Defending Women|s Champion Dorte Jensen (DEN) and Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Dominate on Day 1
The first day of the Swedish Match Tour 2001/2's final event, the ISAF Grade 1 Swedish Match Cup, dawned with every sailors' least favorite conditions: cold rain and no wind.
As the day progressed however, the rains lightened, the breeze filled in and the men and women were able to complete all their scheduled flights.
On the men's side four skippers sit on three wins after the first four flights. Victory Challenge's Jesper Bank, Sweden's Bjorn Hansen of Team GOL Sailing, Poland's Karol Jablonski of MK Café and Sweden's Mattias Rahm and his StoraEnso team are all setting the pace.
For Rahm it is he and his crew's first experience competing at a Swedish Match Tour event and he couldn't be more pleased with their early results. After dropping his first match of the day, during which he controlled the start against fellow Swede Hansen but crossed the line early, Rahm and crew rallied to win three matches in a row.
The light and shifty conditions didn't faze Rahm as he took the fight to his opponents and set the tempo early in each match, "we just wanted to put pressure on whomever we were sailing against and it worked. We forced five penalties on our opponents including two against Bank in the start."
The day's result was good, but Rahm was most satisfied with how his crew reacted all day long, "I'm really happy we managed to stay calm which is important for my crew because we haven't sailed against this level of competition before. We just want to have fun this week and learn from these guys out on the water and finish the week better sailors than when we started."
Finland's Staffan Lindberg and Alinghi Team's Jochen Schumann find themselves on the other side of the tracks with only one win apiece. Sweden's Mikael Lindqvist is winless after a frustrating day.
In the women's competition three-time defending champion Dorte Jensen of Denmark posted a record of 3-0, dominating the first day of racing at the Women's Class of the Swedish Match Cup.
Jensen posted victories over Linda Adetoft of Sweden, Nina Braestrup of Denmark and Malin Millbourn of Sweden. Adetoft, and Braestrup were eliminated with Jensen and Millbourn advancing to join the remaining four women's competitors in a field of six to determine the champion.
The Swedish Match Cup resumes today, Tuesday at 0930 hours with the men taking to the water to finish their round robin. The Women's racing continues this afternoon.
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Men's Round Robin Results
Skipper Wins Losses
1. Bjorn Hansen, SWE/Team GOL Sailing 3 1
2. Karol Jablonski, POL/Team MK Café 3 1
3. Mattias Rahm, SWE/Team StoraEnso 3 1
4. Jesper Bank, Victory Challenge 3 1
5. Andrew Arbuzow, Russia 2 2
6. Jochen Schumann, Alinghi Team 1 3
7. Staffan Lindberg, Finland 1 3
8. Mikael Lindqvist, Sweden 0 4