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Women's match winner beats elite field at St. Petersburg event

Genny Tulloch and her crew of Rhode Islanders won the Rolex Women’s Match event in April and automatically qualified to return for the Osprey Cup event in October, also hosted by the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.

Courtesy of Renee Athey

Genny Tulloch and her crew of Rhode Islanders won the Rolex Women’s Match event in April and automatically qualified to return for the Osprey Cup event in October, also hosted by the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.

ST. PETERSBURG — Californian Genny Tulloch and her crew won the 2009 Rolex Women's Match regatta hosted by the St. Petersburg Yacht Club on April 9-12.

Sailing with Tulloch were Rhode Islanders Liz Hall, Jamie Haines and Chafee Emory.

Ten of the top women's teams in the United States competed in the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Grade 3 regatta, started in 2002 to give women more opportunities to match race.

Tulloch and second-place finisher Debbie Capozzi of New York gained automatic invitations to the Rolex Osprey Cup, an ISAF Grade 1 regatta, scheduled for Oct. 21-24 at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.

Isla Mujeres Race: Thirty sailboats, ranging in length from 33- to 65-feet in length, left the St. Petersburg Yacht Club on April 24 bound for Quintona Roo, Mexico.

The annual Regata del Sol al Sol, a 456-mile race across the Gulf of Mexico, can either be a pleasure cruise or an epic struggle for survival, depending on the weather. Though some boats in years past have made the trip in about four days, race officials had not declared winners in the various classifications by press time. For results, go to www.regatadelsolalsol.org or www.mexicorace.com.

Rainbow Regatta: St. Petersburg's Salty Sisters won the pram division, the largest of three fleets, at this year's Rainbow Regatta hosted by the Florida Women's Sailing Association.

Lori Leadbetter, Tove Kullman, Laura Jeffers, and Trisha Birkenstock, the sailors that made up the Salty Sister crew, delivered a first, second, third, and fourth overall finishes in a 32-boat fleet to take the title April 21.

The Florida Women's Sailing Association is comprised of nine sailing groups along the west coast of Florida. These teams compete throughout the year, then finish the season with the Rainbow Regatta, which is so named because the teams attach colorful ribbons to their sails.

Competition is in Clearwater Prams, International Optimist Dinghies (IOD) and Sunfish (sailed individually, not as a team.)

The Master's winner for the Clearwater Pram was Kullman and the Master's winner for the IODs was Jan Davisson, both of the Salty Sisters.

Princess Sofia: U.S. Sailing team member Paige Railey of Clearwater came out on top of a 62-boat Laser Radial fleet at the Princess Sofia Trophy in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

Railey has started her 2012 Olympic campaign off with a huge victory. "This gold medal feels amazing because I just started sailing full time again in January," said Railey, who took most of 2008 off to concentrate on her studies at USF. "It is the best feeling to come back and put everything I had into this event."

The conditions were difficult. Going into the final race, the competition was close for the top 10 Laser Radial sailors. Railey finished sixth, which put her ahead Spain's Susana Romero and Czechoslovakia's Veronika Fenciova.

Railey plans to return to Europe in June to compete at Kiel Week with her brother, Zach Railey, the 2008 Olympic silver medalist in the Finn class.

The Princess Sofia Trophy is the third stop on the inaugural ISAF Sailing World Cup 2008-09 circuit, bringing together the world's top Olympic and Paralympic class competitors.

Mallory Cup: The St. Petersburg Yacht Club and USF will host the High School National Double-handed Championship later this month on the waters of Tampa Bay. The nation's top 20 high school sailing teams will compete in front of the St. Petersburg Municipal Pier on May 9-10.

The Interscholastic Sailing Association governs secondary school sailing in the United States, in both independent and public high schools. As in college sailing, there are seven district associations that schedule events as well as a system of national championships. It has active districts in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, South Atlantic, Southeast, Midwest, Pacific Coast and Northwest.

The U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., hosted the Mallory competitions for some years and again in 2008, but recently the championships have been scheduled for around the country.

Women's match winner beats elite field at St. Petersburg event 04/30/09 [Last modified: Thursday, April 30, 2009 4:30am]

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