A very tight start field put on a great show during the first day of the ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship in Lysekil, Sweden.
Five skippers, Claire LEROY
(FRA), Katie SPITHILL
(AUS), Camilla ULRIKKEHOLM
(DEN), Anna KJELLBERG
(SWE) and Marie BJORLING
(SWE) have taken the lead with four matches won out of five in the first Round Robin.
The World Championship started in perfect conditions. In blue skies and southwesterly winds at around 15 knots, the world's foremost female match racing teams gave the many spectators action packed sailing with tough manoeuvres pushing the boats to their maximum. The excitement kept on going all day long with tight racing to the last match of the day.
"Today's sailing proves even more that many teams are able to win. The competition is closer than previous years,"
said defending World Champion LEROY who lost one match today against Swedish local BJÖRLING.
BJÖRLING is having a successful comeback after a two-year break, showing great form.
"We sailed fast, handled the boat well, and made good tactical decisions,"
said BJÖRLING, who was happy to start the regatta by beating the World Champion LEROY and Lucy MACGREGOR
(GBR), ranked #3 on ISAF Women's World Ranking list.
(After 5 of 11 flights)
Lotte MELDGAARD PEDERSEN
The ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship 2009 / Lysekil Women's Match is with its 50 000 Euro prize purse the world's biggest competition in women's match racing. Lysekil Women's Match is organized by Sailnet Lysekil AB together with Lysekil Yacht Club Gullmar. The main sponsors of this year's championship are: Preem and Stena Bulk, with Carpe Diem Beds of Sweden, Concordia Maritime, Evidens and Sebago as partners and Lysekil as Host City.
Lysekil Women's Match - www.lysekilwomensmatch.se
All the latest details on the 2009 Worlds, together with a full archive of results from previous championships is available on the ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship microsite at www.sailing.org/wmatchworlds.