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19 August 2007, 08:27 am
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ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship 2007
St Quay Portrieux, France

The semi-finalists were decided on day four of ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship in St Quay Portrieux, France.
Claire LEROY (FRA) and Lotte MELDGAARD PEDERSEN (DEN), the top two skippers in the ISAF World Match Race Rankings, line up against each other whilst Josie GIBSON (GBR) faces Katie SPITHILL (AUS).

After three superb days of sailing in St Quay, the breeze dropped off for the quarter-final matches on Friday, hovering around the 5 knot mark.

SPITHILL won the battle of the skippers from down under by comfortably beating Jessica SMYTH (NZL) in their match, whilst the remaining three matches were much closer. World #1 LEROY defeated world #3 Silke HAHLBROCK (GER), MELDGAARD PEDERSEN beat world #4 Klaartje ZUIDERBAAN (NED) and GIBSON (GBR) completed the semi-final line up with victory in her match against Christelle PHILIPPE (FRA).

On Saturday the semi-finals pit LEROY against MELDGAARD PEDERSEN and GIBSON versus SPITHILL. Following on from the semis, the final will decide the 2007 ISAF Women's Match Racing World Champion.

Results

Quarter-Finals

Katie SPITHILL (AUS) d. Jessica SMYTH (NZL)
Claire LEROY (FRA) d. Silke HAHLBROCK (GER)
Lotte MELDGAARD PEDERSEN (DEN) d. Klaartje ZUIDERBAAN (NED)
Josie GIBSON (GBR) d. Christelle PHILIPPE (FRA)

Repechage

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

Round Robin

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

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