Other competitors are two Brits, Josie GIBSON and Gemma FARRELL, Yngling sailor Silja LEHTINEN from Finland, Sabrina GURIOLI of Italy, Camilla ULRIKKEHOLM of Denmark and Nicky SOUTER from Australia. Two New Zealand entries make up the balance of the fleet: Jessica SMYTH and Jan DAWSON.
Most entrants have spent time in New Zealand and Australia in the lead up to racing, acclimatizing and getting to know the Elliot 6 boats they will be competing in. Boat handling is something the top ranked New Zealand sailors - who compete and train regularly in the dinghy-like Elliott 6s - will be hoping to use to their advantage.
"They are very different boats to what the Europeans normally sail, faster and with more control changes," says Kiwi SMYTH.
At 24, New Zealander SMYTH - who celebrated her birthday on Sunday - is the one of the youngest entrants, and both she and DAWSON will represent the host club, the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.
The final player in the cast of characters is Auckland's weather. It might be raining now but late summer conditions are forecast to return to Auckland sometime during the first day's racing with the week providing a mix of light to heavy sailing.
The ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship is organized by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron in co-operation with ISAF and sponsored by BSPORT, Giltrap City Toyota and Auckland City Council. Racing in the takes place from 2-6 April, starting at approximately 10:00 each day on the inner Waitemata Harbour.
ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship Line Up
1. Claire LEROY (FRA), defending champion
2. Lotte MELDGAARD PEDERSEN (DEN)
3. Katie SPITHILL (AUS)
4. Christelle PHILIPPE (FRA)
5. Silke HAHLBROCK (GER)
6. Liz BAYLIS (USA)
7. Josie GIBSON (GBR)
8. Gemma FARRELL (GBR)
9. Silja LEHTINEN (FIN)
10. Sabrina GURIOLI (ITA)
11. Camilla ULRIKKEHOLM (DEN)
12. Jan DAWSON (NZL)
13. Jessica SMYTH (NZL)
14. Nicky SOUTER (AUS)
Find out more on the ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship at www.sailing.org/wmatchworlds.