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Stormy Waters End Yachting Early

July 22, 1996

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) _ American skipper Jeff Madrigali and his crew of Jim Barton and Kent Massey won the Soling race by 5 1/2 seconds over Russia on Monday in the Olympic Yachting Regatta.

Only three of 16 scheduled races were completed before a severe thunderstorm over the Atlantic forced postponement of the rest of the events.

Madrigali, Barton and Massey beat 21 other boats to take the early lead in Soling. The Russian team of Georgiy Shayduko, Dmitriy Shabanov and Igor Skalin was second and Ireland’s team of Garrett Connolly, Marshall King and Daniel O’Grady was third.

Defending gold medalist Jose Maria van der Ploeg of Spain edged Yuriy Tokovy by eight-hundredths of a second in the Finn race, with American Will Martin of Charleston, S.C., dropping out after being called for a premature start.

Michael Maier of the Czech Republic was third, Hans Spitzauer of Austria fourth and Marek Valasek of the Slovak Republic fifth in a fleet of 31 boats. The race was run in 1 1/2-foot swells and winds of 7.2 knots.

Defending Star class gold medalists Mark Reynolds of San Diego and Hal Haenel of Los Angeles finished a disappointing fourth.

The Canadian team of Ross MacDonald and Eric Jespersen won the race, followed by Brazil’s Torben Grael, who turned 36 Monday, and Marcelo Ferriera. Roderick Davis and Donald Cowie of New Zealand were third.

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