4, 12.00
3. Stuart McNay/Graham Biehl, Chestnut Hill, Mass./San Diego, Calif., USA, 3-5-3-[9]-4-6, 21.00

470 Women (9 boats)
1. Amanda Clark/Sarah Mergenthaler, Shelter Island, N.Y./Matawan, N.J., USA, [5]-1-4-1-2-3, 11.00
2. Henriette Koch/Lene Sommer, DEN, 4-4-5-6-[7]-5, 24.00
3. Allison Jolly/Isabelle Kinsolving, St. Petersburg, Fla./New York, N.Y., 9-9-[11]-3-8-2, 31.00

49er (17 boats)
1. Morgan Larson/Pete Spaulding, Capitola, Calif./Miami Beach, Fla., USA, 1-1-1-[3]-1, 4.00
2. Rodion Luka/George Leonchuk, UKR, 2-3-4-1-[6], 10.00
3. Dalton Bergan/Zack Maxam, Seattle, Wash./Coronado, Calif., USA, 4-2-2-2-[5], 10.00

Laser Full (46 boats)
1. Brad Funk, Belleair Bluffs, Florida, USA , 2-1-2-[3]-3, 8.00
2. Andrew Campbell, San Diego, Calif., USA, [4]-4-4-2-1, 11.00
3. John Pearce, Ithaca, N.Y., USA, [10]-2-1-4-10, 17.00

Laser Radial (24 boats)
1. Paige Railey, Clearwater, Fla., USA, 1-3-2, 6.00
2. Anna Tunnicliffe, Norfolk, Va., USA 3-6-1, 10.00
3. Leah Hoepfner, Corpus Christi, Texas, USA, 6-1-5, 12.00

Star (40 boats)
1. Andrew Horton/Brad Nichol, Newport, R.I./Hanover, N.H., USA, 3-1-8-3-9-[11], 24.00
2. Eric Doyle/Brian Sharp, Costa Mesa, Calif./Franklin, Mass. USA, 6-2-11-2-[30]-4, 25.00
3. Fredrik Loof/Anders Ekstrom, SWE, 7-6-5-4-5-[8], 27.00

Tornado (11 boats)
1. John Lovell/Charlie Ogletree, New Orleans, La./Kemah, Texas, USA, 2-1-1-1, 5.00
2. Roland Gabler/Gunnar Strukmann, DEN, 1-2-5-3, 11
3. Rob Parrish/Lars Guck, Hillsborough, Calif./Bristol, R.I., USA, 3-5-3-4, 15.00

Yngling (8 boats)
1. Carol Cronin/Kate Fears/Jamie Haines, Jamestown, R.I./Washington, D.C./Newport, R.I., USA, (5)-2-1-2-2-2, 9.00
2. Sally Barkow/Deborah Capozzi/Carrie Howe, Nashotah, Wis./Bayport, N.Y./Grosse Pointe, Mich., USA, 1-1-(6)-1-4-6, 13.00
3. JJ Isler/Pease Glaser/Laura Schmidt, La Jolla, Calif./Long Beach, Calif./Chicago, Ill., USA, 3-3-[5]-5-3-3, 17.00

2.4 Metre (18 boats)
1. Stellan Berlin, SWE, 2-1-1-[4]-4-1-1, 10.00
2. Marko Dahlberg, FIN, 1-4-7-5-2-3-[10], 22.00
3. Allan Leibel, CAN, 3-3-6-3-6-[11]-9, 30.00

Sonar (7 boats)
1. John Robertson/Hannah Stodel/Steve Thomas, GBR, 1-1-1-[3]-3-1, 7.00
2. David Schroeder/Keith Burhans/Bradley Johnson, Miami, Fla./Rochester, N.Y./Hollywood, Fla., USA, 3-2-2-2-1-[5], 10.00
3. Ken Kelly/Robert Jones/Andre Belcourt, CAN/Issaquah, Wash., USA/CAN, 4-3-4-[5]-2-2, 15.

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