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2019 China International Women's Match Race to debut in Shanghai

by WIM Series 11 Oct 22:13 PDT 11-16 October 2019
Teams practicing on Dishui Lake in Shanghai prior to the 2019 China International Women's Match Race. © CIWMR 2019

On 11-16th October 2019, the inaugural 2019 China International Women's Match Race, the final event of the 2019 WIM Series, will be held in Shanghai on the Dishui Lake. The Women's International Match Racing Association (WIMRA), Chinese Yachting Association (CYA), Shanghai Administration of Sports and Administration Committee of China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone Lin-Gang Special Area have collaborated to launch this high level race in China.

Launched in 2013, the Women's International Match Racing Series (WIM Series) is the first and only professional sailing series for women, delivering a global circuit of fierce competition where the world's best sailors compete and thrive. The 2019 WIM Series comes to China for the first time and we expect the event be a great success.

The inaugural event has attracted 12 teams and 60 women sailors from Sweden, France, Denmark, Russia, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and China. The sailors represent a cross section of the international sailing scene with the top women sailors such as Olympians, National Champions, World Champions, and Volvo Ocean Race veterans to compete alongside rising young stars for gold and glory on Dishui Lake.

The idea of bringing the WIM Series to China came from Demolar Du, CEO of Fareast Boats, the builder of the competition's Fareast 28R boats, based in Shanghai. Ms. Du welcomed the sailors to Shanghai: "With the support of WIMRA, CYA and local government, the inaugural China International Women's Match Race lands successfully in Shanghai, China this year. As the local event executive, we will try our best to make a unique and wonderful event. May all the teams have a good visit to Dishui Lake."

"It is great to be here in Shanghai Lin-Gang and to see the venue at Dishui Lake. The organizers have put on a great work and we have the world's best teams here so I am looking forward to seeing some fantastic match racing this week", remarked Anna Holmdahl White, WIM Series Director on arriving at the Shanghai Sailing Center venue.

Xiaowen Ni, skipper of the Chinese Team FAREAST Ladies, has a strong history of Olympic sailing and training in match racing prior to the 2012 London Olympics, and will be making her debut on the WIM Series in Shanghai: "I would like to think the organization for all of their hard work. We are very happy to be here and meet so many top women's teams! In the following days, we will enjoy the racing and make friends with the other teams. For us, the aim is not only to go on the podium, but also taking this good opportunity to make contribution to the development of the women's match race in the whole world."

No stranger to women's match racing events is Pauline Courtois, France, the 2-time reigning WIM Series Champion and current World Sailing number one ranked skipper. "It's my first time in China and I am very excited to be here. We love the Fareast 28R boats, it's the third time this year we've had the chance to sail in them. They are technical but fun and fast. It's always a pleasure to meet and sail against the other teams and we can't wait to start racing!" Exclaimed the skipper of the Match in Pink by Normandy Elite Team when she returned to land after the training session on Friday.

Racing begins on Saturday 12 October with the round robin where all teams will face each other. The top four teams from the round robin will advance to the quarterfinals while the next six will have a second change in the repechage stage to advance to the quarter-finals. The semi-finals and finals will follow. The completion will conclude on Wednesday 16 October and the champions will be crowned.

For more information on the 2019 WIM Series, visit www.wimseries.com.

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