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1 May 2002, 10:51 pm
Report from Day 3 in Calpe, Spain
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The Rock has got his hat on.....bring on the breeze

ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championships
Club Nautico de Calpe, Calpe Bay

Marie Bjorling puts in sound performance to get back on top.

Day 3 dawned bright and breezy here at the ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championships, the wind had swung a little further right than when we left the course yesterday so it was blowing onshore at 15 knots. The day promised to be a wet one with steep 3-4 foot waves being thrown up across the race course. The sailors were released from the dock at 10.30 after the daily briefing and draw for boats. A question was raised about the equality of one of the boats but after a check of the statistics it seemed like all was how it should be. The fleet of 6 J/22's owned by the club have been bolstered this week by 3 further boats on loan from the ISAF World Games, to be held in Marseille in June this year. Paolo, the J/22 European builder, has been on hand during the week to sort out any problems with the boats and to check the rig set up each night. Paolo and the shore team have worked tirelessly behind the scenes this week preparing and fixing the boats overnight ready for racing the next day.

Racing began shortly after 11 today with flight 21. It was a good day for Dawn Riley USA today with 5 straight wins. Dawn was on flying form destroying all that got near. Also enjoying the windier conditions was Lotte Meldgaard DEN taking wins against Liz Baylis USA and Marie Bjorling. Meldgaard won the start against Baylis and sailed away from her to win by a comfortable margin. Against Bjorling the job was a little more difficult with Bjorling winning the start but Meldgaard clawing her way back to take victory. The French team of Ann Le Helley were on a roll today ending the day on 10 wins from 15, putting her 5th at the end of the round robin. A solid day for Marie Bjorling left her at the top of the pile on 12 wins from 15 on count back from Dawn Riley USA.

Boat handling came to the fore today with some crews having the occasional moment of the dog taking them for a walk rather than the other way round. Anne Le Helley FRA had one such moment down the final run against Cordelia Ellis GBR, a broach which ended up with the spinnaker wrapped around the spreaders full of water and the keel out of the water, not the best way to go about winning a match race but due to some confusion over a penalty on Ellis meant that Le Helley just managed to dive through the line to snatch the win.

The triumphs on the table look like this:

Marie Bjorling SWE 12/15

Dawn Riley USA 12/15

Lotte Meldgaard Pedersen DEN 11/15

Liz Baylis USA 11/15

Anne Le Helley FRA 10/15

Cordelia Ellis GBR 10/15

Sabrina Gurioli ITA 8/15

Nina B Petersen DEN 7/15

Giulia Conti ITA 7/15

Christelle Philippe FRA 6/15

Claire Leroy FRA 6/15

Malin Millbourn SWE 6/15

Ines Montefusco ESP 5/15

Gwen Joulie FRA 5/15

Sandy Grosvenor USA 3/15

Mar Castenado ESP 2/15

Tomorrow sees the split for the quarter final round and 9-16 places. The weather forecast? Who knows, it was supposed to be 6 knots today. But as the locals say 'When 'The Rock' wears a hat (of cloud) you could be in for a rough ride'. Today, 'The Rock' had a hat and scarf so maybe we are in for some big chips and peas (breeze and seas) tomorrow.

Craig Mitchell
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