Alison tied with Barkow
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||||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||||36.00|
|7||42/ BER 585||Paula Lewin||4||||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||||11||43.00|
|10||60/ RSA 1071||White Knuckle||Dominique Provoyeur||13||9||7||||14||43.00|
|11||31/ USA 1504||Team Legalsource||Phebe King||||16||6||2||20||44.00|
|12||45/ USA 918||Team Citizens First Financial||Susan F. Meredith||11||8||23||||2||44.00|
|13||67/ USA 1326||Stoutgear||Lorie Stout||18||||1||17||12||48.00|
|14||72/ USA 606||Mo' Money||Donna Womble||20||||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||||59.00|
|18||74/ USA 1470||Sundog||Kathy Parks||23||||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||||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||||71.00|
|23||64/ USA 1502||FlashBack||Sarah Shannon||14||33||9||18||||74.00|
|24||43/ USA 1077||Harold's Little Sister||Margaret Podlich||22||14||11||||28||75.00|
|25||73/ USA 795||Blue Thunder||Betsy Yingling||||11||31||6||31||79.00|
|26||11/ USA 1051||Latizas||Amber West||21||||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||||27||107.00|
|29||23/ DEN 6||Team Levitra||Marie Klok Crump||16||24||37/ZFP||||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||||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||||122.00|
|35||16/ USA 1078||Taz||Mary Grealy||29||||16||42||38||125.00|
|36||19/ USA 1452||Get 'er Dun||Sarah Buckley||||17||67/DNE||19||24||127.00|
|37||35/ USA 382||Team Hall||Jamie Haines||31||38||25||34||||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||||29||143.00|
|40||36/ USA 368||Team 4 Texas||Kathy Irwin||32||41||33||||37||143.00|
|41||49/ USA 350||Wuzant Me||Jamie Matuszak||53||31||35||30||||149.00|
|42||51/ USA 1415||Mighty Aphrodite||Janene Marasciullo||51||||43||33||25||152.00|
|43||26/ USA 814||Charley's Angels||Lynette Edenfield||43||39||26||||44||152.00|
|44||65/ USA 1483||Yummy||Mimi Shea||49||47||36||||21||153.00|
|45||30/ USA 1093||American Women's YRT||Danielle Gallo||41||40||34||38||||153.00|
|46||59/ USA 626||Two Too||Lynn Pinegar||38||36||40||||47||161.00|
|47||53/ USA 878||Linda McKee||57||||32||20||56||165.00|
|48||24/ USA 1034||22 Caliber||Teresa L. Decker||59||||14||47||46||166.00|
|49||69/ USA 670||Bandit||Sue Vangrevenhof||40||||37||49||40||166.00|
|50||41/ USA 949||Duck n' Cover||Betsy Lefler||47||50||49||25||||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||||177.00|
|53||50/ USA 1058||Hey Sue||Sue McDowell||37||43||41||||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||||55||205.00|
|57||12/ USA 1045||Stealth||Betsy Schreitmueller||54||46||50||||58||208.00|
|58||10/ USA 1036||22 Much||Judy Stoer||56||57||45||55||||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||||59||216.00|
|62||33/ USA 309||Birdie||Elaine Haher||62||53||51||||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||||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||||48||67/DNE||57||54||226.00|
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