Please select your home edition
Edition
Zhik ZKG

Women's Match Race Golfe du Morbihan - Testing day in Vannes

by WIM Series on 25 Jul 2014
Home sailor Anne-Claire Le Berre (image) shares an early lead with Dutch Klaartje Zuiderbaan at the Women's Match Race Golfe du Morbihan in Vannes, the second stage of the 2014 WIM Series. They're both on four victories. Francois Berland
Starting with a totally calm and sunny morning, and finishing the day in thunderstorms and heavy rain, the Women’s Match Race Golfe du Morbihan in Vannes, France, put the sailors to the test on the first day of racing.

Four teams stay undefeated, with home sailor Anne-Claire Le Berre and Dutch veteran Klaartje Zuiderbaan sharing the top spot on four victories: 'I think we had a little bit easier to keep the speed in these tricky conditions, because we know the boat type so well,' Le Berre admits with a big smile, not willing at all to reveal their speed secret in the Beneteau 7.5 until racing is over for the week.

For Zuiderbaan it was the first race with the current crew composition, though she’s sailed with all of the team members before, and obviously that was a winning concept. When sailing began for the day, after a few hours postponement due to the lack of wind, Klaartje & Co. immediately started their winning strike by defeating Kiwi Claudia Pierce in the first match. After another three straight victories the Dutch team now have gained ground on most of their opponents in this second stage of the 2014 Women’s International Match Racing Series (WIM Series):
'We’re, of course, happy for the good start in this regatta and for the great feeling on board, and I’m especially pleased with the way in which we solved any problems that came up' Zuiderbaan points out, explaining that she liked the racing conditions very much.

'It was actually more wind than you could see on the water, so it was really nice sailing.'

The world top ranked Scandinavian couple, Camilla Ulrikkeholm (#1) and Anna Kjellberg (#2), are undefeated too, tied on third place in Vannes with three victories each. Danish Ulrikkeholm was a lot more satisfied with her speed than during her short practise session on Wednesday:

'We improved the speed but also the boat handling, and managed to get out on the course ahead of our opponents after all start sequences. That definitely helped us to stay calm and keep the speed up,' she says.

Although winning all her races of the day, Swedish World Champion and 2014 WIM Series leader Anna Kjellberg, was particularly delighted for the team’s improvement during the day: 'Our last race was close to perfect from start to finish, with great manoeuvres, splendid tactics and a really pleasant feeling in the boat' she smiles, looking forward to continue racing over the weekend.

Standings in the round-robin of the Women’s Match Race Golfe du Morbihan, the second stage of the 2014 WIM:

Series (name/nationality/wins – losses):

1= Anne-Claire Le Berre, FRA, 4 – 0
1= Klaartje Zuiderbaan, NED, 4 – 0
3= Camilla Ulrikkeholm, DEN, 3 – 0
3= Anna Kjellberg, SWE, 3 – 0
5. Morgane Fountaine, FRA, 2 – 1
6. Annabel Vose, GBR, 2 – 2
7. Pauline Courtois, FRA, 1 – 2
8. Claudia Pierce, NZL, 1 – 3
9= Lucie Scheiwiller, FRA, 0 – 3
9= Caroline Sylvan, SWE, 0 – 3
9= Rajaa Al Owaisi, OMA, 0 – 3
12. Anastasia Guseva, RUS, 0 – WIM Series
T Clewring CruisingNorth Technology - Southern SparsKilwell - 4

Related Articles

The one million dollar Match Race
Competitive yacht racing’s biggest ever first prize bonus is set to go to the winner of the 2016 WMRT final in Marstrand US$ one million, is roughly Euro 885,000, AUS$ 1.35m or NZL$ 1.4m - more than enough to buy more than three of the high performance M32 catamarans that will contest the WMRT Marstrand for the first time, taking over from the perennial D37 monohulls used at the event for the last 20 years.
Posted today at 11:06 am
Screve wins Rose Cup at U.S. Youth Match Racing Championship
Sunday’s U.S. Youth Match Racing Championship finale featured the conclusion of the Semifinal rounds Sunday’s U.S. Youth Match Racing Championship finale featured the conclusion of the Semifinal rounds, the Final Series and the Petit Finals.
Posted on 20 Jun
Youth Match Racing World Championship - Australian sailors in action
The crew from Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club sailed their last 'duel in paradise' against their fellow countrymen 2016 ISAF Youth Match Racing Worlds - The crew from Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club sailed their last 'duel in paradise' against their fellow countrymen from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia.
Posted on 18 Jun
Youth Match Racing Worlds – Australian and French battle for the title
The third is from France with notable wins to their credit: SB20 World Champion 2015, French Universities Champion 2016. The first two, from Australia, are members of prestigious yacht clubs: The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia and Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club.
Posted on 17 Jun
Youth Match Racing Worlds – Eight crews qualified for quarter finals
On this third day of racing, all ten crews have completed the second Round Robin in a steady 20 to 25 knot wind. Thirty-three matches were sailed today in the lee of Ilôt Maître. On this third day of racing, all ten crews have completed the second Round Robin in a steady 20 to 25 knot wind.
Posted on 16 Jun
Youth Match Racing Worlds – Great performance for the locals on Day 2
The wind eased; sailors began to feel at home; the leaders - Caledonian and Australian - confirmed their positions. Australians, CYCA members, who finished second in the first Round Robin, also enjoyed a very nice day. Mid afternoon, in the second Robin, Harry Price - the Australian skipper - defeated the Caledonian crew.
Posted on 15 Jun
Youth Match Racing Worlds – Locals shine on Day 1 in Noumea + Video
To everyone's surprise, the best performance of the day was shown by the local crew skippered by Cyril Fortin. To everyone's surprise, the best performance of the day was shown by the local crew skippered by Cyril Fortin. The Caledonians, Cyril Fortin, Kim Goetz, Jéremy Picot won five races out of five.
Posted on 14 Jun
Two US teams to compete in 2016 Youth Match Racing Worlds in Noumea
Killian and Lalumiere finished first and second respectively at the 2015 Intercollegiate Match Racing Championship. Two teams, with skippers Christophe Killian of Newport Beach, California, and Charlie Lalumiere of Falmouth, Maine, will be representing the U.S.
Posted on 13 Jun
2016 World Match Racing Tour - US One captures championship in Newport
Newport laid it on today with Taylor Canfield and his US One team claiming the Championship. 2016 World Match Racing Tour - After an all but washed out penultimate day of the World Match Racing Tour Newport, Newport laid it on today with Taylor Canfield and his US One team claiming the Championship.
Posted on 5 Jun
World Match Racing Tour – Newport has a one round day - Day 1
The race committee for the World Match Racing Tour Newport had its work cut out today The race committee for the World Match Racing Tour Newport had its work cut out today, as the breeze, for the most part, refused to co-operate. After a full day out on the water, just one round of the Quarter Finals was completed.
Posted on 4 Jun