Barkow lead unbeatable

Sailing

September 23, 2005|By Candus Thomson | Candus Thomson,Sun reporter

With one day to go in the Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship, regatta leader Sally Barkow and her Team 7 crew are taking the rest of the week off.

The 2003 defending champion ended yesterday's racing in Annapolis with such a commanding lead that she has no need to sail today's final competition. Barkow reeled off two more wins, giving her a total of six out of 10 races, and 14 points overall.

"It didn't feel that easy," said Barkow, 25, of Nashotah, Wis., who also won the Yngling World Championship this year. "This year's been great. It really kind of fell in place."

Cory Sertl of Rochester, N.Y., is in second place with 38 points overall. The 2001 Rolex winner, said she won't decide whether to race today until she checks weather conditions. Jody Swanson of Buffalo, N.Y., is in third place with 46 points.

While Barkow saw few surprises, Carol Cronin, a 2004 Olympian, experienced one. On the final leg of the final race, she and her Team Spidey crew rescued Teresa Strout, who was pitched overboard from Runs With Scissors.

candy.thomson@baltsun.com

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