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Malin MILLBOURN, Kim KULSTAD, Åsa ARONSSON & Linda YSTRÖM (SWE)

Malin MILLBOURN, Kim KULSTAD, Åsa ARONSSON & Linda YSTRÖM (SWE)This match racing crew reached the pinnacle of their discipline in June 2003 when they won the ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship in Sundsvall, Sweden. A nail biting best of five finals saw two matches apiece, before Malin and crew claimed the decider and the World Championship title.

This Gold Medal wrapped up an exceptional year, in which they finished in the top three of all but two of the ISAF Graded events entered. Since October 2002, they have claimed the world's number two place on the ISAF World Match Race Rankings.

The Achievements of Malin Millbourn, Kim Kulstad, Åsa Aronsson & Linda Yström


3rd - BUKOWSKIS Women's Nordic Match Racing Championship, August 2002 - Grade 3
1st - Saint Quay Women's Match Racing, September 2002 - Grade 1
1st - IV Criterium International Women Match Racing, May 2003 - Grade 1
8th - Lady Cup, May 2003 - Grade 3
3rd - Swedish Women's Match Racing Championship, June 2003 - Grade 3
1st - ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship, June 2003 - Grade W
4th - Swedish Match Cup, July 2003 - Grade 1
2nd - European Match Racing Championship for Women, August 2003 - Grade 2

ISAF World Women's Match Race Ranking (11 September 2003) = 2

Name Malin MILLBOURN Kim KULSTAD Åsa ARONSSON Linda YSTRÖM
Date of Birth 26296 26215 26363 25682
Place of Birth Oxelösund, Sweden Lund, Sweden Karlstad Gothenburg, Sweden
Profession Brand Group Manager at Kraft Foods Master of Science in Buildings and Civil Works Teacher Physician, Dept of Internal medicine, Södertälje Hospital
ISAF Sailor ID SWEMM1 SWEKK1 SWEÅA1 SWELY1
Age started sailing 10 7 12 5
First boat sailed Optimist Optimist 420 Keel boat with my parents and brothers
Age started racing 12 8 12 12
First boat raced Optimist Optimist 420 Triss dinghy
What inspired you to take up sailing? My family with whom I sailed with even before I was born I come from a big sailing family and did not really have a choice… My family has always been sailing so it came naturally. My family took me sailing evnet when I didn't want to
How did you buy your first boat? I inherited by brother's orange Optimist My parents bought it for me at the age of 8 I bought my first boat with my sailing partner I never did. I always borrow a boat from the club or from friends.
Which was your first sailing club? Sotefjordens Segelsällskap (a small fishermen's village on the West Coast of Sweden where I spent my summers as a child) BOJK Karlstad, Kanotförening (KKF) Trälhavets bätklubb (a small club - not even close to the ocean, in the north area of Stockholm)
First Event competed in and Year Club racing in 1983 Club Championship, Small course in 1979 Local competition in 1984 Club racing in 1980
First Event won and Year Club racing in 1983 Club Championship, Small course in 1980 District Competition in 1985 Keelboat - ocean racing in 1996
Principle achievements Europe Gold ISAF Women's World Match Racing Championship 2003 Silver Medal Swedish Championship 1985 (420) Always as a crew member - mostly on the bow…
Principle achievements 1992 - 1996 Ranked No 1 in Sweden Gold ISAF Women's World Match Racing Championship 2003 Gold, silver and bronze medals at the Swedish Match Racing Championship 1996 Winner Keelboat (IMS) Gotland Runt (ocean racing)
Principle achievements 1991 Nordic Champion Gold ISAF Women's World Match Racing Championship 2003 Bronze and silver medals at the European Match Racing Championship 1997 winner of the Swedish National Qualification to ISAF World Championship in fleet race and match race..first time I ever matchraced, and did I like it!!!
Principle achievements 1992 World Champion Gold ISAF Women's World Match Racing Championship 2003 Gold medal at the ISAF Women's World Match Racing Championship 2003
Principle achievements 1994 2nd Kieler Woche Gold ISAF Women's World Match Racing Championship 2003
Match Racing
Principle achievements 1994 Chosen as "Sweden's Best Female Sailor" Gold ISAF Women's World Match Racing Championship 2003
Started sailing match racing (for real) in 1998, my team is Malin, helmsman, Kim on tactics and main, Åsa on trim and myself on the bow
Principle achievements 1995 4th Kieler Woche Gold ISAF Women's World Match Racing Championship 2003
1998 Bronze at the Swedish Nationals
Principle achievements 1996 1st North American Championships Gold ISAF Women's World Match Racing Championship 2003
1999 Silver at the Swedish Nationals
Principle achievements 1996 9th Olympic Regatta, Atlanta Gold ISAF Women's World Match Racing Championship 2003
1997 7th at our first Match Racing World Championship in Genoa, ITA
Principle achievements 1996 Ranked 4th on World Ranking Gold ISAF Women's World Match Racing Championship 2003
2000 Gold at the Swedish Nationals
Principle achievements
Gold ISAF Women's World Match Racing Championship 2003
2000 Bronze at the European Championships in Sundsvall, SWE
Principle achievements Match Racing - I started Match Racing in 1998. My team is Kim Kulstad on tactics and main, Åsa Aronsson on trim and Linda Yström on bow. Gold ISAF Women's World Match Racing Championship 2003
2000 4th at our first Grade 1 event in Cowes, GBR
Principle achievements
Gold ISAF Women's World Match Racing Championship 2003
2001 3rd at Swedish Match Cup, Marstrand, SWE
Principle achievements 1998 Bronze Swedish Nationals Gold ISAF Women's World Match Racing Championship 2003
2002 3rd at Swedish Match Cup, Marstrand, SWE
Principle achievements 1999 Silver Swedish Nationals Gold ISAF Women's World Match Racing Championship 2003
2002 Bronze at Nordic Championships, Helsinki, FIN
Principle achievements 1999 7th at our first Match Racing World Championship in Genoa, Italy Gold ISAF Women's World Match Racing Championship 2003
The fantastic year that has made this nomination possible (see Malin's results)
Principle achievements 2000 Gold at Swedish Nationals Gold ISAF Women's World Match Racing Championship 2003

