Twenty-eight matches were sailed in fabulous conditions, with bright sunshine and a sea breeze of 12-14 knots. Hundreds of spectators lined the shore to watch some superb boat handling and tactical exchanges.
World #4 Klaartje ZUIDERBAAN (NED) had a disappointing 4-7 score after the opening round robin, but bounced back today with a 6-1 scoreline to win the Repechage Round. Surprisingly ZUIDERBAAN, one of the most experienced skippers on the women's match racing circuit, has never skippered in an ISAF Graded event in St Quay before, but she showed she is now right up to speed in the First Class 8 type boats.
New Zealand's Jessica SMYTH, at #16 the lowest Ranked skipper coming into the event, was also on form today and took second place with a 6-1 score (she lost in her match against ZUIDERBAAN). The other quarter-final places went to France's Christelle PHILIPPE and German young gun HAHLBROCK.
Tomorrow the quarter-finals get underway. The top finisher from the opening round robin meets fourth place from the repechage, second in the round robin goes against third in the repechage etc. This sets up an intriguing clash between LEROY, still unbeaten at her home club, and world #3 HAHLBROCK, whilst the other eye-catching tie pits world #2 Lotte MELDGAARD PEDERSEN (DEN) against world #4 Klaartje ZUIDERBAAN (NED).
Racing concludes in St Quay on Saturday when the 2007 ISAF Women's Match Racing World Champion will be decided.
1. Klaartje ZUIDERBAAN (NED), 6-1
2. Jessica SMYTH (NZL), 6-1
3. Christelle PHILIPPE (FRA), 5-2
4. Silke HAHLBROCK (GER), 4-3
5. Jenny AXHEDE (SWE), 2-5
6. Nicky SOUTER (AUS), 2-5
7. Gemma FARRELL (GBR), 2-5
8. Sandy HAYES (USA), 1-6
1. Claire LEROY (FRA), 11-0
2. Josie GIBSON (GBR), 9-2
3. Katie SPITHILL (AUS), 7-4
4. Lotte MELDGAARD PEDERSEN (DEN), 7-4
5. Christelle PHILIPPE (FRA), 6.5-4
6. Silke HAHLBROCK (GER), 6-5
7. Jessica SMYTH (NZL), 5-6
8. Klaartje ZUIDERBAAN (NED), 4-7
9. Jenny AXHEDE (SWE), 4-7
10. Nicky SOUTER (AUS), 3-8
11. Gemma FARRELL (GBR), 3-8
12. Sandy HAYES (USA), 0-11