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9 August 2004, 12:39 pm
Björling Defeats Leroy in the Lysekil Women's Match
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Lysekil Women's Match

A month ago they won their third consecutive Swedish Match Cup in Marstrand. Now they have also won the first edition of the ISAF Grade 1 Lysekil Woman's Match, with a prize purse of $ 52.000.
Marie BJÖRLING and her Team Panorama from the Royal Gothenburg Yacht Club finished the competition as superior as she was fumbling in the beginning, with three victories on line against Claire LEROY (FRA) in Team Ideactor:

"I knew that we could give more than we did in the beginning of the week and today it all worked perfectly for us. The starts were good and we could make our own decisions and steer the matches," says Björling, who sails with Nina BAKE, Annika CARLUNGER, Elisabeth NILSSON, Jenny AXHEDE and Åsa ARONSSON.

It was very difficult for us to come back when the Swedes won the starts and controlled us constantly. But we have had a good week and will probably enjoy the second place more later on," says Leroy directly after finishing the races. She praised her crew - Camille DREYFUS, Julie GERECHT, Amelie GUICCAM, Marie RIOU and Morgane GAUTIER - for really good work.

Early on Sunday morning the Race Committee of Lysekil Women's Match decided to cancel the semi finals in the competition. As the other days the wind conditions were very unsure and the light winds were just enough to sail matches for places 7 - 12. Not until after lunch was there enough sea breeze to start the races for finals and third prize. The final was sailed by Björling and Leroy, who ended up as first and second in round robin 2. The matches for the third prize were sailed by the third and fourth in round robin 2, Dane Nina BRAESTRUP from the Royal Danish Yacht Club in Copenhagen and Linda RAHM with her Team Koncentra from Swedish Royal Gothenburg Yacht Club:

"I think they could have waited with the decision of cancelling the semi finals and given us a chance to do at least one race in the semi finals," said Linda RAHM, who sailed with Johanna SÄRNÅ, Erika ARNOLDSSON, Suzanne NYBERG, Susanne IVARSSON and Anna BJURSTRÖM in her crew.

Together with her crew - Catia LÖWEN, Tina SCHMIDT-CHRISTENSEN, Ann-Sophie LOHSE, Ann-Sofie MUNK and Line MOERKEBJERG - Nina BRAESTRUP had planned to win the starts, get to the favourable right side of the course and advance further there: "Our plan worked out very well, Nina laughs, and explains that they got more and more used to the light wind conditions the longer the week went. We were able to sail very relaxed but we would have liked some more wind. Anyhow we will be happy to come back next year and are aiming for the final then! Before this event we were sixteenth on the ISAF world match racing rankings and now we ended up fourth in this regatta, so we can't be anything but satisfied with that. We have had a lot of practise and sailed a lot more internationally than before, so it feels great that it's beginning to pay off," Linda RAHM commented.
Joakim Hermansson (As Amended by ISAF)
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