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Potvin sails to gold at Okatibbee Lake

By Staff
SUNDAY SAILING Sailors make their way around the course at Okatibbee Lake Sunday morning during the medalist round of the Sailing competition at the 2003 State Games of Mississippi. Photo by Paula Merritt/The Meridian Star
By Jared Florreich / staff writer
June 9, 2003
On a weather improved sunny Sunday at Okatibbee Lake Marina, the setting was a picturesque for day of highly competitive sailboat racing.
Leo Potvin and Bob Gray sailed together and said the weather conditions were improved, but not much better than Saturday.
The racing for a State Games medal was tight and too close for comfort for some sailers.
But Potvin soon relaxed, as he was declared the winner of the cruising class, and received a gold medal for his victory. Potvin and his sailing companion Bob Gray defeated Robby Harrison by one point, with Potvin and Gray at seven points, and
Harrison with eight. Harrison sailed solo and won silver, while Greg Patterson finished third, in a hotly contested bid for the final (bronze) medal.
Other boats used in previous years by Potvin included, a Sunfish, McGregor, Helson, and Flying Scott.
In the centerboard class, Dick Mosley won first place gold, and Bailey Smith placed second, in a two boat race.
There were a total of six boats competing on Sunday, two in the centerboard class and four in the cruising class.
Fred Smith, chairman of the sailing competition, said the event ran smoothly and without problems.