Macgregor Claims St. Quay Women's Match Race Title
Lucy Macgregor (GBR) won the St. Quay Women's Match Race on 19 May defeating home nation favourite Julie Bossard (FRA) 3-1 in the final.
Bossard gave the French crowd at the pier some hope after beating Macgregor in the first match. But then the supreme sailor from Great Britain fought back, winning three consecutive matches to secure the title.
"The races were very tough today, with tricky conditions and very good competitors,"
a tired but certainly happy Macgregor said, just before receiving her prize check of 2,475 euros (3.200 USD).
She has undoubtedly been the sovereign of the event, winning no less than 24 of her 29 matches during the ISAF Grade 1 Saint Quay Women's Match Racing.
On the last day of racing she also lost one match in the semi-final, against Dutch veteran Klaartje Zuiderbaan, but apart from that it was all a victorious Sunday for the British crew.
"We are quite a new team but we started working together really well, and the boat handling got us out of a few tight situations,"
"Our starts were really good, and that obviously helped. There were a lot of gains and losses and a few calls downwind, so you had to have at least five boat lengths to feel a little comfortable. With the short wind shifts it was very important to cover."
Julie Bossard reached the final after defeating her semi-final opponent Stephanie Roble of the USA in three straight matches.
"We made some weak pre-starts, in which we lost the game in the last 20 seconds before the signal. Then we fought hard but were not able to get it back,"
Roble then faced Klaartje Zuiderbaan (NED) in the final, and put her disappointing semi-final behind her to take bronze with a 2-0 victory over the Dutch sailor.
"Our boat handling was superior and my crew made an awesome job. Everything was perfectly executed and we managed to keep calm in the tricky conditions,"
said the American.
Zuiderbaan added, "Our matches were really close, but the others were obviously better than us today. I've never sailed the Elliott 6 before, so we have to be happy finishing within the top four."
Despite losing the final Julie Bossard was happy with her performance, and also praised her crew, "I have a new team and it was our first time together, but everybody did a good job. There was a lot of fighting in the final, and in the last match we got a penalty that we couldn't recover from, after a luffing duel on the first downwind."
In the round-robin for deciding 5th to 8th place Caroline Sylvan of Sweden excelled, winning all her three matches while all the others just had one win each.
In her matches against Claudia Pierce (NZL) and Milly Bennett (AUS), Sylvan and her crew managed to take the start and subsequently strengthened their advantage when their opponents were penalized. In Sylvan's match against compatriot Anna Kjellberg the racing was tighter, at least at the beginning.
Sylvan said, "We got off the starting line fairly well and then we could tack on them all the way up the first beat. Then we read the windshifts right, and stretched our lead further.
"We've had an incredibly fun event, with a lot of sailing and a lot of lessons learned."
Results in ISAF Grade 1 Saint Quay Women's Match Race
1. Lucy Macgregor, Saskia Clark, Claire Lasko, Maria Stanley (GBR)
2. Julie Bossard, Pauline Courtois, Nadege Douroux, Clara Scheiwiller (FRA)
3. Stephanie Roble, Maggie Shea, Meg Six, Janel Zarkowsky (USA)
4. Klaartje Zuiderbaan, Morgane Gautier, Lena Koter, Sarah Hornby (NED)
5. Caroline Sylvan, Louise Kruuse af Verchou, Sofia Engström, Frida Langenius (SWE)
6. Anna Kjellberg, Johanna Larsson, Karin Almquist, Therese Antman (SWE)
7. Claudia Pierce, Aimee Famularo, Marie Kent, Janelle Peat (NZL)
8. Milly Bennett, Kajsa Doyle, Alice Tarnawski, Seldon Coventry (AUS)
9. Alexa Bezel, Corinne Meyer, Romy Hasler, Laurane Mettraux (SUI)
10. Morgane Dréau, Pauline Bryere, Violette Lemercier, Tifanie Leon (FRA)
Lucy Macgregor (GBR) vs Julie Bossard (FRA) 3 - 1
Petit final results:
Stephanie Roble (USA) vs Klaartje Zuiderbaan (NED) 2 - 0
Semi final results:
SF 1: Lucy Macgregor (GBR) vs Klaartje Zuiderbaan (NED) 3 - 1
SF 2: Stephanie Roble (USA) vs Julie Bossard (FRA) 0 - 3
Results in round-robin for 5th to 8th place (place/name/nationality/wins - losses):
1. Caroline Sylvan (SWE) 3 - 0
2. Anna Kjellberg (SWE) 1 - 2
3. Milly Bennett (AUS) 1 - 2
4. Claudia Pierce (NZL) 1 - 2