World Championships — Video of the final

Saturday 17th December, 2011

Yesterday’s 25 minute video round-up from the ISAF World Championships in Perth features excellent coverage of the final day in the Women’s Match Racing event… lets hope the media output at Weymouth and Portland during the Olympics is just as good!

Silver at the World Championships

Friday 16th December, 2011

Four exhilarating and extremely close matches today in the finals at the ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championships in Perth, though unfortunately luck was not on GBR’s side. The title has passed to the USA — congratulations to Anna, Molly and Deb on becoming the 2011 World Champions! Claire Leroy (FRA) won the petit final to take bronze, with Ekaterina Skudina (RUS) in 4th.

Today’s finals held in the harbour right in front of the packed grandstand provided a thrilling afternoon’s spectacle as the Women’s finalists battled for the title, demonstrating once again how match racing is an an exciting spectator sport for both sailing enthusiasts and non-sailors alike.

The Match Race Girls have been in Perth for about a month, cumulating in an intense two weeks of competition which has seen them compete in more than 40 individual matches. Coming ashore the girls commented “It’s been a great two weeks, but hard work. We’re really pleased with the way we’re sailing at the moment and our performance at this regatta, we’re quick, but today we made some mistakes in getting penalties which is quite frustrating. Without them we’d have been looking very strong today and the scoreline could have looked quite different. We’re looking forward to building on this and competing next year at the Olympics.”

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Read more about the day’s racing at the Skandia Team GBR and Perth2011 sites, and there’s also been considerable interest in the news. Video highlights and a full report from the girls to follow later… for now there’s some celebrating to be done :)

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All set to defend our World Title

Thursday 15th December, 2011

We’re through to the finals :)

After a day of extremely close racing on the Centre Course at Perth 2011 we’ve secured our spot in the finals tomorrow.

We did it the hard way though… losing out first two matches to Claire Leroy (FRA). It was then really do or die as in a best of 5 knock out we had to win all three of the remaining races, one win for them and they would go through. It was close, but we did it, pulling back to 2–2 and then winning the all important deciding match :)

Read all about it in the Skandia Team GBR press release and the Day 13 round-up on Perth2011.com.

Tomorrow we face Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) in a best of 7 matches to determine the 2011 World Champion.

Follow the action on MatchRacingResults.com which has links to video and GPS tracking. Racing begins 0600 GMT.

Cheers

Lucy, Annie and Kate x

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Through to the semi finals!

Wednesday 14th December, 2011

Smiles all round today on Day 12 of the World Championships as we beat the Dutch team 3–1 to win our quarter final and go through to the semis where we’ll race Leroy’s French team tomorrow. Read more about our day on the Skandia Team GBR blog.

It was a very long day on the water but finally we got some great racing completed outside the harbour/docks where we have been racing all week. Tomorrow it looks like we’ll be outside again so all change from the last two weeks but Kate, Annie and I can’t wait to take it on!

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Cheers for supporting,

Lucy x