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Womens Match

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Womens Match

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Boatyard Bar & Grill ProAm Fleet Race Public Invited

Welcome to the 2011 Santa Maria Cup Championship The Eastport Yacht Club and the City of Annapolis are pleased to welcome you to the 2011 Santa Maria Cup Championship. The Santa Maria Cup Match Racing Championship is one of only four Women’s ISAF Grade 1 events held in the US and the only one outside of Florida and Wisconsin. We are pleased to host some of the best women’s sailing teams from around the globe to race in J 22’s on the waters of the Severn River. 2011 marks the 15th year that EYC and the City of Annapolis have had the privilege of watching outstanding female sailors go head to head in round robin competition. Many of the competitors will be representing their countries in the 2012 Olympics so Santa Maria Cup is a wonderful way to get an Olympic preview. There are many ways for youngsters and adults to engage in this event and we encourage you to do so. Join us for our week-long Celebrate Women in Sailing festivities! On behalf of the Eastport Yacht Club and over 100 Santa Maria Cup volunteers who reside in the City, we extend a warm welcome to the teams, coaches, International Judges and Umpires who will make all of this possible on the water from September 27 through October 1, 2011. We would also like to thank all of the local and national businesses that have contributed time, money and services as sponsors for this unique regatta. It is they and the many volunteers who truly make Annapolis the Sailing Capital of the country. Rick Jackson Commodore Eastport Yacht Club

Josh Cohen Mayor City of Annapolis


Time: 4:00 pm Location: Severn River Cheer for sailors from area high schools, colleges and sailing clubs as they challenge the Santa Maria Cup teams. J-22 crews who wish to enter this race should contact

Watermark’s Harbor Queen Spectator Cruise Public Invited

Time: 4:00 - 5:30 pm Location: Annapolis City Dock Experience the Boatyard Bar & Grill ProAm Fleet Race from a front row seat, while enjoying a 90-minute cruise aboard the Harbor Queen! Tickets: $20/adults $16/students 12+ $12/children 3 -11 Reservations:

Opening Ceremony Public Invited

Time: 6:00 pm Location: Susan C. Campbell Park at Annapolis City Dock Bring the family! Experience Olympic excitement in downtown Annapolis, as our competitors march in with their country flags borne by young area female sailors. Give our guests a warm welcome at the official kick-off of the 21st Annual Santa Maria Cup Women’s Match Racing Championship and Celebrate Women in Sailing Week!

Hell Point Seafood Welcome Reception invitation only

Time: Immediately following Opening Ceremony Location: Hell Point Seafood Santa Maria Cup sailors, officials, sponsors and honored guests are invited to a Welcome Reception, graciously hosted by Hell Point Seafood and the National Sailing Hall of Fame, with generous contributions from area restaurants, caterers and suppliers.


PARTICIPATE! For more information about any of these activities, please visit under On the Water: Santa Maria Cup or email 2 • 2011 Santa Maria Cup

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Santa Maria Cup Match Racing

BoatU.S. “Meet the Pros” Santa Maria Cup Public Reception

Public Invited

Time: 9:00 am until done Location: Severn River or Chesapeake Bay between Thomas Point & Bay Bridge Experience the thrilling competition in person by boat, or follow the races LIVE on our blog: For tips about spectating on the water, see page 6.


EYC Foundation Sailing Olympians: 2008...2012... You’re Next!

Public Invited M i d d l e S c h oo l t h r u C o l l e g e S t u d e n t s

Public Invited

Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm Location: William Paca House and Gardens, 186 Prince George Street, Annapolis Admission: $25/person Mix and mingle with potential Olympians and other world class sailors in the comfort of Annapolis’ famed historic mansion and grounds. Enjoy finger foods and beverages, while you make new friends, and reconnect with old colleagues in the international sailing community. Reservations/ TICKETS RECOMMENDED: see On the Water then Santa Maria Cup or through the Eastport Yacht Club Hotline: 410-263-0415 BoatU.S. and Santa Maria Cup would like to thank the National Sailing Center & Hall of Fame, Gosling’s Rum and area restaurants, caterers, and suppliers for their generous contributions to the success of this event

