Alison tied with Barkow

Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship enters discard stage

Wednesday October 1st 2003, Author: Dana Paxton, Location: United States
While yesterday's heavy wind with 25-knot gusts showcased boathandling skills, today's shifty, light air put a premium on tactics at US Sailing's Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship where 66* teams are competing in four-person International J/22s.

The critical juncture for the regatta was today's second race, the fifth for the series, which--upon its completion--gave competitors the ability to discard their single worst race score. With yesterday's top-four overall performers turning in mediocre performances today, the door was kicked open for Sally Barkow, the winner of today's first race, to climb from sixth to second overall behind Betsy Alison. Alison, the event's five-time winner who finished 12-9 today, used her allowed throwout race to trim off a whopping 67 points (taken yesterday for jumping the gun on a black-flag start) from her final score. Alison and Barkow now share a 23 point score, with the tiebreaker going to Alison a five-time Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year. Molly O'Bryan currently sits in third with 28 points. Alison, Barkow and O'Bryan are all US Sailing Team members.

In race one, the current and breeze delivered a double whammy to the fleet. At the start, many of the boats were well behind the line at the gun, and those boats that didn't head to the left side of the course suffered. Raising the spinnaker around the first top mark, Barkow's foredeck crew Debbie Caposi slipped and fell into the water.

"Yesterday we were having issues with putting the spinnaker up too fast," said Barkow. "Debbie is really strong, so today she got the chute out really well, but she pulled so hard that she pulled herself off the boat. The funny part was that she held onto the halyard as she was falling and was able to get the spinnaker all the way up. I reached over, grabbed her, and pulled her up onto the boat. The other two crew didn't even know she went over. We had rounded fourth or fifth and by the time we got to the leeward mark we were tenth or so."

On the next windward leg, Barkow made two quick tacks and cleared out to the right where she saw pressure. By the second weather mark, she was in the lead and carried it through to a victory margin of one and a half minutes. She finished fourth in race two.

"Whoever dove into the knocks lost," said Barkow. "We kept getting lifted and did well."

Nancy Haberland won today's second race and currently sits in fifth. At the first weather mark, Alison rounded close behind her into a void of breeze and later made an error in judgement that took her into even lighter air.

"It's amazing how easy it is to lose it (the lead)," said Haberland. "Like with Betsy, she jibed and went left, and we realized that wasn't going to work for us, so we jibed back the other way. She got killed fast and struggled with it.

"At one point on our run we were a quarter of a leg ahead of the fleet, but we were sweating it out the entire race, especially when the breeze would drop off. We were racing against the clock to finish within the two hour time limit. We made it with only nine minutes to spare." Alison said of her overall lead at day's end: "I wasn't expecting to be back on top of the fleet. We had what I thought were two keeper races, but in a
perfect world, we would have liked to be higher.

"We'll keep our eyes open for the real players tomorrow but it's too early to start targeting individuals. Tomorrow our plan is to just attack the race course."

Karleen Dixon who led after yesterday's races, fell to fourth today, counting her 32nd in race one as her throwout and keeping an 18th. Mary Brigden fell from second to sixth, with race finishes of 14-26, the latter of which she used for her throwout. Paula Lewin fell from third to seventh with finishes of 13-6 today.

The Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship continues tomorrow with two scheduled races and concludes Friday.

Title Sponsor is Rolex Watch U.S.A. Platinum level sponsors are Condé Nast, Phillips Foods, Jaguar/Land Rover Annapolis. Gold sponsors are Eastport Yacht Club, Quantum Sails, North Sails, Wine Cellars of Annapolis. Silver sponsors are Martimus Sport, Boatyard Bar and Grill, Watermark Cruises, Annapolis Marriott and J Boats. Bronze sponsors are Energy Brands, Feed Your Crew, VC Performance Rigging, Verizon, J Port Annapolis, J World Annapolis, Motorola and Mount Gay.

