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30 September 2011, 11:27 am
Santa Maria Cup Heads To The Quarter Finals
Julie Bossard
Julie Bossard

Santa Maria Cup
Annapolis, USA

The second day of racing in the Santa Maria Cup women's match racing championship was a great success. The second Round Robin was completed as was the first flight of the Quarter Finals.
With light and shifty winds, in the early races downwind legs were a challenge, but the breeze began to build, clocking in at 11 knots by 11:30 local time. With the steady breeze, the matches stayed close. There were a few breakdowns during the day, including a torn kite, and the women had the added obstacle of dodging debris in the water, still ample from the heavy rains of the past few weeks.

Standings at the end of the Round Robin racing, heading into the Quarter Finals were Julie Bossard (FRA), Anna Tunnicliffe (USA), Becca Dellenbaugh (USA), Silja Lehtinen (FIN), Sharon Ferris-Choat (CAN), Liz Baylis (USA), Martina Silva (ARG) and Maegan Ruhlman (USA).

The Quarter finals began with freshening breeze from a new direction; once the pins were reset there was a delay due to a repair on the one of the first boats scheduled for the Quarter Final. PRO Mark Murphy, moved the first race of the QF to the fourth. Becca Dellenbaugh (USA) beat Liz Baylis (USA) in the first flight whilst wins also went the way of 2011 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Nominee Anna Tunnicliffe (USA), Julie Bossard (FRA) and Sharon Ferris-Choat (CAN).

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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