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Four teams undefeated at Women’s Match Race Golfe du Morbihan

Published on July 24th, 2014

Vannes, France (July 24, 2014) – Starting with a totally calm and sunny morning, and finishing the day in thunderstorms and heavy rain, the conditions put the sailors to the test on the first day of racing at the Women’s Match Race Golfe du Morbihan, the second event of the 2014 Women’s International Match Racing Series.

Four teams stay undefeated, with home sailor Anne-Claire Le Berre and Dutch veteran Klaartje Zuiderbaan sharing the top spot on four victories.

“I think we had a little bit easier to keep the speed in these tricky conditions, because we know the boat type so well,” Le Berre admits with a big smile, not willing at all to reveal their speed secret in the Beneteau 7.5 until racing is over for the week.

For Zuiderbaan, it was the first race with the current crew composition, though she’s sailed with all of the team members before, and obviously that was a winning concept. When sailing began for the day, after a few hours postponement due to the lack of wind, Klaartje & Co. immediately started their winning streak

“We’re, of course, happy for the good start in this regatta and for the great feeling on board, and I’m especially pleased with the way in which we solved any problems that came up,” Zuiderbaan points out, explaining that she liked the racing conditions very much. “It was actually more wind than you could see on the water, so it was really nice sailing.”

The world top ranked Scandinavian couple, Camilla Ulrikkeholm (#1) and Anna Kjellberg (#2), are undefeated too, tied on third place with three victories each. Danish Ulrikkeholm was a lot more satisfied with her speed than during her short practise session on Wednesday.

“We improved the speed but also the boat handling, and managed to get out on the course ahead of our opponents after all start sequences. That definitely helped us to stay calm and keep the speed up,” Ulrikkeholm said.

Although winning all her races of the day, Swedish World Champion and 2014 WIM Series leader Anna Kjellberg, was particularly delighted for the team’s improvement during the day.

“Our last race was close to perfect from start to finish, with great manoeuvres, splendid tactics and a really pleasant feeling in the boat,” she smiles, looking forward to continue racing over the weekend.

Standings after Day One
1= Anne-Claire Le Berre, FRA, 4 – 0
1= Klaartje Zuiderbaan, NED, 4 – 0
3= Camilla Ulrikkeholm, DEN, 3 – 0
3= Anna Kjellberg, SWE, 3 – 0
5. Morgane Fountaine, FRA, 2 – 1
6. Annabel Vose, GBR, 2 – 2
7. Pauline Courtois, FRA, 1 – 2
8. Claudia Pierce, NZL, 1 – 3
9= Lucie Scheiwiller, FRA, 0 – 3
9= Caroline Sylvan, SWE, 0 – 3
9= Rajaa Al Owaisi, OMA, 0 – 3
12. Anastasia Guseva, RUS, 0 – 4

Background:

Women’s Match Race Golfe du Morbihan (July 24-27) is the second stop on the five event Women’s International Match Racing Series, a professional sailing circuit, hosted by the Women’s International Match Racing Association for the world’s leading women match racing sailors.

An overall prize purse of 50 000 USD will be distributed by the WIM Series at the final event in Busan, Korea, in addition to the prize money at each of the five events included in the WIM Series (date, event name, location, boat type, prize money):

* June 3-8, ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championship, Cork, Ireland, J/80, 17,000 USD.
* July 24-27, Women’s Match Race Golfe du Morbihan, Vannes, France, Beneteau 7.5, 14,000 USD.
* August 4-9, Lysekil Women’s Match, Lysekil, Sweden, DS 37, 50,000 USD.
* September 23-28, Buddy Melges Challenge, Sheboygan, USA, Elliott 6, 10,000 USD.
* October 11-16, Busan Cup Women’s International Match Race, Busan, Korea, K 30, 100,000 USD.

Series website: http://www.wimseries.com

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