From April 9-11 eight teams of women match racers competed in the Rolex Women's Match, an ISAF Grade 4 event. Two and a half days of round robin racing took place in Sonar keelboats on Tampa Bay, in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Sandy HAYES (Scituate, Mass.) sailing with Kim HAPGOOD, Chafee EMORY and Heidi ZISKIND, won nine of her 10 matches and was named champion of the 2004 Rolex Women's Match. Organized by the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, with support from title sponsor Rolex Watch U.S.A., to introduce women sailors to one-on-one match racing, the regatta included a skills and rules clinic with match racing world champion Ed BAIRD.
"The Rolex Women's Match was a great event for us,"
said Hayes. "I was very pleased with our teamwork of getting the boat around the course. We had great speed, boat handling and positioning.
"SPYC always runs a first class event. The clinic with Ed BAIRD before the event was fantastic. I can't wait to spend time re-reading my notes and processing the information he presented. Henry MENIN also did a fantastic job of spending time explaining situations and the rules during the event."
Other participating skippers included: Louise BIENVENU (New Orleans, La.), Kristin BRITT (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Arabella DENVIR (Irvington, Va.), Pat SEIDENSPINNER (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Rachael SILVERSTEIN (St. Petersburg, Fla.), and Kris ZILLMAN (Cleveland, Ohio).
With this win, Hayes receives an invitation to the Rolex Osprey Cup at St. Petersburg Yacht Club which takes place from 27-31 October.
The Rolex Women's Match was organised by Tom FARQUHAR and Pat SEIDENSPINNER, both from St. Petersburg, Florida. The Chief Umpire was ISAF International Judge (IJ) and Umpire (IU) Barbara FARQUHAR (USA) with umpires: IJ and IU Henry MENIN (ISV), Steve WRIGLEY (USA), Ann NEWTON (USA), Bob BURGESS (USA), Tom RINDA (USA), Julie HAHNKE (USA), IJ and IU Anders OTTO (USA), Donna HOBBS (USA) and John ZISKIND (USA.
Full results are available on the St Petersburg Yacht Club website via the link below.
Final Results: Position, Skipper, Hometown, Crew
1. Sandy HAYES (Scituate, Mass.) Kim HAPGOOD, Chafee EMORY, Heidi ZISKIND
2. Rachael SILVERSTEIN (St. Petersburg, Fla.) Kira DEVERS-JONES, Trisha BIRKENSTOCK, Meredith PELTON
3. Kristin BRITT (St. Petersburg, Fla.) Evan BROWN, Kelley SIMPSON, Reguli GRANGER
4. Jo Ann FISHER (Arnold, Md.) Lynda HILLER, Martha FISHER, Maegan RHULMAN
5. Kirsten ZILLMAN (Cleveland, Ohio) Kristi PATTERSON, Angela SCHEIBNER, Janet WALKER
6. Pat SEIDENSPINNER (St. Petersburg, Fla.) Carole BARDES, Karen PARK, Laura JEFFERS
7. Arabella DENVIR (Irvington, Va.) Jessamine LEWIS, Bridget CRENEY, Dianne SULLIVAN
8. Louise BIENVENU (New Orleans, La.) Marcy LAKE/Helen LARSEN, Michelle HITTER, Midge TANDY