Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia - Women's Match Racing Final.
The Finals and Petit-Finals were sailed in perfect conditions after the sea breeze filled in around midday to a steady 7-10 knots. The Petit-Finals saw Anna Tunnicliffe, Molly Vandemoer, and Deb Capozzi (USA) defeat Claire Leroy, Marie Riou, and Claire Pruvot (FRA) in two straight matches to win the Bronze medal.
The Finals were a hard fought battle with Silja Lehtinen, Silja Kanerva, Mikaela Wulff (FIN) taking the first match by a small margin, then Sally Barkow, Elizabeth Kratzig-Burnham, Alana O'Reilly (USA) winning the next three close matches to win the Gold medal.
'It feels really good to win a Sailing World Cup event. We came into this event thinking it was going to be a kind of warm up leading up to the first phase of the U.S. Trials in May. We really showed a lot of progress through the event and that was really important. We still have a lot to work on and we're off to Weymouth next week to train with the rest of the U.S. Team then on to Hyeres.' commented Sally Barkow (USA) after the win.
The next stop for the Sailing World Cup is the 43 Semaine Olympique Francaise de Viole from 23 to 289 April in Hyeres.
Finals: Barkow (USA) defeats Lehtinen (FIN) 3-1;
Petit-Finals: Tunnicliffe (USA defeats Leroy (FRA) 2-0. Final Results:
1 - Sally Barkow (USA), Elizabeth Kratzig-Burnham, Alana O'Reilly
2 - Silja Lehtinen (FIN), Silja Kanerva, Mikaela Wulff
3 - Anna Tunnicliffe (USA), Molly O'Bryan Vandemoer, Debbie Capozzi
4 - Claire Leroy (FRA), Marie Riou, Claire Pruvot
5 - Stephanie Hazard (NZL), Susannah Pyatt, Jenna Hansen
6 - Anne-Claire Le Berre (FRA), Alice Ponsar, Myrtille Ponge
7 - Lucy Macgregor (GBR), Annie Lush, Kate Macgregor
8 - Silke Hahlbrock (GER), Maren Hahlbrock, Kerstin Schult
9 - Ekaterina Skudina (RUS), Elena Syuzeva, Irina Lotsmanova
10 - Nicky Souter (AUS), Nina Curtis, Olivia Price
11 - Silvia Roca (ESP), Eva González, Lara Cacabelos
12 - Renee Groeneveld (NED), Mandy Mulder, Merel Witteveen
13 - Anna Kjellberg (SWE), Malin Källström, Lotta Harrysson
14 - Katie Spithill (AUS), Jessica Eastwell, Lucinda Whitty
15 - Rita Gonçalves (POR), Mariana Lobato, Diana Neves
16 - Lotte Meldgaard (DEN), Rie Buchardt Christiansen, Susanne Boidin
17 - Cristiana Monina (ITA), Alessandra Petri, Myriam Cutolo
18 - Trine Abrahamsen (DEN), Trine Palludan, Ida Hartvig
19 - Tamara Echegoyen (ESP), Sofía Toro, Ángela Pumariega
20 - Annemiek Bekkering (NED), Mijke Lievens, Annemieke Bes
21 - Ekaterina Kutovaya (RUS), Vera Dubina , Alina Dotsenko
22 - Ru Wang (CHN), Ni Xiao Wen, Pan Ting Ting
23 - Katie Abbott (CAN), Joanne Prokop, Caroline Kaars Slipesteijn
24 - Tania Zimmermann (PER), Jimena Gaviño Barbieri, Nathalie Zimmermann www.trofeoprincesasofia.org/