Principle achievements 2000 Bronze at European Championships in Sundsvall, Sweden Gold ISAF Women's World Match Racing Championship 2003

Principle achievements 2000 4th at our first Grade 1 event in Cowes, Great Britain Gold ISAF Women's World Match Racing Championship 2003

Principle achievements 2001 3rd at Swedish Match Cup, Marstrand, Sweden Gold ISAF Women's World Match Racing Championship 2003

Principle achievements 2002 3rd at Swedish Match Cup, Marstrand, Sweden Gold ISAF Women's World Match Racing Championship 2003

Principle achievements 2002 Bronze at Nordic Championship, Helsinki, Finland Gold ISAF Women's World Match Racing Championship 2003

Principle achievements 2002 1st Saint Quay Women's Match Racing Gold ISAF Women's World Match Racing Championship 2003

Principle achievements 2003 1st IV Criterium International Women Match Racing Gold ISAF Women's World Match Racing Championship 2003

Principle achievements 2003 1st ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship Gold ISAF Women's World Match Racing Championship 2003

Principle achievements 2003 4th at Swedish Match Cup Gold ISAF Women's World Match Racing Championship 2003

Principle achievements 2003 2nd European Match Racing Championship Gold ISAF Women's World Match Racing Championship 2003

Principle achievements Ranked 2nd on the ISAF World Match Race Rankings, however Team Malin Millbourn has by far the most outstanding result of all female competitors on the ranking during the last 12 months. Gold ISAF Women's World Match Racing Championship 2003

Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date My two gold medals; the first one at the World Championship in the Europe dinghy in 1992 and the latest (but not the last?) in the ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship in 2003. World Championship - Gold My absolute greatest memory is when we took the gold medal in Sundsvall, Sweden this year. Overall this has been a great year with good results Every regatta won is very special, but to win in the World Championship 2003 - THAT was something!!!
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date My two gold medals; the first one at the World Championship in the Europe dinghy in 1992 and the latest (but not the last?) in the ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship in 2003. European Championship - Silver, Bronze My absolute greatest memory is when we took the gold medal in Sundsvall, Sweden this year. Overall this has been a great year with good results Every regatta won is very special, but to win in the World Championship 2003 - THAT was something!!!
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date My two gold medals; the first one at the World Championship in the Europe dinghy in 1992 and the latest (but not the last?) in the ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship in 2003. Nordic Championship - Gold My absolute greatest memory is when we took the gold medal in Sundsvall, Sweden this year. Overall this has been a great year with good results Every regatta won is very special, but to win in the World Championship 2003 - THAT was something!!!
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date My two gold medals; the first one at the World Championship in the Europe dinghy in 1992 and the latest (but not the last?) in the ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship in 2003. Swedish Championship - Gold, Silver, Bronze My absolute greatest memory is when we took the gold medal in Sundsvall, Sweden this year. Overall this has been a great year with good results Every regatta won is very special, but to win in the World Championship 2003 - THAT was something!!!
What are your future sailing aspirations? Short term; to defend the title in the 2004 World Championship and become 1st on the Women's Match Racing World Ranking. Representing Sweden in next Olympics in match raciing Hopefully matchracing will be part of the next Olympic Games in 2008! Short term: to defend the title at the 2004 World Championships and become 1st on the ISAF Women's Match Racing World Rankings
What are your future sailing aspirations? Long term; compete in the match racing in the Olympics one day Representing Sweden in next Olympics in match raciing Hopefully matchracing will be part of the next Olympic Games in 2008! Long term: compete in match racing at the Olympics one day….
Briefly state what sailing means to you Sailing to me has been a lifestyle. When I sailed the Europe dinghy for the Olympics in 1996 it was a 'full time' lifestyle. Now that I combine it with a full-time job it is a very important way to fulfil my lie, to get away and compete and win and not even think about my every-day life. A fantastic lifestyle in a sound body and soul, meeting with wonderful people and living close to nature, which can never be beaten Everything. It gives me great pleasure to be a part of a team and to work together for high goals. It means a lot of different things. It can be family-time, relaxing, it can be a romantic sailing trip with my fiance. But lately it is the matchrace sialing, the exciting situations, that really gives me my 'kick of adrenalin'. It is my idea of having fun.
Who has had the greatest impact or inspiration in your sailing career and why? My family, who for may years travelled with me all over the country and in the world to compete in smaller and bigger events. I was the only girl competing in sailing for many many years, which was not always easy and I was about to give it up for other sports, but my mother taught me that I could do whatever I set my mind to. So I guess it has to be her. Iin my club KKF there has always been a great atmostphere and the older sailors took good care of us younger ones and accepted us in their gang. That gave a nice feeling and drove us to sail more. Myself. I always continuted to sail, and loved it, although my boss, my family and many of my friends advised me not to.
Who do you consider to be your sailing hero? Difficult to say but it will have to be my father. He is the person I know who is most dedicated to sailing. He loves it! I am too old to have heroes… My cousing Tonny NYREN was a good Finn sailor and his excitement for training and hard work makes me want to name him as a hero!
What other sports do you participate in outside of sailing? Dancing, scuba-diving, hiking, yoga, skiing and ice-skating. Mostly outdoor sports. I do a lot of alpine skiing, and since 5 years, white water kayaking is the adrenalin of my life. Skiing, aerobics and running. all kinds of raquet sports, canoeing, skiiing, mountain biking…..
Who do you consider to be the greatest sailor in the World and why? Another difficult question, but Paul Elvström is a sailor I admire because he has sailed and won in many different classes. Also he has sailed and been successful with his daughter. I have no idea…Columbus for his braveness? Or all around the world sailors for their braveness in south altitudes and for keeping the team spirit under the toughest conditions. But the most brilliant sailor in boat speed, boat handling, tactics etc I have to say a match race sailor. And the greatest matchrace sailors are the ones who have the opportunity to sail fulltime, i.e. a man. I think that Fredrik LÖÖF is the greatest because he shows time after time that he is a world champion. It doesn't matter which boat he sails, he can still make great results.
Briefly state what being nominated for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award 2003 means to you It is a great honour to be nominated (the second Swede ever nominated). It feels great to know that the fantastic results me and my team has had this year has been acknowledged and that Women's Match Racing 'counts'. We fight hard to get our professional lives and sailing careers together, and the nominations adds a lot to the feeling - 'it's worth it'. I also strongly feel that this is not just a nomination for me, it is a nomination for the whole team, Kim Kulstad, Åsa Aronsson and Linda Yström, and the extraordinary teamwork we have. We've had the most fantastic year and I feel both pride and happiness htat it has been acknowledged, it is a principle step for women matchracing that it counts outside our little 'wimra-world'. It is an honour to be one of the nominated teams beause there are so many great sailors in the world It is a great honour to be nominated (the second Swede ever nominated). It feels great to know that the fantastic results me and my team has had this year has been acknowledged and that Women's Match Racing 'counts'. We fight hard to get our professional lives and sailing careers together, and the nomination adds a lot to the feeling - "it's worth it'.
If voted as the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2003, briefly say what will this mean to you? First of all, I will be extremely happy and proud for my team and me! It will also mean that we have proved that it is possible to combine full-time jobs and sailing on a high level. It will make me strive for victories and hopefully participate in the Olympics again. First, I would cry of happiness and pride for days. After that, I suppose we will plan for the future. Hopefully this award will help getting better sponsor contracts and my dream to be a fulltime sailor is getting a little bit closer… It would be the biggest thing a sailor can ever get!! It's an acceptance for all the hard work through the years we have been sailing together, since we are girls with full-time jobs! I will be extremely happy and proud for my team and me!
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