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Kiwis report from the Harken Int Womens Match Racing Regatta

by Danielle Bowater on 31 Mar 2011
Harken Women’s International Match Race 2011 - Sydney, Australia - © Andrea Francolini Photography http://www.afrancolini.com/

Danielle Bowater reports from the 2011 Harken International Womens Match Racing Regatta, sailed in Sydney:


Hey Everyone,

Yesterday's (Friday) semi finals we started in 15- 20 knots of fresh westerly wind, we had picked Stephanie Doyle for our match and beat her convincingly 2-0 securing our position for the grand final against Katie Abbott.

The first race of the finals started in light breezes; we won out of the pre-start and were leading up the first beat to the top mark until a wind shift leading to an abandonment of the race. The second start was similar this time however Katie had the lead when again the race was abandoned due to a wind shift.

In the third race the windshift came through too late for an abandonment however we did call for a protest hearing for redress due to unfair conditions, but nothing could be done and Katie's win stood.

The course was moved before the second race was held, and the breeze shifted to the south, and the race started in very light 2-7 knots. Through many lead changes we managed to come through on the last downwind to win the race, settling the score back to one all.

Being 3.15pm and the race committee desperate to get another race away before the 3.30pm deadline we rolled straight into another start. With two pre-starts abandoned due to windshifts, we were towed to our respective ends for the last minute chance of a start. Katie lead off the start with a split early on, with us rounding the bottom mark right on her tail and with better speed upwind managed to stay in phase and on her air to round the top mark clear ahead. The fickle shifty wind down the last run enabled Katie to sail over us and win by 3 seconds, winning the regatta and the title for the 2011 Harken International Womens Match Racing Regatta.

For all the regatta updates, with blow by blow accounts of each race, go to the CYCA website http://www.cyca.com.au/editorial.asp?key=4259

We would like to thank the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron Lion Foundation Youth Training Programme and Guy Pilkington for the support for this regatta and SP High Modulus, Yachting Developments, Contender Sailcloth, Anatole Masfen, Johnny Melville and all of our parents for their ongoing support.

Stay Tuned
Danielle, Katie, Hannah and Bianca

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Day 1

Hi Everybody,

We had another long day on the water yesterday completing the 2nd round robin undefeated before being blown off the water. After an hour ashore they decided racing could be continued and we finished the last round robin of the series with only one loss to Katie Abbott.

This leaves us in first place after the round robin stage, with 13 wins and two losses. Today is semis and finals and we have chosen to race Stephanie Doyle, with Katie Abbott and Amanda Scrivenor racing the other semi final.

Stay Tuned
Danielle, Katie, Hannah and Bianca

Pre-Regatta:

Hey Everyone,

The team are currently in Sydney competing at the Harken Womens Match Racing regatta at CYCA, which is being sailed in Elliott 6m yachts. For this regatta Danielle is helming, Bianca on trim, Katie on bow and Hannah on tactics, with Guy Pilkington over here coaching.

We have had two days of training in very light breezes and today we started racing. The days started with consistant light westerly wind and became more shifty and patchy as the day progressed. We came off the water with five wins and one loss which puts us in first place.

We are looking forward to another day on the water tomorrow.

We would like to thank the Royal New Zealand Yacht Sqaudron Lion Foundation Youth Training Programme and Guy Pilkington for the support for this regatta.

Danielle, Katie, Hannah and Bianca
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