Sertl, Riley 1-2 after round robins

June 06, 1999|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,SUN STAFF

After three days of breezy sailing, the Santa Maria Cup match racers got lighter conditions yesterday off Annapolis, but Cory Sertl of Rochester, N.Y., and Dawn Riley of San Francisco barely missed a beat as they finished the round-robin series with 17-5 records.

Sertl and Riley, seeded 1-2 through tiebreakers at the end of two round robins, both won their opening matches in the semifinals.

The race committee expects to finish the semifinals and championship series today.

Entering the final four races of the round robins yesterday, Sertl and Riley were tied for second, one point behind Drusilla Slattery.

However, Riley and Sertl went 3-1 while Slattery won only one of three, including a close loss to Sandy Grosvenor.

Slattery led the Annapolis team from about the midway point of the first leg of the windward-leeward course until less than half the last leg remained.

As the two crews tacked downwind, shifting spinnakers from side to side and trying for an edge in speed or a boat-handling error by their opponent, Grosvenor was able to slip ahead in the last 200 yards.

"It was a classic jibing duel," said Grosvenor, who sailed aggressively through the round robins but finished 8-14. "The difference was a boat length, maybe less."

Round-robin standings

(22 flights, 1 point per victory)

1. Cory Sertl, Rochester, N.Y. 17-5* 2. Dawn Riley, San Francisco 17-5

3. Drusilla Slattery, Marblehead, Mass. 16-6

4. Shirley Robertson, Great Britain 15-7

5. Betsy Alison, Newport, R.I. 14-8

6. Klaartje Zuiderbaan, The Netherlands 13-9

7. Paula Lewin, Bermuda 10-12

8. Marie Klok, Denmark 10-12

9. Marie Bjorling, Sweden 9-13

10. Sandy Grosvenor, Annapolis 8-14

11. Jane Moon, Cayman Islands 2-20

12. Charlie Arms, San Diego 0-22

*-Won tiebreaker

Semifinal results

(First flight)

Sertl def. Robertson; Riley def. Slattery.

Pub Date: 6/06/99

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