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Laser event dies in the wind


The final day of Severn Sailing Association's Laser Atlantic Coast Championship Regatta ended with a whimper off Annapolis yesterday afternoon.

The only race that was attempted was abandoned in the face of an extremely light and dying wind, a strong flood tidal current, and a 20- to 25-degree wind shift that forced most of the fleet eastward into the mouth of the Severn River instead of south toward the first weather mark.

In the absence of results yesterday, the regatta consisted only of Saturday's two races, falling one race short of the number required for an officially sanctioned championship. But 1992 Olympic silver medalist Jim Brady of Annapolis still received the trophy as winner of the Gold championship fleet.

The series still will be a determining factor in the final standings for the U.S. Sailing Team, whose five members in the Laser class were to have been selected based on a best-two-of-four regatta series, of which this was the last. Instead, it became a best-two-of-three series.

With wins in the Midwinters East in Sarasota, Fla., in February and the Easter Regatta in Austin, Texas, earlier this month, 1992 Olympic silver medalist Steve Bourdow of Baton Rouge, La., already had earned the top spot in the U.S. Sailing Team rankings. Havre de Grace sailor Max Skelley, who had been ranked second, having placed second and third, respectively, in the same regattas, will retain his standing.

Another area sailor, Henry Filter of Stevensville, who was second in Austin and had finishes lower in the fleets at the Midwinters and in the Alamitos Bay Olympic Classes Regatta in Long Beach, Calif., two weeks ago, is now third on the U.S. Sailing Team.

Julia Trotman of Annapolis won in the 60-boat Silver Fleet.

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