Time: 4:30 pm- 6:00 pm Location: Eastport Yacht Club Calling all aspiring young sailors! Register now for this limited admission opportunity to meet and have your picture taken with our world ranked Santa Maria Cup competitors. Enjoy light refreshments and take home autographs, along with some firsthand, expert sailing advice. Reservations required: see On the Water then Santa Maria Cup or through the Eastport Yacht Club Hotline: 410-263-0415


Prizegiving Ceremony & Farewell Party Public Invited

Time: 6:00 pm Location: Eastport Yacht Club Admission: $10/person

Eastport Yacht Club

Congratulate the winners, and bid all the teams “smooth sailing” at this casual outdoor gathering! Relax with a Goslings and have a snack, while you relive the highlights of the 2011 Santa Maria Cup on the big screen. Additional beverages at a cash bar. Santa Maria cup would like to thank the Eastport Yacht Club, BoatU.S., Gosling’s Rum and area restaurants, caterers, and suppliers for their generous contributions to the success of this event. For more information about any of these activities, please visit under On the Water: Santa Maria Cup or email w w w. s a n t a m a r i a c u p . o r g

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Team Baylis - USA 2003 Santa Maria Cup Champion Liz Baylis, Karina Shelton, Dominique Provoyeur, 4th crewman TBA World Rank (as of 8/4/11) 141 About the skipper: My first sailing experience was at age 3 weeks with my parents in San Francisco Bay on a Sparkman and Stephens 33, “Spirit.” The first match race I sailed in was the 1998 Santa Maria Cup, crewing for Dawn Riley. About match racing: Match racing is one of the best examples of a team sport in the world. Let your team do their job and all the pieces will come together.

Team Tunnicliffe – USA

Sp on sored by McL aren Anna Tunnicliffe, Debbie Capozzi, Molly Vandemoer, Liz Bower World Rank (as of 8/4/11) 2 About the skipper: My first sailing experience was when I was around age 3 with my mum at a reservoir in Northern UK. We were sailing a boat called a Mirror, and we capsized about 400m offshore. About skippering: Only do what the boat can do! Have all the plans in your head, and then pick the play that is the best for the boat you are sailing. About her team and her goals: We have been together for over two years now. We are training for the Olympics and we want to bring home a gold medal for the USA.

Team Lehtinen – Finland Sp on sored by Aud i

Silja Lehtinen, Silja Kanerva, Mikaela Wulff, Annina Takala World Rank (as of 8/4/11) 8 About the skipper: I’ve sailed with my family all my life. My dad taught me to sail, and I started racing Optimists at age 8. About match racing: Match racing is tough and exciting! I like it because everyone has equal equipment, on-water umpiring means no protest hearings at night, and no boat work means more time on the water.

Team Bossard – France Julie Bossard, Pauline Chalaux, Pauline Courtois, Elodie Fauve World Rank (as of 8/4/11) 12 About the skipper: I started sailing in Brittany when I was 7, and first match raced in 2003 as tactician for Claire Leroy in Trentino ITA. About her team: This is our first time competing together! We grew from a 3-person Elliott team, and my teammates are a very good friend, a very funny girl and a very good bowman. We want to have fun, and positive results, of course!

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Team Ruhlman – USA

Team Silva – Argentina Martina Silva, Ana Lucia Silva, Trinidad Silva, Maria Eugenia Bozzo World Rank (as of 8/4/11) 34 About the skipper: My father taught me to sail an Optimist when I was 8. I started match racing about a year and a half ago with my two sisters, Ana and Trini. About match racing: Match racing is like a chess game. Not only do you have to consider the wind, the starting line, the marks, the current, etc., but also what is your opponent going to do next. As a skipper, I think it’s important to maintain focus, remain calm and think clearly about your next move, especially when you get a penalty or are behind in the last leg of the race.

