Mark Mendelblatt (USA) wins the Laser class from defending champion Paul Goodison (GBR)

Mark Mendelblatt (USA) wins the Laser class from defending champion Paul Goodison (GBR)

Strong US showing

Final results and reports from the Rolex Miami OCR

Sunday February 2nd 2003, Author: Barby MacGowan, Location: United States
1. Results
2. Regatta Report
3. Team GBR Report

Final results
Europe (25 boats)
1, Lenka Smidova, CZE (2,1,2,(7),2,1,1,1,1,1,1) 13 pts
2, Meg Gaillard, USA (1,2,1,1,1,(11),2,2,2,2,2)16 pts
3, Georgia Chimona, GRE ((11),3,4,2,3,5,3,3,7,3,3) 36 pts
9, Laura Baldwin (5,19,7,4,14,(DNF),9,4,10,8,8) 88 pts

Finn (32 boats)
1, Jonas Hoegh-Christensen, DEN ((8),2,5,6,1,4,1,1,2,6) 28 pts
2, Chris Cook, Whitby, CAN ((6),1,1,1,4,2,6,6,6,4) 31 pts
3, Richard Clarke, CAN (1,(33/OCS),6,3,11,10,2,2,1,8) 44 pts
No GBR boats

470 Men Mixed (12 boats)
1, Paul Foerster/Kevin Burnham, USA (2,9,1,3,2,4,1,(22/OCS),1,1) 24 pts
2, Steve Hunt/Michael Miller, USA (1,1,(6),1,6,3,3,1,6,3) 25 pts
3, Mark Ivey/Howard Cromwell, USA (3,2,4,6,1,7,2,4,4,(8)) 33 pts
No GBR boats

470 Women (9 boats)
1, Katie McDowell/Isabelle Kinsolving, USA (4,6,3,2,3,6,5,5,7,(9)) 41 pts
2, Erin Maxwell/Jen Morgan, USA (9,13,2,8,13,1,4,3,(14),2) 55 pts
3, Amanda Clark/Sarah Mergenthaler, USA (12,8,11,12,7,9,(15),7,9,11) 86 pts
No GBR boats

49er (17 boats)
1, Tim Wadlow/Peter Spaulding, USA (2,1,1,3,(5),2,1,2,3,1,3) 19 pts
2, Andy Mack/Adam Lowry USA (1,2,2,1,4,4,3,(5),1,4,1) 23 pts
3, Dave Fagen/Bora Gulari, USA (3,5,4,2,2,(8),2,1,2,6,2) 29 pts
No GBR boats

Laser (49 boats)
1, Mark Mendelblatt, USA (8,1,1,(24),4,17,5,1,4,6,1) 48 pts
2, Paul Goodison, GBR (7,6,5,4,1,8,1,(50/DNF),7,14,2) 55 pts
3, Andrew Campbell, USA ((16),10,6,9,5,3,3,5,2,10,6) 59 pts
Other GBR
4, Dan Holman (1,2,10,5,9,(11/ZFP),6,10,11,2,(12)) 67 pts
9, Mark Howard (4,7,8,3,16,7,12,11,14,(28),19) 101 pts

Mistral Men (22 boards)
1, Nikos Kaklimanakis, GRE (1,1,1,1,1,(11),1,5,2) 13 pts
2, Kevin Stittle, CAN (2,(34/OCS),3,10,2,1,2,1,3) 24 pts
3, David Mier y Teran, MEX (3,2,2,3,5,6,3,2,(34/RAF)) 26 pts
8, Toby Monk (9,6,11,4,7,9,6,12,(12.5/MAN)) 64 pts

Mistral Women (11 boards)
1, Anja Kaeser, SUI (6,9,5,2,3,(13),10,7,12.5) 54.5 pts
2, Dominique Vallee, CAN (11,3,8,12,7.4/OCS,RDG,3,13,14,(16); 71.4 pts
3, Swaine Gregoire, CAN (13,8,14,16,9,12,14,(17),13) 99 pts
No GBR boats

Star (68 boats)
1, Peter Bromby/Lee White, BER (6,7,11,1,34,(69/BFD),8,2,11) 80 pts
2, Andy Lovell/Eric Oetgen, USA (7,20,1,(31),11,15,3,19,25) 101 pts
3, Bill Hardesty/Will Stout, USA (13,12,12,24,(69/BFD),5,28,5,10) 108 pts
10, Iain Percy/Steve Mitchell ((OCS), 50,38,12,25,7,9,1,1) 143 pts
52, Jez Fanstone/Luke Chapman ((OCS),46,51,32,51,16,54,34,53) 337 pts

Tornado (28 boats)
1, Roman Hagara/Hans-Peter Steinacher, AUT (1,6,(8),1,3,8,1,8,7) 35 pts
2, Santiago Lange/Carlos Espinola, ARG (2,3,6,3,2,3,9,(14),9) 37 pts
3, Xavier Revil/Laurent Guillemette, FRA (9,2,12,2,7,10,(13),4,2) 48 pts
8, Hugh Styles/Adam May (12,9,2,12,12,7,2,10,(24)) 66 pts

