There were no Saturday surprises at the St. Quay Women's Match Race, as all four of the crews that dominated the double round-robin also qualified for the semi-finals.
The event's sovereign Lucy Macgregor of Great Britain, and Klaartje Zuiderbaan from The Netherlands, both swept away their opponents (Milly Bennett of Australia and Swede Caroline Sylvan) with a clean 3 - 0 score in their respective quarterfinal.
Sylvan admitted a few mistakes turned out to be critical in the quarterfinals against the Dutch helm, with her international crew from France, Slovenia and Great Britain. "I think we made pretty good starts and got away ahead in our matches, but twice we sailed into light air after rounding the top mark, and then Klaartje managed to come with good speed from behind and roll us while we didn't have any pressure."
Local hope Julie Bossard and American Stephanie Roble lost only one match each in their respective quarterfinals against Anna Kjellberg of Sweden and Kiwi Claudia Pierce.
"We had a good morning wrapping up the round-robin,"
said Pierce. "But as we went into the quarterfinals our prestarts weren't too strong. We indeed got the side of the course that we wanted, but with Stephanie ahead of us it really didn't matter.
"In the first quarterfinal match we were ahead of Stephanie after the start, but then we made a stupid mistake and sailed to the wrong top mark."
Stephanie Roble opened her Saturday in France with three consecutive wins, to finish the double round-robin on 14 wins and 4 losses. Going into the quarterfinals as second seeds she and her crew from the Chicago Match Race Center decided to focus on what they had to improve.
"It was mostly communication issues,"
said Roble, "such as how to tack on the opponent, but our discussions obviously paid off in the quarterfinals.
"I think we had close quarterfinal races, not always knowing exactly where on the course to go. But my crew did an excellent job in finding that out, so I could concentrate on driving the boat fast, she concludes."
The four winners advance to the semi-finals, to be sailed before the final on Sunday 19 May for the event prize purse of 7,800 Euros. Macgregor will choose her semi-final opponent on Sunday morning.
QF 1: Lucy Macgregor (GBR) vs Milly Bennett (AUS) 3 - 0
QF 2: Stephanie Roble (USA) vs Claudia Pierce (NZL) 3 - 1
QF 3: Klaartje Zuiderbaan (NED) vs Caroline Sylvan (SWE) 3 - 0
QF 4: Julie Bossard (FRA) vs Anna Kjellberg (SWE) 3 - 1
Bennett, Pierce, Sylvan and Kjellberg will sail a Sunday round-robin to decide 5 th to 8th place.
Round Robin Results
1. Lucy Macgregor, GBR, 15 - 3
2. Stephanie Roble, USA, 14 - 4
3. Klaartje Zuiderbaan, NED, 12 - 6
4. Julie Bossard, FRA, 12 - 6
5. Anna Kjellberg, SWE, 10 - 8
6. Caroline Sylvan, SWE, 8 - 10
7. Claudia Pierce, NZL, 8 - 10
8. Milly Bennett, AUS, 6 - 12
9. Alexa Bezel, SUI, 5 - 13
10. Morgane Dréau, FRA, 0 - 18