Thankfully the lack of breeze that left competitors sweating through sail measurements and final boat adjustments gave way to 12-15 knots on Biscayne Bay where the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for 49er, Tornado and Yngling classes have gotten underway.
An hour north, off Ft. Lauderdale, sailors in the Europe and Finn classes also enjoyed the local conditions as they completed two races apiece on the opening day of their U.S. Olympic Team Trials.
In the 49er class, Dave FAGEN (St. Petersburg, Fla.) and Ned GOSS (Madison, Conn.) posted finishes of 3-2-3 to take the lead after three races. Following in second and third are two teams currently tied at nine points each in the 11-boat fleet: Dalton BERGAN (Seattle, Wash.) and Zack MAXAM (Coronado, Calif.) with placings of 7-1-1, and Tim WADLOW (San Diego, Calif.) and Pete SPAULDING (Miami, Fla.) with 4-3-2.
Consistent sailing in the Yngling class garnered wins in both races and the series lead for Sally BARKOW (Nashotah, Wisc.), Carrie HOWE (Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.) and Debbie CAPOZZI (Bayport, N.Y.). Remarkably, the remaining five boats in the fleet each placed the same in both races, with teams skippered by Hannah SWETT (New York, N.Y./Jamestown, R.I.) and Carol CRONIN (Jamestown, R.I.) in second and third overall after placing 2-2, and 3-3, respectively.
In the Tornado class, two-time Olympians John LOVELL (New Orleans, La.) and Charlie OGLETREE (Houston, Texas) won their two races, while their long-time rivals Lars GUCK (Bristol, R.I.) and Jonathan FARRAR (Niantic, Conn.) finished second to them in both. Following, tied on points in the 8-boat fleet, are Stan SCHREYER (Woodbury, N.J.) and Forbes DURDIN (Houston, Texas) with finishes of 4-3, and Robbie DANIEL (Clearwater, Fla.) and Enrique RODRIGUEZ (Miami, Fla.) with 3-4.
Europe sailor Meg GAILLARD (Pelham, N.Y./Jamestown, R.I.) ran away with both races in Ft. Lauderdale, while Finn sailor Kevin HALL (Ventura, Calif.) also won both of his races. Racing continues through until Sunday 22 February, with a mandatory layday on Wednesday, February 18, giving the sailors a break in the action. Lauderdale Yacht Club is hosting the trials for the Europe and Finn classes; Key Biscayne Yacht Club is hosting the 49er and Yngling; and Miami Yacht Club is hosting the Tornado.
For competitors' bios and results (as they become available) visit the event website at the address below.