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6 November 2009, 03:54 am
Macgregor Takes The Title At Busan Cup
Lucy Macgregor and her team in action
Busan Cup winner Lucy Macgregor and her team in action in Busan

Busan Women's International Match Race 2009
Busan, Korea

Britain's Lucy Macgregor defeated defending champion Sally Barkow of the USA to clinch the title at the ISAF Grade 1 Busan Cup Women's International Match Race title in Korea.
The 22-year-old skipper Lucy Macgregor, winner of this year's ISAF Sailing World Cup, and her crew - comprising her sisters Nicky Macgregor and Kate Macgregor, Macgregor's Skandia Team GBR teammate Ally Martin, and Jody Slater - were one of 12 teams from nine nations contesting the event, which included six skippers ranked within the top 20 of the ISAF Women's World Match Race Rankings.

Macgregor's team got their regatta off to a flying start, notching up straight wins in all of their round-robin matches - including an impressive victory over world #1 Claire Leroy (FRA) earned in spite of the Brits ripping their spinnaker at the first windward mark.

Having topped the round-robin phase, the team then went on to face the French crew, helmed by Anne-Claire Le Berre, in the semi-final, where they pick up another straight 3-0 win, advancing to the final against American skipper Sally Barkow, whose all-British crew included Macgregor's usual Skandia Team GBR crewmate Annie Lush.

Barkow, the defending champion at the event, won the first match to take an early lead, but Macgregor and her team fought back to win the next three in a row and secure the win - and the overall Busan Cup - 3-1, having lost just one match throughout the regatta. Leroy took third overall by defeating Le Berre 2-0 in the petit-finals.

Final Standings

Lucy Macgregor (GBR)
Sally Barkow (USA)
Claire Leroy (FRA)
Anne-Claire Le Berre (FRA)
Lotte Meldgaard Pedersen (DEN)
Susanne Ward (DEN)
Katarzyna Tylinska (POL)
Elizabeth Baylis (USA)
Annelies Thies (NED)
Urara Fujii (JPN)
Martina Karlemo (FIN)
Hawen Lim (KOR)

To find out more about this event, visit the website at www.busanmatch.com

Tanya Denton (As Amended By ISAF)
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