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Sail Scene LIS Feb 07

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N.Y. sailor leads team to racing championship

By the time the teams were lined up for the final day of the U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship, spectators were in for a treat, and the finalists didn’t disappoint. The finals put the team led by Debbie Capozzi up against Katie Pilley-Lovell’s team. After a hard-fought battle, Capozzi and her crew of Lindsay Bartel of Bayport, N.Y.; Kelly Hand of Vancouver, British Columbia; and Chantal Legler of Montreal; took home the National Championship title. The U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship was hosted by Newport Harbor Yacht Club in Newport Beach, Calif., and raced on Governor Cup 21s.

Capozzi, of Bayport, N.Y., won the first race in the finals, but Pilley-Lovell — sailing with Chafee Emory of Newport, R.I.; Deb Willits of La Porte, Texas; and Tara Thomas of Severna Park, Md. — dug back in the second race to tie the series. Race three saw a great battle between the two, with Capozzi barely taking the win. After swapping boats, the two teams went back at it.

Capozzi was able to control off the line, then used great boat speed to stay out in front, even with Pilley-Lovell and her team finding some great pressure and advantageous lifts. Capozzi cruised across the line to take the fourth match and win the title. Capozzi, who was on the winning boat last year, and her crew took home US Sailing’s Allegra Knapp Mertz Trophy as the 2006 U.S. Women’s Match Racing Champions.

Capozzi qualified for a position on the starting line at the 2007 Mayor’s Cup, an ISAF Grade two event. For Pilley-Lovell, this was the second consecutive year she has won the Mrs. Charles Adams Trophy.

In the Petit Finals, Liz Baylis of San Rafael, Calif., defeated the team led by Sandy Hayes of Scituate, Mass.

New York sailor earns Herreshoff Trophy

US Sailing awarded its Nathanael G. Herreshoff Trophy to Susie Trotman of Syosset, N.Y., for her outstanding contribution to the sport of sailing.

Trotman played a major role in the development of the national certification program for sailing instructors when the small boat program was first created in the early 1980s. She was instrumental in the cultivation of US Sailing’s Training Department and Small Boat Instructor Training and Certification Program. Her commitment helped foster the program’s growth by promoting and managing 20 annual small boat courses with 300 instructor candidates in the Northeast and around the country.

Once the program was complete and running on its own, Trotman jumped into other projects. She helped create the Keelboat Certification System, kept the Windsurfing program up and running, has supported the coaching program and championed the training program for competent and safe powerboating.

Trotman has also been a pillar of one the most successful junior sail training programs, the Junior Sailing Association of Long Island Sound.