Aquece Rio - International Sailing Regatta 2014
30 Jul 14
More than 320 sailors from 34 nations will compete at the first test event of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games from 2-9 August from the Marina da Gloria.
The big surprise of the day was probably young Swede Sylvan, defeating her far more experienced and higher ranked opponent, Meldgaard Pedersen of Denmark, who looked really strong in the round-robin stage.
After two initial quarterfinal wins the Swedish team approached the line too early in the start of the third match, turning back for restart thus leaving the course open for Meldgaard Pedersen. "Somehow we managed to gain distance to get contact again, but then we were penalised. And when we tried to clear the penalty we were penalised again, so it was game over for us," Sylvan explained.
In their fourth match the distance between the two Scandinavian rivals was never more than two boat lengths as the lead changed hand on a number of occasions. It wasn't until the last half of the final downwind that Sylvan was able to stretch her lead further through some great gybes, to be confirmed as a semi-finalist.
"We had such a flow on board, with extraordinary crew work and great spirit. We'll keep that feeling for tomorrow's semis," Sylvan said.
After losing her two first races to Anne-Claire Le Berre of France, Sweden's Kjellberg was forced to win three straight matches to stay alive. Helped by their private Swedish Fan Club, travelling from the Royal Gothenburg Yacht Club to cheer their favourites, Kjellberg & Co fulfilled their challenging task.
"Even though we lost two matches I think we sailed five great races today, with small margins and tight situations in all of them," Kjellberg smiled, back at the Royal Cork Yacht Club.
The fourth semi finalist in Cork is Ulrikkeholm who defeated Klaartje Zuiderbaan of The Netherlands in three straight quarterfinal matches.
"It wasn't as easy as the figures may imply. Klaartje had great downwind speed today, but we managed to remain in control," the smiling Dane commented.
As winner of the round-robin, Ulrikkeholm has the advantage of choosing her semi-final opponent, and will make her call on Saturday morning.
Results in the quarterfinals of the 2014 ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship, the first event on the 2014 Women's International Match Racing Series (skipper name, nationality, wins/losses). The winning skippers advance to the semis:
Camilla Ulrikkeholm, DEN, defeated Klaartje Zuiderbaan, NED, 3 - 0
Caroline Sylvan, SWE, defeated Lotte Meldgaard Pedersen, DEN, 3 - 1
Anna Kjellberg, SWE, defeated Anne-Claire Le Berre, FRA, 3 - 2
Stephanie Roble, USA, defeated Claudia Pierce, NZL, 3 - 2
For further information on the Women's Match Racing World Championships please see www.matchracing.ie