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31 May 2007, 02:33 pm
Americans Lead The Way
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BoatU.S. Santa Maria Cup 2007
Annapolis, USA

In near-perfect weather, the home American teams dominated the opening seven flights at the first day of the ISAF Grade 1 BoatU.S. Santa Maria Cup. Sally BARKOW (USA) and Liz BAYLIS (USA) both posted perfect 7-0 records to head the field of top women's match racers in Annapolis, USA.
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BARKOW and BAYLIS, both former winners of the championship and both also former ISAF Women's Match Racing World Champions, swept all before them on the opening day. However with a double round robin scheduled to decide the four semi-finalists, plenty of racing remains before either of them can be assured a place in the knockout stages.

The international challenge is led by world #1 Claire LEROY (FRA) on a 4-2 record, whilst Katie SPITHILL (AUS), the defending champion, and Christelle PHILIPPE (FRA) also both started well on 4-3 scores.

Katy-Pyle LOVELL (USA), Lorenza MARIANI (ITA), Joann FISHER (USA) and Nicky SOUTER (AUS) are all tied at two points each, whilst Liz HJORTH (USA is still to register a win and lies in last place.

The world-class match racing continues in Annapolis through to the finals on 2 June. New this year, spectators will be able to tune their VHF radios to channel 78 for live commentary on the races as they happen.

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

Leo Mehalic (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Defending champion Katie SPITHILL made a solid start:© Walter Cooper
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