Team Dellenbaugh – USA Becca Dellenbaugh, Katie Pettibone, 3rd and 4th crewmen TBA World Rank (as of 8/4/11) 36 About the skipper: I started sailing when I was 9 in an Optimist called “Nipper.” My favorite boat to race is 29ers. About match racing: Match racing incorporates all features of sailing into one competitive, team-oriented sport in which each race brings new tests and technicalities. A race is never over until the finish, so stay in it!

Team Ferris – Canada Sharon Ferris, Caroline Kaars-Sijpesteijn, Barbara Kaars-Sijpesteijn, Joanne Prokop World Rank (as of 8/4/11) N/A About the skipper: I learned match racing at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron Youth Programme. When I was 16, I raced in the NutraSweet International Match Racing Championships and we won against all the guys! I competed in Olympic sailing for 20 years, and took off in 2008 to have my daughter, Sofia. About her team: When match racing was dropped from the 2016 Games I realized it was now or never, so I contacted good sailors with the desire and ambition to win. Caroline is intelligent and level-headed with a natural talent for sailing, Barbara is our strength and fast fix-it girl, and Joanne has the best grip of the rules and is my backup for ideas and plans, plus she can trim a spinnaker in any position I put the boat. w w w. s a n t a m a r i a c u p . o r g


Maegan Ruhlman, Abby Rowlands, Katy Lovell, Stephanie Roble World Rank (as of 8/4/11) 26 About the skipper: My first sailing experience was sitting on my mother’s lap on the Lightning saying, “Mom, hike harder. This is fun!” I grew up sailing Lightnings and I think they are one of the best classes for every racer, because they offer world class competition alongside family and fun. About her goals: Every time our team steps out on the water we are just looking to learn more and continue to grow as sailors. The best thing about the sport of sailing is that you can never know it all; there is always something more to learn. Also of interest: Team Ruhlman won the Sundance Cup two years in a row to qualify for the SMC. The Ruhlman and Rowlands families are EYC members.


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Did You Know? • Santa Maria Cup originated in Baltimore in 1991, as an “America’s Cup for women” and “the nation’s first match regatta for yachtswomen.” (Baltimore Sun, 5/16/91) • It was named the Santa Maria Cup to complement Baltimore’s Columbus Cup match race for men. • The event moved to Annapolis in 1995, with Eastport Yacht Club as the host. • Unlike the America’s Cup, the Santa Maria Cup provides sailors with equalized boats,

which the teams sail in rotation during the four day event. • The first all-female crew to participate in the America’s Cup challenge was captained by two-time SMC champion, Dawn Riley, sailing in the America3. • Prior to this year, the SMC has been held in the late spring. It was rescheduled this year due to conflicts with other international sailing events. • For details about the Santa Maria Cup and match racing rules, please visit www.

Race Schedule Racing begins each day at 9:00 am and continues until all the teams finish. Weather permitting, the round robin competition is completed on Wednesday and Thursday, semi-finals are raced on Friday, and petit finals and finals are held on Saturday. Prizes are awarded to the top three finishing teams.

R ace O f f i c i a l s PRO Mark Murphy

Tips on Watching Match Racing From the Water • Sailors - keep your sails down - just use your engine. The wind shadow of your boat extends a long way! • If a pair of boats is coming at you and you can not get out of the way without getting in the way of one of the boats, put the boat in neutral and put your hands in the air. This signifies to the teams that your boat is stationary; you then become an obstruction under the Racing rules. (By all means, try not to get in this situation!) • Watch out for the Umpire Boat! There is an Umpire boat associated with each pair of racers. • Give the rounding marks more room than you might during a regular race; the competitors might not round it immediately. (And don’t forget, they turn right, not left!) • Look online at the racecourse diagram (, and please try to stay outside the diamond indicated. • Please obey the official boats. • When trailing a pair of boats as a spectator, keep a sharp eye out all around - there are 6 pairs of boats out racing on the same course! Enough rules! Support the sport... come out and enjoy!

