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Florida sailor authors comeback in Antigua

Roger Sturgeon of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., says his overall win at the 2006 Rolex Antigua Sailing Week in May was “beyond belief.”

Moments after returning to the dock, Sturgeon learned that his TP52 Rosebud had corrected on time to finish first in class over Tom Hill’s Titan from Puerto Rico and Numbers, the Farr 60 owned by Dan Meyers of Boston. The win catapulted Rosebud to overall first in class, first in fleet and a coveted Rolex timepiece.

“There is no way you can plan to do something like this. It’s the wind gods, karma, luck, and all the little things that you can’t plan on,” Meyers says. “You never know what will happen with the weather. That’s the fun part of sports, of sailing — not knowing what will come your way during a race.”

Light, shifty wind ranged from 4 knots at the start of both Divisions’ Ocean Race to 12 knots and pouring rain toward the middle and end of the race that took the entire fleet from a start/finish point outside Falmouth Harbour. Both classes were challenged by a range of conditions along the south coast of Antigua with Division A completing about 20 miles, while those in Division B sailed 19 miles in a similar course configuration.

This victory caps off a very successful run for Rosebud, having won many major races and regattas including the 2003 Rolex Big Boat Series, the 2004 Newport-Bermuda Race and March’s BVI Spring Regatta.

Victory in the Racing III class today went to High Life, Peter Roger’s Ker 11.3 from the United Kingdom. The win also clinched an overall third place in the Racing Fleet behind Titan 12 in second place. Other class victories include Jamie Dobb’s Lost Horizon II in Racing IV.

In the Racer/Cruiser fleet, there was a battle of the French boats for first place. After a close race, M Bartholomew’s Gilly B won the Racer/Cruiser I class with JP Dreau’s Grand Soleil 50 Lady First in second. That second place earned Lady First a third overall in fleet, with Clay Deutsch’s Chippewa in second place overall.

In the Cruising Fleet, wins were claimed by Derek Waiter’s London-based Bavaria 49, Spirit of the North in Cruising I and Acadia, the Frers 48 owned by Burt Keenan of the United States, in Cruising II.

For more information about Rolex Antigua Sailing Week including results, photos and highlights video, visit www.sailingweek.com.

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Tie-breaker decidesSt. Pete regatta

Sandy Hayes of Scituate, Mass., won the 2006 Rolex Women’s Match hosted by the St. Petersburg Yacht Club from March 30 to April 2 on Tampa Bay.

Sailing with Hayes were Sandi Svoboda of Detroit, Alexis Ackman of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Phyllis Karlberg of Scituate, Mass. Eight teams competed in Sonar class keelboats in the International Sailing Federation Grade 3 match-racing regatta.

World match racing champion and four-time Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year Betsy Alison conducted a two-day match-racing clinic as part of the half-clinic/half-racing format. Hayes and second-place finisher Kathy Lindgren gained automatic invitations to the Rolex Osprey Cup, an ISAF Grade 1 matchracing event scheduled for October.

“I didn’t even realize we had won until the awards,” said Hayes. “Since we had a three-way tie after all of the round robins, it basically came down to who beat who until one person was left standing. And it was my name at the top.

“On the first day I lost the first two matches by just letting them go by me. I felt so stupid. They were basic mistakes,” she added. “So on the second day, heading out to the race course, we reviewed what we had to do and I told my crew that if we won I’d buy them all Porsches, since the St. Pete Grand Prix was going on beside the yacht club. Now I’m going to have to buy them cars.”

Kathy Lindgren of Sheboygan, Wis., with Denise Cornell, Amy Lundeen (Kathy’s daughter) and Robyn Barnett took second place; and Jo Ann Fisher of Annapolis, Md., with Lynda Hiller, Liz LaBorde and Laura Jeffers/Amy Linton finished third.

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Roster set for national sailing team

US Sailing Team annually recognizes the top-five ranked sailors in each of the boat classes selected for the next Olympic regatta. The team was created in 1986 to recruit and develop top sailors in the country for upcoming Olympic Games. For the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, those classes are: 49er, 470 (Men and Women), Finn, Laser, Laser Radial, RS:X (Men and Women), Star, Tornado and Yngling.

Rankings are based on attendance and performance at qualifying events. Athletes who have qualified for the team are identified as strong contenders for an Olympic berth and, as members, will be assisted with coaching, training and other benefits.

