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7 July 2004, 11:28 am
Marie, Lotte, Betsy and Claire Make The Cut
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Swedish Match Cup

Following the Round-robin series in the ISAF Grade 1 Women's Swedish Match Cup, four skippers made the cut to the semi-finals. Marie <a href=/bio.html#SWEMB4><B> BJÖRLING </a></B>, who sails on home water, is here to defend her two time in a row title.
She managed to win the round-robin series, women's class, even though she's had a break from sailing for a year on maternity leave. That result means she has the opportunity to choose her opponent for the semi-final.

"We are going to think about who it's going to be until Wednesday morning, but all the girls have been really good so it's a hard decision," Marie said yesterday.
Marie has the choice of Lotte MELDGAARD-PEDERSEN, who heads the ISAF World Sailing Rankings, the experienced number two, Claire LEROY (FRA) and American Betsy ALISONto choose between.

Björling's Team Panorama, with her crew - Anna HOLMDAHL, tactician; Jenny AXHEDE, genoa trim; Elin ÅDERMAN by the mast; Elisabeth NILSSON on pit and Annika CARLUNGER on the bow - made the cut to the semi-finals with five wins and only two losses.

In the last race, against Danish Anette STRÖM, she repeated Malin KÄLLSTRÖM'S achievement yesterday and incurred three penalties."With that many penalties you don't win however good you sail, but it didn't matter that much since it wasn't decisive for making it to the semi-finals." She commented." We've made some good starts and managed to trim and manoeuvre the boat well. Therefore we made it through the choppy water keeping up a good speed. "

Lotte also finished the round-robin series with five wins and two losses, but came second because of her loss in the reciprocal match with Marie. Lotte has done a fair bit of sailing home in Denmark in DS Match racers, the kind of vessel used at Swedish Match Cup. On the other hand the boats have got totally new rigs from Seldén just before the competition in Marstrand.

"We don't notice any real differences and run the boat as we use to" says Lotte and praises her crew - Sille CHRISTENSEN, Anette ROM and Caroline CLAUSEN, trim; Anne MÖRUP, mainsail; and Mia NIELSEN on the bow.

"The girls have done a great job but we are especially satisfied with the sunny and windy weather we've got," Lotte laughs.

American Betsy ALISON ended up in a three-way-tie with Claire LEROY and Danish Nina BRAESTRUP, all finishing with 4 wins and 3 losses. After checking the reciprocal matches Nina was the one who didn't make it to the semi-finals. Claire LEROY did have a real good Tuesday and won all her races, while Malin KÄLLSTRÖM only won once and is therefore not making it to the semi-finals.

The semi-finals will be sailed this afternoon.

Final Results After Round Robin Series

1. Marie Björling, SWE, 5 wins and 2 losses
2. Lotte Meldgaard Pedersen, DEN, 5-2
3. Claire Leroy, FRA, 4-3
4. Betsy Alison, USA, 4-3
5. Nina Braestrup Petersen, DEN, 4-3
6. Malin Källström, SWE, 3-4
7. Annette Ström, DEN, 3-4
8. Sabrina Gurioli, ITA, 0-7
Joakim Hermansson (As Amended By ISAF News Editor)
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