Yesterday's light winds off Fort McHenry confounded the top-ranked international match racers taking part in this year's Cadillac Columbus Cup Regatta, causing some upsets in the early standings set on Monday when the double round-robin portion of the regatta began.
Despite the difficult conditions, three additional flights were completed in the round-robin series, bringing the total races to five.
Olympic silver medalist Kevin Mahaney unexpectedly had to leave the regatta, but was expected to return before its conclusion; in his absence he turned the helm of his team to a crew member, Texan Doug Kern, who also earned a silver medal in the 1992 Olympics as middleman on Mahaney's Soling campaign.
France's Bertrand Pace remained the only undefeated skipper after yesterday's flights, knocking off John Kolius, Gary Jobson, and Kern yesterday, on top of wins over Robert Fry and Brad Butterworth in Monday's two flights.
With losses yesterday to Jobson and Kolius, and a win over Chris Law to bring her score to three wins and two losses, Dawn Riley, the only female skipper competing, was tied for second with Kolius and Fry.
Nine more flights are scheduled in the regatta's round-robin portion, scheduled to conclude Friday morning. The top four finishers in the round robin will compete in semifinal and final matches Friday and Saturday to determine the winner of this year's Cadillac Columbus Cup.
A "Meet The Skippers" forum is set for this afternoon after racing at HarborView Marina off Key Highway. The forum is free and open to the public.
Standings After Flight 5
B. Pace, France, 5-0; J. Kolius, U.S., 3-2; D. Riley, U.S., 3-2; R. Fry, Japan, 3-2; K. Mahaney/D. Kern, U.S., 2-3; B. Butterworth, N.Z., 2-3; C. Law, U.K., 1-4; G. Jobson, U.S., 1-4.
Results Flight 3
Fry def. Law; Jobson def. Riley; Mahaney/Kern def. Butterworth; Pace def. Kolius.
Butterworth def. Law; Kolius def. Riley; Pace def. Jobson; Fry def. Mahaney.
Butterworth def. Kolius; Fry def. Jobson; Riley def. Law; Pace def. Mahaney.