Perfect day lifts Riley into tie for 2nd

Slattery continues to lead Santa Maria Cup races

Sailing

June 05, 1999|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,SUN STAFF

Northerly winds of about 20 knots greeted the Santa Maria Cup sailors yesterday morning, as the women's match racing championships entered its third day of competition, and Dawn Riley of San Francisco was perfect in the blustery conditions.

Riley, CEO and team captain of the San Francisco-based America True challenge syndicate for the America's Cup, won each of seven races her team sailed in Round Robin 2. The victories lifted Riley into a second-place tie with Cory Sertl of Rochester, N.Y., who won six races yesterday.

Drusilla Slattery of Marblehead, Mass., continues to lead the regatta by one point after winning five matches yesterday.

Sertl beat Slattery in their second-round match, but Riley and Slattery are scheduled to sail today. Slattery's final four opponents in Round Robin 2 have a combined record of 44-28.

Riley also is scheduled to sail against Shirley Robertson of Great Britain, who has won 12 of 18 races. Her other two opponents are a combined 13-23.

If the second round cannot be completed today, the race committee will go to an alternative scoring system, and the standings could change significantly.

Sandy Grosvenor and her Annapolis team registered four victories yesterday, including wins over Marie Klok of Denmark and Klaartje Zuiderbaan of the Netherlands.

Round-robin standings

(18 flights, including 7 flights of Round Robin 2, 1 point per victory. Point totals will change if Round Robin 2 is not completed today)

1. Drusilla Slattery, Marblehead, Mass., 15-3; 2. Dawn Riley, San Francisco, 14-4; Cory Sertl, Rochester, N.Y., 14-4; 3. Shirley Robertson, Great Britain, 12-6; 4. Betsy Alison, Newport, R.I., 11-7; Klaartje Zuiderbaan, the Netherlands, 11-7; 5. Marie Bjorling, Denmark, 8-10; Marie Klok, Denmark, 8-10; 6. Sandy Grosvenor, Annapolis, 7-11; 7. Paula Lewin, Bermuda, 6-12; 8. Jane Moon, Cayman Islands, 1-17; 9. Charlie Arms, San Diego, 0-18

Pub Date: 6/05/99

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