Quarters decided in Lysekil Women’s Match
– Ulrikkeholm Klinkby, Meldgaard Pedersen, Roble & Östling to semis
The Swedish west coast offered a fresh breeze and heavy rain as the quarterfinals of Lysekil Women’s Match, the 2nd event on the 2016 WIM Series, were decided Friday. All quarters finished 3 – 0, but the winners agreed that it was a bit harder in reality than the scores may look on paper:
“Definitely. We raced three tight matches in a fun quarterfinal, really good preparation for tomorrow” local hope Anna Östling testifies.
Unfortunately, at least from a Swedish point of view, Östling had to face fellow club member from the Royal Gothenburg Yacht Club, Caroline Sylvan, in her quarterfinal. They were actually the only ones left, when the top seeds after the round-robin had picked their favourite quarterfinal opponents:
“If we want to go all the way, we have to race whomever we get” Östling notes.
Young Swede Johanna Bergqvist was the only skipper to beat round-robin winner and World #1 Camilla Ulrikkeholm Klinkby in the round-robin, but despite that triumph she was picked as the Danish team’s quarterfinal opponent:
“Johanna did a good job sailing the boat, but we could see in the prestarts that they need more experience, to avoid getting caught” Ulrikkeholm Klinkby says.
Tomorrow the Danish five-time Lysekil winner will try hard to add yet another title, but whom she will decide to meet in the semi is still a secret:
“We will thoroughly think that over before we make our choice tomorrow morning” she laughs, adding that they only have smaller adjustments in crew work and boat trim to make.
Reigning World Champion and fellow club member of the Royal Danish Yacht Club, Lotte Meldgaard, follows Ulrikkeholm Klinkby to the semis. Meldgaard led two of her quarterfinal matches against Pauline Courtois (FRA) from start to finish, but it was tougher at the beginning of the second match:
“Pauline won the start and we stayed behind until the leeward mark rounding, where we were able to pass her. I think we had generally better boathandling, being able to extend our lead further” says Meldgaard, who is confident approaching the semis.
“We know we can win, but we need to take one match at a time and make no mistakes, because otherwise we’ll be punished immediately.”
The fourth semi finalist is Stephanie Roble, WIM Series champion and runner-up in Lysekil last year. The American faced Alexa Bezel (SUI) in her quarterfinal:
“It was a wet and windy day, but we’re really happy to check yet another box on our way. Boat handling and communication worked very well, and we’re confident going into the semi finals. All semi finalists are very good, but we’re ready to race whomever. We’re looking forward to an exciting Saturday!”
The semis and the final of Lysekil Women’s Match will be sailed Saturday, immediately followed by the prize giving ceremony.
Results in the quarterfinals of Lysekil Women’s Match, the 2nd event on the 2016 WIM Series:
Camilla Ulrikkeholm Klinkby, DEN – Johanna Bergqvist, SWE, 3 – 0
Lotte Meldgaard, DEN – Pauline Courtois, FRA, 3 – 0
Stephanie Roble, USA – Alexa Bezel, SUI, 3 – 0
Anna Östling, SWE – Caroline Sylvan, SWE, 3 – 0
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 50 000 USD will be distributed by the WIM Series in addition to the prize money at each of the four events included in the 2016 WIM Series (date, event name, location, boat type):
- June 27 – July 1, Helsinki Women’s Match, Helsinki, Finland, J/80.
- August 8 – 13, Lysekil Women’s Match, Lysekil, Sweden, DS 37.
- September 20 – 25, Women’s Match Racing World Championship & Buddy Melges Challenge, Sheboygan, USA, Elliott 6m.
- October 25 – 29, Busan Cup Women’s International Match Race, Busan, South Korea, K30.
- December 1 – 4, Carlos Aguilar Match Race, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, IC 24.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, +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, Svitzer, BRA and Båtsystem are partners. BMW from Bilia Group is the official car.
A selection of high resolution images from Lysekil Women’s Match is available to download at: