A strong Meltemi wind claimed the opening three races of the thrill-a-minute 49er class after sailors weren't able to get their boats in the water. Only two classes sailed, and the wind didn't help Maryland skippers Kevin Hall and Carol Cronin, who each slipped further out of medal contention.

Races were also postponed in the Laser, Europe and men's and women's 470 classes. Organizers will try today to get in the first 49er races.

Yesterday's conditions were fine for the Finns. The wind averaged 21 knots and the swell was down from Sunday, when at least 30 boats capsized on four courses on the wild Saronic Gulf.

Hall, of Bowie, finished 16th and 14th in the two Finn races to drop into a tie for 14th overall.

Great Britain's Ben Ainslie continued his remarkable rebound from a protest loss, finishing fourth and first to jump up eight spots to first overall in the Finn. He's a former gold and silver medalist in the Laser.

Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker -- he'll be the boss of Hall and Ainslie in the next America's Cup -- dropped from fourth into a three-way tie for seventh in the Finn.

Cronin, who was born in Bethesda, was ninth and 15th in the Yngling races to drop into a tie for 11th. Her crew is Liz Filter of Stevensville, Md., and Nancy Haberland of Annapolis.

-- From News Services

Kevin Hall of Bowie sails his single-handed Finn dinghy. He is 14th overall.