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Americans dominate Match Race Worlds

On the final day of racing on Hamilton Harbour, Sally Barkow, the defending ISAF world champion, showed Bermudians and the world what a lake sailor from the American Midwest can do, after she and her team recovered from two penalties to win the 2005 Virtual Spectator ISAF Women’s Worlds Match Racing Championship.

Barkow defeated veteran American sailor Betsy Alison from Newport, R.I., 3-0.

“Sally Barkow is a star,” said race commentator Peter J. Montgomery.

Barkow took on both the world’s best sailors and Bermuda’s flukiest breezes to power up the race course in near flawless sailing. With teammates Debbie Capozzi, Carrie Howe and Annie Lush, the team earned their stripes on the water with skill and strength.

“We had some aggressive racing in the pre-start today and then received two penalties,” Barkow said. “It is so easy to make a mistake in match racing, but we made very few mistakes in our overall sailing. I have a team with great instincts when it comes to calling the breeze and I think that was critical to our results.”

Claire Leroy of France took third.

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Team Trouble wins

team championships

With winds gusting to 40 mph at one point, the final day of sailing at US Sailing’s U.S. Team Racing Championship, held off Larchmont, N.Y., was wet, wild and thrilling.

“Our motto’s going to be ‘keep our sticks up,’” yelled one boat from Team Trouble to another as they sailed into the final race of the semi-finals, down one race already.

Team Trouble — composed of Matt Allen of Glen Oaks, N.Y.; Timothy Cain of Marlborough, N.J.; Brad Funk of Belleair Bluffs, Fla.; Heather Pescatello of Westerly, R.I.; Anna Tunnicliffe of Norfolk, Va.; and Mark Zagol of New York — seemed the unlikely victor against Team Racing World Champions Cape Cod Wishbone, but the team would dominate to take home the National Team Racing Championship title.

“Keeping your sticks up” was the phrase of the day as sixth-ranked Team Trouble won its semi-finals against Cape Cod Wishbone. In another upset, second-ranked Silver Panda lost its semi-final match to eighth-ranked Route 3 Split with Silver Panda capsizing at the start of both of its matches.

A total of 11 teams competed in the Hinman Masters Regatta, and to the surprise of some, host club Larchmont Yacht Club won the Commodore George R. Hinman Invitational Masters trophy. The Larchmont team won all its races in the final round, beating out a highly competitive team from Pequot Yacht Club in second and Eastern Yacht Club in third.

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Dinghy sailors

get offshore experience

The Storm Trysail Club completed its largest-ever Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta at Larchmont Yacht Club over the Columbus Day holiday weekend with 32 teams from 24 schools. Nearly 250 sailors participated, taking a break from college dinghy sailing to compete aboard offshore boats ranging from 34 to 44 feet.

“The Storm Trysail Club runs the regatta to expose college dinghy sailors to the fun and teamwork of offshore racing, as well as to give big-boat sailors in college a venue to participate against each other,” said Adam Loory, regatta chairman.

While four teams — Northwestern, Miami of Ohio, Michigan and Western Michigan — traveled from the Midwest to participate, Duke came up from the south, and St. Mary’s, American, Georgetown and the Naval Academy came from the Chesapeake Bay area. The rest of the teams hailed from New York and New England.

Teams from Georgetown University won two of the four classes. For the third year in a row, Ed du Moulin skippered an Express 37 to victory in the Level 72 class, while Dan Esdorn steered to win in the 10-boat J/105 one-design class. The two other class winners were the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, sailing a J/109 in the eight-boat level class for J/109s and J/120s, and St. Mary’s, which won the five-boat J/44 one-design class.

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2005 Rolex Farr One Design canceled

Stagg Yachts, together with the Farr 40 and Mumm 30 class associations, canceled the 2005 Rolex Farr One Design Invitational due to the conditions in South Florida following Hurricane Wilma.

Originally scheduled for Nov. 3-6 in Miami’s South Beach, the regatta was also set to double as the Mumm 30 North American Championship. That regatta will now take place during Key West Race Week.

For information about Farr 40 class racing, including the 2006 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship to held in September in Newport, R.I., go to www.farr40.org. The Mumm 30 class schedule can be found at www.mumm30.org.