Roble wins Lysekil round-robin undefeated
– praises team work after 11 wins and no losses
World #4 Stephanie Roble of the USA didn’t only win the round-robin stage of the Lysekil Women’s Match, but she and her Epic Racing Team also made it in a very stylish way. 11 wins and no losses is certainly a result that speaks for itself:
“Our secret is the team work,” Roble reveals, explaining:
“The girls are focusing and doing their jobs really well. That makes it a whole lot easier to be at the helm.”
When the round-robin stage of the Lysekil Women’s Match, the 2nd event out of four on the 2015 WIM Series, concluded Thursday, Stephanie Roble was alone at the top with all her matches won. But when racing World #2, local hope Anna Östling, it was really close to a defeat for the American match-racing ace. The spectator crowds on the cliffs of Släggö Island got a truly breath-taking show, practically within arm’s reach:
“In the prestart we actually put Stephanie up on the cliffs,” Östling laughs, admitting that that particular move in the game was something she had dreamed of performing.
Not surprisingly, Roble wasn’t as excited as the Swede over the situation, being penalized by the umpires for it. But she fought back, and managed to get off the starting line with a narrow lead:
“We focused on extending and took the penalty at the finish. We barely made it, it was very close,” Roble concludes.
Despite her loss against Roble, Östling also made it to the quarters, finishing third in the round-robin behind runner-up and World #1 Camilla Ulrikkeholm Klinkby of Denmark.
French Anne-Claire Le Berre had a tough day in the beautiful archipelago of Western Sweden, posting only two wins but four losses. With her 4,5 points she barely made it to the quarterfinals:
“Today wasn’t a very good day for us. We made too many small mistakes and didn’t do very good starts either. That made everything more difficult for us,” she comments, yet pleased to be in the quarters:
“Tomorrow is a new stage, and we’re really happy to be in.”
Klaartje Zuiderbaan of The Netherlands used the round-robin to get her partly new team together, finishing on fourth place and a quarterfinal slot:
“Sailing the quarterfinals is just the first goal. We’re still learning, and every race is better than the one before. I hope that will take us further in the regatta,” the experienced helmsman says.
Lysekil Women’s Match continues Friday with quarterfinals, and then Saturday with semi finals and final.
Round-robin results in Lysekil Women’s Match, the 2nd stage of the 2015 WIM Series, (name, nationality, wins – losses). The top 8 skippers advance to quarterfinals:
1. Stephanie Roble, USA, 11 – 0
2. Camilla Ulrikkeholm Klinkby, DEN, 10 – 1
3. Anna Östling, SWE, 8 – 3
4. Klaartje Zuiderbaan, NED, 7 – 4
5. Caroline Sylvan, SWE, 7 – 4
6. Alexa Bezel, SUI, 5 – 6
7. Anne-Claire Le Berre, FRA, 4,5 – 6
8. Pauline Courtois, FRA, 4 – 7
9. Annabel Vose, GBR, 4 – 7
10. Juliana Senfft, BRA, 3 – 8
11. Johanna Bergqvist, SWE, 1 – 10
12. Sanna Häger, SWE, 1 – 10
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.
An overall prize purse of 40 000 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 four events included in the 2015 WIM Series (date, event name, location, boat type):
- July 8 – 12, ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championship, Middelfart, Denmark, Match 28.
- August 3 – 8, Lysekil Women’s Match, Lysekil, Sweden, DS 37.
- September 16 – 20, Buddy Melges Challenge, Sheboygan, USA, Elliott 6.
- October 28 – November 1, Busan Cup Women’s International Match Race, Busan, Korea, K30.
The WIM Series is hosted by WIMRA. Official suppliers are Sailnet, 1080 Media, MILK, Sailing Education Association of Sheboygan, Adstream and Match Racing Results Service.
Images: A number of hi-res images are available for download on www.wimseries.com/media/
More information about the Women’s International Match Racing Series:
WIM Series Press Officer Joakim Hermansson, email@example.com, +46 70 604 25 04
WIM Series Manager Liz Baylis, Liz@wimseries.com, +1 415 691 6202
The main sponsor of Lysekil Women’s Match is Preem, with the Lysekil Municipality as the host city.
Sebago, Carpe Diem Beds of Sweden, Svitzer and Marbodal are partners. BMW is official car.
A selection of high resolution images from Lysekil Women’s Match is available to download at: