Thanks to a steady sea breeze that arrived in the early afternoon following a two-hour postponement waiting for wind, a total of 54 matches were completed today so that the first phase of the initial round-robin is nearly completed.
The regatta, which is being sailed out of Eastport Yacht Club, is being contested in J/22 sloops by 16 of the world's top-ranked women match racers.
Although the afternoon breeze was steady, there have been some shifts on the leader board since the end of the previous day's 31 matches. Now at the top of the standings is Danish sailor Lotte MELDEGAARD PEDERSEN, ranked fourth in the ISAF Women's Match Race Rankings, with nine wins and three losses. Sailing with her are Mia NIELSEN, Sille CHRISTENSEN, and Caroline CLAUSEN.
Close behind, having completed only 11 matches to Pedersen's 12, is young American sailor Sally BARKOW, also with nine wins. Barkow, is ranked lowest in this stellar field of competitors at 27, was a college standout and earned the title in the 2002 Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship, also held here in Annapolis last fall.
Close behind Italian sailor Sabrina GURIOLI, who has seven wins in 10 matches, is a large group with six points each, including Americans Deb WILLITS, Liz BAYLIS, and Carol CRONIN, Bermudian Paula LEWIN, Claire LEROY of France, and Jenny AXHEDE of Sweden, who was yesterday's high scorer. Cronin and Lewin will be representing their respective nations in the Yngling class in the upcoming Olympic Games in Athens.
Racing continues until Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. daily. Full results, including frequent updates during racing, as well as more information on the competitors and the event, can be found on the event website at the address below.
Standings after 85 matches:
Lotte Meldegaard Pedersen (ISAF ranked #4), Denmark, 9 wins-3 losses
Sally Barkow (#27), USA, 9 wins-2 losses
Sabrina Gurioli (#10), Italy, 7 wins-3 losses
Deb Willits (#20), USA, 6 wins-5 losses
Carol Cronin (#18), USA, 6 wins-4 losses
Claire Leroy (#7), France, 6 wins-4 losses
Jenny Axhede (#12), Sweden, 6 wins-4 losses
Liz Baylis (#5), USA, 6 wins-4 losses
Paula Lewin (#9), Bermuda, 6 wins-5 losses
Katie Spithill (#16), Australia, 5 wins-6 losses
Betsy Alison (#8), USA, 5 wins-5 losses
Christelle Philippe (#15), France, 5 wins-6 losses
Elizabeth Kratzig (#23), USA, 4 wins-7 losses
Linda Rahm (#19), Sweden, 3 wins-7 losses
Nina Braestrup (#3), Denmark, 2 wins-9 losses
Marie Faure (#6), France, 0 wins-11 losses