Sally BARKOW and her Team Seven successfully defended their title to win the ISAF Grade 1 Boat U.S. Santa Maria Cup in Annapolis for the third time.
After four sunny days of racing in the Chesapeake Bay, US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics members Sally BARKOW
, Carrie HOWE
and Debbie CAPOZZI
won the Boat U.S. Santa Maria Cup Women's Match Race Championship hosted by Eastport Yacht Club in Annapolis, Maryland.
Team Seven was joined by trimmer Annie LUSH
(GBR) who campaigned for the Yngling in Great Britain with Shirley ROBERTSON
(GBR), and frequently joins BARKOW and crew on bigger boats. This team of four has won many events together including the 2003 and 2005 Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championships.
This is the team's third win at this ISAF Grade 1 event after having clinched the title in 2004 in 2007. Racing against nine other teams, BARKOW, HOWE, CAPOZZI and LUSH won 20 of their 23 matches that took place in the two round robins, semi-finals and finals. The semi-finals turned out to be the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics round, as BARKOW raced against third ranked 470 crew "Team Molly" of Molly CARAPIET
and Molly VANDEMOER, who sailed with Emily HILL
on bow and Jen GLASS trimming. CARAPIET showed great potential over the week as the unranked newcomer was able to manage a semi-finals win over BARKOW, who won the 2004 and 2005 ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship
The Santa Maria Cup has been hampered by light wind over the past few years, and the organizers and race committee were thrilled to host the event with ideal mid-range breezes for most of the regatta, which took place from 28-31 May. The final round between team BARKOW and team Anne-Claire LE BERRE
(FRA) was unfortunately cut short due to impending storms, so BARKOW took the title after just one win in the finals.
Team Seven has been training full-time in their campaign to win gold in the Yngling at the Olympic Games in Qingdao, China. Splitting their time between training sessions in Miami, fundraisers in New York and regattas around the world, the team has barely been home in two months. As she sat on the plane Saturday night after the regatta, CAPOZZI shared, "We're just excited to get to the real thing. We've been training for so long [since 2003] that we can't wait to go race in the Olympics."
Boat U.S. Santa Maria Cup - www.santamariacup.org