Minnesota Women's Sailing Team
Jenny Child, Joni Berg, Tanya Manrique, and Leah Willcutt are
from the Wayzata Yacht Club, on Lake Minnetonka in Minnesota.
They have sailed for the past three years in 2001 Bayfield Race
Week, 2001 and 2003 Rolex IWKC in Annapolis, MD, and local
regattas. In Minnesota, they have raced in the Joe Cool
Icebreaker each year, American Diabetes Regatta, J22 Midwest
Districts, E-Scow Nationals, and Key West Race Week. The four
look forward to World's. "It is an opportunity to push the boat,
the Minnesota Women Sailing Team, and test our skills against the
best J22 sailors for clean air on the 100+ boat starting line!"
From past experience in Annapolis, tides and currents will be the
biggest challenges they anticipate. The bay is different from
their home waters - "lobster pots are scarce in the Midwest!"
Midwest pride at the past Rolex Championship September 2003 was
their focus. Their sponsors included Yoplait Nouriche, Great
Clips, and Future Brands. The MWST made exciting additions to
their J22 sailboat for 2003 Rolex, adding the boat name SheMight
graphically and the MWST logo on the hull, and placing sponsors
on the sails. The MWST was interviewed by WCCO TV, a local
Minneapolis station, in July, telling the story of the past 9
years as a non-profit organization that promotes women in
sailing. WCCO's broadcast increased the awareness of women in the
sailing community, and brought new members back to the sport they
love. The 2004 season opens with 31 MWST members. More are
expected as good weather arrives in Minnesota.
When they are not sailing, Joni is Visuals Editor for 8 weekly
newspapers, MWST Public Relations Chair and a happy grandmother!
Jenny hires part-time Test Administrators /Proctors for Pearson
VUE and is Past Commodore for the MWST. Tanja is a family court
trial judge and MWST Vice Commodore. Leah, MWST Treasurer, works
at Nordstrom's in sales.
The team finds themselves one of the few all women crew competing
For more information visit www.race.annapolisyc.org.
DYC Sailors Headed To J22 Worlds
Susan and David Turnham, Connie Bloom and Jill Caraway-Carlson
are headed to Annapolis, MD for the 2004 J/22 World Championship
this May. A record fleet of 122 boats from 18 states and five
countries is already entered in the regatta, being hosted by
Annapolis Yacht Club.
Check-in and boat measurement begins May 15 and continues for
three days to accommodate the large number of boats. Opening
ceremonies are May 17 at Annapolis City Dock. Governor Robert
Ehrlich, Mayor Ellen Moyer and other dignitaries will speak. The
Naval Academy Band will perform. Gary Jobson has been named
Honorary Chairman of the event sponsored by Jaguar/Land Rover of
Annapolis. Jobson 52, is a world class sailor, television
commentator and author based in Annapolis, Maryland. Gary covered
2003 America's Cup in Auckland, New Zealand for ESPN and Sailing
World. In 2004 he will cover the Yachting Olympics for NBC in
Action on the water should be intense as a who's who of J/22
standouts is slated to attend. There are three former world
champions in the fleet - two-time winner Chris Larson (1992, '94)
of Annapolis, Terry Flynn (2002) of Houston, Texas and current
title holder John den Engelsman of The Netherlands. Racing begins
on Tuesday, May 18 and concludes on Friday, May 21.
For more information visit www.j22.org.