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Rolex Miami OCR

Biscayne Bay was awash yesterday in a sea of sails as competitors from 26 countries worked the 13-15 knots of wind to improve their positions in the nine Olympic and two Paralympic classes competing here at the Rolex Miami OCR.
Steve Hunt (Hampton, Va.) and Michael Miller (Charleston, S.C.), in the 470 Men's event, couldn't have performed better: they lead their class standings with a perfect score built on three first-place finishes yesterday and three today. The 49er class has completed eight races, while the Sonar, Tornado and Yngling classes have completed seven. The remaining classes -- Europe, Finn, 470, Laser, Mistral, Star and 2.4 Metre -- have sailed six races. All classes now figure a drop race into the overall scores.

"We don't feel like we're totally dominating," said Hunt "We've got two days behind us and two to go, and Mark Ivey and Ward Cromwell are always right there behind us." Ivey (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and Cromwell (New Orleans, La.) are counting four second-place finishes and a third for a total of 11 points to Hunt/Miller's five. "We've trained a little more than some of the other teams, and that's really paying off here," said Hunt. He and Miller, were training partners for the USA's 2000 470 Men's and Women's Silver Medallists.

In the Mistral Women's class, top U.S. contender Kimberly Birkenfeld (Miami, Fla./Myrtle Creek, Ore.) was happy with her third place overall after three races today in the moderate winds. "When it's really heavy air, there's usually a group that breaks out, and when it's light, the same thing happens. In these conditions, the racing is more tactical, because everyone's closely packed at the mark roundings." Birkenfeld thinks leader Sigrid Rondelez (Belgium) will be hard to beat, but Canada's Dominique Vallee, currently second, is within striking distance.

In Ynglings, yesterday's headliner Carol Cronin (Jamestown, R.I.) fell to second overall with Jody Swanson (Buffalo, N.Y.) taking the lead after today's three races. In the 49er class, which completed four races today, Andy Mack (Seattle, Wash.) and Adam Lowry (San Francisco, Calif.) overtook yesterday's leaders David Fagen (Cheasapeake, Va.) and Bora Gulari (Detroit, Mich.).

Racing continues through Saturday on Biscayne Bay. Complete results, photos and competitor's rosters are posted at the event website.


Europe (25 boats)
1. Nik Meylandeg, DEN, 3-1-1-(4)-1-1; 7 pts
2. Meg Gaillard, USA, 2-2-2-1-(3)-2; 9 pts
3. Maria Coleman, IRL, 1-3-3-5-2-(7); 14 pts

Finn (29 boats)
1. Andrew Simpson, GBR, 1-3-2-1-1-(DNC); 8 pts
2. Christopher Cook, CAN, 3-4-(7)-2-2-1; 12 pts
3. Mike Milner, CAN, 2-2-5-4-(10)-2; 15 pts

49er (16 boats)
1. Andy Mack/Adam Lowry, USA, (4)-2-2-2-2-1-1-1; 11 pts
2. David Fagen/Bora Gulari, USA, 2-1-(4)-3-3-3-3-3; 18 pts
3. Dalton Bergan/Zack Maxim, USA, (6)-3-3-1-4-4-4-2; 21 pts

470 Men (14 boats)
1. Steve Hunt/Michael Miller, USA, (1)-1-1-1-1-1; 5 pts
2. Mark Ivey/Ward Cromwell, USA (DNF)-2-2-2-3-2; 11 pts
3. Stuart McNay/Ross Anderson, USA, 2-3-(16)-4-2-4; 15 pts

470 Women (7 boats)
1. Courtenay Dey/Linda Wennerstrom, USA, 4-5-(6)-3-4-3; 19 pts
2. Amanda Clark/Karen Renzulli, USA, 7-8-3-8-(9)-6; 32 pts
3. Elizabeth Kratzig/Louise Gleason, USA 5-6-11-(12)-6-5; 33 pts

Laser (64 boats)
1. Paul Goodison, GBR, 4-2-2-(6)-1-1; 10 pts
2. Brett Davis, USA, 6-1-1-5-(OCS)-11; 24 pts
3. Andrew Campbell, USA, 1-3-13-2-5-(19); 24 pts

Mistral Men (12 boats)
1. David Mier y Teren, MEX, 1-2-1-2-1-2; 7 pts
2. Peter Wells, USA, 3-1-3-1-3-3; 11 pts
3. Zachary Plavsic, CAN, 8-3-4-3-4-1; 22 pts

Mistral Women (9 boats)
1. Sigrid Rondelez, BEL, 2-5-2-4-2-5; 15 pts
2. Dominique Vallee, CAN, 6-8-8-9-8-9; 39 pts
3. Kimberly Birkenfeld, USA, 5-9-13-11-7-11; 45 pts

Star (49 boats)
1. Marc Pickel/David Giles, GER, 6-1-(10)-2-2-1; 12 pts
2. Peter Bromby/Martin Siese, BER, 1-3-(18)-5-1-5; 15 pts
3. Ross MacDonald/George Iverson, CAN, 3-5-7-3-6-3; 20 pts

Tornado (18 boats)
1. Lars Guck/Jonathan Farrar, USA, 1-1-1-(4)-1-1-3; 8 pts
2. Robbie Daniel/Eric Jacobsen, USA, 2-3-2-1-(5)-3-2; 13 pts
3. Mitch Booth/Herb Derksen, NED, 3-4-(7)-6-2-2-1; 18 pts

Yngling (18 boats)
1. Jody Swanson/Cory Sertl/Pease Glaser, USA, 1-2-(6)-1-1-4-2; 11 pts
2. Carol Cronin/Liz Filter/Kate Fears, USA, 2-1-1-(4)-4-1-3; 12 pts
3. Betsy Alison/Nancy Haberland/Joan Touchette, USA, 5-5-3-2-(11)-8-1; 24 pts

2.4 Metre (15 boats)
1. Tom Brown, USA, 1-1-1-2-(3)-1; 6 pts
2. Hans Meyer, USA, (5)-2-2-1-1-2; 8 pts
3. Thiery Schmitter, NED, 3-4-5-(9)-2-4; 18 pts

Sonar (6 boats)
1. Paul Callahan/Keith Burhans/Mike Hagmaier, USA, 2-2-1-1-1-(3)-2; 9 pts
2. Gene Hinkel/J.P. Creignou/Mike Ackley, USA, 1-1-(3)-2-3-2-1; 10 pts
Rick Doerr/Tim Angle/Richard Hughes, USA, 3-(OCS)-2-3-2-1-3; 14 pts

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