Denmark's Lotte MELDGAARD PEDERSEN showed why she's ranked the world #2 skipper with a dominant victor at the ISAF Grade 1 Ladies Match Cup 2007 in Friedrichshafen, Germany.
Lotte MELDGAARD PEDERSEN
(DEN) and her crew put on an impressive display at the INTERBOOT during the last few day, culminating in victory in the final over Christelle PHILIPPE
(FRA). MELDGAARD PEDERSEN ended the double round robin as a clear winner and went on to convincingly display her tactical acumen in the knockout stages. PHILIPPE, from France, was second; third was Germany's currently best match racer Silke HAHLBROCK
and fourth place went to Josie GIBSON
from Great Britain.
The final remained exciting up to almost the end. The first race went to world #9 PHILIPPE, however, in the three following encounters MELDGAARD PEDERSEN was always up ahead. In the last race she staged the "perfect start"
according to race officer Rudi MAGG, as she forced the Frenchwoman so far aside in the starting boat that she had to complete a loop to be able to comeback to the correct side again. MELDGAARD PEDERSEN and her team HAS Nordbank
collect not only the winning cup but also 2,500 Euros in prize money.
The petit-final for third and fourth place was clearly dominated by HAHLBROCK. She lost just one match and can therefore be happy with her third place and 1,300 Euros prize money. Her competitor, GIBSON, recognized ungrudging that, "Silke was simply the better yachtswomen in this match."
The Lake Constance newcomer, Madlen FREY
from the Langenargen yacht club, finished in last place but picked up invaluable experience sailing in such a top class competition. "To sail against the world elite of the Ladies Match Race, is already success enough,"
said race leader MAGG. And anyway, she achieved one victory over the world #12 Gemma FARRELL
from Great Britain. The other lost races were the best practice for an international career as a match race competitor. "We were happy to be there and the other skippers told me they would have to pull their socks up if I continue to take part in match races,"
1. Lotte MELDGAARD PEDERSEN
2. Christelle PHILIPPE
3. Silke HAHLBROCK
4. Josie GIBSON
5. Delphine CASAS
6. Gemma FARRELL
7. Lorenza MARIANI
8. Madlen FREY
Event Website - www.interboot.de