ANNAPOLIS, Maryland, Although only four flights of the semi-final
stage and none of the final matches of the BoatU.S. 2004 ISAF
Women’s Match Racing World Championship could be completed today
after the breeze died early in the afternoon, the regatta’s
outcome is now final and a new world champion, American Sally
Barkow, has been crowned.
Wisconsin native Barkow, who came into the regatta as a relative
dark horse, ranked 27th by the International Sailing Federation
in women’s match racing, at the bottom of the list of the 16 top
international contenders, has sailed strongly from the beginning,
and emerged from the double round robin phase yesterday in first
with scores of 11-4 in the first round and 12-3 in the second.
Sailing with Barkow were the other two members of her Yngling
team, Long Islander Debbie Capozzi and Carrie Howe from Detroit,
along with Briton Annie Lush; this team also had won last year’s
Rolex International Keelboat Championship here.
Barkow went on yesterday afternoon to knock out fellow American
Elizabeth Kratzig in two straight races to win her quarter-final
series, then defeated French sailor Claire Leroy in their first
match of the semi-finals.
The remainder of the semi-final series was postponed until today
after a member of Betsy Alison’s team was hit by the boom before
the start and was rushed to the hospital late yesterday
afternoon; fortunately, she was not seriously injured and was
able to rejoin the team for more semi-final racing this morning.
As the semi-final action unfolded today, Alison defeated Bermuda
Olympic sailor Paula Lewin in the remaining match of the first
flight. In the second flight, Barkow again defeated Leroy, while
Lewin bested Alison. In the third and fourth flights, Barkow lost
to Leroy, while Alison and Lewin again split, leaving the scores
even at two points each for all four contenders. The series had
been scheduled as a best-three-of-five; the wind died off shortly
after 2 p.m., however, and no further racing could be completed.
standings among the top eight skippers were determined based on a
complex series of calculations of tie-breakers and points earned
throughout the regatta, while the lower eight remained in the
positions they earned during the double round robin. Five-time
Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year Alison emerged from the
calculations in second overall, with Leroy third and Lewin
The regatta, hosted by Eastport Yacht Club and sailed in J/22
sloops, began on Sunday, June 6. For more information, including
results updated often during sailing, see the website at