The first day started with a totally calm and sunny morning, and finished in thunderstorms and heavy rain, the Women's Match Race Golfe du Morbihan in Vannes, France, put the sailors to the test on the first day of racing.
Four teams stay undefeated, with home sailor Anne-Claire Le Berre (FRA) and Dutch veteran Klaartje Zuiderbaan sharing the top spot on four victories,
"I think we had a little bit easier to keep the speed in these tricky conditions, because we know the boat type so well."
Le Berre admits with a big smile, not willing to reveal their speed secret in the Beneteau 7.5 until racing is over for the week.
For Zuiderbaan it was the first race with her current crew composition, though she has sailed with all of the team members before. When sailing began for the day, after a few hours postponement due to the lack of wind, Zuiderbaan immediately started their winning strike by defeating Kiwi Claudia Pierce in the first match. After another three straight victories the Dutch team have gained ground on most of their opponents in this second stage of the 2014 Women's International Match Racing Series (WIM Series).
"We're, of course, happy for the good start in this regatta and for the great feeling on board, and I'm especially pleased with the way in which we solved any problems that came up."
Zuiderbaan points out.
"There was actually more wind than you could see on the water, so it was really nice sailing."
Camilla Ulrikkeholm (DEN) and Anna Kjellberg (SWE), ranked world #1 and #2 respectively are undefeated too, tied on third place in with three victories each.
Danish Ulrikkeholm was a lot more satisfied with her speed than during her short practise session on Wednesday. "We improved the speed but also the boat handling, and managed to get out on the course ahead of our opponents after all start sequences. That definitely helped us to stay calm and keep the speed up."
Although winning all her races of the day, Swedish World Champion and 2014 WIM Series leader Kjellberg, was particularly delighted for the team's improvement during the day.
"Our last race was close to perfect from start to finish, with great manoeuvres, splendid tactics and a really pleasant feeling in the boat,"
Kjellberg said smiling.
Standings in the round-robin of the Women's Match Race Golfe du Morbihan, the second stage of the 2014 WIM Series (name/nationality/wins - losses):
1= Anne-Claire Le Berre, FRA, 4 - 0
1= Klaartje Zuiderbaan, NED, 4 - 0
3= Camilla Ulrikkeholm, DEN, 3 - 0
3= Anna Kjellberg, SWE, 3 - 0
5. Morgane Fountaine, FRA, 2 - 1
6. Annabel Vose, GBR, 2 - 2
7. Pauline Courtois, FRA, 1 - 2
8. Claudia Pierce, NZL, 1 - 3
9= Lucie Scheiwiller, FRA, 0 - 3
9= Caroline Sylvan, SWE, 0 - 3
9= Rajaa Al Owaisi, OMA, 0 - 3
12. Anastasia Guseva, RUS, 0 - 4