Great Britain's Chris LAW of "The Outlaws" and Current ISAF World Match Race Champion, Poland's Karol JABLONSKI are one win away from competing in the finals of the ISAF Grade 1 2003 Swedish Match Cup.
"It was my birthday today and I had a lovely, lovely day,"
said Law. "For the first time this year, I have a fantastic crew. I have guys with me from the Victory Challenge syndicate and we've won nine of our last ten races and are sailing very well right now."
Law and Jablonski are up 2-0 on their opponents, US Virgin Islander Peter HOLMBERG of Team Pelle Petterson Yachting and Denmark's Jesper BANK, respectively.
"We were pleased to nail Peter in both starts, he's got a great crew with him this week including Paul Cayard and now we're one win away from the finals,"
In advancing to the semifinals Law swept past Australia's Peter Gilmour of Team Pizza-La, 2-0, while Jablonski knocked off local skipper Mattias Rahm of Team Stora Enso, 2-1 in other quarterfinals action.
Swedish Match Cup Women's Class
Sweden's Marie BJORLING won an all-Swedish final to claim her second consecutive Swedish Match Cup Women's Class title in a thrilling five-match affair over countrywoman Mallin KALLSTROM.
After dropping the first match, Bjorling won the second with Kallstrom then moving to championship point in the third. Bjorling then demonstrated why she is the world's top ranked women's match racer by leading her crew to two straight victories, while defending her title in this premier women's match racing regatta.
"We did an unnecessary mistake in the first race and after that we said `No more mistakes' because Mallin is an excellent sailor,"
said Bjorling. "The last two races were the best performance we had all week, good starts, good tactics and good boathandling. I'm just so happy right now."
As winner of the Swedish Match Cup Bjorling receives an automatic entry into the Bermuda International Women's Match Racing Championship, scheduled to take place October 18-21 at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club. The winner and runner-up of the Bermuda International Women's Match Racing Championship will advance to Round One of the King Edward VII Gold Cup.
The Swedish Match Cup concludes tomorrow with the remainder of the first-to-three points semifinals and finals for the men's event.