With five out of seven possible wins Marstrand's own Malin KÄLLSTRÖM won the round robin in the ISAF Grade 1 Swedish Match Cup, but behind her, competition was hard.
Three crews had four wins and three losses, so it was a question of reciprocal matches to sift out American Betsy ALISON. The all Nordic semi-finals will take place this afternoon between Malin KÄLLSTRÖM GKSS, title defender Marie BJÖRLING also from GKSS, Danish rookie Anette STRÖM and ISAF Women's Match Race Champion Malin MILBOURN from KSSS. As winner of the round robin Malin Källström has the privilege of choosing her semifinal opponent: "We have already decided, but are going to keep the others guessing until the last moment,"
says Malin, but admits after some pressure that they wont choose Marie BJÖRLING from the same yacht club.
Malin has been away from the match racing arena for a while, taking time off for her baby, but has made a fantastic come back this spring. The victory in the Swedish Championship is now followed by a grand beginning in the Swedish Match Cup and her goals are set high. The prestigious match on Tuesday against Marie Björling, on top of the world ranking for almost two years, went Malin's way. After a come back on the last downwind leg, it is true, but still: "Yes we succeeded in passing Marie just before the finishing line, but never mind. It's the line and the result that counts."
Surprisingly Anette STRÖM finished third in the round robin, with the same number of wins as Millbourn and Alison, so the reciprocal matches were decisive. Ström, who earlier crewed for her fellow countrywoman Dorte JENSEN with three wins in Marstrand, has now shown that she is a good helmswoman herself. Betsy ALISON did not reach the semi-finals having lost against the other three.
Results in the women's class in the Swedish Match Cup after the round robin. The first four go on to the semi-final:
Malin Källström, GKSS SWE 5-2
Marie Björling, GKSS SWE 5-2
Anette Ström, DEN 4-3
Malin Millbourn 4-3
Betsy Alison USA 4-3
Paula Lewin BER 3-4
Lotte Meldgaard-Pedersen DEN 2-5
Claire Leroy FRA 1-6