WIMRS: Echegoyen undefeated after first day at Women’s Worlds

Published on June 5th, 2013

(June 5, 2013) – After a postponement due to lack of wind, Tamara Echegoyen of Spain swept her opponents away when the ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championship 2013 finally got under way in Busan, Korea. With five wins and no losses at all, the gold medallist from the London 2012 Olympics clearly showed that she is still to be reckoned with.

“We had a fine day out there today, with my team doing an excellent job. The boats here are different than most other boats we’ve sailed, so we needed to very quickly adjust the timing and the manoeuvres, especially in fixed situations,” Echegoyen explains. “There were some pretty tight situations in the prestarts, and also some very close matches, but we only saw green flags at the umpire’s boat during our matches, she continues. In the first match against Alexa Bezel we were behind for a while, but managed to catch up on the downwind. We have to continue sailing every race in the mood we had today!”

As the sailors walked to the venue along Haeundae Beach this morning, they could guess that it might be a slow start. The sea beyond the beach was flat calm, and their suspicions proved correct as the Principal Race Officer, American Peter Reggio, postponed the start for an hour waiting for breeze. The patience paid off as a decent north-easterly breeze filled in along the beach. The racing continued from just before noon until just past six in the evening, when the ninth flight was completed.

Tied on second place after the first day of racing in this World Championship, which is also the second stage of the inaugural Women’s International Match Racing Series, are Ekaterina Skudina of Russia and Danish sailor Camilla Ulrikkeholm. Both have won five matches and lost just one each.

“It’s been a day with very tricky wind conditions and a lot more current than we’re used to at our home waters in Öresund, between Denmark and Sweden. But we managed to keep very good speed throughout the day,” the Danish skipper analyses. “We did a good job, only losing the match against Skudina after a bad prestart, when the umpires also penalized us. But we managed to track her, keeping the same distance around the course, so there is nothing wrong with our speed. In the next round-robin we hope to keep the same speed, but get out from the start a little better.”

Local hero of the event is young and ambitious Sung-Eun Choi, who defeated Susannah Pyatt of New Zealand in their match.

“We saw some breeze coming on the left side of the course, and were happy when Susannah and her crew split to the right,” says Choi, who further extended her lead as the race went on. With just one win and six losses the Korean crew is on ninth place so far.

Standings in the ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championship 2013 in Busan, the second event of the inaugural Women’s International Match Racing Series, after the first day of round-robin 1 (skipper/nationality/wins – losses):
1. Tamara Echegoyen, ESP, 5 – 0
2. Ekaterina Skudina, RUS, 5 – 1
2. Camilla Ulrikkeholm, DEN, 5 – 1
4. Katie Spithill, AUS, 5 – 3
5. Claudia Pierce, NZL, 2 – 3
6. Alexa Bezel, SUI, 2 – 4
7. Anna Kjellberg, SWE, 1 – 4
8. Susannah Pyatt, NZL, 1 – 5
9. Sung-Eun Choi, KOR, 1 – 6

Standings in the 2013 Women’s International Match Racing Series after the first event in St Quay, France (skipper/nationality/WIMRS points):
1. Lucy Macgregor, GBR, 25
2. Julie Bossard, FRA, 22
3. Stephanie Roble, USA, 20
4. Klaartje Zuiderbaan, NED, 16
5. Caroline Sylvan, SWE, 14
6. Anna Kjellberg, SWE, 12
7. Claudia Pierce, NZL, 10
8. Milly Bennett, AUS, 8
9. Alexa Bezel, SUI, 6
10. Morgane Dréau, FRA, 4

The inaugural 2013 Women’s International Match Racing Series is a professional sailing circuit, hosted by the Women’s International Match Racing Association for the world’s leading women match racing sailors. In match racing the crews meet two by two in exciting duels that can easily be followed and understood by the spectators.

An overall prize purse of 50 000 USD will be distributed by the WIMRSeries at the final event in Lysekil, Sweden, in addition to the prize money at each of the five events included in the WIMRSeries (date, event name, location, boat type):
* May 15-19 – Saint Quay Women’s Match Racing – St Quay-Portrieux, France – Elliott 6m.
* June 5-9 – Busan Cup International Women’s Match Race – Busan, Korea – K 30.
* June 20-23 – Danish Open Ladies Cup – Copenhagen, Denmark – J/80.
* July 11-14 – New York Women’s Invitational – Oakcliff, New York, USA – SM 40.
* August 5-10 – Lysekil Women’s Match – Lysekil, Sweden – DS 37.

More information about the Women’s International Match Racing Series:
WIMR Series Press Officer Joakim Hermansson, media@wimrs.com, +46 70 604 25 04
WIMR Series Manager Liz Baylis, ExecDir@wimra.org, +1 415 691 6202


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Joakim Hermansson
Press Officer Women’s International Match Racing Series
media@wimrs.com, +46 70 604 25 04

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