Monday Morning Digest

A Distilled Look at the World of Yacht Racing

June 3, 2002
Diane Chase

Detroit NOOD: Three days of sun and wind, say many locals, is probably too much to ask for from Lake St. Clair in early June. So Saturday, after two glorious days of sailing in the 2002 Sailing World Detroit NOOD Regatta, when the wind turned fickle and the single scheduled race turned into a bit of a crapshoot, few of the more than 1,000 sailors participating could find much reason to complain. “I’ve done every Detroit NOOD,” said Mike Welch of the J/35 Falcon. “This was the best weather we’ve ever had.”

Welch also put together some of the best results of his sailing career as his J/35 Falcon swept to its first NOOD victory in the Level 35 class with two firsts and seven straight top-three finishes. Welsh, who co-owns Falcon with Ed and John Bayer and called tactics during the event, has been sailing Falcon for three years and the crew has steadily climbed up the ladder.

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–Stuart Streuli


The Old Dominion University Monarchs won the 2002 Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) Women’s North Americans with an overall score of 168 points. Defending champion and regatta host the University of Hawaii Rainbows finished second overall just nine points behind the Monarchs with 177 points. The St. Mary’s College of Maryland Seahawks came in third with 195 points.

The Monarchs began their third and final day of the championship 27 points ahead of Hawaii, but the Rainbows made the best of the four remaining races to narrow the gap to just two points between the two teams. The Monarchs rose to the occasion in an intense final set, taking their third Women’s Championship.

Senior skipper and returning All-American Sally Barkow, of Nashotah, Wis., with sophomore crew Cara Gibbons-Neff, of Annapolis, Md., and junior crew Debbie Capozzi, of Bayport, N.Y., won A division with a final score of 62 points. In an interview with Derrick Webster, Barkow said she attributed her team’s victory to “intensity and teamwork. All year long, we never let down.”


Defending A division champions and returning All-Americans of the University of Hawaii, Molly O’Bryan, of San Diego, and junior Sarah Hitchcock, of South Dartmouth, Mass., were second in the A-division with 79 points. In B division, the Rainbows placed fourth, with a final score of 98 points. Sophomore skippers Renee Decurtis of Redondo Beach, Calif., and Jennifer Warnock, of San Diego, teamed up with senior crew Melody Torres, of Bakersfield, Calif., and sophomore crew Lindsay Peters, of Fargo, N.D.

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–Elizabeth Carroll

Bruno Peyron, fresh from his record-setting sprint around the world, has announced the long-term event schedule for the G-Class multihulls. In 2004, the next version of The Race, non-stop around the world. In 2005, the slate is blank for attempts on the Jules Verne. In 2006, a 4-stage around the world event.


Peyron has been quoted as saying that the G-Class multihulls for The Race in 2004 will be “bigger, faster, and safer,” and that in about a year we’ll start seeing some of them emerging from the big sheds at Multiplast.

The Swedish Match Tour’s Congressional Cup will be broadcast on Outdoor Life Network (OLN) at 8pm on Monday, June 3. The program will be repeated that same night at 11pm.

The Congressional Cup, Swedish Match Tour 2001/2’s fifth event, was held in April in Long Beach, CA and featured eight teams representing seven America’s Cup syndicates among the field of ten contesting the regatta.


The following change to the racing rules was approved by the Council at the 2002 Mid-year ISAF meetings to take immediate effect:

Rule A8.2 is deleted and rule A8.3 is renumbered as A8.2.

The new A8.2: If a tie still remains between two or more boats, they shall be ranked in order of their scores in the last race. Any remaining ties shall be broken by using the tied boats’ scores in the next-to-last race and so on until all ties are broken. These scores shall be used even if some of them are excluded scores.

2002 International College Sailing Association/Ronstan Women’s All Americans

All-American Women’s Sailors:
Sally Barkow, Senior, Old Dominion University, Amanda Clark, Sophomore, Connecticut College, Corrie Clement, Junior, Old Dominion, Emma Lichtenstein, Junior, Brown University, Molly O’Bryan, Senior, University of Hawaii, Ali Sharp, Junior, St. Mary’s College, Jamie Smith, Junior, St. Mary’s College

Honorable Mention:
Whitney Besse, Junior, Brown University, Eliza Burnes, Senior, Boston University, AJ Crane, Sophomore, Tufts University, Carrie Howe, Junior, Boston College, Roseanne Monti, Junior, College of Charleston, Jen Morgan, Senior, Dartmouth College


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