The Koru Match Racing team has made a great start to their new 2012 Olympic campaign with a fifth placing the the ISAF World Cup event, in Palma Spain.
The crew only regrouped this season and have turned in a great results against a fleet of very experienced match racers
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They report from Palma:
Hi to all our supporters,
Koru Match has been competing at the third ISAF World Cup in Palma.
Today the team finished in fifth place (4th country) after a solid day of racing.
It has been a great week of racing in Palma, Mallorca. The team has had perfect match racing weather almost all week, with relatively steady 5-15 knot sea breezes. The high level of competition has created plenty of close racing.
In the opening round, Koru Match finished third in their pool, putting the team into the repe-charge round to fight it out for the remaining two places in the quarter finals. There, five wins and one loss was enough to advance the team to the next round. In the quarter the girls were defeated 3-1 by USA (Anna, Debbie, Molly), however Koru Match was stoked to be the first team in the regatta to take a race off the USA girls. The team went on to finish strongly, winning their placing matches against GBR and FRA.
The team will now break for a few days before travelling to Hyere. The team have some training planned against the French to prepare for thei next ISAF World Cup event at the end of the month.
Stephanie Hazard (Helm), Susannah Pyatt (Bow) & Jenna Hansen (Trim)