The 1992 Cadillac Columbus Cup regatta began yesterday off Fort McHenry in Baltimore Harbor with two flights of a scheduled 14-flight double round-robin completed.
The eight top-ranked international teams had to battle winds that ranged from 7 to 16 knots and oscillated through 80-degree shifts. After winning both of her matches, Dawn Riley, a veteran of Bill Koch's America's Cup-winning America3 and the all-female Maiden effort from the Whitbread Round-The-World Race, was tied for first with Bertrand Pace, tactician aboard the 1992 America's Cup challenger from France, and American John Kolius, a veteran America's Cup competitor, coach, and world champion.
Riley, the only female skipper in the competition, and her crew are fresh off a win in the Women's Cup match-racing regatta in Italy.
Heading up the other five crews for the regatta are Briton Chris Law, a top-ranked match-racing skipper and world champion sailor; 1992 Olympic silver medalist Kevin Mahaney of Bangor, Maine; ESPN-TV commentator and former America's Cup winning tactician Gary Jobson of Annapolis; Kiwi Brad Butterworth, who was coach and tactician on New Zealand's '92 America's Cup entry, and will be the skipper of Dennis Conner's upcoming Whitbread entry; and Robert Fry, a native New Zealander who has been a member of Japan's Nippon America's Cup challenger since 1987.
Round-robin racing will continue through Friday morning, followed by semifinals and finals among the top finishers in the preliminary series.
D. Riley, US, 2-0; J. Kolius, US, 2-0; B. Pace, France, 2-0; C. Law, UK, 1-1; K. Mahaney, US, 1-1; G. Jobson, US, 0-2; B. Butterworth, NZ, 0-2; R. Fry, Japan, 0-2.
Mahaney def. Jobson; Kolius def. Law; Pace def. Fry; Riley def. Butterworth.
Kolius def. Mahaney; Law def. Jobson; Riley def. Fry; Pace def. Butterworth.
Columbus Cup schedule
(All events headquartered at HarborView Marina and Yacht Club)
Today through Friday 11 a.m.: Racing begins each day inside the Key Bridge off Fort McHenry.
5:30 p.m.: Meet-the-skippers forum.
Saturday 11 a.m.: Start of consolation finals and finals.
Spectator boats: Excursions to watch the racing are available without charge, but reservations are required. Call (410) 385-2930.