Sally Barkow (ODU'2002) Wins US Keelboat Championship

October 04, 2003
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Oct. 4, 2003

ANNAPOLIS, MD-- Former ODU three-time sailing All-American Sally Barkow(Nashotah, WIS.ODU'02) and her crew of Debbie Capozzi (Bayport, NY-'03), Carrie Howe and Annie Lush won the US Sailing's 2003 Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship, the most prestigious women's sailing regatta.

Barkow and Capozzi, who are both on the US Sailing squad are olympic hopefuls in the Yngling Class at the 2004 games in Athens.

"It feels awesome to have won," said the 23-year old Barkow, who only started sailing keelboats one and a half years ago. "We approached the last day with confidence just like we did every other day. We learned a ton here, from communications, to boat handling to mentally focusing. It was a big step for our campaign."

Coming into the final day of racing, Barkow's team held a 20-point lead over the 66 teams in light 8-10 knot breezes, the foursome once again showed command of their boathand and the scoreboard, with finishes of 3 and eight.

The United States Sailing Association (US Sailing) is the national governing body for sailboat racing. Headquartered in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, the organization's mission is to encourage participation and promote excellence in sailing and racing in the US.

After nine races-66 boats
1. Sally Barkow/team seven(44)
2. Paula Lewin/Team ACE(58)
3. Carol Cronin/Team Atkins(60)
4. Mary Brigden/Team San Diego(66)
5. Nancy Haberland/Team VC(80)
6. Karleen Dixon/The Lion Foundation(88)
7. Dominique Provoyeur/Team Orion(100)
8. Betsy Alison/Newport RI(101)
9. Lorie Stout/Team Stoutgear (106)
10. Phebe King/Team Legal Source(111)