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Compete in US Olympic Trials


AmericaOne Team Members Russ Silvestri and Phil Trinter Compete in San Francisco

For 113 sailors in four classes -- Europe, Finn, Laser and Star -- tomorrow's mandatory lay day will offer an opportunity to plan their next move before the final four days of racing commences. Eight races have been completed in the first four days of the Olympic Team Trials - Yachting, allowing competitors to discard their worst race to date. (A second drop will figure into the scoring for each class once competitors have sailed 10 races.)Organizers are hopeful they can stick to the plan to conduct eight additional races before the event concludes on April 16. Only the winner in each class will be named to the 2000 Olympic Team which will then go on to compete at the Olympic Games (scheduled for September 16-October 1, 2000) in Sydney, Australia.

Organizers -- San Francisco Yacht Club (Belvedere) for the Europe and Laser classes; Richmond Yacht Club (Pt. Richmond) for the Finn class; and St. Francis Yacht Club (San Francisco) for the Star class -- have rotated the fleets around the Bay, utilizing courses in Richmond, Southampton Shoals, Berkeley Circle and Emeryville. Conditions typically associated with San Francisco Bay at this time of year have been the rule, with breeze ranging from the mid to upper teens, depending on course location.

FINN: For '99 Finn National Champion and Pan Am Games Silver Medalist Russ Silvestri (Tiburon, Calif.) these Olympic Trials may be a case of déjà vu. Silvestri knows what it's like to be this close to a shot at an Olympic medal after four previous attempts to become the U.S.A.'s Finn Olympic representative. (A trip to the '88 Olympic Games as a Team alternate did not result in his seeing action on the water.) Silvestri has led these Finn Trials from day one posting five bullets and three second-place finishes for a total of nine points (counting one drop) in the eight-race series. In second place with 17 points is '98 Finn National Champion Darrell Peck (Gresham, Ore.). Peck has the distinction of being the top-finishing American at the last five out of six Finn world championships. Currently holding third through fifth place in the 26-boat fleet, with 22, 30 and 32 points, respectively, are Mark Herrmann (Bothell, Wash.); '94 Goodwill Games Finn Silver Medalist Eric Oetgen (Savannah, Ga.); and Mike Deyett (Windham, N.H.).

STAR: 16 Star teams are staging their assault on this event from the Treasure Island Sailing Center, with two-time Star Olympic Medalist ('92 gold, '88 silver) and '95 Star World Champion Mark Reynolds and Magnus Liljedahl (San Diego, Calif./Miami, Fla.) holding a dominant lead at this point in the regatta. Counting five first-place finishes and two second-place finishes (dropping a fifth), gives Reynolds and Liljedahl nine points overall. In second place, with 20 points, is '86 Star World Champion Vince Brun and Mike Dorgan (both San Diego, Calif.). George Szabo and Rick Peters (San Diego/El Segundo, Calif.) are third overall with 25 points, followed by '93 Star World Champion Joe Londrigan and Mark Strube (San Diego, Calif./Miami, Fla.) with 26 points. Rounding out the top-five are John MacCausland and Phil Trinter (Cherry Hill, N.J./Lorain, Ohio) with 32 points. -- Jan Harley

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