DAWN RILEY TRIUMPHS IN SANTA MARIA CUP
America True CEO/Captain Wins Annapolis Match Race for Second Time
SAN FRANCISCO, CA, June 7, 1999 - America True CEO and Captain Dawn
won the Santa Maria Cup yesterday, becoming the only sailor to win the
regatta twice in its nine-year history. Riley won the Santa Maria Cup in
1992 but said today that her victory this year is a much sweeter
"We came in as the long shot," said Riley. "The demands of organizing
America True have prevented me from concentrating on the match racing
circuit. We didn't expect to win, but we never lost our cool. We never
panicked." One member of her crew, Liz Baylis, will compete with Riley
America's Cup 2000 beginning this October and they are taking every
opportunity to hone their skills for the match.
On Friday, however, it was clear that Dawn and crew were becoming a
reckon with in this year's Santa Maria. The team of four, including
former America3 teammates Lisa Charles and Melissa Purdy, went
The Santa Maria Cup, hosted by Eastport Yacht Club in Annapolis,
is an international match race that lures the world's best women
Each year, the host organization chooses one sailor to fill a wild card
slot. Riley was this year's wild card selection. Her team beat Shirley
Robertson of Great Britain in the Santa Maria finals on Sunday to win
"The racing was very tough throughout the entire regatta," said Riley.
races were decided by a boat length or less, some within inches. But, we
were in control the whole time. We kept it quiet and kept improving all
Some of the hardest fought racing occurred in the semi-finals on
between Drusilla Slattery and Riley. Slattery led at the top mark,
to the EYC web site. But Riley, "drawing from her considerable
America's Cup and Whitbread sailing, attacked hard from behind and
the gap at the first leeward mark." She went on to beat Slattery in the
semi-finals to move up and race Robertson for the championship.
America True is The San Francisco Yacht Club challenge for America's Cup
2000. Led by CEO and Captain Dawn Riley, America True is the first
Cup syndicate managed by a woman. Capitalizing on superior technology
experienced, coed team, America True's mission is to win the America's
in 2000. Along the way, we are working to expand the sport of sailing by
making it more accessible through our community outreach programs like
Youth, our web site, and our visitor center.
America True's world headquarters, store and visitor center are located
Pier 17 on San Francisco's historic waterfront. America True's New
compound and store are located at Base #10A at The America's Cup Village
Auckland. For more information, please call (415) 433-4287 in the U.S.
64-9-359-9140 in New Zealand.