sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Harken Women’s International Match Racing Regatta final

Harken Women’s International Match Racing Regatta final

'Harken Women’s Semi final action Abbott v Scrivenor.'    © Andrea Francolini Photography    Click Here to view large photo

Harken Women’s International Match Racing regatta ended with some superb match racing in very trying conditions.

Katie Abbott and her crew of Tara McCall, Angela Farrell and Sophie Lahey representing the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia have been named the winners of the Harken Women’s International Match Racing regatta defeating New Zealander Danielle Bowater in the grand final by two races to one.

Strong westerly winds of 15-20 knots greeted competitors at the start of the day and these gradually eased to 2-10 knots and swung south forcing Race Officer Denis Thompson to abandon three matches of the finals.

The first match of the Grand Final was commenced with neither skipper reaching the top mark before racing was abandoned when winds shifts made racing unfair. In the re-sail of this match Abbott was over at the start and had to return but made advances upwind to round the top mark ahead of Bowater. Abbott retained her lead downwind with Bowater right on her tail. The wind shifted again and Bowater, who was behind raised her protest flag. With the margin between the two closing Abbott made the most of the dissipating breeze to extend her lead and claim the race win. An on-water protest was heard and Bowater’s request for redress was denied and the race result upheld.

Due to the wind shifts the race course was reset from near Clarke Island to Rushcutters Bay with the top mark laid under Darling Point and 2-7 knots of southerly breeze. In the second match Bowater was late into the start which gave Abbott an enviable position. Bowater jostled for position and ended up to windward of Abbott off the start line.

Both boats headed out to the left hand side of the course with Bowater appearing to have the lead, but Abbott clawed her way back upwind to lead around the top mark as the breeze dropped. Bowater then muscled her way back into contention downwind, taking the lead at the bottom mark and covering Abbott for the remaining leg of the race to take the win.

In the third and what was to be final match, both Abbott & Bowater were over at the start with Abbott able to re-start faster than Bowater. The breeze had built slightly and shifted right with Abbott making the most of the shifts upwind to lead at the top mark. Abbott maintained her lead to the bottom mark, with Bowater headed right after rounding the mark as the breeze funneled in from Rushcutters Bay.

Katie Abbott (2nd from right) and her crew of Tara McCall (L), Angela Farrell (2nd left) and Sophie Lahey (far right) win the Harken Women’s International Match Racing Regatta. -  © Andrea Francolini?nid=81705 Photography   Click Here to view large photo

Bowater grabbed the lead in the final downwind leg as Abbott tried to draw Bowater up and cover her air, but Bowater won't be lead. As both competitors gybed simultaneously, Abbott got the better downwind pressure and secured the win by three seconds, handing her the regatta win.

'This is my first win on Aussie soil and it’s great. The finals were very tricky with all the wind shifts – at one moment in the last race I thought that we’d lost it. Danielle looked like she was going to benefit from the massive right shifts we saw but then the shift would drop away,' Abbott said late this afternoon.

'Our crew work was excellent – we built on it each day of the regatta as we had not sailed as a crew together before the start of this regatta. The Race Committee did a great job in very trying conditions,' Abbott added.

For Danielle Bowater (RNZYS) it was a disappointing end to the regatta. 'It was a very frustrating day on water with the fickle breeze and abandonment of races. Katie’s team sailed a great last race to win the regatta., but overall I’m happy with our performance.'

Amanda Scrivenor (CYCA) was defeated by Abbott in their semi-final match 2-0 and then faced Stephanie Doyle (RPAYC) in the petit-final. Scrivenor won the petit final 2-0 and secured third place, with Doyle finishing the regatta in fourth place.

'It was a challenging regatta and it was great to achieve third place with a mixed crew of experience match racers and non-experienced racers,' Scrivenor said.

Anita Trudgen from Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club in New Zealand secured fifth place after beating Kat Stroinovsky in the minor placing sail-off 2-0.

