Slattery bursts into clear, holds two-point lead at Santa Maria

Annapolis' Grosvenor wins twice, rests in 10th place

June 04, 1999|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,SUN STAFF

Drusilla Slattery of Marblehead, Mass., completed Round 1 of the Santa Maria Cup women's match racing championship yesterday with a 10-1 record and a two-point advantage over three skippers who won eight races.

Slattery's lone loss came against Cory Sertl (8-3) of Rochester, N.Y., who won five of seven races yesterday after winning three of four Wednesday.

Klaartje Zuiderbaan of The Netherlands, Shirley Robertson of Great Britain and Sertl all have eight victories, but Zuiderbaan finished in second place by defeating both Robertson and Sertl.

Robertson is in third place after beating Sertl.

Betsy Alison of Newport, R.I., ranked No. 2 in the world among women match racers, won four races yesterday, including a tight win against America's Cup veteran Dawn Riley of San Francisco. Alison and Riley both have seven wins, and are 5-6 in the standings.

Sandy Grosvenor and her Annapolis crew won two races yesterday and are in 10th place with a 3-8 record.

The Annapolis team lost three races yesterday by a total of about 10 seconds, including a very tight finish against Riley.

Grosvenor led Riley by two boat lengths at the first and second windward marks, and faired well in an intense tacking duel.

"The boat handling in this regatta is so important, that if you can get in a tacking duel you just keep doing it, hoping the other guy makes a mistake," said Liz Baylis of San Francisco, who was sailing with Riley.

And while Grosvenor maintained her lead on the first three legs of the race, on the final downwind leg the two boats split gybes and Riley crossed first by less than a boat length.

Winds ranged up to 16 knots yesterday.

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.

Standings

Round Robin 1 (11 flights, 1 point a victory)

1. Drusilla Slattery, Marblehead, Mass., 10-1

2. Klaartje Zuiderbaan, The Netherlands, 8-2

3. Shirley Robertson, Great Britain, 8-2

4. Cory Sertl, Rochester, N.Y., 8-3

5. Betsy Alison, Newport, R.I., 7-4

6. Dawn Riley, San Francisco, 7-4

7. Marie Bjorling, Denmark, 5-6

8. Marie Klok, Denmark, 5-6

9. Paula Lewin, Bermuda, 3-8

10. Sandy Grosvenor, Annapolis, 3-8

11. Jane Moon, Cayman Islands, 1-10

12. Charlie Arms, San Diego, 0-11

Pub Date: 6/04/99

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