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US Trials - Fourth Day Report
By Jan Harley, Media Pro International and Rich Roberts, YachtRacing.com
Mar 23, 2004, 19:32

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Cayard and Trinter Two for Two on Day Four at US Olympic Team Trials-Sailing

Coconut Grove, Fla. (March 23, 2004) – A blustery northerly that ushered in cooler temperatures also made for a speedy ride out to the racecourse once the postponement flag came down for the 22 Star teams competing in the 2004 US Olympic Team Trials-Sailing. During the morning, wind readings built from 14 to 20 knots, and were predicted to peak around noon at 24 knots before dropping off in the afternoon. When the first race got started at 1300, winds were recorded at 18 knots with puffs to 20, and, as predicted, by the start of the second race had dropped to 16 knots.

Paul Cayard (Kentfield, Calif.) and Phil Trinter (Lorain, Ohio) won both of the day’s races and go into tomorrow’s layday with the lead in hand. They are 14 points ahead of Vince Brun and Mike Dorgan (both San Diego, Calif.), who continued their move up the overall standings after posting finishes of 5-3 today. Just one point back, also moving up one spot – from fourth to third overall –are George Szabo (San Diego, Calif.) and Mark Strube (Miami, Fla.) after finishes of 4-2 today.

Eric Doyle (San Diego, Calif.) lost crew Brian Sharp (Norwalk, Conn./Franklin, Mass.) overboard during the second race and dropped two spots in the overall scoring – down to fifth – after placing 10-12 today. They have 34 points thus far for the series. Following four points back, in fifth overall, are John MacCausland (Cherry Hill, N.J.) and Brad Nichol (Sunapee, N.H.) who finished 15-5.



Tuesday's wind: NE, 18-22 knots.
No racing Wednesday (lay day).

By Rich Roberts
For YachtRacing.com

MIAMI, Fla.---Not quite halfway through the U.S. Olympic Trials for the Star class it appears that the only two guys who can stop Paul Cayard and crew Phil Trinter from winning the sole prize trip to Athens are . . . Cayard and

And they nearly did so Tuesday, before winning both races to extend their lead to 14 points over Vince Brun/Mike Dorgan and 15 over George Szabo/Mark Strube after 7 or 16 scheduled races.

"We basically broke our mast on the way out to the course," Cayard said.

Oh, is that all?

They had just exited the harbor into windy Biscayne Bay when the backstay slipped out of its cleat and their Olympic campaign almost came tumbling down. If it had happened later---say, late in the first race, with no time
to change before the second race---the event would be looking at new leaders over the midway break for a lay day Wednesday.

Instead, they got a quick tow back in and replaced the mast in only 17 minutes.

"What's good is we kept our composure and were settled down at the starting line," Cayard said.

Composure was an asset on a day when the wind was blowing so hard---a steady 20 knots-plus, touching 29 at one point---that the race committee held the boats ashore for an hour and a half until 11:30 a.m. when it seemed to be settling at 20.

>From there, after the mast hiccup, Cayard and Trinter scored their second and third wins by nine seconds over Brun/Dorgan and 20 seconds over Szabo/Strube. Their log of finishes in the 22-boat fleet now reads 2-(6)-1-2-3-1-1.

The latter teams moved up a notch as Eric Doyle and crew Brian Sharp, who won the first two races Saturday, dropped to fourth overall with their worst two finishes, 10th and 12th. More significant was their involvement with Mark Reynolds in an incident at the start of the second race that set back the four-time Olympian and triple medallist just as he appeared to be finding his stride.

Reynolds, with crew Steve Erickson, made his move from seventh place overall by chasing Reynolds across the finish line for second place in the first race. But in the pre-start maneuvering for the second race Reynolds found
himself squeezed off between Doyle and the committee boat.

When they touched, the foul was on the windward boat---Reynolds---requiring a 720-degree penalty turn (two complete circles) as the fleet sailed away. Reynolds/Erickson did well to come back to 15th place but actually moved up a notch to seventh in the standings.

"He was just 'barging' and hit us," Doyle said.

Reynolds and Erickson didn't deny guilt but thought Doyle pressed his rules advantage a bit too far when he could have accelerated away with the gun.

"Basically," Reynolds said, "he put us in a position where the only way you can get out [without fouling] is to tack [the other way]"---which would have been almost as costly as a penalty turn.

With the strongest breeze so far, the race committee set a longer windward-leeward course and sailed it twice around.

Cayard had two strong starts. In the first race he picked his favorite spot at the pin end and led Reynolds on the second upwind leg as they met from opposite sides of the course at the windward mark. They both passed early
leaders Andy Lovell/Magnus Liljedahl, then Cayard covered Reynolds all the way home.

In the second race Cayard started near the middle of the line and led at every mark without being seriously challenged.

With a lay day Wednesday, the RC hopes to return with three races Thursday to get the event back on schedule for the last four days into Sunday.

Leaders (22 boats, 7 of 16 races, one discard):

1. Paul Cayard/Phil Trinter, San Francisco, 2-(6)-1-2-3-1-1, 10. points.
2. Vince Brun/Mike Dorgan, San Diego, (23/OCS)-9-2-1-4-5-3, 24.
3. George Szabo/Mark Strube, San Diego, 4-5-(14)-9-14-2, 25.
4. Eric Doyle/Brian Sharp, San Diego, 1-1-9-8-5-10-(12), 34.
5. John MacCausland/Brad Nichol, Cherry Hill, N.J., 6-8-3-6-10-(15)-5, 38.
6. Mark Reynolds/Steve Erickson, San Diego, 5-2-10-7-13-2-(15), 39.
7. Howie Shiebler/Will Stout, San Francisco, 3-3-6-(23/OCS)-12-9-6, 39.
8. Rick Merriman/Bill Bennett, San Diego, 7-4-(17)-13-2-7-9, 42.
9. Andrew MacDonald/Austin Sperry, Laguna Beach, Calif., 11-7-5-4-6-(13)-10,
10. Andy Lovell/Magnus Liljedahl, New Orleans, (23/OCS)-23/DNS-4-3-11-3-7,

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