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29 September 2011, 04:59 pm
Santa Maria Cup Begins In Annapolis
Silja Lehtinen Leads Bossard
Silja Lehtinen Leads Bossard

Santa Maria Cup
Annapolis, USA

Looming thunderstorms and a lack of breeze briefly postponed the first day's racing in the 2011 Santa Maria Cup. But by 11:00 local time the wind was a steady 3.5 to 4 knots at the windward mark and racing got under way under sunny skies.
The first flight of the round robin competition finished up just before 12:30, with American Anna Tunnicliffe, Julie Bossard (FRA), Martina Silva (ARG) and Silja Lehtinen (FIN) winning their matches.

The second flight was briefly postponed as the wind was building and shifting to the south. Racing resumed with Silva receiving two flags at the start, and Baylis over the line early. Competition was close, only inches separating Silva and Lehtinen, who ultimately won the match, along with Tunnicliffe, Bossard and Dellanbaugh.

By 13:30, the breeze picked up to 8 knots out of the south, providing the championship sailors with better breeze as competition tightened. Races were consistently won with mere seconds between boats. Steady breeze continued through the afternoon and five flights were completed.

At the end of the day's racing, American Anna Tunnicliffe was tied for the lead with Julie Bossard (FRA) with five points, Silja Lehtinen (FIN) close behind with four. Dellenbaugh (USA) and Ferris-Choat (CAN) are tied with two points in third place, Silva (ARG) and Baylis (USA) tied at one point.

For real-time race reports, tune in to www.santamariacup.org/commentary.asp. Results and other regatta information is available at www.santamariacup.org.
Susan Nahmias
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