Rolex race cut short

September 24, 2005|By Candus Thomson

The Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship ended yesterday without completing the 11th and final race of the week. Northerly winds died as the teams gathered off Annapolis and afternoon sea breezes failed to develop.

With first place decided Thursday, the remaining race was expected to be a showdown for second and third between 2001 Rolex winner Cory Sertl (38 points), former Rolex Yachtswomen of the Year Jody Swanson (47 points), and 2004 Olympian Carol Cronin (48 points).

Cronin won a redress hearing after Thursday's competition. She had slipped from third to fifth place in the final race of the day after stopping to rescue a sailor who fell from another boat. The race committee restored her third-place standing and awarded her the sportsmanship award.

Sally Barkow, of Nashotah, Wis., was presented with U.S. Sailing's Bengt Julin Trophy last night for successfully defending her title. She won six of 10 races and collected just 14 points.

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