On her forthcoming schedule the Aussie remarked, 'Next we travel to Annapolis for Santa Maria Cup [an ISAF Grade 1 event] then to Finland for Finnish Nationals. So this regatta is part of our training.' She also added, 'We were lucky to have sponsorship from Rohde & Liesenfeld who covered our airfares & entry fee - otherwise we wouldn't be here.'
In the semi-finals this morning top qualifier SMYTH chose to sail third qualifier Jan DAWSON (NZL), and this left SPITHILL to sail fourth qualifier Aimee FAMULARO (NZL). FAMULARO was leading SPITHILL in the first race but sailed around the bottom mark in the wrong direction giving SPITHILL an easy lead, only to fight back to be one boat length behind at the top mark. FAMULARO could not quite get to SPITHILL down the run giving SPITHILL the win. SPITHILL then won the next race taking her into the finals.
All competitors remarked that the Squadron's Race Committee did a fantastic job in the variable conditions over the past three days. The umpire team noted that the standard of sailing was very high and the competition was close and fierce.
The New Zealand Women's Match Racing Championships is hosted by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and held in April each year.
The regatta is proudly supported by MATIS beauty products.
MATIS New Zealand Women's Match Racing Championship Final Standings
1. Katie SPITHILL (AUS)
2. Jessica SMYTH (NZL)
3. Jan DAWSON (NZL)
4. Aimee FAMULARO (NZL)
5. Olivia POWRIE (NZL)
6. Amy MULCAHY (NZL)
7. Greta THOMSEN (NZL)
8. Samantha BOYD (AUS)
9. Sara WINTHER (AUS)