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17 April 2004, 05:12 pm
Szabo moves ahead, Lovell falls into tie for second place
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Star Spring Championship of the Western Hemisphere
New Orleans

George SZABO along with crew Darin JENSEN finished first in both races of the Star Championships of the Western Hemisphere on Friday at the Southern Yacht Club on Lake Pontchartrain.
Szabo, 33, who resides in San Diego, won the North American Championship in the Star Class in 2001 after taking a four-year break to race a Snipe Class boat.

"We had a little bit better conditions today then yesterday, and we started figuring out the wind shifts better," Szabo said. "Darin and I haven't sailed together for about a year; we got a little more accustomed to working with each other."

Local sailor Andy LOVELL and crew Magnus LILJEDAHL finished fourth in both races, dropping them into a tie for second place with two-time gold medalist Mark REYNOLDS with 10 points, one point behind Szabo and Jensen.

"We were going well upwind, but downwind we were having a hard time gaining speed and direction," Lovell said.
Lovell finished three feet behind local sailor Guy BRIERRE in the first race. Brierre took third place in the first race and fifth in the second. Brierre and crew Buddy CLARKE moved from seventh place to fifth.

Competition continues today (Saturday) with one race scheduled for 11 a.m. (local time) After today's race, each sailor's highest finish will be thrown out, and the standings will be adjusted accordingly. The sixth and final race is scheduled for Sunday at 11 a.m.

Chris Stromboe (As Amended by ISAF)
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