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3 June 2007, 05:29 pm
BARKOW Takes The Title
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BoatU.S. Santa Maria Cup 2007
Annapolis, USA

Sally BARKOW (USA) swept to past Women's Match Racing world #1 Claire LEROY (FRA) 3-0 to take the title at the ISAF Grade 1 Boat U.S. Santa Maria Cup in Annapolis, USA. Christelle PHILIPPE (FRA) won the petit-final against Liz BAYLIS (USA) to take third place.
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BARKOW, one of the leading challengers in the Olympic Class Yngling, lined up in Annapolis with her regular crew of Debbie CAPOZZI and Carrie HOWE, and Anna TUNNICLIFFE (USA), world #1 in the Laser Radial.

BARKOW and her team had an outstanding performance going into the round robin portion of the competition with 17 wins to only 1 loss, but that was against LEROY, who had posted a perfect score with an exciting last-minute spinnaker douse to a 360 penalty turn at the last finish ahead of BARKOW. Then in the first race of the semi-finals, sailed at the end of Friday's matches, PHILIPPE beat BARKOW in a fading breeze to make them rethink their performance and tactics for the final day of racing.

'We definitely got a little slack toward the end of Friday. It was a long day on the water and we were happy about winning the round robin and I think we let up a little,' BARKOW said. 'The loss to PHILIPPE definitely shook us up and made us realize that there still was work to be done.'

On Saturday, BARKOW's team came out gunning and nailed their semis best-of-three with a score of 3-1 over PHILIPPE and went against LEROY, who had beaten BAYLIS 3-1 in their semi-final.

In light and puffy conditions, BARKOW, ISAF Women's Match Racing World Champion in 2004 and 2005, overcame LEROY 3-0. The American-French battle in the petit-final went the other way, with PHILIPPE beating BAYLIS 2-1 to claim third place overall.

For a complete list of all the news about the BoatU.S. Santa Maria Cup CLICK HERE.

ISAF. Image, Sally BARKOW claimed her second Santa Maria Cup:© Justin McCabe of AnnapolisRacing.com
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