sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Wot Chicks third at Annapolis following sudden death sail-off

Wot Chicks third at Annapolis following sudden death sail-off

'Team sailfastphotos - BoatUS Santa Maria Cup'    Sailfastphotos.com

Australia’s highest ranked match racing outfit, Wot Chicks, finished third overall at the grade 1 BoatU.S Santa Maria Cup sailed in Annapolis after being forced into a sudden death situation when the breeze failed to play ball on finals day.

With the schedule of races heavily cut to just one round robin, Wot Chicks lined up for a sudden death race on day four. The Aussie team managed to hang on to the final podium place but once again missed the opportunity to try their luck wrestling the throne from the red hot world number one.

'It was our second grade 1 of the year and second podium finish as well as the second event this season where we’ve made the semi finals but due to a lack of wind haven’t had the chance to fight for first place,' said skipper Katie Spithill while in transit to Europe.

At the outset the breeze made false promises with the practice day cancelled for the ten teams representing six countries as gusts above 24 knots whipped up the Severn River off the Eastport Yacht Club.

Day one of racing last Wednesday had Wot Chicks Katie Spithill and her crew of Stacey Jackson, Jessica Eastwell and Rayshele Martin jumping in at the deep end, their first match up on the J22 against world number one Claire Leroy.

The Aussies led off the line but were relegated to the back stalls following an upwind boat on boat situation with the indomitable French team.

A sign of what was to come, the wind died during the afternoon allowing only two flights to be completed.

Light winds continued on day two but competitors were able to squeeze every last ounce out of it, heading ashore having completed a respectable five flights.

Racing on day three was held back until 2pm and even then, only one flight was put to bed with the results of this one race significantly impacting the standings. Three teams were tied with five wins and one team with four wins and all were heading for the semi finals before an attempted second flight was cut short due to a severe thunderstorm.

Saturday’s pre-race forecast was for 15-20 knots and a tight finish but again the day was plagued by light air. The morning breeze held, allowing the race committee to get the final race of the round robin away with most matches finishing just before the breeze faded to a glass-out.

At this point organisers knew they could produce a final scoresheet should the breeze fail to return.

After five long hours and numerous attempts to start the semi finals, the regatta schedule that would have first placed Leroy racing fourth placed Liz Baylis (USA) and second placed Genny Tulloch (USA) taking on third placed Spithill was abandoned. Organisers instead decided to do away with the semis entirely and go straight into a first versus second and third versus fourth sail-off.

In the sail-off Wot Chicks beat Liz Baylis 1-0 to finish third overall while Leroy took two bullets from Tulloch.

Wot Chicks are now in Europe preparing for four match racing events, finishing with the World Championships in Lysekil in late July. They will continue to wear their Wot Chicks gear while competing in Europe as part of the Australian Sailing Development Squad.

WotC sailfastphotos - BoatUS Santa Maria Cup -  Sailfastphotos.com   Click Here to view large photo


Wot Chicks’ upcoming European events:

Kiel Week – Germany – World Cup Event
Match Cup Sweden – Grade 1
Berlin Women’s Match Race – Grade 2
Lysekil Women’s Match Racing World Championships, Sweden – World Championship

BoatU.S Santa Maria Cup results at www.santamariacup.org/

Wot Chicks is proudly sponsored by Graeme Wood, co-founder of www.wotif.com




by Lisa Ratcliff

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=57430

1:01 PM Tue 2 Jun 2009 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on


Related News Stories:

20 Apr 2013  Lysekil Women’s Match 2013 - Main sponsor announced
28 Jun 2012  ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championships - Through to next stage
27 Jun 2012  ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championship - Off to a good start
19 May 2011  ISAF World Match Race Rankings May 2011
18 May 2011  Women's Match Race Criterium win to Anne Claire Le Berre
30 Apr 2011  Women's International Match Racing and the Olympics
06 May 2010  For Team Tunnicliffe an even day on day 1 in Calpe, Spain
22 Oct 2009  Busan Cup Women's International Match Race skippers announced
01 Sep 2009  Aust Women’s Match Racing Championship - Another perfect scorecard
31 Aug 2009  Australian Women’s Match Racing Championship - Souter leads
MORE STORIES ...

News - USA and the World

































































International Moth Worlds: Rashley ahead as Aussies close in by Mark Jardine / YachtsandYachting.com,


ISAF Youth Match Racing Worlds - American unbeatable on day 1
RS Feva World Championships - All set at Yacht Club de Carnac
ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards - Nominations now open
BIC Techno 293 Worlds - Steady winds on day 2 + Video
29er North American Open Championship - Qualifying series wraps up
Opening ceremony O'pen Bic World Cup, Travemunde Week, Germany
Six Metre Europeans - Wind fails to make an appearance on day 2
Edgartown Race Weekend - Let the sailing (and good times) begin
ISAF Youth Match Racing World Championship - Action commences July 23
International Moth Worlds - Mothballed on day 4 + Video
Spirits high as Team Alvimedica completes Transatlantic crossing
Gladwell's Line: A change of direction needed in the America's Cup *Feature
29er North American Championship - Day 1 in Kingston
Red Bull 49erFX: First look at the Olympic sailing venue at Rio
Fuerteventura Kiteboarding Grand Slam - Classic conditions on day 3
NYYC Race Week Part II images by Rolex/Daniel Forster
Drowning or electric shock? What you need to know to help save a life
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 1
Six Metre European Championship - Blazing sunshine on opening day
National Sailing Hall of Fame to present Lifetime Achievement Award
International Moth Worlds: Greenhalgh and Rashley tied at the top   
PWA Pozo World Cup - Fantastic finale determines winners   
Six Metre Class British Open Championship - Llanoria and Valhalla win   
Anna Tunnicliffe set to compete at the CrossFit Games   
America's Cup: Oracle Team USA holds foiling camp at Wangi SC   
Volvo Ocean Race: Abu Dhabi OR completes double Atlantic crossing   
Volvo Ocean Race: Team SCA has a 'pull through day' off the Canaries   
No tiller sailing - how to steer using just the sails + Video   
International Moth Worlds: Three bullets in a row for Greenhalgh   
U.S. Junior Women’s Singlehanded Championship - Sophia Reineke wins   
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 0 Opening   
Fuerteventura World Cup - Slalom action highlights day 2   
2014 Governor's Cup - Sam Gilmour of RFBYC victorious again   
Farr 40 West Coast Champ - Skipper Alberto Rossi leads Enfant Terrible   
Flying Dutchman World Championships - Magyars are the Masters   
Final day shakes up standings at Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek   
2014 -15 Volvo Ocean Race: Team Alvimedica pushing towards Southampton   
NYYC Race Week - Saving the best for last   
VX One North American Championship - Chris Alexander commands   
2014 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Waiting game on Day 3   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT