J.J. Isler of San Diego, who won the all-women's Santa Maria Cup here in May, has qualified as a skipper in the Cadillac Columbus Cup match racing series that will be sailed here this fall.
Isler will be the first female skipper in this competition.
Other skippers scheduled to compete are:
John Kostecki, Team USA. Kostecki is an Olympic silver medalist and a world champion in the J/24 class.
Jim Brady, Team Chesapeake. Brady is the 1990 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year and a world champion in the J/24 class.
Chris Law, Team United Kingdom. Law is world champion in the Etchells class and a helmsman for British and French America's Cup campaigns.
Pedro Campos, Team Spain. Campos is the helmsman for the America's Cup group from Spain.
Two more skippers will be announced before the regatta begins.
"We have an outstanding field this year," said Susan Taylor, executive director of the Columbus Cup. "With the top-ranked America's Cup contenders, J.J. [Isler] and several other new participants, our competition is at the highest level."
The Cadillac Columbus Cup will be sailed from Oct. 6-12 inside the Key Bridge on the Patapsco River.