Day Two, Top 10 provisional results after five races -- 66 Boats*

Sail No Boat Name Skipper R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Total
1 13/ USA 1536 Betsy Alison 1 1 [67/BFD] 12 9 23.00
2 15/ USA 404 Team Seven Sally Barkow 8 10 [28/ZFP] 1 4 23.00
3 55/ USA 1060 Na Wahine Molly O'Bryan 7 2 [67/BFD] 4 15 28.00
4 20/ USA 1041 Bird House Karleen Dixon 2 6 4 [32] 18 30.00
5 32/ USA 1467 Rusco Nancy Haberland 10 19 [67/BFD] 5 1 35.00
6 17/ USA 1465 Team San Diego Mary Brigden 15 4 3 14 [26] 36.00
7 42/ BER 585 Paula Lewin 4 [22] 15/ZFP 13 6 38.00
8 52/ USA 751 Team Atkins Carol Cronin 5 3 [67/BFD] 23 8 39.00
9 37/ USA 572 Jameson Kylie Jameson 17 7 8 [39] 11 43.00
10 60/ RSA 1071 White Knuckle Dominique Provoyeur 13 9 7 [27] 14 43.00
11 31/ USA 1504 Team Legalsource Phebe King [25] 16 6 2 20 44.00
12 45/ USA 918 Team Citizens First Financial Susan F. Meredith 11 8 23 [28] 2 44.00
13 67/ USA 1326 Stoutgear Lorie Stout 18 [26] 1 17 12 48.00
14 72/ USA 606 Mo' Money Donna Womble 20 [23] 10 9 10 49.00
15 70/ CAN 341 Alternative Boyfriend Lisa Ross 26 [67/OCS] 17 10 5 58.00
16 71/ USA 1482 Claudia Wainer 12 20 [35/ZFP] 7 19 58.00
17 63/ USA 358 Gorilla Girls Terry Schertz 28 15 5 11 [41] 59.00
18 74/ USA 1470 Sundog Kathy Parks 23 [37] 32/ZFP 3 3 61.00
19 34/ USA 1210 Peter Pirate Corrie Clement 3 [45/ZFP] 21 15 22 61.00
20 38/ USA 439 Sundance Melinda Berge 9 21 28 8 [30] 66.00
21 48/ USA 1464 Hoyas on the Half Shell Derby Anderson 19 12 [25/ZFP] 16 23 70.00
22 76/ USA 1487 Kirsten Zillmann 27 5 13 26 [36] 71.00
23 64/ USA 1502 FlashBack Sarah Shannon 14 33 9 18 [45] 74.00
24 43/ USA 1077 Harold's Little Sister Margaret Podlich 22 14 11 [36] 28 75.00
25 73/ USA 795 Blue Thunder Betsy Yingling [39] 11 31 6 31 79.00
26 11/ USA 1051 Latizas Amber West 21 [35] 23.3/AVG 21 16 81.30
27 18/ USA 1044 S&M Sandy Grosvenor 6 13 [67/BFD] 50 35 104.00
28 56/ USA 1506 Hard Headed Woman Sue Mikulski 24 27 29 [37] 27 107.00
29 23/ DEN 6 Team Levitra Marie Klok Crump 16 24 37/ZFP [41] 33 110.00
30 28/ USA 1538 Jack Rabbit Melissa Ferdinandi 30 18 [51/ZFP] 31 34 113.00
31 46/ USA 1098 Cleveland Clinic Sports Health Kathy Lundeen [45] 34 30 35 17 116.00
32 57/ USA 977 Seafood Joni Palmer 33 [67/DSQ] 55/ZFP 22 7 117.00
33 27/ USA 650 Daisy Keven Eiber [67/RAF] 44 20 40 13 117.00
34 21/ USA 692 She Might Jennifer Child 46 29 18 29 [64] 122.00
35 16/ USA 1078 Taz Mary Grealy 29 [45] 16 42 38 125.00
36 19/ USA 1452 Get 'er Dun Sarah Buckley [34] 17 67/DNE 19 24 127.00
37 35/ USA 382 Team Hall Jamie Haines 31 38 25 34 [39] 128.00
38 68/ USA 1090 Stellar Jay Susan Mattis Turnham 36 28 [67/DNF] 24 52 140.00
39 29/ USA 950 Hot Kis! Trudie Ficks 50 25 39 [51] 29 143.00
40 36/ USA 368 Team 4 Texas Kathy Irwin 32 41 33 [43] 37 143.00
41 49/ USA 350 Wuzant Me Jamie Matuszak 53 31 35 30 [61] 149.00
42 51/ USA 1415 Mighty Aphrodite Janene Marasciullo 51 [52] 43 33 25 152.00
43 26/ USA 814 Charley's Angels Lynette Edenfield 43 39 26 [46] 44 152.00
44 65/ USA 1483 Yummy Mimi Shea 49 47 36 [59] 21 153.00
45 30/ USA 1093 American Women's YRT Danielle Gallo 41 40 34 38 [49] 153.00
46 59/ USA 626 Two Too Lynn Pinegar 38 36 40 [54] 47 161.00
47 53/ USA 878 Linda McKee 57 [61] 32 20 56 165.00
48 24/ USA 1034 22 Caliber Teresa L. Decker 59 [62] 14 47 46 166.00
49 69/ USA 670 Bandit Sue Vangrevenhof 40 [54] 37 49 40 166.00
50 41/ USA 949 Duck n' Cover Betsy Lefler 47 50 49 25 [62] 171.00
51 22/ USA 180 Yeah Bouy! Bridget Creney 48 51 [67/BFD] 45 32 176.00
52 14/ USA 550 Dark 'n Stormy Mia Anderson 35 42 47 53 [65] 177.00
53 50/ USA 1058 Hey Sue Sue McDowell 37 43 41 [62] 57 178.00
54 54/ CAY 11 Cayman Islands Jane Moon 52 [67/OCS] 40/ZFP 48 48 188.00
55 44/ CAN 399 Trailer Trash Jane Lumbers [67/DNF] 30 67/BFD 56 43 196.00
56 39/ USA 609 Permanent Custody Cheryl Jersey 42 55 53 [64] 55 205.00
57 12/ USA 1045 Stealth Betsy Schreitmueller 54 46 50 [60] 58 208.00
58 10/ USA 1036 22 Much Judy Stoer 56 57 45 55 [63] 213.00
59 75/ USA 464 Cheap Sunglasses Karen Mitchell [67/DNF] 67/DNC 44 44 60 215.00
60 61/ USA 1011 Tung & Groove Kellie Hawkins Schaffner 58 58 [67/BFD] 58 42 216.00
61 40/ USA 696 Emma J Emma Jones 55 56 46 [63] 59 216.00
62 33/ USA 309 Birdie Elaine Haher 62 53 51 [65] 50 216.00
63 62/ USA 827 Gastropod Kate Schellie 63 [67/ZFP] 52 52 51 218.00
64 58/ USA 431 Hot Flash Carol Pine [61] 59 48 61 53 221.00
65 25/ USA 226 The Game Letty Eby 44 49 [67/BFD] 66 66 225.00
66 66/ CAN 759 That's Nice Anne Marie Shewfelt [60] 48 67/DNE 57 54 226.00

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