A new fun event was added this year before the actual competition gets underway. A ProAm competition with local sailors joining the Boat U.S. Santa Maria Cup racers for some friendly bragging rights. This was the Inaugural event in which local Annapolis teams representing Boatyard Bar and Grill, National Sailing Hall of Fame, North Sails and J-World competed in a fleet race against the 10 BoatU.S. Santa Maria Cup teams. The event started after regular practice at 4 p.m. with good wind conditions under bright skies. Two races were held with the overall winner being determined by the combined results. Sally Barkow, who will sail Yinglings for the U.S in the Olympics in August, was the overall winner, with EYC’s JoAnn Fisher seco nd and Lorenzo Marianne of Italy third. A local Annapolis team representing North Sail won the second of the two races, but had finished well back in the first race after being late to the start line.
A recap of the final results of the round robbins and the finals, plus photos and commentary can be found on the Boat U.S. Santa Maria Cup web site at http://www.santamariacup.org .
Spectators will be able to view the competition on the Chesapeake Bay or tune their VHF radios to channel 78 for live commentary on the final races as they happen.