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Underdog stuns fleet in women’s match racing

In a stunning upset, Wisconsin sailor Sally Barkow won the BoatU.S. 2004 International Sailing Federation Women’s Match Racing World Championship, held at the Eastport Yacht Club off Annapolis June 5 to 12, with two members of her Yngling team, Long Islander Debbie Capozzi; Carrie Howe from Detroit; and British sailor Annie Lush.

Ranked 27th by the ISAF in women’s match racing, Barkow came into the regatta as a relative dark horse at the bottom of the list of the 16 top international contenders. She sailed strongly from the beginning and emerged from the double round robin phase in first with scores of 11-4 in the first round and 12-3 in the second. Only four flights of the semi-final stage and none of the final matches could be completed when the breeze died and the regatta’s outcome was made final.