Semi finalists decided in ISAF Women’s Match Race Worlds

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2015 ISAF Women's Match Racing World ChampionshipSaturday 11 July 2015 – Issued on behalf of ISAF – In the 2015 ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championship, the first event on the 2015 WIM Series, the semi finalists have been decided. The toughest races were sailed between World #1 and reigning World Champion, Sweden’s Anna Östling, and her Danish World #2 rival Camilla Ulrikkeholm. The Dane won after five exciting matches, all with the intensity worthy of a Championship final, “Anna and her crew definitely gave us a few more grey hairs, just as they always do. We didn’t expect to meet them already in the quarters, but the picking turned out that way, ” said an exhausted, but very happy, Ulrikkeholm.

“I think today’s racing was world class, and it’s really frustrating not to be sailing for the medals, ” Östling sighed, obviously very disappointed.

The strong westerly breeze from the round-robin stage of the 2015 ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championship blew away Friday night, leaving a flat calm Middelfart bay with just patches of wind visible. Saturday morning, a very light and quite shifty southerly breeze of just a few knots filled in as the quarterfinal sailors gathered for their briefing and to pick their opponents.

France’s Anne-Claire Le Berre had the favourable first choice thanks to her first place in the round-robin, picking Netherland’s Klaartje Zuiderbaan. America’s Stephanie Roble chose to race Swede Caroline Sylvan, before home sailor Lotte Meldgaard selected Australian Katie Spithill as her opponent. These choices left World #1 Anna Östling and World #2 Camilla Ulrikkeholm racing each other, an outcome that before the regatta would have been somewhat unexpected.

Zuiderbaan put up a great fight against Le Berre, breaking back in the second match, before the French women went up 3 – 1, securing her slot in the semi’s, “It’s a great advantage being able to choose your opponent, even if all here are good sailors and choices hence are difficult. That’s why we really wanted to win the round-robin, ” Le Berre said, “When entering a new stage of a regatta it’s always a little worrying, but I’m confident with my team, and they didn’t let me down today either. Some matches were really close, and I can feel that we’re getting better for every race.”

Roble and Meldgaard won their respective quarterfinals 3 – 0, but the racing was a lot tougher than the results showed on paper. Sylvan and Spithill didn’t go away easily, fighting hard to the bitter end, “Caroline certainly kept the pressure on us, but my team did a good job with both tactics and speed. We felt really fast and focused, and we’re ready to race anyone tomorrow, ” Roble commented.
“We were a little late in one of the pre-starts, but made no mistakes other than that. The light conditions are perfect for us, and we’re looking very much forward to Sunday’s sailing, ” Meldgaard stated.

Anne-Claire Le Berre will pick her semifinal opponent at the Sunday morning briefing. The racing in Middelfart then concludes Sunday with the semis and the final to crown the World Champions.

Quarterfinal results in the 2015 ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championship in Middelfart, Denmark, the first event on the 2015 WIM Series:
Anne-Claire Le Berre, FRA – Klaartje Zuiderbaan, NED 3 – 1
Stephanie Roble, USA – Caroline Sylvan, SWE 3 – 0
Lotte Meldgaard, DEN – Katie Spithill, AUS 3 – 0
Camilla Ulrikkeholm, DEN – Anna Östling, SWE 3 – 2

Anne-Claire Le Berre, Stephanie Roble, Lotte Meldgaard and Camilla Ulrikkeholm will sail the semifinals on Sunday morning.

Results 5th to 8th place:
5. Anna Östling, SWE
6. Katie Spithill, AUS
7. Caroline Sylvan, SWE
8. Klaartje Zuiderbaan, NED

“Jo”

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