The members of the 2006 US Sailing Team are:

49er class — Morgan Larson of Capitola, Calif., and Pete Spaulding of Lafayette, Ind.; Dalton Bergan of Seattle, Wash., and Zack Maxam of Coronado, Calif.; Tim Wadlow of Beverly, Mass., and Michael Karas of Seattle; Sam Kahn of Santa Cruz, Calif., and Paul Allen of Santa Cruz, Calif.; and Jonathan Goldberry of Corte Madera, Calif., and Matt Noble of Richmond, Calif.

470 Men class — Mike Anderson-Mitterling of Coronado, Calif., and David Hughes of San Diego; Stu McNay of Boston and Graham Biehl of San Diego; Justin Law of Newport Beach, Calif., and Michael Miller of Charleston, S.C.; Adam Roberts of San Diego, and Nick Martin of San Diego; and Charlie Modica of Jupiter, Fla., and Forbes Barber of Manchester By-the-Sea, Mass.

470 Women class — Amanda Clark of Shelter Island, N.Y., and Sarah Mergenthaler of Harvey Cedars, N.J.; Erin Maxwell of Stonington, Conn., and Alice Manard of New Orleans; Carisa Harris of San Carlos, Calif., and Isabelle Kinsolving of New York; Caroline Young and Evan Brown both of Tampa, Fla.; and Allison Jolly of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Molly O’Bryan of San Diego.

In the Finn class, the team named Zach Railey of Clearwater, Fla.; Darrell Peck of Gresham, Ore.; Geoffrey Ewenson of Annapolis, Md.; Andrew Kern of Chicago; and Bradley Nieuwstad of Santa Cruz, Calif.

In the Laser Men’s class are Andrew Campbell of San Diego; Brad Funk of Clearwater, Fla.; Royce Weber of Surf City, N.J.; Kyle Rogachenko of Worcester, Pa.; and John Pearce of Ithaca, N.Y.

Laser Radial Women’s class — Anna Tunnicliffe of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Paige Railey of Clearwater, Fla.; Danielle Brennan Myrdal of Kaneohe, Hawaii; Genoa Griffin of Tampa, Fla.; and Sarah Lihan of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Neil Pryde RS:X Men’s class — Ben Barger of St. Petersburg, Fla.; Seth Besse of Guilford, Conn.; Steve Bodner of San Francisco; Bob Willis of Chicago; and Mark Powell of Coconut Grove, Fla.

Neil Pryde RS:X Women’s class — Nancy Rios of Cocoa, Fla.; Farrah Hall of Annapolis, Md.; Karen Marriott of Lakewood, Colo.; Angela Hurley of Wheat Ridge, Colo.; and Lisa Kremer of Worthington, Minn.

Star class — Andy Horton of Newport, R.I., and Brad Nichol of Hanover, N.H.; George Szabo of San Diego and Eric Monroe of Corona Del Mar, Calif.; Mark Reynolds of San Diego and Hal Haenel of Los Angeles; Rick Merriman of San Diego and Rick Peters of Venice Beach, Calif.; and Andy MacDonald of Laguna Beach, Calif., and Brian Fatih of Miami.

Tornado class — John Lovell of New Orleans and Charlie Ogletree of Kemah, Texas; Robbie Daniel of Clearwater, Fla., and Enrique Rodriguez of Key Largo, Fla.; Don Thinschmidt of Holland, Mich., and Andrew Wierda of Miami; Michael Grandfield of Oak Bluffs, Mass., and Michael Kuschner of Coon Rapids, Minn.; Norman Chum of Houston and Gary Chu of Racine, Wis.; and Martin Malcheski of Little Suamico, Wis., and Benjamin Malcheski of Little Suamico, Wis. Due to a competitor-generated dispute, six teams have been named to the team in the Tornado Class.

Yngling class — Sally Barkow of Che-nequa, Wis., Deb Capozzi of Bayport, N.Y., and Carrie Howe of Grosse Pointe, Mich.; Hannah Swett of New York, Melissa Purdy of Tiburon, Calif., and Liz Filter of Stevensville, Md.; and Carol Cronin of Jamestown, R.I., Kim Couranz of Annapolis, Md., and Margaret Podlich of Annapolis, Md.