Jill Thomann

Jill Thomann






THURSDAY, Sept. 23, 1993


Top women

will sail

for crown



By Tony Chamberlain




     The country's top women sailors begin their showdown for the most coveted trophy in the United States as the 59th Adams Cup takes the starting gun today off Marblehead.


     Hosted by the Eastern Yacht Club, the Adams Cup determines the women's championship of US sailing. Division winners from 10 regions around the country will race in Sonars.


     This elite corps includes 21-year-old Gisel Carnet, US Women's single-handed and International Yacht Racing Union youth champion from San Diego; 24, this year's J-22 North American and Lightning Atlantic Coast champion; Stephanie Bacon, 30, the 1990 Europe Wave champion from British Columbia, and Helen Ingerson, founder of the Women's Keelboat Championship in her hometown of Newport, former racer in Solings, J-24 and C&C35, and US Sailing judge.


     "Reading the names engraved on the Adams Cup is like reading the Who's Who in women's sailing." said Martha Altreuter, chairman of the event and former Adams Cup finalist.

    The community takes part as families provide lodging for most of the women in the 10 four-person teams. Over the four days of competition, the teams sail in 10 races, changing boats, which are borrowed after each race.

     One of the oldest women's events in the country, the Adams Cup dates back to 1924 when the first championship was held at the Boston Yacht Club in Hull. Know than as the Massachusetts Women's Sailing Championship, the event was contested for the Hodder Cup.


     In the next decade, the event changed its name when legendary sailor Charles Francis Adams from the Eastern Yacht Club donated the new cup in honor of his wife.


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