The latest editions of Lysekil Women’s Match have been all the same on at least one point. At the prize giving ceremony a happily smiling Camilla Ulrikkeholm has stepped up to be cheered at and celebrated by the crowd. The world #1 Danish skipper has no less than three consecutive victories in Lysekil. Very soon she’s once again bringing her fantastic team to this beautiful and picturesque sailing metropolis, in the heart of the Swedish west coast archipelago, aiming for her fourth title:
“If we can make it also this year, we would’ve won half of the Lysekil events we’ve participated in. I would consider that a great achievement” she smiles.
Team Ulrikkeholm is sailing for the Royal Danish Yacht Club in Skovshoved, situated just a few kilometres north of the Danish capital Copenhagen. The DS 37 boats, raced there as well as in Lysekil, is a major part of the explanation to their success in the Swedish event.
“The DS 37 is unquestionably our very favourite among the many boats used on the WIM Series. I know no other boat that demands as much strength and raw power from the crew, combined with a proven ability to manage different manoeuvres and situations” she praises her darling boat.
And it’s not only in heavy winds the DS 37 puts the sailors to the test. Light conditions are just as challenging for the crews, as the boats then demand exactly the right trim, touch and moves to perform their best. And this is where the Danish team has shown their skills:
“My confidence in the crew work is a hundred percent, and when that works I get more room for the tactical parts of the game, in the pre-starts as well as out there on the course” she concludes.
Only to explain the Danish success with knowledge of the boat type used in the event is however a simplification. Camilla Ulrikkeholm didn’t reach the world #1-spot by knowing just one boat. Last week she won the inaugural Women’s Match Race Golfe du Morbihan in Vannes, France. That event was sailed in Beneteau 7.5, and it was Camilla’s first time in that boat… The victory took her to the top spot of the WIM Series score board for this year, replacing Swedish World Champion Anna Kjellberg.
The Scandinavian battle is on, and it will continue in Lysekil.
32 years old
Lives in Fredriksberg, in the centre of Danish capital Copenhagen
Grew up in Kerteminde, on the Danish island Fyn
Working as an architect in Helsingör
Lives together with accountant Jacob Klinkby
Member of the Royal Danish Yacht Club
Her favourite boat is the DS 37
Follow Camilla and Team Ulrikkeholm as she returns to Lysekil Women’s Match next week – www.wimseries.com/event/2014-lysekil-womens-match/