Day three of the Santa Maria Cup Women’s Match Racing Championship at Eastport Yacht Club continued today. The morning was plagued with light winds, causing several postponements. However, the breeze did fill in around 11:00, allowing the second flight of quarterfinal racing to begin, with Julie Bossard (FRA), Anna Tunnicliffe (USA), Becca Dellenbaugh (USA) and Sharon Ferris-Choat (CAN) grabbing the wins.
The light air continued into the third flight, but competition was still close, Tunnicliffe taking a penalty after fouling Silva at the leeward mark, leaving Silva with the win. A tiebreaker of the Tunnicliffe/Silva match followed as the quarterfinal winner needed 3 points to continue. Tunnicliffe won the tiebreaker and moved on to the semi-finals, along with Bossard, Dellenbaugh and Ferris-Choat.
In the first flight of the semi-finals, the racers continued the aggressive pace after a long day on the water. Bossard, Tunnicliffe took the wins, as did, Lehtinen and Baylis also grabbed the wins in the 5th to 8th place sail-off.
The continuation of the semi-finals, petit-finals and finals of the Santa Maria Cup will take place tomorrow, starting at 0900, followed by the awards ceremony and party at Eastport Yacht Club. The public is invited to attend. Tickets, available at the door, are $10 per person and include a complimentary Gosling’s Dark n’ Stormy and a buffet of finger foods. Santa Maria Cup is made possible by over one hundred volunteers and our sponsors: BoatU.S., SpinSheet, Go The Airport Shuttle, Eastport Yacht Club Foundation, Boatyard Bar & Grill, Heineken, Gosling’s Rum, Evolution Sails, Dean’s Yacht Services, West Marine, Historic Annapolis Foundation, and Hell Point Seafood.
Results and other regatta information is available at www.santamariacup.org.