All sorts of women will be racing sailboats in Annapolis this week at the 11th Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship. There's a crew of high school students led by Sarah Morgan Watters of Annapolis, professional crews led by the likes of Olympian Carol Cronin of Jamestown, R.I., and teams from South Africa and New Zealand.
But the team many will be watching closely is a three-woman crew on a boat called "Who's Your Daddy?" skippered by Elizabeth Barker of Lakewood, Ohio. Most boats have crews of four, but these women can only carry three under class weight restrictions because they're all expectant mothers and as a result are carrying a little extra poundage.
"We've got it all -- teenagers, grandmothers and pregnant wives," said spokesman Barby MacGowan, who along with other organizers hopes there's no emergency call for an obstetrics team on the race course.
Barring unforeseen circumstances, the 42 teams will race at 11 a.m. daily through Friday for the top biennial trophy in women's sailing. Among top contenders are 2003 winner Sally Barkow of Nashotah, Wis.; 2004 Yachtswoman of the Year Jody Swanson of Buffalo; and Anna Tunnicliffe, a recent graduate of Old Dominion University and women's college sailor of the year in 2005.
Results will be posted daily at www.race.annapolisyc.org/2005rolex. Racing is in J-22s, with courses on the Chesapeake Bay near the mouth of the Severn River. Annapolis Yacht Club is the host.