Sylvan & Le Berre undefeated in Lysekil Women’s Match
– but Sylvan sits alone at top as Le Berre got half-point deduction
Local hope Caroline Sylvan is undefeated and alone at the top of Lysekil Women’s Match, the second stage of the 2015 WIM Series, after a first day severely shortened when the wind died just before lunch. Although French Anne-Claire Le Berre has three victories in as many matches, she also received a 0,5 point deduction after a collision. However, Sylvan describes an essentially perfect day on the racecourse:
“We’re sailing really well and everything works perfectly aboard. We’re solving all problems and finding the right wind shifts and tactics” she says, especially satisfied having beaten fellow club member and World #2 Anna Östling of the Royal Gothenburg Yacht Club.
“Our fault, we made a mistake. We had the match and should have won, but just a small mistake is enough when the margins are as small as here” a sighing Östling notes.
Lysekil Women’s Match started Tuesday morning in perfect sailing conditions, with southerly winds up to 15 knots and a Swedish high summer temperature that tempted large spectator crowds to occupy the cliffs and the promenade surrounding the waters of Lysekil. Unfortunately the unusually warm weather also caused the race committee some problems, as the wind disappeared at lunchtime. After a fruitless waiting for at least a small puff, further racing was finally cancelled at around six, without any races at all for the half of the field that didn’t race in the morning matches.
As early as the very first match there was still enough wind for Anne-Claire Le Berre to be able to bump into Swede Johanna Bergqvist’s boat so badly that it caused damage. For the French that collision not only caused her a 270 degrees penalty turn, but also a 0,5 point deduction. Now she’s on 2,5 points in the results:
“We had a really good day anyway, and we’re very pleased with our sailing” Le Berre comments.
Annabel Vose made her Lysekil Women’s Match debut, and got herself a victory over another newcomer, Sanna Häger of the Swedish capital Stockholm. The greatest challenge for the British team was to master the big DS 37s, raced with a crew of six:
“Everything happened a lot faster than we’re used to, but we learned so much and are really positive and happy, looking forward to meeting the rest of the teams” Annabel Vose says.
Lysekil Women’s Match continues Wednesday and Thursday with the round-robin, before Friday’s quarter finals and Saturday’s semi finals and final.
Results in Lysekil Women’s Match, the 2nd stage of the 2015 WIM Series, after the shortened first day (name, nationality, wins – losses):
Caroline Sylvan, SWE, 3 – 0
Anne-Claire Le Berre, FRA, 2,5 – 0
Anna Östling, SWE, 2 – 1
Annabel Vose, GBR, 1 – 2
Sanna Häger, SWE, 0 – 3
Johanna Bergqvist, SWE, 0 – 3
Have not yet raced:
Camilla Ulrikkeholm Klinkby, DEN, 0 – 0
Stephanie Roble, USA, 0 – 0
Pauline Courtois, FRA, 0 – 0
Klaartje Zuiderbaan, NED, 0 – 0
Alexa Bezel, SUI, 0 – 0
Juliana Senfft, BRA, 0 – 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 40 000 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 four events included in the 2015 WIM Series (date, event name, location, boat type):
- July 8 – 12, ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championship, Middelfart, Denmark, Match 28.
- August 3 – 8, Lysekil Women’s Match, Lysekil, Sweden, DS 37.
- September 16 – 20, Buddy Melges Challenge, Sheboygan, USA, Elliott 6.
- October 28 – November 1, Busan Cup Women’s International Match Race, Busan, Korea, K30.
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, Carpe Diem Beds of Sweden, Svitzer and Marbodal are partners. BMW is official car.
A selection of high resolution images from Lysekil Women’s Match is available to download at: