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Rolex Women's Match 2005
St. Petersburg, Fl. USA

Elizabeth KRATZIG (USA) won the ISAF Grade 4 Rolex Women's Match, hosted by the St. Petersburg Yacht Club from 7-10 April on Tampa Bay.
Sailing with KRATZIG in the event were 2004 Olympic silver medallist Lenka SMIDOVA (CZE), Carrie HOWE (USA) and Liz HALL (USA). Ten teams completed 79 matches in two and a half days of round robin racing in Sonar keelboats, which was preceded by a two-day skills and rules clinic with match racing expert Henry MENIN (ISV). KRATZIG and second-place finisher Chafee EMORY (USA) gain automatic invitations to the Rolex Osprey Cup, an ISAF Grade 1 match racing event scheduled for 27 October-1 November 2005.

'St. Petersburg Yacht Club always puts on the best women's match race regattas,' said KRATZIG, who was also the Rolex Women's Match Champion in 2003. 'The event is so well organized. The racing and competition is of the highest caliber and all of the volunteers and members of the yacht club are so friendly. The Rolex Women's Match and the Rolex Osprey Cup in late October are the two most fun women's match racing events on the US circuit. I always love to come and race in St. Petersburg!'

Principal Race Officer and co-organizer Pat SEIDENSPINNER commented on the racing conditions, 'The racing was challenging, especially on Saturday when the wind was 10-15 knots from the northwest with large, unpredictable shifts lasting a minute or less. On Sunday we were blessed with a steady 10-knot easterly that slowly diminished throughout the morning.'

Other participating skippers included Americans Kristin BRITT, Louise BIENVENU, Arabella DENVIR, Chafee EMORY, Kathy LUNDEEN, Sue McDOWELL, Karen PARK, Rachael SILVERSTEIN and Nancy ZANGERLE.

Dana Paxton (As Amended By ISAF). Image, KRATZIG in action:© Char Doyle/SPYC
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