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Olympic Reportó9/21/00

SailNet’s Olympic correspondent Bob Merrick, the US Men’s 470 crew, reports from Sydney on Races Three and Four of the regatta.


Follow the Olympics with Bob Merrick's reports and photos along with our primers and commentary from spectator Martha Mason.

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Olympic Photos—Opening Ceremonies
Olympic Photos—Miscellaneous
Let the Games Begin
Getting to Know Olympic Sailing
The Olympic Primer
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We were towed out to E Course at 10:00 a.m. again and arrived close to 11:00. When we got there the wind was approximately two knots from the south. Around 11:30 the sea breeze filled in from the northeast at about 10 knots and we started on time. We sailed outer-loop trapezoids all day.

Race 3     We had an OK start toward the boat end. About a minute after the start we tacked away and found a better lane to the right of the fleet. We got into phase and rounded the weather mark in fifth. At the mark, the Ukrainians tacked too close inside us so we protested them. We held our position on the reach and run. On the last beat we were in phase until the end when we got a little too far right. We passed some boats, but lost some others and rounded in sixth. There was a pack of boats in front of us on the run and we caught one of them, the French, to finish fourth.

Race 4     We started down at the pin. The Germans were right to windward of us and way over the line, giving us in bad air. They eventually went back, but our start was ruined. We spent the rest of the beat looking for clear air. We rounded the first mark in 21st. We got in the high lane on the reach and passed two boats, then jibe-set and had a good run to round 14th. We were looking too hard for good lanes on the next beat and got out of phase and lost two boats to round 16th. We jibe set on the run again and gained some distance on the boats in front of us, but rounded the last leeward mark in 16th. On the last reach we made the low road work and passed two boats. Three boats were over early so we finished 11th. At the end of the day the Ukrainians got disqualified from Race Three for hitting the mark. We're in sixth place now, still slugging away.

Tomorrow we're going to sail on D Course.

Bob and his skipper Paul Foerster are now in sixth place overall after four races. There are 11 races scheduled, with a possible two throw-outs. The Portuguese team of Miguel Nunes and Alvaro Marinho, with scores of 1-4-6-7, leads the competition with 18 points; Mark Turnbull and Tom King of Australia have 22 points; Joe Glanville and Nicholas Rogers of the UK have 25 points; Dimitri Berezkine and Mikhail Kroutikov of Russia have 29; and the Argentines Javier Conte and Juan de la Fuente have 30.

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