The 21st Santa Maria Cup International Women’s Match Racing Championship started this morning. The Santa Maria Cup pits all-female crews head-to-head, as eight teams of four sailors race in pairs. It is a test of pure sailing ability and strategy, as the boats, J-22‘s, are all exactly the same. If you live near Annapolis, this is a great event on the Severn River. Check it out all this week (schedule).

In addition to some great racing action, the public is invited to a public reception on Friday night featuring this year’s skippers and crew as well as past Santa Maria Cup participants and leading racing sailors. The BoatUS “Meet the Champions” event costs $25/person and is at the William Paca House and Garden, September 30, 6:30pm – 9:00pm in Annapolis.

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Visit the 2011 Santa Maria Cup website for more info