U.S. women — two of them Floridians — occupied three of the top-10 spots in the Laser Radial class Tuesday after two days of racing in ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami on Biscayne Bay.
With four races scored, Clearwater defending champ Paige Railey is in fourth place in the 79-boat fleet, which is led by Denmark’s Anne Marie Rindom. Haddon Hughes of Houston is sixth, followed by Fort Lauderdale’s Erika Reineke in eighth place.
In the 57-boat 49er class, Plantation skipper Brad Funk and crew Trevor Burd of Marblehead, Massachisetts, are the top U.S. team, sitting in 10th place after six races. Spain’s Diego Botin and crew Iago Lopez Marra top the class.
More than 850 sailors from 63 countries are competing.
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▪ The Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run announced its race dates and new presenting sponsor Verizon Wireless for the series that begins in Fort Lauderdale and culminates with the 30th anniversary of the downtown Miami race. The series will begin April 2 (March 5 registration deadline) at Huizenga Plaza in Fort Lauderdale, continue April 15 (March 18 deadline) at the Meyer Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach and conclude with the massive anniversary celebration April 23 (March 26 deadline) at Bayfront Park. All three runs begin at 6:45 p.m.
▪ Maria Diaz of Miami finished the Miami Marathon on Sunday in 4 hours 53 minutes 8 seconds. Diaz, 51, born with a condition known as retinitis pigmentosa, is legally blind.
“I want people who are legally blind or blind to know they can still accomplish their goals,” Diaz said.
SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN