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7 June 2004, 11:42 am
Light Breezes Start Regatta
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BoatUS ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship
Annapolis, Maryland

By the end yesterday's light wind sailing, only 31 matches had been completed, with 12 teams completing four contests each, three having completed three, and only Sweden's Jenny AXHEDE and her team sailing five matches.
Sixteen of the world's top 30 ranked women match racers are competing in the prestigious regatta, which is being sailed on the Chesapeake Bay out of Eastport Yacht Club.

Axhede, who is ranked #12 in the ISAF Women's Match Race Rankings, currently stands at the top of the leader board with four wins to her credit.

Sailing with Axhede are Annika CARLUNGER, Anna HOLMDAHL, and Elisabeth NILSSON.

The fleet also includes Carol CRONIN (USA) and Paula LEWIN (BER), both of whom already have secured berths for the 2004 Olympics to be held in Athens in August in the Women's Keelboat event - Yngling.

With three wins in three matches, Cronin's team is the only team undefeated so far. Her ISAF Women's Worlds teammates include Linda EPSTEIN and JoAnn FISHER, as well as Yngling Olympic teammate Liz FILTER.

The rest of the lineup of all-star skippers includes Nina Braestrup (Denmark, #3); Lotte MELDGAARD-PEDERSEN (DEN); Liz BAYLIS (USA); Marie FAURÉ (FRA); Claire LEROY (FRA); Betsy ALISON (USA); Sabrina GURIOLI (ITA); Jenny AXHEDE (SWE); Christelle PHILIPPE (FRA); Katie SPITHILL (AUS); Linda RAHM (SWE); Deb WILLITS (USA); Elizabeth KRATZIG (USA); and Sally BARKOW (USA).

The regatta is contested by teams of four women in closely-matched J/22s. Racing will continue through two scheduled double round-robins, starting daily at 9 a.m.

The semi-final 'knock-out' series, in which the first two teams to score three points will advance, and the final and petit-final contests, similar 'knock-out' series, are set for Saturday, June 12.

For more information, including full results and a schedule of events, see the event website at

Totals after 31 matches completed:

Jenny Axhede (12), Sweden, 4 wins in 5 matches
Liz Baylis (5), USA, 3 wins in 4 matches
Lotte Meldegaard Pedersen (4), Denmark, 3 wins in 4 matches
Claire Leroy (7), France, 3 wins in 4 matches
Sabrina Gurioli (10), Italy, 3 wins in 4 matches
Sally Barkow (27), USA, 3 wins in 4 matches
Deborah Willits (20), USA, 3 wins in 4 matches
Carol Cronin (18), USA, 3 wins in 3 matches
Nina Braestrup (3), Denmark, 1 win in 4 matches
Elizabeth Kratzig (23), USA, 1 win in 3 matches
Christelle Philippe (15), France, 1 win in 4 matches
Betsy Alison (8), USA, 1 win in 3 matches
Paula Lewin (9), Bermuda, 1 win in 4 matches
Katie Spithill (16), Australia, 1 win in 4 matches
Marie Faure (6), France, 0 wins in 4 matches
Linda Rahm (19), Sweden, 0 wins in 4 matches
Event Media (As Amended By ISAF News Editor)
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