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Barkow Wins NYYC's Women's Match Racing Regatta

Newport, R.I. (May 14, 2010) -- Sally Barkow (Nashotah, Wis.) and her crew Elizabeth Kratzig (Miami Beach, Fla.), Suzy Leech (Simsbury, Conn.) and Alana O’Reilly (Charleston, S.C.) won the New York Yacht Club’s Women’s Match Racing regatta today at Harbour Court, earning a spot to compete at Sail for Gold in August and Sail Melbourne in December. Barkow defeated US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics’ Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.) and her crew Molly Vandemoer (Redwood City, Calif.), Debbie Capozzi (Bayport, N.Y.) and Liz Bower (Rochester, N.Y.) in the first-to-three finals today 3-1.

Tunnicliffe Barkow“Today we cleared up our communication, and everything was a lot crisper,” said Barkow. “We made clear decisions and our boat handling was very smooth. Over the last four days at the clinic and through the round robin, we worked hard on the details, which helped make everything smooth. We are starting much better than at the previous events, which made decisions easier up the course.”

“We were very quick downwind and we made some big gains, but it was a fast upwind course. It was hard to stay close when it was so one side favored,” said Tunnicliffe, whose team won the International Women's Match Race Criterium in Calpe, Spain last week. “It was good coming straight from Spain, because it was a relaxed atmosphere to learn the boats and the conditions we’re sailing in. We had a lot of good people sailing; even the younger teams were good and picking it up quickly.”

NYYC hosted six women’s match racing teams for a two-day clinic, followed by a three-day regatta at Harbour Court in Newport, R.I., the venue of the 2010 Women’s World Match Racing Championship in September.

“This clinic and regatta was important for two main reasons: First, it was important to have the clinic before the regatta so we could pick key areas of the race course to work on, and then see them do that in the regatta, knowing they were more tuned in and advanced having just practiced it,” said Dave Perry, one of USSTAG’s match racing coaches and a renowned rules expert. “Second, it was important to have it at the NYYC, the host of the 2010 Women’s World Match Racing Championship in September. We learned a lot about the boats and the venue, and I feel very confident the U.S. team is much stronger as a result.”

Kaity Storck, a 470 sailor on the US Sailing Development Team, joined match racing veteran Katy Lovell’s team, which she said was a nice break from fleet racing and a terrific learning experience in match racing.

“I am new to match racing so I learned a lot,” she said. “Having a clinic with two really good coaches right before a regatta was so helpful. I learned from Dave Perry that it doesn’t need to be that complicated. If you just keep it simple, you’ll know what to do.

In addition to attracting the world’s best Olympic and Paralympic class sailors, Sail for Gold and Sail Melbourne are two of seven events on the ISAF Sailing World Cup circuit, and results at these events affect overall Sailing World Cup standings as well as world rankings. Sail for Gold is held at the same venue of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Weymouth and Portland, England.

“We look forward to competing in Weymouth because it’s important to have experience in the venue of the 2012 Olympic Games and in the format of the ISAF Sailing World Cup events,” added Barkow.

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