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Team Barkow Undefeated Through Stage One of
U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship
U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship
SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (July 9, 2010) – The U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship got underway today at the US Sailing Center of Sheboygan, following Thursday’s postponement of day one. Seven flights were completed during Friday’s long and exciting day of racing in Sonars on Lake Michigan. It appears as though Sally Barkow’s (Nashotah, Wis.) decision to return to the championship for the first time since winning in 2005 was a good one.
Barkow, US SAILING’s 2007 Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year and former US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) member, went a perfect 7-0 on Friday, including a win over defending champion and current USSTAG member Genny Tulloch (San Francisco, Calif.) in flight seven. The win put Barkow one point ahead of Tulloch who finished 6-1 on the day.
Maegan Ruhlman (Cleveland, Ohio) went 4-3 today to finish stage one in third place. There is a three way tie for fourth. Racing resumes on Saturday morning and the event concludes on Sunday.
Skippers were pre-ranked using the ISAF Match Race Sailing Rankings. The highest placing eligible skipper will represent the U.S. at the ISAF Nations Cup Series on Sept. 13-18, 2011.
The event consists of the following stages:
Stage 1 - Double Round Robin: Each skipper will race against each other skipper twice.
Stage 2 - Knock out series for skippers placed 5-8 after Stage 1. Those placed fifth and sixth will sail for fifth place and those placed seventh and eighth will sail for seventh place. The first to score two points will determine their final positions.
Stage 3 - Semi Final: The four highest placing skippers from the round robins qualify for the Semi Finals. The skipper placing first in the qualifying round robins can select her opponent. The remaining skippers will race each other. The first skippers to score at least two points will proceed to the Final series.
Stage 4 - Petit Final knock out series: The first skipper to score at least two points will place third in the regatta. The losing skipper will place fourth.
Stage 5 - Final Series: The first skipper to score at least three points will be the champion. The losing skipper will place second.
US SAILING’s U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship is sponsored by Rolex Watch U.S.A. and Gill North America. Visit the event website for the full list of competitors, standings, daily recaps, photos and more. Follow the action with live updates from Sheboygan on US SAILING's Facebook and Twitter sites.
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