Deputy PRO Sharon Hadsell

Umpires Henry Menin



Charlotte Greppe



Andrew Baglin



Angelo Buscemi



Jim Capron



Sandy Grosvenor


Flavio Naveira

Past Winners 1991 JJ Isler, USA

2001 Cory Sertl, USA

1992 Dawn Riley, USA

2002 Marie Bjorling, SWE

1993 Julia Trotman, USA

2003 Liz Baylis, USA

1994 Karen Johnson, CAN

2004 Sally Barkow, USA

1995 Jody Swanson, USA

2005 Marie Bjorling, SWE

1996 Melissa Purdy, USA

2006 Katie Spithill, AUS

1997 Betsy Alison, USA

2007 Sally Barkow, USA


1998 Paula Lewin, BER

2008 Sally Barkow, USA



1999 Dawn Riley, USA

2009 Claire Leroy, FR

2000 Betsy Alison, USA

2010 Claire Leroy, FR

David DeVries



Greg Kiely



Kathy Lindgren



Steve Schupak



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Santa Maria Cup extends best wishes to defending champion Claire Leraoy who will miss the 2011 Santa Maria Cup due to her wedding.

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Santa Maria Cup Thanks You!


he Santa Maria Cup relies on the services of more than 100 volunteers, the resources of the Eastport Yacht Club, and the support of the Annapolis sailing community. Monetary contributions help to

Nancy and Bill Adams Valerie and Gary Bahena Ann and Jack Borland Jeff Borland Patti Borland Susan and Joe Buckley Jim Burdick Diane and John Butler Niecy and Jim Chambers Sparky Cusack Kathy Downs Mary and Geoff Ewenson Virginia Tippe Farrell Jack Fillmore Liz and Henry Filter Jeff Ford Dick Franyo Bridget and Bob Frymier Sue and Pete Gaffney Leslie Gibbons-Neff Sharon Hadsell Rick Jackson Amy Gross Kehoe Dan Kral Mike Krissoff Ursula Kuehn Ann and John Levelle Nancy and Phil Maher Marsha Malkin Jamey Mangus Meg Moffat Mark Murphy Susan and Al Nahmias Virginia Nurco Holly O’Hare Diane and Mike O’Toole Abby and Rob Ruhlman Greg Shea Tom and Trudy Stalder Christy Tinnes Jeff Todd

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pay for fuel for the official boats, meals for the competitors, the umpires’ travel expenses and a variety of other event costs. We are extremely grateful to our individual supporters for their gifts of time, talent and treasure!

KEY: EYC members are indicated in bold type.

Volunteers do everything from serving on the SMC committee, to preparing breakfasts, writing on-thewater blogs, repairing boats and coordinating special events.

Housing hosts are Eastport residents who live within walking distance of EYC and open their homes to the teams and umpires during race week.

Team sponsors make a financial donation to the Santa Maria Cup. Sponsors enjoy a private “get-acquainted” dinner with their teams on Thursday night of race week.

oat lenders allow umpires B and race committee members to use their powerboats during the races.

* Susan Nahmias chaired the 2011 Santa Maria Cup Steering Committee.

Feeling left out? There are plenty of ways to get involved! To inquire or volunteer, please email

Due to our publication deadline, this list may be incomplete; updates will be posted on the website and distributed on a printed handout during race week.

Eastport Yacht Club Eastport Yacht Club is built on activity, on the water and ashore. In addition to the Santa Maria Cup, EYC is responsible for the annual Boat Show Bash and Lights Parade, as well as numerous sailing events. For membership information, please visit

Eastport Yacht Club Foundation The Santa Maria Cup thanks the EYC Foundation for its sponsorship of “Sailing Olympians: 2008...2012...You’re Next!” The primary mission of the EYC Foundation is to develop, execute, fund and supervise programs that target the youth market and encompass the Foundation’s vision. It seeks: • To educate and provide an appreciation for the Chesapeake Bay and the available recreational and commercial maritime opportunities that exist. Program examples: Oyster Kids and Scholarships for EYC Learn to Sail; • To support education and training in the recreational and commercial boat repair industry. Program examples: MAST (MArine Skills Training) and Marine & Maritime Career Fair in partnership with Anne Arundel County Public Schools and the National Sailing Center & Hall of Fame. For more information, please visit e y c f o u n d a t i o n . o rg .

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