Anna Kjellberg Crowned ISAF Women’s Match Race World Champion
– defeated world #1 Camilla Ulrikkeholm 3 – 1 in thrilling Cork final
Olympic sailor and World #2 Anna Kjellberg of the Royal Gothenburg Yacht Club is the 2014 ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Champion. Together with her crew – Karin Almquist, Vanja Lundberg and Annika Carlunger – the Swede defeated Danish World #1 Camilla Ulrikkeholm (DEN) 3 – 1 in their Scandinavian battle in Cork Harbour, Ireland.
“This is absolutely incredible. We’ve never before sailed a regatta with such a great crew feeling,” the Swedish skipper smiled. “The last few weeks of my life have been completely crazy, giving birth to my daughter just five weeks ago, and now this,” she said, laughing and shaking her head.
With three victories needed to win the final of the 2014 ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championship, Ulrikkeholm gained an early advantage by winning the first match of the final. Strong but very shifting and puffy winds, together with a swift current, put the sailors to the test. The second meeting ended in a fierce fight around the course, but Kjellberg kept control and passed the finish line one boat length ahead of her opponent.
When the Swedes won the third match, they put Ulrikkeholm under great pressure to break back. In the fourth match the Danes got away ahead, but didn’t cover the Swedes well enough on the second upwind. Kjellberg was allowed to tack away for clear air, found an advantageous wind shift and passed into a leading position which she was able to maintain to the finish.
“We’ve improved in every match during this regatta, and we know that in match racing it’s never over until it’s over. I think we had the right nerves today, with a rather calm feeling in the boat even when the competition was tough,” Kjellberg analysed after her golden match.
On her loss Ulrikkeholm commented, “In these conditions it was hard also to be ahead. We made some mistakes not covering the Swedes enough, and then we didn’t have as good boat handling as the other days of the regatta.”
Kjellberg’s bowman Annika Carlunger had no less than seven World Championship silver medals before
this regatta, sailing with different helmsmen over the years. Now she got her eagerly awaited gold medal and shouted after having passed the finish line, “Finally, after all these years.”
In the Petit Final Caroline Sylvan (SWE) put up a tough fight against Stephanie Roble (USA), but the American crew proved to be strongest at the end. With two straight wins they secured the bronze in the 2014 ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championship, the first event out of five on the 2014 Women’s International Match Racing Series.
“We never felt comfortably in control, but my team did an awesome job all the way around the course,” said Roble who praised her crew.
“We’ve done some fantastic races, and we’re proud to be the second Swedish crew in the top four of this Championship,” Sylvan smiled, not too disappointed.
Results in the 2014 ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championship, the first event out of five on the 2014 Women’s International Match Racing Series:
Anna Kjellberg, SWE, defeated Camilla Ulrikkeholm, DEN, 3 – 1
Stephanie Roble, USA, defeated Caroline Sylvan, SWE, 2 – 0
Total results (skipper name, country, prize money, WIM Series points):
1. Anna Kjellberg, SWE, 3 000 €, 25
2. Camilla Ulrikkeholm, DEN, 2 000 €, 22
3. Stephanie Roble, USA, 1 500 €, 20
4. Caroline Sylvan, SWE, 1 250 €, 16
5. Anne-Claire Le Berre, FRA, 1 000 €, 15
6. Klaartje Zuiderbaan, NED, 750 €, 14
7. Lotte Meldgaard Pedersen, DEN, 500 €, 13
8. Claudia Pierce, NZL, – ,12
9. Annabel Vose, GBR, – , 10
10. Mary O’Loughlin, IRL, – , 8
11. Laura Dillon, IRL, – , 6
12. Lucie Scheiwiller, FRA, – , 4
13. Anne-Christianne Kentgens, NED, – , –
ISAF Event Microsite
WIM Series Website
The 2014 ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championship June 3 – 8 is presented by the Royal Cork Yacht Club, the Port of Cork, the Cork County Council and the Irish Examiner media partner. The ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championship is an annual event that was first held in Genoa, Italy in 1999 after a successful event was held as part of the 1998 ISAF Sailing World Championship in Dubai, UAE. Skippers are invited to attend the Championship based on their ISAF World Match Racing Ranking position. Denmark’s Dorte O Jensen is the most successful sailor having amassed four World Championship titles.
Find out more on the history of the event here
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About WIM Series
The 2014 WIM Series is hosted by WIMRA for the world’s leading women match racing sailors, and contested in five venues: Cork, Ireland; Vannes, France; Lysekil, Sweden; Sheboygan, USA; and Busan, Korea. An overall prize purse of 50 000 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 five events included in the WIM Series. Sebago is clothing partner. Official suppliers are Sailnet, 1080 Media, MILK, Sailing Education Association of Sheboygan, Adstream and Match Racing Results Service.
A number of hi-res images are available for download on www.wimseries.com/media
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