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Knickerbocker YC was Race Committee for the last weekend of bay racing, Sept. 22-23. Wind was good for the Saturday races, but all races were cancelled because of lack of wind on Sunday. Results of the Sonar fleet for Saturday, Race One (8 boats): 1. Delight, #396, Bob Kirtland, 2. Sounder, #652, Rick Jordan/Jeff Shane, and 3. Ping, #451, Sue Miller/John Browning. Race Two, Sonars: 1. Ping, 2. Sounder, and 3. Weekend Warrior, #421, Dan Simon/Bill Simon. Race Three, Sonars: 1. Sounder, 2. Ping, and 3. Delight. The MBO fleet also had eight boats on the starting line for all three races. The MBO results for Race One: 1. Blue Chip, #21, Chip Allen/Einar Haukeland, 2. Escapade, #5, Ned Baker/Dick Moore, and 3. Blackjack, #25, Adrian Alley/George Graf. Race Two results: 1. Blue Chip, 2, Miss B Haven, #9, Grace Allen, and 3. Escapade. Race Three results for the MBOs: 1. Miss B Haven, 2. Escapade, and 3. Blue Chip.

The start of one of the races at the Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championships. Sixty-one teams were at the starting line. Photo courtesy of Walter Cooper.

After 55 races sailed under ideal conditions the Pequot Yacht Club repeated it 2000 success winning the 2001 Long Island Sound Team Racing Championships. The seventh annual New York Yacht Club InterClub Team Race for the YRA-LIS Glencairn Trophy was held at Indian Harbor Yacht Club on September 7 and 8 with teams representing six area clubs: American YC, Indian Harbor YC, Larchmont YC, Manhasset Bay YC, New York YC and Pequot YC. This unique event is composed of both a Masters event and an open round. The combined results qualify and seed teams for the finals. On Friday, Masters teams completed 30 races. Larchmont won in a two-way tie with New York. The Larchmont Masters team was Team Captain Butch Ulmer. Final results in the Masters round were: 1) Larchmont YC [8-2], 2) New York YC [8-2], 3) Manhasset Bay YC [5-5], 4) Pequot YC [4-6], 5) American YC [3-7] and 6) Indian Harbor YC [2-8]

In the finals, top-seeded New York faced off with 4th seed Manhasset Bay while Larchmont and Pequot sparred in the other bracket. Pequot and New York advanced to the finals. In the finals Pequot won the first and New York the second. In both races, mark-traps and aggressive pass-backs led to many lead changes. In the final race, Pequot led with a 1,2,3 at the first weather mark and despite valiant efforts by Team NYYC to change the standings they went on to win. The Pequot team, captained by David Perry who sailed with his wife Betsy, included David and Susan Dellenbaugh, David Rosow and George Gosselin and Richard Gresham sailing with Nancy Foote.

Annapolis dignitaries and over 240 women sailors officially raised the curtain on the 2001 Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship last Sunday, Sept. 23. At City Dock on the downtown waterfront, the respective skippers who will sail under them from Monday to Friday, Sept. 24-28th, raised flags of five nations and 16 U.S. states. After an opening invocation followed by silent contemplation of the country's recovery from terrorist attacks, Annapolis Yacht Club Commodore Art Libby commended the final 61 out of 63 registered teams for persevering to come. "It's a tribute to you and your resolve to compete," he said, noting that five women jurists also had crossed borders--three of them international--to get there. "I'm convinced this is the most prestigious women's event in the world." While a team each from Japan and Louisiana had withdrawn at the 11th hour, still Bermuda, Canada, Cayman Islands and South Africa had come, as had representatives from states as far north as Maine, as far south as Texas and as far west as California. New York produced five entries, one of those from Manhattan Yacht Club, which--once in the shadow of the World Trade Center--now exists as a shell of its former self.

Nancy Haberland of Annapolis, Md., won a tough first day of the Women's Keelboat Championship, which saw 61 J/22 teams battle it out over three races on Chesapeake Bay. It was a drama-packed day, with 16-20 knots chopping up the Bay into a vicious washing machine. Defending champion Pat Connerney of Middletown, R.I. made life hard for herself by crossing the starting line early in the first race and having to return to restart. "It wasn't really the way I would have liked to begin this regatta, but when the fleet is this tough you have to be pushing the starts," said Connerney. "We were about 60th round the first mark but we pulled up to 10th so I'm pretty happy." She went on to score a third and a first, and currently lies in fourth place overall. The Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship concludes Friday, Sept. 28th. Daily reports and photos are posted at www.ussailing.org. A link with the Annapolis Yacht Club website will take viewers to more regatta info, including live mark rounding positions and individual race finishes as they occur: www.annapolisyc.org/rolexkeelboats.

Standings after three races: 1. Nancy Haberland; 2. Cory Sertl; 3. Carol Cronin; 4. Patricia Connerney; 5. Paula Lewin; 6. Courtenay Dey; 7. Jody Swanson; 8. Margaret Podlich; 9. Missy Ferdinandi; 10. Kaya Haig. Final standings next week.

The world's oldest sporting trophy is growing up. The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron has confirmed the America's Cup went to London last month to be extended 22 centimeters [8.66 inches] to allow Team New Zealand's 2000 win to be engraved on the base. The work will be done by royal jewelers, Asprey and Garrand, London. They originally created the cup in 1848 when it was known as the 100 Guinea Cup before being lifted by an American syndicate three years later. RNZYS Peter Taylor says Team New Zealand's successful defense of the cup and the winning margins in the 2000 regatta have not yet been engraved on the cup because there simply wasn't room.


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