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Typhoon Vongfong postpones Women’s International Match Racing Series

Published on October 13th, 2014

Busan, South Korea (October 13, 2014) – The second day of the Busan Cup Women’s International Match Race dawned with winds around 30 knots, and even stronger gusts from the nearby Super Typhoon Vongfong, leading to the cancellation of racing today.

“From the hotel roof we can clearly see the sea state and feel how much the wind is blowing, well above the limit,” Regatta Director Alfredo Ricci stated. “Even without the Official Warning of Korean Coast Guard, there wasn’t a single chance to sail today.”

The Busan Cup Women’s International Match Race, the last event on the 2014 Women’s International Match Racing Series, will resume racing Tuesday, if the weather allows. “I have signals that the weather should improve during the night and I really hope we can go back sailing tomorrow,” said Ricci, well aware of the importance of the regatta.

There is not only a 100,000 USD prize purse for the Korean event at stake, but also the prestige of the Terry J Kohler Perpetual Trophy and the prize money of 50,000 USD for the 2014 WIM Series. “The main goal for Tuesday is to do the three flights left to complete the two groups of the round-robin. Then we will proceed sailing the remaining flights, to complete a full and fair round-robin,” said Ricci.

Racing is scheduled to conclude October 16.

Standings in the round-robin of the Busan Cup Women’s International Match Race
(skipper, country, wins – losses)

1. Anne-Claire Le Berre, FRA, 3 – 0
2. Katie Spithill, AUS, 3 – 1
2. Trine Palludan, DEN, 3 – 1
4. Stephanie Roble, USA, 2 – 1
4. Denise Lim, SIN, 2 – 1
4. Lucy Macgregor, GBR, 2 – 1
4. Susannah Pyatt, NZL, 2 – 1
8. Caroline Sylvan, SWE, 2 – 2
9. Anna Kjellberg, SWE, 1 – 2
10. Sung Eun Choi, KOR, 0 – 3
10. Urara Fujii, JPN, 0 – 3
12. Claudia Pierce, NZL, 0 – 4

Report by WIMS media. Photo by Photos by Kim Wolf/

Background: Busan Cup Women’s International Match Race (October 11-16) is the fifth and final stop on the 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. Series website:

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