BoatU.S. 2004 ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship
Eastport Yacht Club, Annapolis
Poor wind on the Chesapeake Bay yesterday meant little racing in the BoatU.S. 2004 ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship.
The Race Committee from host Eastport Yacht Club had hoped to finish up the second full round robin among the 16 top-ranked international women match racers on hand for the event, but with only 24 more matches sailed, they remain 20 contests short of the full rotation.
Because the regatta will end on Saturday, at this time organizers are planning to complete the round robin, hopefully tomorrow, then switch to a best-two-of-three "knock out" quarter final series in place of the previously scheduled double round robin among the top eight sailors in the double round of 16.
American SallyBARKOW and Danish sailor Lotte MELDGAARD PEDERSEN remain at the top of the standings with 21 points each through the two rounds so far. Barkow has 10 wins and three losses to date in the second round, while Pedersen stands at 9-4.
Meantime, five-time USA Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year Betsy ALISON has risen to third overall, one point ahead of Bermuda Olympian Paula LEWIN. Although these sailors can now assume they will be included in the quarter-final eight, for as many as eight others below them tomorrow's results will be a deciding factor.
Because all the sailors have not yet completed the same number of matches in the second round, a three-way tie for fifth and two-way ties for ninth and eleventh have not yet been broken. However, USA sailor Elizabeth KRATZIG, who had appeared to struggle a bit in the early stages of the first round, has been sailing very strongly in this one, with a 10-3 record for the second series so far. She currently stands in the group of three with 16 points, but given her team's marked improvement in the second series, she also is likely to advance to the quarter final. Sailing with Kratzig are Leah HOEPFNER, Nancy HABERLAND, and Nanda NENGERMAN.
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Standings after Round Robin 1 and 100 matches of Round Robin 2 (Ties NOT Broken) Name, ISAF Rank, Nation, RR1 W-L, RR2 W-L, Total Points
Sally Barkow (#27), USA, (11-4), (10-3), 21 pts.
Lotte Meldgaard Pedersen (#4), Denmark, (12-3), (9-3), 21 pts.
Betsy Alison (#8), USA, (10-5), (8-4), 18 pts.
Paula Lewin (#9), Bermuda, (9-6), (8-6), 17 pts.
Elizabeth Kratzig (#23), USA, (6-9), (10-3), 16 pts.
Claire Leroy (#7), France, (8-7), (8-4), 16 pts.
Katie Spithill (#16), Australia, (8-7), (8-4), 16 pts.
Liz Baylis (#5), USA, (8-7), (7-5), 15 pts.
Jenny Axhede (#12), Sweden, (8-7), (6-7), 14 pts.
Deb Willits (#20), USA, (8-7), (6-7), 14 pts.
Christelle Philippe (#15), France, (7-8), (6-6), 13 pts.
Carol Cronin (#18), USA, (10-5), (3-9), 13 pts.
Sabrina Gurioli (#10), Italy, (7-8), (2-10), 9 pts.
Linda Rahm (#19), Sweden, (5-10), (3-8), 8 pts.
Nina Braestrup (#3), Denmark, (3-12), (4-9), 7 pts.
Marie Faure (#6), France, (0-15), (2-11), 2 pts.