Echegoyen keeps on winning in Women’s Match Racing World Championship
– exciting semi finals thrilled large crowd at the Haeundae Beach in Busan
Tamara Echegoyen, Spain, has reached the final of the ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championship 2013 in
Busan, Korea after an extraordinary performance in the regatta, winning every match so far. The other finalist will either be Ekaterina Skudina, Russia, or Camilla Ulrikkeholm, Denmark, who will conclude their semi final on Sunday morning.
After defeating Kiwi Claudia Pierce 3 – 0 in their quarterfinal, London 2012 gold medallist Tamara Echegoyen continued her winning streak by beating Katie Spithill of Australia with the same figures in their semi final. The Spanish crew has now raced undefeated all the way to the final of the ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championship 2013 in Busan, the second event of the inaugural Women’s International Match Racing Series.
However, the semis showed some extremely close and thrilling racing, with the crowds at the Haeundae Beach cheering the sailors’ exhilarating manoeuvres. With an undefeated run Tamara Echegoyen is unsure whether she can line up another string of victories in the final matches:
– That’s of course what we’re aiming for. But the very tight racing against Katie showed that we have to always look out, and take nothing for granted. We will continue thinking only about the point we are sailing for in each match, Tamara Echegoyen declares.
As the Race Committee today moved the course closer to shore and the beach full of spectators, the buildings and a small hill affected the wind, and the strategic game on the course became even more difficult than in the previous days of the event:
– Yes, the conditions were rather puffy and a little shifty, and you always had to look around out of the boat, also keeping a close eye on the other boat, Echegoyen explains.
Katie Spithill, back on the match racing scene after her maternity leave with six month old daughter Chloe, wasn’t too sad after losing the semi final:
– I feel that as a team we did really well today, even though we lost. We had some close racing and it was very exciting, but there were also a few umpire calls that didn’t go our way, the Australian sailor smiles.
– We never expected to go to the semi finals, but after a good morning against Anna we were there, she says, referring to the quarterfinals against Swedish Olympian Anna Kjellberg.
The other semi final, sailed between Ekaterina Skudina of Russia and Camilla Ulrikkeholm from Denmark, is 1.25 – 2 in the Danish team’s favour, after a brutal collision on the second upwind leg in their fourth semi final match. Skudina tried to clear a penalty she had received in the pre-start, but as she bore away to gybe for her 270-degrees turn, she misjudged the amount of room she had and collided violently with Ulrikkeholm. In addition to losing the match, the umpires deducted 0.75 points from Skudina’s scorecard for the damage caused. The first crew to reach three points will advance to the final, meaning that Skudina has to win another two matches but Ulrikkeholm needs just one more victory:
– We had some very tough and close races today. In the first one we caught the first wind shift and were in front at the first top mark rounding, then stretching out further and winning, Ulrikkeholm says.
– The second and the third matches went to Skudina, despite our good starts, when she found some favourable shifts and got so much ahead that we couldn’t reach her, Ulrikkeholm continues, looking forward to the conclusion of the semi finals, and, hopefully, a ticket to the final matches.
Semi final results/standings in the ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championship 2013 in Busan, the second event of the inaugural Women’s International Match Racing Series:
Tamara Echegoyen, ESP – Katie Spithill, AUS 3 – 0
Ekaterina Skudina, RUS – Camilla Ulrikkeholm, DEN 1.25 – 2 (to be continued Sunday)
Quarterfinal results, first to three victories advanced to the semi-finals:
Tamara Echegoyen, ESP – Claudia Pierce, NZL 3 – 0
Ekaterina Skudina, RUS – Alexa Bezel, SUI 3 – 0
Camilla Ulrikkeholm, DEN – Susannah Pyatt, NZL 3 – 0
Anna Kjellberg, SWE – Katie Spithill, AUS 0 – 3
Results in the double round-robin (skipper/nationality/wins – losses):
1. Tamara Echegoyen, ESP, 16 – 0
2. Ekaterina Skudina, RUS, 13 – 3
3. Camilla Ulrikkeholm, DEN, 10 – 6
4. Anna Kjellberg, SWE, 9 – 7
5. Katie Spithill, AUS, 8 – 8
6. Susannah Pyatt, NZL, 5 – 11
7. Alexa Bezel, SUI, 5 – 11
8. Claudia Pierce, NZL, 5 – 11
9. Sung-Eun Choi, KOR, 1 – 15
Standings in the 2013 Women’s International Match Racing Series after the first event in St Quay, France (skipper/nationality/WIMRS points):
1. Lucy Macgregor, GBR, 25
2. Julie Bossard, FRA, 22
3. Stephanie Roble, USA, 20
4. Klaartje Zuiderbaan, NED, 16
5. Caroline Sylvan, SWE, 14
6. Anna Kjellberg, SWE, 12
7. Claudia Pierce, NZL, 10
8. Milly Bennett, AUS, 8
9. Alexa Bezel, SUI, 6
10. Morgane Dréau, FRA, 4
The inaugural 2013 Women’s International Match Racing Series is a professional sailing circuit, hosted by the Women’s International Match Racing Association for the world’s leading women match racing sailors. In match racing the crews meet two by two in exciting duels that can easily be followed and understood by the spectators.
An overall prize purse of 50 000 USD will be distributed by the WIMRSeries at the final event in Lysekil, Sweden, in addition to the prize money at each of the five events included in the WIMRSeries (date, event name, location, boat type):
* May 15-19 – Saint Quay Women’s Match Racing – St Quay-Portrieux, France – Elliott 6m.
* June 5-9 – Busan Cup International Women’s Match Race – Busan, Korea – K 30.
* June 20-23 – Danish Open Ladies Cup – Copenhagen, Denmark – J/80.
* July 11-14 – New York Women’s Invitational – Oakcliff, New York, USA – SM 40.
* August 5-10 – Lysekil Women’s Match – Lysekil, Sweden – DS 37.