The line up
Regatta organisers confirmed the list of sailors who will compete from Bermuda, Canada, Cayman Islands, Denmark, New Zealand, South Africa and 17 U.S. states: California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin and Maryland, which has fielded 17 teams.
For today's practice race, remnants of Hurricane Isabel were seen in the foul two-knot tide running across the start line, making it difficult for some to control the deceptively simple keelboats. Local expert Nancy Haberland, the U.S. Naval Academy sailing coach who is helming 'VC Performance Rigging,' took an early lead on the competitive fleet and nearly completed the two-lap windward/leeward racecourse, but bailed out before the finish.
From her top-five performance today, Paula Lewin, who will represent Bermuda in Yngling class at the 2004 Olympics, looked to be tough competition as well. "This event will be a real challenge," said Lewin, who is sailing with her Olympic crew of Carola Cooper and Peta Lewin and has as her third crew Californian Dana Riley. "I love coming to this town. It's like coming home, really, since I've sailed seven Santa Maria Cups here."
Also in the top five and looking sharp was Dominique Provoyeur, the skipper of the South African entrant 'Orion Sailing Team.' "We had a good race, rounding the top mark in fifth the first time and in third the second time," she said. "We got past two boats at the bottom mark. It all happened quite quickly. There is no current like that in Cape Town. We were surprised by it and almost hit a mark on the second lap."
Without much experience in a J/22, the 'Lion Foundation' team, skippered by New Zealand's Karleen Dixon, showed good speed in today's 6-10 knot breeze. "Today was useful for us to gauge the competition and the boat and the sails," said Dixon. "At home we train in Etchells 22s because we don't have J-22s in New Zealand."
Tonight on Annapolis' City Dock the 300 women sailors were greeted at the Opening Ceremony by US SAILING President Dave Rosekrans, Event Founders Ann Conner and Helen Ingerson and Event Chair Molly Hughes. Recognised regatta officials included Principal Race Officer Jack Lynch and Race Committee Chairman Chip Thayer. The international jury is chaired by Charlotte Greppe, (SWE), who also chaired the 2001 event. She is joined by Barbara Farquhar (USA), Alex McAuley (CAN), Robin Judah (BER), Sally Burnett (GBR), Joe Krolak (USA) with arbitrators Jim Capron and Ron Ward (both USA).
The week will conclude on Friday evening with a gala Rolex Awards Ceremony at Annapolis Yacht Club, host to the regatta, where the winning team will receive a Rolex timepiece.
Skipper Name Hometown
Paula Lewin Paget, Bermuda
Jane Lumbers Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Erika Vines Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Anne-Marie Shewfelt Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Jane Moon Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
Marie Klok Crump Copenhagen, Denmark
Amber West Auckland, New Zealand
Kylie Jameson Auckland, New Zealand
Karleen Dixon Auckland, New Zealand
Dominique Provoyeur Cape Town, South Africa
Mary Brigden San Diego, Calif.
Jamie Haines Pacific Grove, Calif.
Donna Womble Carmel Valley, Calif.
Claudia Wainer Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.
Terry Schertz Conifer, Colo.
Karen Mitchell Deerfield Beach, Fla.
Molly O'Bryan Kaneohe, Hawaii
Sarah Buckley Chicago, Ill.
Trudie Ficks Marion, Mass.
Karen Lynch Scituate, Mass.
Derby Anderson Annapolis, Md.
Melinda Berge Annapolis, Md.
Nancy Haberland Annapolis, Md.
Mary Grealy Annapolis, Md.
Sandy Grosvenor Annapolis, Md.
Cheryl Jersey Annapolis, Md.
Phebe King Annapolis, Md.
Betsy Lefler Annapolis, Md.
Janene Marasciullo Annapolis, Md.
Susan F. Meredith Annapolis, Md.
Sue Mikulski Annapolis, Md.
Joni Palmer Annapolis, Md.
Kathy Parks Shady Side, Md.
Margaret Podlich Annapolis, Md.
Mimi Shea Annapolis, Md.
Betsy Shreitmueller Annapolis, Md.
Lesley Sutherland Annapolis, Md.
Lorie Stout Annapolis, Md.
Judy Stoer Annapolis, Md.
Carol Pine St. Paul, Minn.
Jennifer Child Minneapolis, Minn.
Sue Vangrevenhof Minneapolis, Minn.
Susan Mattis Turnham Duluth, Minn.
Teresa L. Decker Charlotte, N.C.
Elaine Haher Atlantic Highlands, N.J.
Sarah Shannon Hopewell, N.J.
Danielle Gallo New York, N.Y.
Keven Eiber Cleveland, Ohio
Jamie Matuszak Toledo, Ohio
Sue McDowell Bay Village, Ohio
Kellie Hawkins Schaffner Bay Village, Ohio
Betsy Yingling Rocky River, Ohio
Kris Zillmann Lakewood, Ohio
Letty Eby Oklahoma City, Okla.
Lynn Pinegar Oklahoma City, Okla.
Betsy Alison Newport, R.I.
Carol Cronin Jamestown, R.I.
Melissa Ferdinandi Jamestown, R.I.
Kathy irwin Heath, Texas
Lynette Edenfield Fort Worth, Texas
Linda McKee Houston, Texas
Mia Anderson Arlington, Va.
Corrie Clement Norfolk, Va.
Bridget Creney Arlington, Va.
Emma Jones Great Falls, Va.
Sally Barkow Nashotah, Va.
Kathy Lundeen Sheboygen, Va.