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Strong sailing effort

As a confidence builder, the first European regatta for Carol Cronin and Anne Arundel County residents Liz Filter and Nancy Haberland was just what the doctor ordered.

The three sailors finished eighth out of 30 entries in the Yngling class during the five-day HRH Princess Sofia Trophy event, held in Spain's Bay of Palma.

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The women had never sailed in the bay just south of Barcelona and say it took some getting used to. But after a ragged beginning, when the first race started without them, they logged two first-place and two second-place finishes in the 12-race competition.

"[We] achieved our goal of checking our progress against the Europeans," says skipper Cronin, of Jamestown, R.I. "We now know what we need to work on between now and the games in Athens. "

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The regatta was won by the team from the Netherlands, followed by New Zealand and Germany.

More than 600 boats representing 50 nations participated in the event, despite the cancellation of the Mistral, 49er and Star classes because of scheduling conflicts with other international sailing events.

Cronin, Filter and Haberland will compete in the Semaine Olympique in Hyres, France, from April 23-30 and then take part in the Women's Worlds from May 7-15 in Santander, Spain.


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