Yngling (24 boats)
1, Sally Barkow/Carrie Howe/Debbie Capozzi, USA
((25/OCS),10,2,1,11,2,4,2,6,9,3) 50 pts
2, K. Giakoumidou/H. Dimitrakopoulou/E. Mantzaaki, GRE
(2,7,10,4,12,1,1,14,4,2,(22)) 57 pts
3, Carol Cronin/Liz Filter/Bridget Hallawell, USA
(4,1,7,15,1,6,(16),13,1,8,4) 60 pts
13, Lizzie Edwards/Caroline Edwards/Sarah Webb
(11,9,14,13,21,12,19,11,10,7,(23)) 127 pts
15, Cathy Foster/Jane Norris/Annie Lush (10,21,11,11,7,9,20,15,(OCS),14,11)
129 pts

2.4 Metre (20 boats)
1, Heiko Kroeger, GER (1,1,1,(5),1,2,2,3,2,1) 14 pts
2, Hans Meyer, USA (3,(4),2,1,3,1,3,1,3,2) 19 pts
3, Stellan Berlin, SWE (2,6,(7),2,2,3,1,4,6,3) 29 pts
11, Alan Smith (11,8,4,(15),9,8,12,10,10,14) 86 pts
12, Val Millward (10,16,10,(OCS),11,12,13,13,14,10) 109 pts

Sonar (7 boats)
1, John Ross-Duggan/JP Creignou/Mikey Ross, USA (1,1,1,(4),2,2,1,2,3,1) 14
2, Rick Doerr/Richard Hughes/Tim Angle, USA (4,3,4,2,1,3,(8/OCS),1,2,2) 22
3, Ken Kelly/Peter Steel/Kirk Westergaard, CAN (3,6,2,1,3,(7),2,5,1,4) 27
No GBR boats

Warm sunshine and fresh breezes on Biscayne Bay made for a quick and delightful last day of the Rolex Miami OCR, where 526 athletes representing 34 countries have been competing in 11 Olympic and Paralympic classes since Wednesday. The regatta winners, most with goals of competing in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, will certainly be defined by their performance here against the world's best. Over half of the 328 boats sailing were foreign entries, and the fleet was flush with world champions, Olympic medallists and America's Cup veterans. The regatta is the only ISAF Grade One ranking event in the U.S.

Perhaps today's biggest international upset was had by Mark Mendelblatt (US) who snatched the Laser title from yesterday's leader and defending champion Paul Goodison (GBR). Going into today, Mendelblatt was only two points behind Goodison. Mendelblatt finished 6-1 to Goodison's 14-2 in today's racing -- his sixth posted after a remarkable comeback from a crippling wind shift that put him 30th at the first mark. "In the second race, Goodison was leading and I was second at the top mark, but I passed him on the second beat. I knew he'd have to be off the pace in one or both races for me get ahead. I was just fortunate to have the comeback I did."

For his performance, Mendelblatt was deemed the best U.S. sailor at this event and received the newly created "Golden Torch" award. The award is an Olympic Torch from the boycotted 1980 Olympics presented by the Russian Olympic Committee to the chairman of US SAILING's Olympic Sailing Committee.

Another amazing performance was seen in the 470 Men's class by Paul Foerster (Rockwall, Texas) and Kevin Burnham (Miami Beach, Fla.). Foerster and Burnham, both Olympic medallists, won both races today to knock off Steve Hunt (Hampton, Va.) and Michael Miller (Charleston, S.C.), who had been leading since day one. Their final margin was one point to win, with Hunt/Miller settling for second. "We forced them to the wrong side in the first race," said Foerster. "In the second race, we were pretty even until they fell into a no-wind zone on the first downwind leg." In the 470 Women's class, the team of Katie McDowell/Isabelle Kinsolving (Barrington, R.I.), which had sailed steady throughout the series, did so again today to win the class.

It was another story in the Yngling class, when Sally Barkow/Carrie Howe/Debbie Capozzi (Nashotah, Wisc.) finished 9-3 today to take a surprise overall victory a first appearance at this event. The team was not considered obvious contenders, especially after a premature start early in the series added 25 points to their score. However, after the drop race was figured into the scoring, the team moved into podium contention. "We didn't put a lot of pressure on ourselves, but we sailed consistently and that's what worked," said Barkow. "This sky-rockets our confidence but we have a long road ahead of us for the Olympics." Finishing second was the team of Katerina Giakoumidou/Helena Dimitrakopoulou/Efi Mantzaaki who hail from Glyfada, Greece, staging area for the 2004 Olympic Regatta.

An overall victory for yesterday's 49er class leaders Tim Wadlow (Branford, Conn.) and Peter Spaulding (Coral Gables, Fla.) looked relatively easy when they posted a third-place finish in the lone 49er race today. Andy Mack and Adam Lowry (White Salmon, Wash.) were second overall, followed by Dave Fagen and Bora Gulari (St. Petersburg, Fla.).

Yesterday's upset in the Star class was reversed when Bermuda's Peter Bromby and Lee White turned in finish positions of 2-11 to pull ahead of Andy Lovell (New Orleans, La.) and Eric Oetgen (Savannah, Ga.). This makes the second time Bromby's team has stood atop the podium at this event. (Bromby won in 1995 and was second in '02). Lovell's goal for the regatta was to finish in the top ten overall. "It was a lofty goal," said Lovell, noting the 68-boat fleet, which was the largest and thickest with talent. "To finish second was outstanding."

In the Paralympic Sonar class, the team of John Ross-Duggan/JP Creignou/Mikey Ross (Newport Beach, Calif.) turned in a solid performance to maintain their early regatta lead. "I had a strong first day, obviously," said Ross-Duggan, who won half of his ten races and three on the first day, "but I had to keep watch on other strong teams. On any given day, things could have changed."

In Paralympic 2.4 Metre class, Germany's 2000 Paralympic gold medallist Heiko Kroeger won. Europe sailor Lenka Smidova (CZE) secured her position on the top of the podium, beating out defending champ Meg Gaillard (Jamestown, R.I.), who finished second overall.

Finn sailor Jonas Hoegh-Christensen (DEN) maintained his lead over Chris Cook (CAN), and the Tornado team of Roman Hagara/Hans-Peter Steinacher (AUT) topped Santiago Lange/Carlos Espinola (ARG) in overall results. Nikos Kaklimanakis (GRE) and Anja Kaeser (SUI) dominated to win the Mistral Men's and Women's competition, respectively.

The RYA's Sacha Oswald reports on Team GBR

European and world bronze medallist, Goodison went in to the event hoping to make it a hat-trick after wins previously at the Miami regatta in 2000 and 2001. After leading most of the duration of the event, he went into the final day two points ahead of Mark Mendelblatt of America. Having used his discard previously in the regatta, Goodison would have to stay out of trouble and sail two solid races in order to win the regatta. Mendelblatt finished the day with a sixth and a first place to Goodison's fourteenth and
second, which was enough to see Mendelblatt take first place by seven points. Goodison had done enough to take second, with Andrew Campbell of America in third place.

At this early stage in the year, the strength of the RYA Team GBR Laser squad was shown with Dan Holman (Cornwall) finishing in fourth place, including a number of results in the top five in his score-line, and team mate Mark Howard (Hampshire) in ninth place.

The most competitive fleet at the regatta was the 68 boat Star fleet, which was lined with talent and the class entry list read like a who's who of sailing, with names such as Paul Cayard, John Kostecki, Vince Brun, Terry Hutchinson, Mark Reynolds and Great Britain's own Olympic gold medallist and current world champion Iain Percy (Hampshire).

Almost every boat in the fleet at some point was awarded a black flag or marked as OCS (on course side) for being over keen on the start and crossing the line prematurely, which meant that those who sailed consistently and managed to stay out of trouble would prosper.

Percy and crew Steve Mitchell (Surrey) enjoyed a short break over the winter and the Miami regatta marked the start of a busy campaign year for the pair. After a successful year in 2002, making history as the first British sailors to win the Star worlds, they used the event as an opportunity to continue their training and eye up some of their competitors.

After a slightly shaky start with an OCS in the first race of the regatta, which was followed by a 50th place in race two, Percy and Mitchell found their form throughout the regatta, and left Miami on a high, being the only boat to score two first places, which they did on the final day, resulting in a tenth place overall finish.

Peter Bromby sailing with Lee White for Bermuda won the regatta for a second time and managed to fend of the push from Americans Andy Lovell/Eric Oetgen on the final day to count a second and an eleventh to win the regatta by 21 points. The final results saw the Americans dominating the top ten of the Star results with Bill Hardesty/Will Stout taking the final podium position, Paul Cayard in fourth place and Terry Hutchinson in fifth.

Close racing was also enjoyed in the Tornado fleet, Yngling class and 2.4mR, which were the only three other classes that had RYA Team GBR sailors competing.

Hugh Styles (Kent) and Adam May (Devon), who have spent some of the winter months training in America, finished in eight place in the Tornado fleet, which saw 2002 Olympic Test Event winners Roman Hagara/Hans-Peter Steinacher of Austria win the class by two points from Santiago Lange/Carlos Espinola of Argentina.

Two RYA Team GBR trios competed in the 24-boat Yngling class, which saw Sally Barkow/Carrie Howe/Debbie Capozzi of America take the top podium position. Lizzie Edwards (Essex)/Caroline Edwards/Sarah Webb finished in thirteenth place overall, two places in front of their Hampshire based team mates Cathy Foster/Jane Norris and Annie Lush.

2000 Paralympic gold medallist Heiko Kroeger of Germany took the top spot in the 2.4mR class from Hans Meyer of America. RYA Team GBR sailor Alan Smith (Leeds) finished in eleventh place with fellow Brit Val Millward one place behind.

The next event on the Olympic Class calendar is the Athens Eurolymp from the
18-22 February before going on to the Princess Sofia Regatta in Palma from the 13-18 April.

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