Sally BARKOW got the better of reigning World Champion and ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Claire LEROY to win the ISAF Grade 1 Brasil Women's Cup in Vitoria.
One of the most successful female match race sailors, Sally BARKOW
(USA), ISAF Women's Match Racing World Champion in 2004 and 2005, took the title in Brazil after going undefeated through her six matches.
"It was very exciting and I am very happy with this victory. We enjoyed good regattas here and did very well against Claire [LEROY] - this made the difference in the end,"
commented the champion.
(FRA), the current world #1 skipper, finished second with five wins. Christelle PHILIPPE
(FRA) completed the podium after picking up four wins.
(NED) eighth in the Women's ISAF World Match Race Rankings, finished fourth (three victories), followed by Brazil's Caroline BEJAR
(two victories), Argentina's Laura SALERNO
(one victory) and Brazil's Rossana RAMOS
(no victories). The competition was organized by Boatszone, the Sun Sailing Team, Federação Capixaba de Iatismo and the World Match Racing Tour, and distributed US $50,000, out of which US $20,000 thousand went to the champion.
"I hope this is the first step towards a promising future for the competition in Vitória. It was accomplished thanks to the efforts of Embratur, the Espírito Santo State Government and the Vitória City Government. I hope to see you again in March next year,"
emphasized Justino DE SÁ MACHADO, organizer of the competition.
With the title won this Monday, BARKOW, fifth in the World Ranking, secured the right to face 11 male crews in the Vitória Brasil Sailing Cup, to take place between 13-18 November, in the same venue. However due to other commitments BARKOW was faced to withdraw, leaving LEROY to take her place in the second-to-last stage of the World Match Racing Tour.
LEROY, who was the favourite for the title, has already challenged the champion. "We were punished. They managed to pass and did a good job in the remaining of the match. But we will meet again in the next competition,"
said the 2007 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year."
For the Brazilians, the result was nonetheless satisfactory. After all, they competed against the world's best. "We faced four of the top ten athletes in the world ranking. So, finishing fifth is more than satisfactory. That was our objective. More than that would be a bonus. We are more than happy,"
said BÉJAR. RAMOS is already making plans for the next year. "I loved the experience. This boat is excellent. We intend to compete more internationally in order to go up in the ranking,"
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