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9 August 2007, 10:37 am
LEROY Still Unbeaten As GIBSON Springs Surprise In St Quay
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Claire LEROY, pictured right at the Lysekil Women's Match, leads the way in St Quay

ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship 2007
St Quay Portrieux, France

Claire LEROY (FRA) maintained her unbeaten record on the second day of racing at the ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship in St Quay Portrieux, France to win the round robin. The day's other standout performer was Josie GIBSON (GBR), who won all seven of her matches to join LEROY, Katie SPITHILL (AUS) and Lotte MELDGAARD PEDERSEN (DEN) in the quarter-finals.
The remaining skippers will enter a Repechage on Thursday to decide the final four skippers who will go through to compete in the quarter-final round on Friday.

LEROY, long-time leader of the ISAF World Match Race Rankings, was again the dominant force on the second day in St Quay. The racing was staged in stronger winds than Tuesday, with the breeze climbing as high as 19 knots. Sailing at her home club, the Sport Nautique de Saint Quay-Portrieux, LEROY won all eight of her matches to lay down the gauntlet to the other eleven skippers.

'It was a challenging round robin against the world's best female match racers and we are happy that we were able to win all of our matches,'

she LEROY. 'We look forward into a very interesting quarter-finals on Friday.'

Compared to LEROY, GIBSON is a less well-known name on the women's match racing circuit. However over the past couple of seasons she has been a regular at the events held in St Quay, winning the ISAF Grade 1 St Quay Women Match Racing last September. She ended the round robin on a 9-2 record, whilst SPITHILL and MELDGAARD PEDERSEN completed the top of the leaderboard on 7-4 scores.

These top four skippers have earned a break on Thursday, when the rest of the field will sail a mini round robin to decide who will join them in the final eight. So far the competition in St Quay has been tight and very exciting, with just three wins separating positions six through to eleven at the end of the round robin.

'We have seen a lot of fantastic match racing at a very high level,'

said Bill EDGERTON, Chief Umpire and member of the America's Cup Umpires group. 'The girls have shown fantastic boat handling and there have been some very exciting matches!'

The quarter-finals get underway on Friday and the 2007 ISAF Women's Match Racing World Champion will be decided this Saturday.


1. Claire LEROY (FRA), 11-0
2. Josie GIBSON (GBR), 9-2
3. Katie SPITHILL (AUS), 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

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