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24 October 2005, 09:34 am
BARKOW First Name On Bermuda Trophy
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Virtual Spectator ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship 2005
Hamilton, Bermuda

Sally BARKOW (USA) is the first person to have her name on the Bermuda Trophy, a new trophy to be awarded annually to the winner of the ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship. The elegant silver bowl has been presented by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club and will be deeded to ISAF.
BARKOW was awarded the prize as 'keeper' trophy in a surprise ceremony at a gathering of the semi finalists in the Investors Guaranty presentation of the ISAF Grade 1 King Edward VII Gold Cup at Government House Bermuda on Saturday night.

This recognizes her victory in the 2005 Virtual Spectator ISAF Women's World Match Racing Championship just concluded in Bermuda. BARKOW and her crew of Debbie CAPOZZI (USA), Carrie HOWE (USA) and Annie LUSH (GBR) won the finals 3-0 over fellow American Betsy ALISON.

The new perpetual trophy, which replaces the crystal ISAF Women's Nations Cup Trophy that had previously been awarded to the World Champion, now represents the highest level of achievement in women's match race sailing.

'We are proud to be able to present the Bermuda Trophy to the ISAF,' Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Commodore Jane CORREIA said. 'We have presented the King Edward VII Gold Cup for 'open' match racing since 1987. Now we are putting up this Women's World Championship Trophy and expect it to become one of the top prizes in women's sailing competition.'

Representing ISAF at the regatta, Craig MITCHELL said, 'ISAF welcomes the generous donation of this significant women's match racing prize. The Bermuda Trophy appropriately recognizes the special contribution Bermuda has made to women's match racing. It will be fitting to recognize excellence in women's match racing with this award.'

For a complete list of all the news about the Virtual Spectator ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship CLICK HERE.

Talbot Wilson. Image, From left to right: Carrie HOWE, RBYC Commodore Jane CORREIA, Sally BARKOW, Sir John VEREKER and Lady VEREKER, Debbie CAPOZZI and Annie LUSH:© Bob Grieser/PPL
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