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by Dana Paxton on 29 Nov 2000
St. Petersburg, Fla. (November 28, 2000) - Defending world champion Dorte
Jensen (DEN) made her debut on Tampa Bay today at the Rolex 2000 ISAF
Women's World Match Racing Championship. After sitting out Round 1, along
with the other top-eight ranked skippers, Jensen and her team were eager to
get into the Sonar to test their teamwork. The top four scoring skippers in
each of the two groups in Round 1 advanced to Round 2, where the top-eight
were divvied up among the two newly-formed Round 2 groups.

Team Jensen scored a victory in the first, and only, race held today in
very light and shifty wind against Hannah Swett (Jamestown, R.I./New York,
N.Y.), despite a penalty incurred in the prestart.

'We had a collision before the start,' said Jensen. 'But luckily Hannah had
to tack away and we got a better start. We took a penalty a few minutes
later when it was safe.'

The other Danish team, skippered by Marie Klok (DEN) failed to advance from
Round 1, after suffering losses to Marie Bjorling (SWE), Amy Waring (NZL)
and Katie Spithill (AUS), all of whom advanced from the same group along
with Carolijn Brouwer (NED).

Matchracing newcomer Brouwer fell to number-five seed Paula Lewin (BER) in
her first race of the new round. 'I can't believe we've come this far,'
said Brouwer, who let a lead at the start slip into Lewin's hands.

Spithill, who at 18 years of age is the youngest skipper at the event,
defeated number-four seed Cordelia Eglin (GBR). 'We had [Spithill] shut
out at the start, but she picked up a zephyr and took control from there,'
said Eglin.

Gwen Joulie (FRA), Malin Millbourn (SWE), and Cristina Monina (ITA)
advanced with Swett. Dru Slattery's (Marblehead, Mass.) lead in the first
match against Monina seemed a done deal until Slattery threw in some jibes
at the pin-end of the finish. 'They jibed, we jibed, we hit the mark.' said
Slattery explaining the multiple penalties leading to the loss. 'We were
very fast at the end and we did just enough to win,' said Monina.

Five-time Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year Betsy Alison (Newport, R.I.) lost
her opening match to Bjorling, while Olympic gold medallist Shirley
Robertson (GBR) defeated Gwen Joulie (FRA). In other action on the group B
course, Whitbread veteran Christine Briand bested Waring, and Klaartje
Zuiderbaan (NED) won over Millbourn.

Photos by sailing photographers Dan Nerney, Daniel Forster and Walter
Cooper are posted daily to

Supporting sponsors of the Rolex 2000 ISAF Women's World Match Racing
Championship are Condé Nast Publications/SELF magazine and Florida 2012, an
organization working to bring the Olympics to the Tampa Bay area.

Contributing sponsors include Dry Creek Vineyards, who are hosting a
private tasting of reserve wine for all competitors, Bitter End Yacht Club
(Virgin Gorda, BVI) for an invitation to the 2001 Pro-Am Event, Crown
Eurocars/Mercedes Benz, the official automobile, Bill and Jan Haueisen
(St. Petersburg, Fla.), Heineken Beer U.S.A. and Shumway Marine (Rochester,

In-kind sponsors include Coca-Cola (Powerade), Harbor Sweets, Mt. Gay Rum,
Zephyrhills Spring Water, Protector Boats, Suncoast Inflatables and
Commodores Ships Store.

The city of St. Petersburg is a co-sponsor.

Other supporters include Commodore Ships Store (Treasure Island, Fla.),
Eastern Yacht Club (Marblehead, Mass.), Harken, Steve & Rogina Jeffries,
Corine Kantor, Little Pines Mulitmedia, Marina Points Ships Store, Masthead
Enterprises, Musto, Christopher G. Nelson M.D. (St. Petersburg, Fla.),
Nielsen-Kellerman, Poliglow Products, Profurl Reefing/Furling Systems, SAIL
magazine, Sail Care, Sailing Alternatives (Sarasota, Fla.), Seawanhaka
Corinthian Yacht Club (Oyster Bay, N.Y.), Speedtech Instruments, Uncommon
USA, US SAILING and the US Sailing Team (Portsmouth, R.I.).

The official Notice of Race, Sailing Instructions and team bios with photos
are posted at

Results after Day Three

Round Robin 2A (1 race)

Carolijn Brouwer (NED) 0 wins
Cordelia Eglin (GBR) 0 wins
Dorte Jensen (DEN) 1 win
Paula Lewin (BER) 1 win
Cristina Monina (ITA) 1 win
Dru Slattery (USA) 0 wins
Katie Spithill (AUS) 1 win
Hannah Swett (USA) 0 wins

Round Robin 2B (1 race)

Betsy Alison (USA) 0 wins
Marie Bjorling (SWE) 1 win
Christine Briand (FRA) 1 win
Gwen Joulie (FRA) 0 wins
Malin Millbourn (SWE) 0 wins
Shirley Robertson (GBR) 1 win
Amy Waring (NZL) 0 wins
Klaartje Zuiderbaan 1 win

Round Robin 1A Final Scores (7 races, top four advance to Round 2)

1.Hannah Swett (USA) 6-1
2. Malin Millbourn (SWE) 5-2
3. Gwen Joulie (FRA) 4-3
4. Cristiana Monina (ITA) 4-3
5. Catharina Gylling (FIN) 3-4
6. Nadine Stegenwalner (GER) 3-4
7. Karen Johnson (CAN) 3-4
8. Catherine Ranke (NOR) 0-7

Round Robin 1-B Final Scores (7 races, top four advance to Round 2)

Marie Bjorling (SWE) 7-0
2. Katie Spithill (AUS) 5-2
Carolijn Brouwer(NED) 4-3
Amy Waring (NZL) 4-3
Marie Klok (DEN) 4-3
6. Maria Coleman (IRL) 2-5
7. Marie Castanedo (ESP) 2-5
8. Cristina Pereira (POR) 0-7

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