Although it was a chore at times because of the shifting wind and equipment problems, the U.S. Tornado, Star and 49er crews did a nice job of getting around their courses and are either in medal position or close to it going into the final days of racing.

John Lovell and Charlie Ogletree had trouble with their catamaran's spinnaker in both races and had consecutive ninth-place finishes, but remained in first place overall in the Tornado class. They have a one-point lead over defending gold medalists Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher of Austria with six of 11 races sailed.

"Getting a ninth with all the things that happened is not bad," Lovell said.

America's Cup star Paul Cayard and Phil Trinter, a former offensive lineman at Indiana, righted themselves rather nicely in the Star class by following up two disastrous races with a well-sailed one. They finished third in Race 5 to jump from seventh into a tie for fourth, just one point out of the bronze medal with six races to sail.

Tim Wadlow and Pete Spaulding didn't have any problems aboard their speedy 49er skiff, finishing third in the 12th race to jump to fourth overall with four races left.

"One good race and we're in the medals," Wadlow said.

Wadlow and Spaulding, in their first Olympics, have 60 points, five behind crews from Ukraine and Germany. The Spanish crew leads with 46 points.

Charlie Ogletree, left, and John Lovell hold the lead in the Tornado class.