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Women's Yngling Results at Miami Olympic Classes Sailing Regatta

1/30/2002

Sailors Play Out Perfect First Day at Rolex Miami OCR

Miami, Florida - On Biscayne Bay today, 10-14 knots of breeze under sunny skies set an awesome stage for over 400 sailors to collectively show off their prowess in nine Olympic and two Paralympic classes. The near-perfect conditions allowed Rolex Miami OCR organizers to work in four races each for Ynglings, 49ers, Sonars and Tornados and three races each for 470 (Men and Women), Mistral (Men and Women), Star, Finn, Europe, Laser and 2.4 Metre. A total of 282 boats representing 26 countries are sailing on six race courses.

In the Yngling, a class newly added to the Olympics for the women's keelboat racing discipline, USA's Carol Cronin (Jamestown, R.I.), sailing with Liz Filter (Stevensville, Md.) and Kate Fears (Key West, Fla.), turned in a well-tuned performance to edge out Jody Swanson (Buffalo, N.Y.) and crew Cory Sertl (Rochester, N.Y.) and Pease Glaser (Long Beach, Calif.). Both skippers posted two first-place finishes and a second, but Cronin's worst finish--a fourth--was less damaging than Swanson's worst--a sixth.

"We have good speed," said Cronin, "but in our last race we had to grind back up through the fleet from a really bad start. To finish fourth in that race is pretty satisfactory to me." Cronin says that being prepared was her secret to a sweet first day at this regatta. "We had sailed for a week here and then for another four days with a coach helping us. It made a huge difference in how calm we all were when we got out on the race course."



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