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With Two Days Left, Trinter and Reynolds are Second In Star Pre-Olympic Regatta

With AmericaOne training and testing in San Pedro now complete, the team has scattered briefly to their homes or other sailing venues. Some members are already in New Zealand. In Sydney, Australia, Phil Trinter is crewing for Mark Reynolds in their Star Campaign to represent the US at the 2000 Olympics. This report is from Trinter in Sydney at the IBM Sydney Harbor Regatta 1999, the last major event in Sydney before the Olympics next year.

Update, September 23, 1999

Greetings from Sydney,

September has been a month of traveling for AmericaOne as our camp moves to New Zealand. This has given the sailors an opportunity to take some time off before we get started full time in Auckland.

For some of us, as you have read in the daily updates, time off means more sailing. I have been in Sydney the past week sailing the Pre-Olympic regatta in Star boats. I am crewing for past Olympic gold medalist, and World Champion, Mark Reynolds. Sydney has proven to be a challenging venue for everyone who has not had the chance to sail in Sydney Harbor before.

As with most of the classes, the Australians are doing very well. This is the case in the Star Class. Australians Colin Beashel and David Giles have been the team to beat. After nine races they are leading with 15 points. Mark and I are in second place with 20 points. The Brazilians and the British follow with 26 points.

There are two races left. We are scheduled for one race Saturday, and the final race on Sunday. If the weather forecast for Sunday is questionable, we may sail both races Saturday. Five points in two races is a tall order in an eight boat fleet. With a little luck I hope to have good news to pass on to you in the near future.

Phil Trinter
AmericaOne Sailing Team

For more in this series of reports, look at AmericaOne's Grand Prix Sailing News page.

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