Andy Mack and Adam Lowry of Seattle validated their top ranking on the US Sailing Team by coming from behind to win the 49er class in the 42nd Olympic Classes Regatta at Alamitos Bay Yacht Club Sunday.
They were off to Spain Sunday night to compete against the best 49er sailors in Europe in the Princess Sofia Regatta on the island of Majorca. The competition may be keen but the conditions won't be any tougher than they found over three days in Long Beach, including the final day with 18 knots of chilly breeze and lumpy water even inside the breakwater where their acrobatic class performed.
It was gnarly well before noon. Several boats in various classes took one look and returned to the harbor; others dropped out through the afternoon. But most of the 143 entries in nine classes considered the outing well worthwhile in the pursuit of their Olympic dreams.
Laura Corbit, a 27-year-old UCLA student finished last in all 10 Laser races. However she was proud to have finished every race.