Danes dominate Lysekil Women’s Match
Published on August 6th, 2014
Lysekil, Sweden (August 6, 2014) – Title-holder Camilla Ulrikkeholm of the Royal Danish Yacht Club continues to dominate Lysekil Women’s Match, now undefeated in the Qualifying round at 12-0.
“We have excellent speed and very good manoeuvres, and just minor problems with details that don’t affect the outcome of the matches at all,” says Ulrikkeholm.
The second day of racing offered great conditions, with the sun beaming over the event and a quite stable westerly breeze, enough for no less than 30 matches to conclude the first round robin and get half way into the second round.
Reigning World Champion and local hope Anna Kjellberg has had a somewhat untoward opening of the Lysekil Women’s Match, the third stage out of five of the Women’s International Match Racing Series (WIM Series). She did, however, conclude her Wednesday with three straight victories, taking her to a third place on the scoreboard as well as raising the crew mood considerably.
“I’m so proud that we didn’t give up when the races didn’t go our way. Instead we used every pause in the tight schedule to discuss our mistakes and find solutions and improvements, so now our spirits are a lot better,” Kjellberg comments, directing her next quote in a Danish direction.
“Camilla better beware now!”
Kjellberg & Co shares third place so far, on a 7-4 score, with Stephanie Roble from the USA.
“We’re a little disappointed to have lost four of our matches today, but we just made a few silly mistakes and we’ll fix them for tomorrow,” the American says.
Anne-Claire Le Berre from Brest had a very good day, won six matches and climbed to second overall with her 8-3 score.
“Today we made our best and sailed fantastically. It’s very challenging to come here and race in the larger boats used in the Scandinavian countries, but now when we’ve found the speed we want to hang on to the final,” the French concludes.
Qualifying round robin to continue through Thursday, with Quarter Finals and Semi-Finals to follow. Finals are scheduled on Saturday, August 9.
Standings – Second day of Qualifying Round Robin
1. Camilla Ulrikkeholm, DEN, 12 – 0
2. Anne-Claire Le Berre, FRA, 8 – 3
3. Anna Kjellberg, SWE, 7 – 4
3. Stephanie Roble, USA, 7 – 4
5. Caroline Sylvan, SWE, 6 – 6
6. Linda Rahm, SWE, 4 – 7
7. Lotte Meldgaard Pedersen, DEN, 4 – 8
8. Klaartje Zuiderbaan, NED, 3 – 8
9. Claudia Pierce, NZL, -1 – 11 (points deduction due to boat damage)
Report by WIMs media.
Background: Lysekil Women’s Match (August 5-9) is the third 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.