Dutch Take Over Lead at WIM Series

Published on June 29th, 2016

Helsinki, Finland (June 29, 2016) – Renee Groeneveld (NED) broke the dominance of Camilla Ulrikkeholm Klinkby (DEN) by winning their match today. On nine wins and just one loss, the Dutch skipper takes over the top position in the round-robin of the Helsinki Women’s Match, the opening event of the 2016 WIM Series.

“We had a really good day out there on the water today, winning all five of our matches,” Groeneveld comments.

Racing started in the morning in excellent sailing conditions, with almost the same south-westerly breeze as seen yestereday, maybe just a little less. Then, at early afternoon, all sailors were called ashore, as the race committee wanted the sailors to have some rest before racing continued a few hours later. The break was planned, because the local yacht club Nyländska Jaktklubben (NJK) was keen to offer all evening strollers on the beach-walk of Hernesaari (Ärtholmen) a chance to see the races.

“A lot of people in Helsinki are not on holiday yet, so by racing after office hours we got probably the largest spectator crowds at a regatta in Finland ever,” says NJK Sailing Center Manager Peik Åström.

As NJK took advantage of the bright Nordic evening for racing, it was Renee Groeneveld who shined more than the midnight sun on the water. The Dutch skipper and her crew lined up victory after victory, and continued their winning streak even after the afternoon break. The first evening match against the Danish World #1 was a tight one, after a pretty even start.

“We protected our starboard advantage and found more pressure on the right side of the course. I think that was the key,” says the former World #1 (2010) Groeneveld.

“We made some small mistakes in the match, and a fairly short course also made it difficult for us to find an opportunity to pass Renee,” Ulrikkeholm Klinkby explains.

World #3 Anna Östling (SWE) also put up a good performance today, winning all of her three races. Her total 7 – 1 score moves her to the runner-up position, just barely ahead of Camilla Ulrikkeholm Klinkby, who stays on 6 – 1 so far.

“We haven’t raced in J/80s for a couple of years, but now I think we’re beginning to find the trim, the speed and the manoeuvres,” says the Swedish skipper. “I’m hopeful for the rest of the regatta!”

Marinella Laaksonen from Espoo close to Helsinki is still the highest placed local skipper, on sixth place and definitely with a quarterfinal spot within her reach. Laaksonen was more or less given her first match of the day, when Swedish skipper Sanna Mattsson received her second penalty and failed to immediately do her penalty turn. The Swede got a black flag disqualification and the point went to Laaksonen. In her second and last match of the day Laaksonen lost to Groeneveld.

“Renee got the favourable right side from the start, caught the puffs out there and stretched her lead all the way around the course,” the Finnish skipper admits. “There was really nothing we could do about it.”

The round-robin concludes tomorrow, to be immediately followed by the quarterfinals at Hernesaari (Ärtholmen). Semi finals and final will be sailed on Friday, July 1.

Day Two Standings
1. Renée Groeneveld, NED, 9 – 1
2. Anna Östling, SWE, 7 – 1
3. Camilla Ulrikkeholm Klinkby, DEN, 6 – 1
4. Caroline Sylvan, SWE, 6 – 2
5. Pauline Courtois, FRA, 5 – 2
6. Marinella Laaksonen, FIN, 4 – 3
7. Antonia Degerlund, FIN, 4 – 6
8. Rikst Dijkstra, NED, 4 – 7
9. Susanna Kukkonen FIN, 3 – 8
9. Diana Kissane, IRL, 3 – 8
11. Sanna Häger, SWE, 2 – 6
12. Sanna Mattsson, SWE, 1 – 9

2016 WIM Series events
* June 27-July 1, Helsinki Women’s Match, Helsinki, Finland, J/80
* August 8-13, Lysekil Women’s Match, Lysekil, Sweden, DS 37
* September 20-25, Women’s Match Racing World Championship & Buddy Melges Challenge, Sheboygan, USA, Elliott 6m
* October 25-29, Busan Cup Women’s International Match Race, Busan, South Korea, K30

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Background: The Women’s International Match Racing Series (WIM Series) is the first and only professional sailing series for women, hosted by the Women’s International Match Racing Association and joined by the world’s leading women match racing sailors. An overall prize purse of 50,000 USD will be distributed by the WIM Series, in addition to the prize money at each of the events included in the 2016 WIM Series.

Source: Women’s International Match Racing Series

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