Purdy breezes to 2 more wins, advances to Santa Maria finals


Melissa Purdy of Tiburon, Calif., continued her unbeaten streak in the Santa Maria Cup women's match-racing championships on the Severn River yesterday, winning two races to advance to today's final against Betsy Alison of Newport, R.I.

Purdy, sailing with America3 teammates Hannah Swett and Joan Tarchette, sailed one pairing of the semifinals yesterday against Dawn Riley. Riley, from Mill Valley, Calif., was team captain of the America3 women's team in the last America's Cup.

Purdy, the mainsail trimmer for America3 who is skippering her first match-racing regatta, now has won 11 straight, including each of the nine races in the round-robin preliminaries Thursday and Friday.

Riley, veteran of two Whitbread 'Round the World Races and two America's Cups, finished 6-5.

In the other best-of-three series yesterday, Klaartje Zuiderbaan of the Netherlands lost two straight to Alison, the four-time Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year who entered the semifinals with one loss -- to Purdy.

The finals, a best-of-three series, will be sailed today on the Severn River. Riley and Zuiderbaan will sail a best of three to determine third place.

Boats leave the Eastport Yacht Club at 9 a.m. An awards program is scheduled for 4 p.m. at the EYC.

Pub Date: 6/02/96

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