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6 July 2004, 09:36 am
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Swedish Match Cup

The ISAF Grade 1, Swedish Match Cup begun yesterday with the round robin series of the Women's Cup. Betsy <a href=/bio.html#USAEA1><B>ALISON</a></B> (USA) lead undefeated but lost her final match of the day to Claire LEROY.
"For the first time on an opening day at Swedish Match Cup we felt all comfortable handling the boats," commented Betsy and revealed that a small training camp in Denmark did the trick.

"We did some really good manoeuvres during the pre-start, except in the last match which we lost." She continued.

Betsy ALISON is now in the lead together with Danish skipper Lotte MELDGAARD-PEDERSEN , who is number one on the ISAF Women's Match Race Rankings, and Marie BJÖRLING, sailing on home waters.

All of them finished the day with three wins and one loss. Until just a couple of weeks ago Marie was number one on the world rankings, but her maternity leave this winter resulted in her dropping to number nine.

"It's a natural consequence though I haven't been sailing since August and no big drama." says Marie and declares at the same time that the crew has kept everything in place during her leave.

"Jenny AXHEDE, who is genoa trimmer has been the helmsman and participated in many competitions without me, so it's more me that needs to keep up. But after today everything feels like good old times!" she laughs and praise her crew - Anna HOLMDAHL, tactician; Jenny AXHEDE, genoa trim; Elin ÅDERMAN, mast; Elisabeth NILSSON, Pit; and Annika CARLUNGER on the bow. .

Malin KÄLLSTRÖM (SWE), who is a friend of Marie's from the same club, GKSS, struggled on the first day and was struck with three penalties throughout her match with Marie. Two of the penalties she incurred during the pre-start and then another one when they accidentally hit a mark. Because she got two penalties in the pre-start she had to clear one of them immediately and was for ever behind." I have never had so many penalties in one match ever before and it wasn't a pleasant record," says a resolute Malin.

"Now we have to win all our matches tomorrow to make it to the semi-finals," she says and points out that the work on board is irreproachable. Malin Källström's crew is: Madeleine MAGNUSSON and Marie ÖBERG, genoa trim; Anna SKARENHED, main; Anna BJURSTRÖM, mast and Nina BARNE, bow.

Danish skipper Nina BRAESTRUP and Annette STRÖM did equally good as Malin with two wins and two losses, followed by Claire LEROY (FRA), who just won one out of four races and Sabrina GURIOLI (ITA), who was beaten in all of her races so far. The round robin series women's cup will continue this morning and the round robin open cup starts after the lunch break. In the women's cup the four highest on the ladder will make the cut to the semi-finals, which will be sailed during the afternoon on Wednesday.

Results after the first day at Swedish Match Cup in women's group, four of seven matches are sailed in the round robin series:

1. Betsy Alison, USA, 3 wins - 1 loss
= Marie Björling, SWE, 3-1
= Lotte Meldgaard-Pedersen, DEN, 3-1
4. Malin Källström, SWE, 2-2
= Nina Braestrup-Petersen, DEN, 2-2
= Annette Ström, DEN, 2-2
7. Claire Leroy, FRA, 1-3
8. Sabrina Gurioli, ITA, 0-4
Event Media (As Amended By ISAF News Editor)
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