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Californian sweeps, wins Osprey Cup

Liz Baylis takes consecutive races to defeat Marie Faure of France in the final.

By DORAN CUSHING
© St. Petersburg Times,
published December 3, 2001


ST. PETERSBURG -- After an abbreviated qualifying round and no semifinals because of a lack of wind, it came down to the two women's teams that traveled the farthest to decide the Osprey Cup on Tampa Bay Sunday.

Marie Faure of France led after two round-robin races but lost the best-of-three final to Californian Liz Baylis. Baylis, along with Aimee Hess, Karina Shelton and Stacie Straw, forced Faure's team into three penalty turns in winning the final 2-0. The final involved a series of maneuvers with each skipper trying to get her opponent to commit a right-of-way foul during the prestart. The fouls must be corrected with penalty turns during the race.

"I tried to keep the boat moving fast with the crew looking for the puffs (of wind)," Baylis said. "That was the key factor in winning today."

Sandy Grosvenor's Chesapeake Bay team won consecutive races over Charlie Arms' team, which included Susan Wallace of St. Petersburg, for third. The St. Petersburg Yacht Club junior team, skippered by Evan Brown, won its final race Friday and finished fifth among seven teams. Its opportunity to move up was cut short when racing was canceled because of a lack of wind Saturday. "The forecast was sufficiently poor (for more wind), so we canceled the semifinals and moved directly to the finals," race official Tom Farquhar said. "It was light air but very exciting racing."

"I focused more on boat speed than tactics," Brown said about her first race, "positioning myself so we didn't have any fouls. But I was surprised how aggressive some of the sailors were at the start."

Other sailors on the local youth team included Kristin Britt, Betsy Bryant, Alyson Dagly, Abby Ethington and Rachael Silverstein.

"The kids, they taught us few lessons," Baylis said.

Final: Baylis defeated Faure 2-0

Consolation round: Grosvenor defeated Arms 2-0

Round-robin results: 1. Marie Faure 5; 2. Liz Baylis 4.5; 3. Charlie Arms 4; 4. Sandy Grosvenor 3.5; 5. Evan Brown 1.5; 6. Arabella Denvir 1.5; 7. Sandy Hayes 1

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