We're smack dab in the middle of it - Match Racing at its finest is in our own backyard! Thirty two of the best female sailors in the world are in Annapolis racing for a win in the Santa Maria Cup hosted by the Eastport Yacht Club. One of four Women's International Sailing Federation grade events held in the US, The Santa Maria Cup is a world class regatta with some of its competitors planning to represent their nations in the 2012 Olympics.
Match Racing has been popular in Europe for quite some time and is starting to gain momentum here as more centers crop up on North American soil. What's with the huge upswing?
Match Racing makes sailing more accessible. You don't actually have to own a boat to get on the water and race. Also, it's great for weeding out the best of the best - sailors take turns sailing in each of the boats meaning winning a race really comes down to the technical skill and talent of the racers themselves rather than the condition and rigging tweaks of the boat.
This week’s racing should be full of excitement. The ladies will be racing on eight J/22's. Races take place on the Severn River starting yesterday (Tuesday, Sept. 27) and go through Saturday. We're wishing good wind for these sailors as they head back out onto the Bay today.
As many know, APS is only a block away from the Eastport Yacht Club (EYC). Event organizers have been stopping by to pick up spare parts to have on hand, and the racers, too, for replacement gear. Yesterday, one of the US teams comprising of Anna Tunnicliffe, Debbie Capozzi, Molly Vandemoer, and Liz Bower dropped in. We asked each of the ladies about her favorite piece of gear. Here's what they had to say:
Anna - Sperry Ventus Shoes and Kaenons. Soft Kores for racing and Burnets for off the water.
Debbie - APS Dry Fit Shirts - a.k.a. APS Microfiber Tech Longsleeve shirts. She has two!
Molly - Atlantis Microburst Vest
Liz - Kaenon Calais
Thanks for taking a minute to talk with us on your break, all! We appreciate your time and hope you get some good racing in this week!