Adam Brown Harken Australia’s Retail Sales Manager said at this evening presentation 'Congratulations to Katie and her crew, and to all the women participating in this regatta. We have witnessed some great tactical battles on water over the last few days together with some superb match racing. I wish you all future success in this sport.'

For final results: Click here

Standing at the conclusion of Round Robin Stages:
1st - Katie Abbott (CYCA)
2nd - Danielle Bowater (RNZYS)
3rd - Amanda Scrivenor (CYCA)
4th - Stephanie Doyle (RPAYC)
5th – Anita Trudgen (RPNYC)
6th - Kat Stroinovsky (RSYS)

Katie Abbott and crew celebrate their Harken Women’s International Match Racing Regatta win on water -  © Andrea Francolini?nid=81705 Photography   Click Here to view large photo

CYCA website




by Jennifer Crooks

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=81705

9:42 AM Fri 25 Mar 2011 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.


News - USA and the World

Sail-World 2.0 - the Beta version- Please take a look by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,


America's Cup: Team NZ wish Davis well with new team by Richard Gladwell, Sail-world.com/nz,


Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 CEO Knut Frostad talks (Part I) *Feature by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,


Fisher's View: Sailing perfection at Hamilton Island- Day 3 by Bob Fisher, Hamilton Island, Queensland






2014 Formula Kite World Championship Day 1 by Markus Schwendtner, Istanbul
























Opera House Cup - Images by Ingrid Abery by Ingrid Abery/Sail-World.com,


Teams descend upon Cowes for inaugural J/111 World Championships by Stuart Johnstone, Cowes, Isle of Wight, England




























2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games trailer
2014 Chicago Grand Slam - Canfield wins
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Varuna takes overall lead
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week; Crosbie Lorimer Day 1 Images
Fisher's View: Hamilton Island Race Week - Day 1 - Stayin' Alive
CORK Olympic Classes Regatta 2014 - Day one
Youth Olympics: practice over, athletes welcomed, time for YOG sailing
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Record for Artemis-Team Endeavour
2014 Melges 32 U.S. National Championship - Day 2
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland: Artemis sets fourth course record
2014 Chicago Grand Slam - Top seeds survive as semi-finalists
420 and 470 Junior Europeans - Breezy day 4 in Gdynia
RC44 World Championship - Dramatic improvement for Artemis Racing
18' Skiff International Regatta - Action begins August 25th
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Challenging conditions arise
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Record-breaking monohull victory
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Dongfeng Race Team finishes third
RC44 Marstrand World Championship - Bronenosec the star performer
Bahamian Olympic Sailor to carry flag in honour of Sir Durward Knowles
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race: Records continue to tumble
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race: Course Record for Team SCA   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Team Alvimedica completes the race   
2014 Melges 32 U.S. National Championship - Day 1   
420 and 470 Junior European Championships - A crazy race day 3   
2014 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race: Monohull record smashed   
2014 Chicago Grand Slam - Top seeds take the early lead   
Frostad proud to have seven Volvo Ocean Race boats with seven sponsors *Feature   
RC44 World Championship - Bronenosec Sailing Team on form   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Dongfeng defends third position   
Volvo Ocean Race: Team Vestas Wind emerges into the sunlight   
Volvo Ocean Race: Round Britain on board Team SCA with the   
Volvo Ocean Race: Round Britain on board Azzam and Team Campos   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race - Twist of fate on day 5   
Mallorca’s Puerto Portals to host the 2015 TP52 World Championship   
Volvo Ocean Race: Round Britain on board with Team Alvimedica   
Volvo Ocean Race: Round Britain with on board with Team Dongfeng   
Melges 32 U.S. National Championship 2014 - Teams ready for action   
USA Match Racing Grand Slam Series - Kicks off in Chicago   
U.S. Youth Championships - Climactic finish on Lake St. Clair   
Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games - Lake Jinniu action on the horizon   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT