Windy conditions create Santa Maria logjam

Six skippers tie for first after Day 1 of match racing

June 03, 1999|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,SUN STAFF

The Santa Maria Cup women's match racing championship got under way yesterday in shifty, 10- to 12-knot winds that challenged both the race committee and 12 top-flight crews.

"We got off four races, which was our goal yesterday," said regatta official Bob Congdon. "But it wasn't easy."

With winds shifting often, the race committee was forced to set several windward-leeward courses, both at the mouth of Annapolis Harbor and on Chesapeake Bay, Congdon said.

The racing in the first of two round-robin series was spirited and six skippers won three of the four races to tie for first place.

Paula Lewin of Bermuda, the defending champion, was winless yesterday.

Sandy Grosvenor and her all-Annapolis crew won one race, beating Jane Moon of the Cayman Islands. Moon was one of three skippers who were winless yesterday.

Grosvenor's losses came against Betsy Alison, Marie Klok and Cory Sertl, who are ranked respectively second, seventh and 13th in the world.

Racing continues today, with seven races left in the first round robin and 11 to be sailed in the second series.

"With 18 races left, there will be a lot of changes in the standings," said Congdon.

Points earned in the round robins are cumulative and the top four boats will sail a semifinal series, probably on Saturday, with the finals set for Sunday.

The regatta is headquartered at the Eastport Yacht Club.

Round-robin standings (after 4 flights, round 1, 1 point per victory)

1. Cory Sertl, Rochester, N.Y., 3-1

(tie) Marie Klok, Denmark, 3-1

(tie) Dawn Riley, San Francisco, 3-1

(tie) Shirley Robertson, Great Britain, 3-1 (tie) Drusilla Slattery, Marblehead, Mass., 3-1

(tie) Klaartje Zuiderbaan, The Netherlands, 3-1

2. Betsy Alison, Newport, R.I., 2-2

(tie) Marie Bjorling, Denmark, 2-2

3. Sandy Grosvenor, Annapolis, 1-3

4. Paula Lewin, Bermuda, 0-4

(tie) Jane Moon, Cayman Islands, 0-4

(tie) Charlie Arms, San Diego, 0-4

Pub Date: 6/03/99

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