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Two Person Keelboat (Star), Open

Date23 – 30 September 2000
LocationRushcutters Bay Marina, Rose Bay, New South Wales
Participants32 from 16 countries
FormatPoints awarded for placement in each race. Best nine of eleven scores to count for final placement.

The class was led mostly by Brazil’s Torben Grael and his crew member, Marcelo Ferreira. Entering the final race they had a five-point lead over the American and British boats. At the start of the 11th race, New Zealand’s Gavin Brady started early and pulled six other boats along with him. Grael did not realize this and continued on, and was eventually disqualified. The American skipper, Mark Reynolds, knew he had crossed early and re-started. He was able to catch up and finish second in the final race, just ahead of British skipper Ian Walker, which brought the Americans the gold medal.

Reynolds was competing in his fourth Olympics, and this was his third Olympic medal, and second gold, also winning this class in 1992 with Hal Haenel, instead of his 2000 partner, Magnus Liljedahl. The British crew of Walker and Mark Covell starting racing together in 1999, after they each lost their original partners under tragic circumstances. Walker and his first helmsman, John Merricks, were riding in a van in Italy in 1997 when the driver lost control and crashed. Walker was okay, but Merricks was killed. In December 1998, Covell’s original helmsman, Glyn Charles, was swept overboard by a huge wave during a race in the Tasman Sea.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCNet PointsTP
1United StatesUSA34.058.0Gold
Mark ReynoldsMagnus Liljedahl
2Great BritainGBR35.055.0Silver
Ian WalkerMark Covell
Torben GraelMarcelo Ferreira
Peter BrombyLee White
Ross MacDonaldKai Bjorn
Mark NeelemanJos Schrier
Colin BeashelDavid Giles
José María van der PloegRafael Trujillo
9New ZealandNZL57.089.0
Gavin BradyJamie Gale
Pietro D'AlìFerdinando Colaninno
Leonidas PelekanakisDimitrios Boukis
Marc PickelThomas Auracher
Mats JohanssonLeif Möller
Mark MansfieldDavid O'Brien
Flavio MarazziRenato Marazzi
Eduardo FarréMariano Lucca