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Sailing: Italian triumphs at Osprey Cup on Tampa Bay

Italy's Giulia Conti and her crew defeated Floridian Anna Tunnicliffe, the 2008 gold medal winner in the Laser Radial class at the Beijing Olympics, at last month's Rolex Osprey Cup hosted by the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.

The event is one of only two International Sailing Federation Grade 1 women's match racing events held each year in the United States. Principal race officer Pat Seiden- spinner ran a total of 111 matches between the four-person teams in Sonar class keelboats on the waters of Tampa Bay.

Anne-Claire Le Berre of France finished third, followed by Sweden's Karin Hagstrom in fourth and New Zealand's Samantha Osborne in fifth. Katy Lovell of New Orleans finished sixth, followed by JoAnn Fisher of Annapolis, Md., in seventh, Canadians Jen Provan in eighth and Lisa Ross in ninth, and St. Petersburg's own USF sailing team member Rachael Silverstein in 10th.

Championship of Champions: The Tampa Bay area sent several sailors to U.S. Sailing's Championship of Champions Regatta outside St. Louis last month. The Davis Island Yacht Club's Jeff Linton, Amy Linton and Todd Wake sailed 17 races in the Lightning class and finished in ninth place.

The St. Petersburg Yacht Club's Mateo Vargas, Mary Kate Hall and Christopher Gardiner were the only team of all junior sailors selected to compete in this national event, which only admitted those sailors who won a national and/or North American championship in a one-design class.

Vargas earned his spot by virtue of his title as U.S. National Laser Radial champion. But each year, the Championship of Champions chooses a different class boat to sail in, so Vargas took along two of his fellow SPYC junior sailors: U.S. Youth Worlds windsurfer Gardiner, and former Optimist standout and all-around high school talent Hall. They finished 13th overall.

Local sailors win award: St. Petersburg's Barbara and Tom Farquhar won U.S. Sailing's prestigious Harman Hawkins Award. Over the years, the Farquhars have been involved in all aspects of race management.

Barbara Farquhar is a former U.S. Sailing vice president, and her husband served as the field of play manager for the 1996 Olympics and was also U.S. Olympic Trials manager in 2000.

Junior News: St. Petersburg's Liam McCarthy qualified for April's U.S. team trials last month at the Southeast Championships on Lake Lanier, Ga. Next spring, he will join fellow of St. Petersburg sailors Ty and Nic Baird, sons of America's Cup helmsman Ed Baird, who qualified last summer at the nationals in California. Two sailors from the SPYC Green Fleet, Alec Calhoun and Blaire McCarthy, also made the trip.

Multihulls: Catamarans from all over the country came to Clearwater last month as the city's community sailing center and the Clearwater Yacht Club hosted the U.S. Multihull Championships at Sand Key Park. The event, won by John Casey and John Williams, featured identical Viper F-16 Catamarans in a round-robin format.

Distance Classic: Five boats entered this year's St. Petersburg Yacht Club Distance Classic, which ran from Pass-a-Grille to the St. Charles Yacht Club in Fort Myers on Sept. 30. Charles Evans' Munequita came in first with a time of 12 hours, 43 minutes, 40 seconds. Tom Glew's XTC was second (16 :11:37), followed by Daniel Bonanno's MyGirl (18:14:15). Special recognition was given to Larry Wissing's Spindra for making a midnight run on the Intracoastal Waterway.

Got sailing news? E-mail Terry Tomalin at tomalin@sptimes.com.

Sailing: Italian triumphs at Osprey Cup on Tampa Bay 11/05/09 [Last modified: Thursday, November 5, 2009 3:31am]

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