Calm winds wipe out most of ISAF Sailing World Cup sailing



Unseasonably calm winds Friday canceled racing for all but two of the 10 Olympic and three Paralympic classes in the ISAF Sailing World Cup on Biscayne Bay.

The men’s 49er and women’s 49er FX boats sailed the only course with enough breeze to finish a race, and Plantation skipper Brad Funk and crew Trevor Burd made the most of it, advancing to third place in the 33-boat 49er fleet. The Americans trail the tied British and French teams by only three points going into Saturday’s medal race, which features the top 10 boats in each Olympic class and counts double the points of previous races.

Men’s 470 defending champs Stu McNay of Providence, R.I., and crew David Hughes of Miami hold a one-point lead over the French runners-up for Saturday’s final, where winds are forecast to be about as calm as Friday’s.

“We’re a well-rounded team. We are ready to race in whatever the elements throw at us,” McNay said. “We were happy for a variety of conditions.”

The World Cup, which opened Monday, is the third of five in a series of international events leading up to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. It will help determine members of the 2014 U.S. Sailing Team Sperry Top-sider. More than 500 sailors from 50 countries are competing.

Olympian and defending champ Paige Railey of Clearwater is in the top spot in the 50-boat Laser Radial class, leading runner-up Marti Bouwmeester of the Netherlands by 11 points. Railey wasn’t flustered that her races got cancelled Friday.

“I’ve been sailing so long. You just relax and enjoy the time with your friends,” the 26-year-old insurance saleswoman said. “This is just for me to get out of the office and sail and enjoy the boat. I’ve been working with my coach and we’re taking steps on the Rio road. We’re on that track. We’re waiting to go full throttle.”

In the regatta’s largest class, the 90-boat Lasers, Croatia’s Tonci Stipanovic is ahead of Australia’s Tom Burton by three points. The women’s 49er FX is topped by France, with Italy in the runner-up position. Australia’s Oliver Tweddell is first in the 37-boat Finn class. In the Nacra 17-mixed multihull class, Italy and Austria are tied for the lead. Greece is the leader in the RS:X men’s windsurfing class while Briton Bryony Shaw commands the RS:X women’s fleet. In women’s 470, a British team leads by eight points over France.

With no medal race Saturday and the cancellation of racing Friday, the winners of the three Paralympic classes for disabled sailors were sealed Thursday.

Megan Pascoe of Great Britain won the 26-boat 2.4 meter class followed by Canada’s Allan Leibel and fellow Brit Helena Lucas in third. Miami’s Daniel Evans was top U.S. finisher in eighth place.

The French team of Bruno Jourdren, Eric Flageul and Nicolas Vimont Vicary took the eight-boat Sonar class. The British team of Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell were tops in the fleet of four SKUD-18s.

men’s tennis

•  UM 7, Bethune-Cookman 0: The host University of Miami defeated Bethune-Cookman in overcast conditions at the Neil Schiff Tennis Complex. Senior Gabriel Flores and freshman Bernard Tefel both won their matches quickly, defeating their opponents, Santiago Lobelo, 6-1, 6-0, and Greg Almeida, 6-0, 6-0, respectively. UM improved to 2-1.

women’s tennis

•  UM 6, Florida Gulf Coast 1: Ninth-ranked UM cruised to the dual-match victory against the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center.

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