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Olympic: Five classes finished up in Miami today; FRA leads the medal count with two gold and one bronze, ESP a silver and two bronze; USA none, but Caleb Paine likely to medal in the Finn tomorrow

Saturday, January 27, 2018

MIAMI – This afternoon the final double-points medal races were completed for five of the ten classes at the World Cup series in Miami, the second of four such regattas for 2017-18 organized by World Sailing. France and Spain had three medals each, Austria two, and the other seven medals were spread among ARG, AUS, GBR, GER, ITA, NED and NOR. 


Today USA teams made it to the top-ten medal races in the 49er Men (Ryan/Sign 9th overall) and Women (Roble/Shea 8th), and two USA teams were in the top ten for the Nacra 17 (Parent/Persson 9th, and Gulari/Scutt 10th).


Medal races for the remaining five classes (Laser Men and Women, 470 Men and Women, and Finn) will be held tomorrow starting at 1200 Eastern / 0900 Pacific, and we will again carry the World Sailing livestream here on Sailing Illustrated. A replay of today's races is also available here on SI


Tomorrow the USA has qualified for the medal races in only the 470 Men (McNay/Biehl currently 9th) and the Finn (Paine, currently 3rd).


Caleb Paine (San Diego, now living in San Francisco) won the USA's only Olympic sailing medal in the past two Olympiads, taking the Finn bronze in 2016 at Rio. He is a solid third/bronze going into tomorrow's medal race, and has a good shot at silver. 


This year's final two World Cup regattas are in France – April in Hyères, and June in Marseille (venue for the 2024 Olympic sailing when Paris will be the main venue).


Going into tomorrow's double-points medal race for the Finn Class, Caleb Paine (USA) should get at least the bronze and has a good shot at the silver if he can put one boat between himself and Alican Kaynar (TUR). Giles Scott (GBR) has, as he did in Rio with one race to go, essentially clinched the gold.

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