Ogletree ('89) and Lovell in Second at Olympic Tornado Races
Aug. 25, 2004
ATHENS, GREECE-- Former ODU All-American sailor Charlie Ogletree ('89) and teammate John Lovell are currently in second place after eight races in the Tornado Class. In Wednesday's races, the duo finished sixth and seventh which dropped them to second place, seven points behind the leads, Roman Hagara and Hans Steinacher of Austria. They took a fourth and a first today. Ogletree feel they are somewhat dependent on luck to navigate the random shifts and pressure zones that come with the seabreeze. "Today we didn't have any luck, but a couple of teams were buried and came out of the corners on a few shifts, including Australia, which moved up to third overall." Lovell said he plans to "just sail two really good races" on Thursday. "The way these conditions are, you can't cover another team," he surmised, thinking about the mere seven points that separate them from the Austrians in first place. "If you do, you could miss some critical shifts. We trained here for over a month and never saw this kind of breeze." Darren Bundock and John Forbes of Australia had a third and fourth place finish and moved up to third. There are three races remaining, with the final race on Saturday.
TOP FIVE TORNADO RACERS 1. Roman Hagara/Hans Steinacher(Austria) 26 pts 2. John Lovell/ Charlie Ogletree(USA) 33 3. Darren Bundock/John Forbes (Australia) 37 4. Mitch Booth/Herbert Dercksen (Netherlands) 37 5. Santiago Lange/Carlos Espinola (Argentina) 38