Sailing World Cup resumes on Biscayne Bay



Thursday’s cool front brought enough breeze to carry out races in all 10 Olympic and three Paralympic classes of the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup on Biscayne Bay, following Wednesday’s cancellation.

The Paralympic classes for disabled sailors — 2.4 meter, SKUD-18 and Sonar — will finish racing Friday out of Shake-A-Leg Miami in Coconut Grove, while the 10 Olympic classes have one more day of fleet racing before Saturday’s medal round for the top 10 in each fleet.

After five races in the 26-boat, 2.4-meter class, Great Britain’s Megan Pasco holds a two-point lead over Canada’s Allan Leibel.

In Sonars, the three-man French team skippered by Bruno Jourdan leads by two points over Great Britain’s John Robertson and Alphonsus Doerr of New Jersey, who are tied for second. In the four-boat SKUD-18 fleet, Britons Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell are ahead by three points.

After narrowly trailing the French leaders since racing began Monday, defending champs Stu NcNay of Providence, R.I., and David Hughes of Miami took over the top spot Thursday in the 29-boat men’s 470 class.

Clearwater Olympian and defending champ Paige Railey held onto her week-long pole position in the 50-boat Laser Radial fleet. She leads the Netherlands’ Marti Bouwmeister by 11 points.

More than 500 sailors from 50 countries are in Miami to size each other up before the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. The regatta will help select the members of the 2014 U.S. Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider.

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