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23 March 2004, 10:56 am
Szabo Wins Lone Star Race
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© Jonathan Harley

US Olympic Trials
Miami, Florida

Three attempts to get a race off 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 the 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 today, 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 the race, the fifth of the series. With five races figured into the scoring, the 22 Star teams can now discard their worst race thus far. Once 12 races have been scored the sailors will be able to discard two. Szabo and Strube gained two places with their race victory, moving up from sixth to fourth overall on 19 points.

Paul CAYARD (Kentfield, Calif.) and Phil TRINTER (Lorain, Ohio) added a third yesterday to their scoreline, and discard 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. 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 in yesterday's light weather race. They carry 22 points.

For bios and full results visit the event website at the address below.

Overall Top Ten

Pos Skipper/Crew 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
US SAILING (As Amended By ISAF News Editor)
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