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Palludan Keeps on Winning in Windy Lysekil

Palludan Keeps on Winning in Windy Lysekil

Palludan Keeps on Winning in Windy Lysekil
– Groeneveld and Courtois close behind

The wind, the spectators and finally also the sunshine, came to Lysekil Women’s Match, the 2nd event on the 2017 WIM Series, on Wednesday. Trine Palludan from the Royal Danish Yacht Club picked up another couple of matches, and is still undefeated with her four wins:
“It’s a great feeling. In our crew we are three experienced match racers and two younger girls with a lot of energy. We’ve just tried to make everything as simple and easy as possible” Palludan explains.

Wednesday opened with rain and grey skies and easterly winds, a direction that always brings shifty and gusty conditions to the race course in Lysekil. After lunch the wind turned to south, increased and blew away the clouds to let the sun shine. More fluctuations led to many course changes, and some waiting:
“Today we talked a lot in our boat about wind shifts” states Danish tactician Josefine Boel Rasmussen.
“Of course, we also put a lot of effort in handling the new boats’ large gennakers, but there’s still plenty of room for improvement” skipper Palludan adds.

Former Olympian Renée Groeneveld also mastered the shifty conditions, and the new Fareast 28R boats, well. The Dutch share the runner-up position with Pauline Courtois of France:
“The huge gennaker makes any small mistakes quickly grow bigger. It easily falls into the water and gets stuck there” explains Groeneveld, so far on three victories and just one loss.
“We are really keen to do more races now. It’s all about learning the boats, and to do it as quickly as possible!”

Swedish club mates Caroline Sylvan and Anna Östling of the Royal Gothenburg Yacht Club share fourth place, on four wins and half as many losses each. Racing continues Thursday with the initial round-robin, and hopefully a repechage round-robin if time permits, and Friday will see the quarters. Semis and final will be run Saturday.

Standings in Lysekil Women’s Match after the second day of the round-robin (skipper, team, nationality, wins – losses):

1 Trine Palludan, Team Kattnakken, DEN, 4-0
2 Renée Groeneveld, Dutch Match Racing Team, NED, 3-1
2 Pauline Courtois, Match in Pink by Normandy Elite Team, FRA, 3-1
4 Anna Östling, Team Anna, SWE, 4-2
4 Caroline Sylvan, New Sweden Match Racing Team, SWE, 4-2
6 Alexa Bezel, ChicaCER Women Match Racing Team, SUI, 3-3
7 Johanna Bergqvist, Team Bergqvist Match Racing, SWE, 2-2
8 Marinella Laaksonen, L2 Match Racing Team, FIN, 2-3
9 Octavia Owen, Athena Racing, GBR, 1-4
10 Antonia Degerlund, Team Sköna Vibbisar, FIN, 1-5
10 Linnéa Floser, Peregrine Racing, SWE, 1-5


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. Match racing is sailed in two identical boats around a short course, providing fast action close to the crowds on shore. The intense racing is just as exciting for the spectators as it is strategically, tactically and physically challenging for the competing crews.

2017 WIM Series (date, event name, location, boat type):

  • 16-21 June – 2017 Women’s Match Racing World Championship – Helsinki, Finland – J/80
  • 7-12 August – 2017 Lysekil Women’s Match – Lysekil, Sweden – Fareast 28
  • 13-18 November – 2017 Busan Cup Women’s International Match Race – Busan, South Korea – K30
  • 30 November – 3 December – 2017 Carlos Aguilar Match Race – St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands – IC 24

The WIM Series is hosted by WIMRA. Official suppliers are Sailnet, Sebago, MILK, Adstream, Intertidal Ventures, Fredag and Match Racing Results Service.

Images: A number of hi-res images are available for download on
Video: All videos are available on

More information about the Women’s International Match Racing Series:
WIM Series Manager Liz Baylis,, +1 415 691 6202


Lysekil Women’s Match was founded in 2004, and is with a prize purse of SEK 300 000 the largest annual match racing event for women in the world. The 2017 Lysekil Women’s Match is sailed August 7 – 12, organized by Sailnet Lysekil AB and Lysekils SS Gullmar. The main sponsor of Lysekil Women’s Match is Preem, with the Lysekil Municipality as the host city. Sebago, Svitzer, Emerson and Kläppen are partners. BMW from Bilia Group is the official car.

A selection of high resolution images from Lysekil Women’s Match is available to download at:

More information about the Lysekil Women’s Match:
Press Officer Joakim Hermansson,, +46 70 604 25 04
Project Manager Anna Holmdahl White,, +46 73 068 42 92