Penultimate Day 6
Liz BAYLIS (USA) © Walter Cooper
BoatU.S. 2004 ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship
Eastport Yacht Club, Annapolis
Cold rain, solid breeze, and nasty chop on the Chesapeake Bay made Day 6 of the BoatU.S. 2004 ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship a difficult one for competitors as well as regatta personnel.
But it allowed for the completion this morning of the remaining 20 matches in a 240-match double round robin among the 16 top-ranked international women match racers. In addition, a quarter-final series among the top eight from the round robin also was completed this afternoon, although in a best-two-of-three "knock out" basis rather than the originally scheduled round robin of eight.
American sailor Sally BARKOW and her team continued their forward surge, taking the second round robin 12-3 and winning the tie-breaker for first in the double round robin stage over Danish match racing veteran Lotte Meldgaard Pedersen. They went on to beat eighth-place Elizabeth KRATZIG in two straight races in the quarter-final, and also have won their first match of the semi-final over the French team led by Claire LEROY.
In other quarter-final contests, Bermuda Olympic sailor Paula LEWIN toppled Pedersen 2-1, and American Betsy ALISON, in third after the round robin, beat fellow American Liz BAYLIS 2-1.
In the remaining quarter-final match, Leroy eliminated young Australian standout Katie SPITHILL 2-0, after Spithill had beaten Leroy on the tie-breaker for fourth in the round robin. Both Spithill and Leroy were 11-4 in the second round, along with Pedersen, demonstrating continuous improvement as the regatta has progressed.
A penalty in her final match of the round robin, against Jenny AXHEDE of Sweden yesterday morning, firmly set American Olympic sailor Carol CRONIN down into the lower half of the standings and out of contention for the quarter-finals. Cronin, who had finished the first round strongly at 10-5, seemed to struggle on Wednesday and Thursday, and finished the second round 5-10 despite a solid performance in this morning's other matches.
The regatta, hosted by Eastport Yacht Club and sailed in J/22 sloops, will conclude tomorrow with the remainder of the semi-final matches, the petit-finals, and the finals. For more information, including results updated often during sailing, see the website at www.santamariacup.org.
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Semi-Final Results after 1 Race, Match 1:
Barkow def. Leroy
Barkow def. Kratzig, 2-0
Lewin def. Meldgaard Pedersen, 2-1
Alison def. Baylis, 2-1
Leroy def. Spithill, 2-0
Results after Double Round-Robin of 16
Position. Name (ISAF Rank), Nation, RR1 (W-L), RR2 (W-L), Total points
1. Sally Barkow (#27), USA, (11-4), (12-3), 23 pts.
2. Lotte Meldgaard Pedersen (#4), Denmark, (12-3), (11-4), 23 pts.
3. Betsy Alison (#8), USA, (10-5), (10-5), 20 pts.
4. Katie Spithill (#16), Australia, (8-7), (11-4), 19 pts.
5. Claire Leroy (#7), France, (8-7), (11-4), 19 pts.
6. Liz Baylis (#5), USA, (8-7), (10-5), 18 pts.
7. Paula Lewin (#9), Bermuda, (9-6), (8-7), 17 pts.
8. Elizabeth Kratzig (#23), USA, (6-9), (10-5), 16 pts.
9. Jenny Axhede (#12), Sweden, (8-7), (7-8), 15 pts.
10. Carol Cronin (#18), USA, (10-5), (5-10), 15 pts.
11. Deb Willits (#20), USA, (8-7), (7-8), 15 pts.
12. Christelle Philippe (#15), France, (7-8), (7-8), 14 pts.
13. Sabrina Gurioli (#10), Italy, (7-8), (2-13), 9 pts.
14. Linda Rahm (#19), Sweden, (5-10), (3-12), 8 pts.
15. Nina Braestrup (#3), Denmark, (3-12), (4-11), 7 pts.
16. Marie Faure (#6), France, (0-15), (2-13), 2 pts.