Alison in lead at Keelboat Championship

She's in front by 5 points

Barkow sits in 2nd place

Sailing

October 02, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Betsy Alison of Newport, R.I., leads and Sally Barkow of Nashotah, Wis., is in second place after six races at the Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship in Annapolis.

The two have a five-point spread in the overall standings. They were tied in scoring yesterday, with Alison taking the lead because of tiebreaker rules.

Annapolis skipper Lorie Stout won yesterday's single light-air race - her second victory in six races so far - to move her team up to fifth place.

Alison and Barkow finished fourth and ninth, respectively. Mary Brigden of San Diego finished in second place and improved her overall position from sixth to third.

Stout did not believe local knowledge helped her, since she regularly sails in the Severn River just off Annapolis and the fleet sailed in the middle of Chesapeake Bay, five miles south of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

"Sailing out there is a lot different than sailing next to the Severn Sailing Association," said Stout, who nailed the start but fouled someone shortly afterward. "It was a little tap, and we did our circles and got started again. We got rocking then."

A second race was started but abandoned when it was clear that the fleet would not finish the race within the two-hour time limit.

The race committee will attempt to re-sail the race today along with two other scheduled races.

The five-day, 10-race series will conclude tomorrow.

Standings

1. Betsy Alison, Newport, R.I., 27 points 2. Sally Barkow/Team Seven, Nashotah, Wis., 32 3. Mary Brigden/Team San Diego, San Diego, 38 4. Karleen Dixon/The Lion Foundation, Auckland, New Zealand, 43 5. Lorie Stout/Team Stoutgear, Annapolis, 49 6. Paula Lewin/Team ACE Group, Paget, Bermuda, 49 7. Nancy Haberland/Team VC Performance Rigging, Annapolis, 51 8. Carol Cronin/Team Atkins, Jamestown, R.I., 53 9. Donna Womble, Carmel Valley, Calif., 64 10. Phebe King/Team Legalsource, Annapolis, 69

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