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31 July 2009, 02:43 pm
Straight To The Semis After Friday's Racing Cancelled At ISAF Women's Match Racing Worlds
Sweden's Anna KJELLBERG
Sweden's Anna KJELLBERG in one of the four semi finallists in Lysekil

ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship 2009
Lysekil, Sweden

Defending champion Claire LEROY of France, Australia's Nicky SOUTER and Swedish duo Marie BJORLING and Anna KJELLBERG will contest the semi-finals at the ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship in Lysekil following the cancellation of today's quarter-finals due to extreme wind conditions.
In Lysekil the winds reached storm forces today, blowing more than 50 knots in the worst gusts. In the extreme conditions no racing was possible. As tomorrow, Saturday, is the last race day, the Race Committee decided to cancel the quarter finals and start directly with the semi finals tomorrow morning, with the four best-placed teams of the first round robin.


Reigning World Champion Claire LEROY of France topped the first round robin and will therefore meet fourth placed Australian Nicky SOUTER in the semi finals. Second and third placed Marie BJORLING and Anna KJELLBERG, both local favourites, will have an internal Swedish battle for the second finalist place.

Local Swedes can already now look forward to seeing a Swedish contestant in the final of the ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship 2009!

The semi finals will start tomorrow Saturday 1 August at 09:00 local time followed by the final. The race format is the first to score three points in both the semi finals and the final.

The wind forecast for tomorrow is 12-18 knots.

Result

Semi Finals

Claire LEROY (FRA) vs Nicky SOUTER (AUS)
Marie BJORLING (SWE) vs Anna KJELLBERG (SWE)

Round Robin

Claire LEROY (FRA), 10-1
Marie BJORLING (SWE), 9-2
Anna KJELLBERG (SWE), 8-2
Nicky SOUTER (AUS), 6-5
Katie SPITHILL (AUS), 6-5
Camilla ULRIKKEHOLM (DEN), 6-5
Lotte MELDGAARD PEDERSEN (DEN), 5-6
Sally BARKOW (USA), 5-6
Lucy MACGREGOR (GBR), 5-6
Linda RAHM (SWE), 4-7
Silke HAHLBROCK (GER), 2-9
Christelle PHILIPPE (FRA), 0-11

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.

Josefine Ås
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