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20 June 2003, 10:19 am
Quarters Decided
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Betsy Alison ©Daniel Forster/Rolex

2003 ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship

Following the completion of the round robins this morning, the final six skippers have been decided. Racing started where it left off yesterday, as did the weather - Cold and wet, with shifty breeze.
Betsy Alison has shown that her experience has been an important part of her sailing. Strong shifting winds, pouring rain, and an injured ankle yesterday did nothing to dampen her spirits as she went on to win all her matches except the one against Malin MILBOURN (SWE). Alison went on to win one and lose one to guarantee her place in the final six today.

The two Swedes, Marie BJORLING and Malin MILLBORN have continued their run of form, each had seven wins and two losses and with two matches in the round robin sailed today, looked in good stead to qualify for the quarter final today. In the last match of Round Robin One they met each other and, as expected, it was the match of the championship so far. Milbourn led around the whole racetrack after a good start and it was only on the final downwind leg that Bjorling managed to sneak past to win by the smallest of margins

The fight about the three remaining places in the Quarter-Final was tough and close. Liz BAYLIS, Deborah WILLITS and Gwen JOULIE, have sailed all their matches. Nina BRAESTRUP (DEN) has five wins and two remaining matches. Marie FAURE (FRA) and Lotte Meldgaard PEDERSEN (DEN) have both four wins and also two remaining matches going into today's racing. With a highly probable tie break scenario pending, all of these were a distinct possibility to reach the quarter-final, which will begin this afternoon.

Following the completion of the round robins, the final win-loss tallies were as follows:

Marie Bjorling 7-2
Malin Milbourn 7-2
Marie Faure 4-5
Nina Braestrup 5-6
Lotte Meldgaard Pedersen 4-5
Betsy Alison 8-1
Sabrina Gurioli 4-7
Liz Baylis (defending Champion) 6-5
Gwen Joulie 5-6
Ines Montefusco 2-9
Deborah Willits 5-6
Linda Rahm 3-8

After a four way tie for the final place in the six quarter-finalists, between, Pedersen, Faure, Jolie and Willits, Pedersen took the final slot with a better win/loss record amongst the four.

The round-robin quarter-final will take place this afternoon between Marie BJORLING (SWE), Betsy ALISON (USA), Malin MILBOURN (SWE), Nina BREASTRUP (DEN), Liz BAYLIS (USA) and Lotte Meldgaard PEDERSEN (DEN).

It is planned to run the full round robin, followed by a best of three semi final, the first flight of which will take place this afternoon.

ISAF will bring you up to date with the full quarter-final results as soon as they become available.
ISAF News Editor (Source: Event Media)
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