Marina del Rey resident Liz Hjorth is among the skippers from across the country who are expected to compete in the St. Petersburg, Florida Yacht Club’s Rolex Women’s Match regatta Thursday through Sunday, April 10th through 13th.

The Rolex Women’s Match is an International Sailing Federation grade-three match racing regatta. Created in 2002 to introduce women sailors to one-on- one match racing with skills clinics and practical on-the-water experience, the event will now consist solely of round-robin match racing, according to a spokesman.

“With the increase in interest in women’s match racing around the world, specifically for inclusion at the 2012 Olympic Games, we felt our initial mission of getting more women sailors into match racing has been accomplished,” said Pat Seidenspinner, co-chair of the event with Tom Farquhar. “Now our focus is to run as many matches as we can over the four days.”

The winning skipper and runner-up will gain an automatic invitation to St. Petersburg Yacht Club’s Rolex Osprey Cup, an ISAF (International Sailing Federation) grade-one match racing regatta, scheduled October 22nd through 25th.

Information about Rolex Women’s Match, www.spyc.org/, or www.rolexwomensmatch.org/.

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