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1 April 2003, 01:51 pm
USA Cleans Up in 2 Classes
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St. Petersberg Disabled/Open Regatta
Tampa Bay

Hosted by the St. Petersberg YC in Tampa Bay, Florida, the USA took 1,2,3 in the event, which saw heavy winds cancel racing for the non-Olympic Martin 16 on the final day.
In the 2.4mR, 12 boats sailed with representation from both Canada and Singapore in the single person Paralympic class. Tom Brown (USA) had a fantastic regatta, counting three firsts and winning the final heavy weather race on the last day. Second was John Ruf, who pushed brown to the last, but was OCS in race 5. Tom Franklin from Miami rounded off the podium positions.

There were 16 of the two man Martin 16's racing over the weekend, the majority from Canada but also boats from Great Britain, USA and Australia. But it was the Canadian pair of Brad Boston and Liz MacDonald who took first place from contrymen Danny McCoy and Ken Carpenter. Only three races were completed over the weekend as Sunday was blown off.

Nine Paralympic Sonar's made the trip to Tampa Bay and it finished close. Only four points separated the top four places after seven races were sailed in very changeable conditions over the three days of Competition. The USA eventually took the top three places, Paul Callahan winning on 18 points and by tie break from Rick Doerr. JR Duggan was third, only two points behind.

Full results are available from the event website at the address below
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