Please select your home edition
Edition
Predictwind - Iridium

ISAF Women’s Match Racing Worlds - Semi finalists decided in Cork

by Joakim Hermansson on 7 Jun 2014
Anne-Claire Le Berre, FRA, leading Anna Kjellberg, SWE, in one of their quarter final matches in Cork June 6. WIMRS Media
World number two Anna Kjellberg and compatriot Caroline Sylvan celebrated the Swedish National Day in Cork, Ireland, by advancing to the semi-finals of the 2014 ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championship, the first event of the 2014 Women’s International Match Racing Series (WIM Series).

Danish world number one Camilla Ulrikkeholm and Stephanie Roble of the USA joined the Swedes in the semis.

'We had a pretty crazy day,' the American sighed, referring to her five-match quarter final against Kiwi Claudia Pierce.

'We started strong and felt really powerful and under control in the first two matches. Then Pierce managed to break back when we were penalised in the start of the third match, followed by a fourth match where we found ourselves losing ground in every tack,' Roble said.

In the fifth USA – NZL race of the day, Roble and her crew pinpointed what went wrong and made a good team effort to secure their slot in the semis, 'We reset, and now we feel confident going into tomorrow,' concluded the American.

The big surprise of the day was probably young Swede Sylvan, defeating her far more experienced and higher ranked opponent, Meldgaard Pedersen of Denmark, who looked really strong in the round-robin stage.

After two initial quarterfinal wins the Swedish team approached the line too early in the start of the third match, turning back to restart thus leaving the course open for Meldgaard Pedersen. 'Somehow we managed to gain distance to get contact again, but then we were penalised. And when we tried to clear the penalty we were penalised again, so it was game over for us,' Sylvan explained.

In their fourth match the distance between the two Scandinavian rivals was never more than two boat lengths as the lead changed hand on a number of occasions. It wasn’t until the last half of the final downwind that Sylvan was able to stretch her lead through some great gybes, to be confirmed as a semi-finalist.

'We had such a flow on board, with extraordinary crew work and great spirit. We’ll keep that feeling for tomorrow’s semis,' Sylvan said.

After losing her two first races to Anne-Claire Le Berre of France, Sweden’s Kjellberg was forced to win three straight matches to stay alive. Helped by their private Swedish Fan Club, travelling from the Royal Gothenburg Yacht Club to cheer their favourites, Kjellberg and Co fulfilled their challenging task.

'Even though we lost two matches I think we sailed five great races today, with small margins and tight situations in all of them,' Kjellberg smiled, back at the Royal Cork Yacht Club.



The fourth semifinalist in Cork is Ulrikkeholm who defeated Klaartje Zuiderbaan of The Netherlands in three straight quarterfinal matches.

'It wasn’t as easy as the figures may imply. Klaartje had great downwind speed today, but we managed to remain in control,' the smiling Dane commented.

As winner of the round-robin, Ulrikkeholm has the advantage of choosing her semi-final opponent, and will make her call on Saturday morning.

Results in the quarterfinals of the 2014 ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championship, the first event on the 2014 Women’s International Match Racing Series (skipper name, nationality, wins/losses).

The winning skippers advance to the semis:

Camilla Ulrikkeholm, DEN, defeated Klaartje Zuiderbaan, NED, 3 – 0
Caroline Sylvan, SWE, defeated Lotte Meldgaard Pedersen, DEN, 3 – 1
Anna Kjellberg, SWE, defeated Anne-Claire Le Berre, FRA, 3 – 2
Stephanie Roble, USA, defeated Claudia Pierce, NZL, 3 – Event website
Protector - 660 x 82Mackay BoatsBarz Optics - Melanin Lenses

Related Articles

World Match Racing Tour - Images from Perth
Image gallery from the first round of the World Match Racing Tour sailed in Perth, Western Australia Image gallery from the first round of the World Match Racing Tour sailed in Perth, Western Australia
Posted on 25 Mar
World Match Racing Tour - Phil Robertson shows how it is done in Perth
Phil Robertson, the reigning world champion, made it look easy as he cruised to a 3–0 victory New Zealand’s Phil Robertson, the reigning world champion, made it look easy as he cruised to a 3–0 victory in the final of the Match Cup Australia, beating local skipper Matt Jerwood. “It was a very, very good day for us,” was Robertson’s description of the final.
Posted on 25 Mar
Match Cup Australia – Home town bonanza
David Gilmour had gone through 3 – 1 against Taylor Canfield, and Torvar Mirsky similarly eliminated Yann Guichard. Local skipper Matt Jerwood certainly overplayed the anxiety card on his way to becoming the third Western Australian skipper to make it through to the semi-finals
Posted on 24 Mar
Match Cup Australia – Mirsky completes the local line up
Torvar Mirsky kept the spectators on the edge of their seats as he came back from 2–1 down to defeat Sweden’s Nicklas Earlier in the day Steve Thomas, also of Royal Perth, had become a giant killer, eliminating Tour Card holder Nicolai Sehested in three straight races, to join yesterday’s local qualifiers David Gilmour and Matt Jerwood.
Posted on 23 Mar
Upsets continue on Day 3 of Match Cup Australia
Home town skipper David Gilmour beat east coast rival Evan Walker from Sydney’s Cruising Yacht Club of Australia 3 – 2 The tightest match of the day was between Denmark’s Jonas Warrer and Kiwi Chris Steele, which went to a fifth and deciding race, Warrer had gone 2 – 0 up, but Steele clawed his way back to level the score. In the decider it was all over on the starting line, with Steele sailing away unopposed.
Posted on 22 Mar
Match Cup Australia – Barkow and Anyon eliminated
Match racing is a cruel sport, there is no second, just winners and losers. Barkow and Anyon were reminded of this today The elimination of Barkow, a Tour card holder, could be the first in a series of upsets in this regatta, with so much talent lined up, no one is safe, and there will be more early exits tomorrow, when the super sixteen get cut down to just eight teams.
Posted on 21 Mar
World Match Racing Tour - Images from a light Day 1 in Perth
Image gallery from Day 1 of the World Match Race Tour event in Perth - the first round of the 2017 Tour. Image gallery from Day 1 of the World Match Race Tour event in Perth - the first round of the 2017 Tour. Conditions were light for the first day of racing, which featured an all-womens crew.
Posted on 20 Mar
Taylor Canfield stands out on Day 1 of the Match Cup Australia
Taylor Canfield and his US One team are the standout performers on the first day of the Match Cup Australia Taylor Canfield and his US One team are the standout performers on the first day of the Match Cup Australia, the first event on the 2017 World Match Racing Tour. Canfield, from the US Virgin Islands, chalked up three wins and a second place to dominate his group in the day’s fleet racing.
Posted on 20 Mar
Match racing giants arrive in Perth for the Match Cup Australia
The Spindrift Team from France are led by Yann Guichard, a speed man who is completely at home in multi-hulls. Britain’s Ian Williams won this event last year, and he is back to defend his title, he has also won the Match Racing World Championship six times, a record in itself.
Posted on 19 Mar
Phil Robertson back for World Match Racing Tour to defend his title
After storming the Tour finale with four-on-the-rack approach, Phil reveals he has more tricks up his sleeve this year. The New Zealand team will need to hit the ground running at the championship season opener in Australia if they are to start building their campaign towards this year's world championship, especially as they haven't seen an M32 since Marstrand last July.
Posted on 6 Mar