Cloudy skies and low temperatures could not cool off the competition during the opening
day of the 2009 BoatU.S Santa Maria Cup. Winds died in the afternoon of the 27th allowing only 2 flights of racing. Three tiers were tied with 2 wins each including Claire Leroy of France and Jenny Tulloch and Katy Lovell of the USA. Racing will resume at 0900 on Thursday the 28th when stronger winds are expected.

Raced annually for the past 16 years under the leadership of Eastport Yacht Club, Annapolis, Maryland, the BoatU.S Santa Maria Cup features 10 teams of 4 women competing in a round-robin set of match races. This format is similar to the America’s Cup challenge. The 2009 event has attracted teams from: Australia, Brazil, France, Italy, Portugal and the United States.

About BoatU.S.:
BoatU.S. – Boat Owners Association of The United States – is the nation’s leading advocate for recreational boaters providing its 600,000 members with government representation, programs and money saving services. For membership information visit or call 800-395-2628.

About Eastport Yacht Club
Located on the Severn River in Annapolis, Maryland, Eastport Yacht Club is a small 600 member club dedicated to boating and racing. The club has gained a strong international reputation for conducting sailing regattas. More information is available at