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Five For Friday: Sailing

By Paul D. Bowker | Jan. 30, 2015, 12:01 a.m. (ET)

The American team of Rick Doerr, Tim Angle and Bill Donohue competes in the 3P Keelboat Sailing at Qingdao Olympic Sailing Centre during the 2008 Paralympic Games on Sept. 12, 2008 in Beijing.

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World cup sailing competition in 10 Olympic classes, plus Paralympic classes, is being held this week on Biscayne Bay in Miami. The final day of sailing Saturday will determine the top three crews in each Olympic class.

The event is the only International Sailing Federation world cup to be held in the United States this year. Each winner will qualify for the 2015 Grand Final, in addition to the top “home continent” sailor in each class. The event is also a points-ranking regatta for those attempting to make the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider.

A U.S. team sailed into first place on Wednesday, when the Paralympic Sonar team of Rick Doerr, Brad Kendell and Hugh Freund took the overall lead.

“They were definitely not conservative and took some smart risks that paid off,” said US Sailing Team Sperry Paralympic coach Betsy Alison, a five-time US Sailing Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year. “Brad and Hugh had a great day tactically, and Ricky kept the boat going fast.”

Among the Olympic classes, Annie Haeger and Briana Provancha were chasing after a top 10 finish in the Women’s 470, pulling into sixth place halfway through the week. Others among the top 10 included Paige Railey and also Haddon Hughes in Laser Redial, and Brad Funk and Trevor Burd in men’s 49er.

Raul Lopez of the development team won a race in men’s RS-X and Marion Lepert had a win in the women’s fleet.

Live updates: Twitter.com/USSailingTeam

Paul D. Bowker is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.