Dorte JENSEN (DEN) made a spectacular return to the women's match racing circuit in 2006 when she claimed the Dexia Private Banking ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship title despite being a virtual outsider.
Unranked on the women's circuit, JENSEN claimed the host nation's wild card entry to the Championship and went on to demonstrate why she was previously the world's number one ranked women's match race skipper. After stepping away from match racing to complete an Olympic campaign in the Yngling, JENSEN became a mother in 2005 and made a last minute decision to compete at the Match Racing Worlds on her home waters in Denmark.
Primarily sailing with a mixed crew on the Open Match Racing Circuit, JENSEN also has a string of medals from ISAF Graded open events during the nomination period and is the highest ranked female skipper on the Open Rankings. For the Worlds however, she brought together a talented women's team, put in some intensive training and demonstrated outstanding teamwork, skill and determination throughout the World Championship.
JENSEN's defeat of the defending champion and the world number one ranked women's skipper on her way to the finals signalled her return to match racing was serious. Meeting Marie BJÖRLING (SWE) in the final for the third time in the history of the event, JENSEN despatched her with a final score of 3-0 to claim her fourth ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship title.
ISAF Rankings in 2006
1st - International Berlin Championship Match Race of H-Boats, Berlin, GER - ISAF Grade 3 - Oct 2005 (open)
6th - Berlin Match Race 2005, Berlin, GER - ISAF Grade 2 - Nov 2005 (open)
2nd - JP Morgan Fleming Winter Challenge 5, London, GBR - ISAF Grade 3 - Jan 2006 (open)
2nd - RMC 2, Skovshoved, DEN - ISAF Grade 4 - Apr 2006 (open)
2nd - Ice Breaker Cup 2006, Gothenburg, SWE - ISAF Grade 3 - Apr 2006 (open)
1st - Dexia Private Banking ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship, Skovshoved, DEN - ISAF Grade W - May 2006 (women)
||Dorte JENSEN (DEN)
|Place of birth:
|Date of Birth
|ISAF Sailor ID:
|What inspired you to take up sailing?
|What was the first boat you sailed?
||Keelboat then Optimist, aged 6/7
|How did you buy your first boat and what was it?
||I borrowed my brother's Optimist
|Name your first sailing club:
||Nyborg Sailing Club
|What was the first event you competed in?
||A local regatta in 1989
|What was the first event you won?
||A local regatta, but not sure which year
|What are the main achievements/personal highlights of your sailing career?
||Every achievement is big because they cannot be compared with one another. The Olympics is big because there are not many sailors who get a chance to compete and only three in each class end up with a medal.
|What are you future sailing goals?
||Defending the women's match racing world title next year and continuing to match race with my male crew.
|What does sailing mean to you?
||It means a lot. I have done it since the age of 6/7 and today I cannot live without seeing the ocean very often. It means peace in my heart.
|Who has had the greatest impact on your sailing career and why?
||First it must be my brother because if he had not been more interested in soccer and letting me sail in his Optimist maybe I would not be where I am today. All the coaches I have had, Finn Jensen, Per Baagøe and Jan Eli Andersen.
|Who is your sailing hero?
||There are many. I admire people who are determined and going after a goal. Paul ELVSTRØM is still one of the biggest.
|What other sports do you enjoy?
|What does being nominated for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards 2006 mean to you?
||It means a lot to me. First of all the acceptance from other people who think that what I have achieved is good. I am very happy to be nominated.
|If you were voted as the winner, what would this mean to you?
||That would give me the biggest impact of my sailing career. Without comparison.