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Becker-Dey Slips a Notch on Another Rainy Race Day

July 25, 1996

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) _ The Olympic yachting regatta got another dose of foul weather Thursday and America’s most consistent performer so far, Courtenay Becker-Dey, dropped from second into a third-place tie in the Europe Class.

A heavy thunderstorm rumbled across Wassaw Sound into the Atlantic, postponing the second race in each of six classes, bringing to 23 the number of postponements in the first four days.

Only the Europes and Lasers went about their business, completing the fifth and sixth races of their 11-race series.

Becker-Dey, a New York native now living in The Dalles, Ore., placed seventh and sixth to fall 12 points behind Europe Class leader Kristine Roug of Denmark and into a tie with Shirley Robertson of England.

Roug, a two-time world champion, and 19-year-old Margriet Matthijsse of Netherlands each posted a victory and a second. Roug leads Matthijsse by eight points.

In the Lasers, current world champion Robert Scheidt of Brazil placed first and third to move into the lead with 15 points. Ben Ainslie of Great Britain had a second and first and climbed within a point of Scheidt.

Nick Adamson of Newport Beach, Calif., dropped one spot to 13th with his 13th and 14th-place finishes.

The American Star Class team _ defending Olympic champions Mark Reynolds of San Diego and Hal Haenel of Los Angeles _ remained third after the only race in their class. Brazil’s Torben Grael and Marcelo Ferreira won the race and moved to the top of the standings, one point ahead of Australia’s Colin Beashel and David Giles.

The world champion women’s 470 team from Ukraine, Ruslana Taran and Olena Panholchyk, fell into a tie with Spain’s Theresa Zabell and Begona Via Dufresne with six points each. Americans Kris Stookey and Louise Van Voorhis fell into a tie for fourth overall.

Ukraine had the lead in the men’s double-handed dinghy (470), with Yevhen Braslavets and Ihor Matviyenko placing second for the second race in a row. The U.S. team of Morgan Reeser and Kevin Burnham stood 11th.

Brazil’s Christoph Bergmann moved to the top of the Finn Class with a fifth-place finish, building a one-point lead over Fredrik Loof of Sweden. Will Martin of Charleston, S.C., stood 22nd in the fleet of 28.

Lai Shan Lee, seeking the first medal ever for Hong Kong, placed fourth in the windsurfing competition and moved three points ahead of 1992 gold medalist Barbara Kendall of New Zealand.

Nikolaos Kaklamanakis of Greece won the men’s Mistral to build a two-point lead over Carlos Espinola of Argentina. Mike Gebhardt of Fort Pierce, Fla., finished fifth, moving to fourth in the standings.