It is not too surprising to see some of the new young talent on the WIM Series popping up at different events – case in point, the 7th World University Match Racing Championship on Lago di Ledro in Italy this week.
The top three spots half way through the second round robin in the Women’s Division are being held by three WIM Series skippers – Annabel Vose (Great Britain), Denise Lim (Singapore), and Pauline Courtois (France).
Annabel’s team made their debut on the WIM Series last month in Cork and made a good impression just barely missing out on the quarter-finals at the World Championship. The experience in Cork must have given the team some confidence as they are yet to be defeated in Italy. Can they keep up that pace as the event moves into the knock-out stages? You’ll have to check follow along here: http://wuc2014.avll.it/
Pauline has put together a team combining the talents of two WIM Series teams – her own Princesses De Bretagne and a few crew from the other young French team skippered by Lucie Scheiwiller – Epsilon 3D – Ladies Normandie. Both teams will again divide up when they will be facing each other in the next event on the 2014 WIM Series – the 2014 Women’s Match Race Golfe du Morbihan later this month.
When asked about her goals for the event in Italy, Pauline responded “We want to enjoy the sun and the wonderful landscape of Trentino and, of course, show our skills on the water. That will be an excellent training for our next destination: Vannes, the second event of WIM Series!” It is safe to say they are achieving their goals so far!
Although Lim won’t make her WIM Series debut until later in the season at the 2014 Busan Cup International Women’s Match Race in Korea, she has already made an impression on the ISAF World Match Race Rankings where she is ranked 14th on the women’s list and 127th on the open list. Look for Lim to continue to move up the rankings with a strong performance in Ledro.
It’s exciting to see this new young talent making their mark around the globe.