Bill Koch, one of two defense skippers in next year's America's Cup races, won the first regatta of the 1991 Maxi World Championships at Porto Cervo, Italy.
Dennis Conner, the other America's Cup defense hopeful, finished third aboard a yacht skippered by John Kostecki.
Koch's yacht Matador-2, the heaviest Maxi in the fleet at 50 tons, dominated the seven-race series, winning six and finishing third in the other. Conner's team won the third race, but finished no better than third in any of the others.
The second and final regatta of the Maxi World Championships will be held at St. Tropez, France. Because one race can be thrown out in the overall scoring, Koch will enter that regatta with a perfect record.
Despite 18 kills by Andrea Bruns, USD lost to Northern Arizona, 15-4, 15-12, 7-15, 15-12, in the first round of the Volley World USD Invitational at the USD Sports Center. Sacramento State defeated George Washington, 15-8, 15-1, 15-8. USD is 6-4. NAU is 5-0.
San Diego State lost to 12th-ranked USC, 15-9, 7-15, 3-15, 3-15. Sophomore Stephanie Riley led the 20th ranked Aztecs with 15 kills.
UC San Diego defeated Cal State San Bernardino on the road, 17-15, 6-15, 15-5, 15-3. Stacey Sasaki led the Tritons with 13 kills. UCSD is 3-1, the Roadrunners are 6-4.
USD defeated Cal Lutheran, 1-0, as Kalyn Shea converted a penalty kick at the 70:28 mark. The Toreras are 2-0. Cal Lutheran fell to 1-1.