BARKOW took on both the world's best sailors and Bermuda's flukiest breezes to power up the race course in near flawless sailing yesterday. With teammates Debbie CAPOZZI, Carrie HOWE and Annie LUSH, the young Americans earned their stripes on the water with skill and strength. To get to these finals they used impressive seamanship abilities as well as their teammate, HOWE fell overboard and BARKOW had to pull her back on board midway through a race.
'We had some aggressive racing in the pre-start today and then received two penalties,' BARKOW said. 'It is so easy to make a mistake in match racing, but we made very few mistakes in our overall sailing. I have a team with great instincts when it comes to calling the breeze and I think that was critical to our results.'
|Sally BARKOW on her way
to victory over Nina
© Bob Grieser/PPL
'When we came to the top mark in the last race I got a left shift and opened up the lead. I looked back and said, 'Did Betsy drop an anchor?''
'We sailed a really good regatta and we are proud of what Sally did and that we had two Americans in the finals as it shows that in match racing we can really step up to the plate,' ALISON said. 'This whole field has expanded and it is great to see so many good women sailors out there. Everyone here had the talent to win and we are not disappointed with our second place finish.'
Both ALISON and BARKOW have qualified to compete in the knockout round robin series of the Investor Guaranty presentation of the ISAF Grade 1 King Edward VII Gold Cup starting tomorrow, where BARKOW faces Chris DICKSON (NZL) and ALISON meets Gavin BRADY (NZL).
In the two semi finals, BARKOW lined up against BRAESTRUP, whilst LEROY, who finished top of the second stage round robin and therefore had a choice of opponents, opted to face ALISON. In the first semi final match, a container ship passed through the race course. BARKOW managed to squeeze ahead but BRAESTRUP lost out.
The moment of truth when Betsy ALISION forced Claire LEROY to collide and lose their semi final match when
'We are disappointed that they continued with that race because the ship really hurt us,' BRAESTRUP said. 'In the second race, they just had better boat speed and sailed better in the lighter breezes.'
Leader of the ISAF World Match Race Rankings LEROY was in a strong position in the second round of the semi finals against ALISON after winning their first match, but incurred a penalty on the final downwind leg which led to her being knocked out of the final rounds.
LEROY met BRAESTRUP again in the petite finals where they dominated the Danes and took it 2-0. LEROY and her team of Dorothea Martin d' AURAY, Ingrid CERRATO, and Elodie BERTRAND agreed that they sailed well through the four days.
'We sailed very well today and we did make some mistakes against Betsy ALISON but are still not disappointed in our results this time. We would like to come back next year and sail against the boys,' LEROY said.
Lifting the ISAF Women's Match
After a shaky day one which saw her on a 3-3 record at the end of day one she commented, 'We made small mistakes and that cost us but we will go out there tomorrow and do well.' She was true to her word, storming back with four wins and just a single loss on Sunday to move through to the second stage round robin. Wins against Nicky SOUTER (AUS) and crucially Marie BJÖRLING (SWE) on Monday saw her progress to the last four, where yesterday she produced her top form to win all five of her matches and sweep to her second World title of the year.
Virtual Spectator ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship Results
Second Stage Round Robin Standings
(Top Four Progressed To Semi Finals)
|Sally BARKOW (left) and her team
celebrate their second consecutive
© Bob Grieser/PPL
Round Robin Standings
(Top Six Progressed To Second Stage Round Robin)
1. Marie BJÖRLING (SWE), 9-2
2. Betsy ALISON (USA), 7-4
3. Nina BRAESTRUP (DEN), 7-4
4. Sally BARKOW (USA), 7-4
5. Claire LEROY (FRA), 7-4
6. Nicky SOUTER (AUS), 6-5
7. Lotte MELDGAARD PEDERSEN (DEN), 6-5
8. Paula LEWIN (BER), 6-5
9. Klaartje ZUIDERBAAN (NED), 4-7
10. Jenny AXHEDE (SWE), 4-7
11. Linda RAHM (SWE), 2-9
12. Christelle PHILIPPE (FRA), 1-10
Virtual Spectator ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship Final Standings
1. Sally BARKOW (USA)
2. Betsy ALISON (USA)
3. Claire LEROY (FRA)
4. Nina BRAESTRUP (DEN)
5. Marie BJÖRLING (SWE)
6. Nicky SOUTER (AUS)
7. Lotte MELDGAARD PEDERSEN (DEN)
8. Paula LEWIN (BER)
9. Klaartje ZUIDERBAAN (NED)
10. Jenny AXHEDE (SWE)
11. Linda RAHM (SWE)
12. Christelle PHILIPPE (FRA)
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