Excellent Start For Lucy Macgregor In St. Quay
The St. Quay Women's Match Race in St Quay-Portrieux, France kicked off on 16 May and Great Britain's Lucy Macgregor remains undefeated after seven straight victories.
Shining alone undefeated at the top of the scoreboard her day wasn't at all as relaxed as the results may imply, "We had a few close matches, also coming from behind,"
One of them was the last match of the day, against fellow London Olympian Anna Kjellberg of Sweden. Macgregor added, "We started very badly in that match, and were left behind for a while.
"But good upwind speed got us back into the match, and on the last downwind leg we managed to do a couple of excellent gybes to get ahead of Anna and her crew."
On the last race Kjellberg added, "We made a great start but then some things got stuck in the boat on the first downwind, slowing us down. And on the last leg we didn't observe a major wind shift coming, when at the same time making a few bad gybes. Of course Lucy took the advantage of that."
Veteran Klaartje Zuiderbaan of The Netherlands is back in match racing after a few years break as a successful Paralympic coach (gold in London), now leading her international crew from France, Slovenia and Great Britain to second place so far in Saint Quay, with a 6 - 2 score.
"I'm so happy to be here,"
said Zuiderbaan. "Today we really learned how to work together in the boat."
In her match against young Stephanie Roble (USA), both boats got penalized in the prestart. After a close match almost all the way around the course, Zuiderbaan managed to leave the American crew behind at the last top mark. "My brain can still recall a few useful tricks,"
the Dutch sailor admitted.
Stephanie Roble and her experienced crew from Chicago Match Race Center missed a plane and came in late to the event, without any time to do their practise session before racing. In their first match of the day they crossed the starting line too early, and had to turn back for a proper start.
"We clearly underestimated the current that pushed us over the line,"
commented Roble who is nonetheless happy with a 5-2 score and third place so far.
1. Lucy Macgregor (GBR) 7 - 0
2. Klaartje Zuiderbaan (NED) 6 - 2
3. Stephanie Roble (USA) 5-2
4. Julie Bossard (FRA) 5-3
5. Alexa Bezel (SUI) 3 - 4
5. Claudia Pierce (NZL) 3 - 4
5. Caroline Sylvan (SWE) 3 - 4
8. Anna Kjellberg (SWE) 2 - 5
8. Milly Bennett (AUS) 2 - 5
10. Morgane Dreau (FRA) 0 - 7