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13 October 2002, 07:48 am
Three Skippers Undefeated in Round Robin Opening
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Bermuda Women's Match Race Championship

The Bermuda International Women’s Match Race Championship made its debut in Hamilton Harbour this morning in perfect conditions for the eight international teams here vying for $15,000 in prize money and the 4th Cruiser Squadron Bowl.
Additionally, two berths in the Bermuda Gold Cup Championship Rounds (October 16-20) are up for grabs where another $65,000 in prize money will be awarded. The Bermuda Gold Cup is the fourth stop on the Swedish Match Tour.

The Round Robin's first flight of matches began today in a 12-knot southeast breeze, with the wind building by the second flight of matches in the late morning. Three skippers are undefeated with two wins each after today's two flights of the Round Robin: Lotte Pedersen of Denmark, Paula Lewin of Bermuda, and Marie Björling of Sweden.

For Björling, the ISAF World Number one ranked women's match racer, today was the first time to use the skills her team learned in an intensive match racing clinic, held last month in Sweden with the International One Design world champion Christensen Usterud.

"We have a little bit more to gain in the starts," said Bjorling. "Our first match we had a problem with speed, but were able to adjust and do better by the second match. In that match (against Klaartje Zuiderbaan), we took the start and kept a significant lead on her the whole time. We had really good tactics today by Anna (Holmdahl) and good crew work."

Women's world match racing champion Liz Baylis of San Rafael, Calif., and Deborah Willits of Houston, Texas are tied with one win each, while the three remaining skippers posted no wins: Elizabeth Kratzig of Corpus Christi, Texas, Sandy Hayes of Scituate, Mass., and Klaartje Zuiderbaan of the Netherlands.

Round Robin racing is scheduled to continue through until Monday. The top four highest scoring skippers in the Round Robin will qualify for the Semi-Final Round, which is scheduled for Tuesday, with the Final Round to follow.

Day One Results

Liz Baylis (San Rafael, Calif., USA), 1-1
Marie Björling (Frolunda, Sweden), 2-0
Sandy Hayes (Scituate, Mass., USA), 0-2
Elizabeth Kratzig (Corpus Christi, Texas, USA), 0-2
Paula Lewin (Paget, Bermuda), 2-0
Lotte Meldgaard Pedersen (Virum, Denmark), 2-0
Deborah Willits (Houston, Texas, USA), 1-1
Klaartje Zuiderbaan (Amsterdam, Netherlands), 0-2

Dana Paxton/ISAF News Editor
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