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Final Report


8th June 2014



As Olympic sailor and World #2 Anna Kjellberg crossed the finish line, the cheer that erupted from the Swedish spectators at Camden Fort Meagher could be heard echoing across Cork Harbour. Kjellberg, together with her crew Karin Almquist, Vanja Lundberg and Annika Carlunger had defeated World #1 Camilla Ulrikkeholm in the final of the 2014 ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championships.

"This is absolutely incredible. The last few weeks of my life have been completely crazy, giving birth to my daughter just five weeks ago and now this” the Swedish skipper remarked.

Over five days 13 teams competed in a physically gruelling 140 race regatta in winds averaging 15 knots. Both Kjellberg and Denmark’s Ulrikkeholm skilfully sailed through the knock out stages to make it to the final duel on Sunday (08 June). Three victories were needed to win the coveted title and the prime cut of the €10,000 prize fund.

Ulrikkeholm gained an early advantage by winning the first match of the final. Strong but very shifting winds, together with a swift current, put the sailors to the test. The second clash ended in a fierce fight around the course but Kjellberg kept control and finished one boat length ahead of her opponent. When the Swedes won the third match they put Ulrikkeholm under immense pressure. In the fourth match the Danes got away ahead, but didn't cover the Swedes well enough on the second upwind. Kjellberg was allowed to tack away for clear air, found an advantageous wind shift and passed into a leading position which she was able to maintain to the finish.

"We've improved in every match during this regatta, and we know that in match racing it's never over until it's over. I think we had the right nerves today, with a rather calm feeling in the boat even when the competition was tough,” Kjellberg analysed after her golden match.

On her loss Ulrikkeholm commented, "In these conditions it was hard also to be ahead. We made some mistakes not covering the Swedes enough, and then we didn't have as good boat handling as the other days of the regatta.”

Kjellberg's bowman Annika Carlunger had no less than seven World Championship silver medals before this regatta, sailing with different helmsmen over the years. Now she got her eagerly awaited gold medal and shouted after having passed the finish line, "Finally, after all these years.”

In the Petit Final Caroline Sylvan (SWE) put up a tough fight against Stephanie Roble (USA), but the American crew proved to be strongest at the end. With two straight wins they secured the bronze in the 2014 ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship, the first event out of five on the 2014 Women's International Match Racing Series.

"We never felt comfortably in control, but my team did an awesome job all the way around the course,” said Roble who praised her crew.

"We've done some fantastic races, and we're proud to be the second Swedish crew in the top four of this Championship,” Sylvan smiled, not too disappointed.

Final Results

1st Anna Kjellberg, Karin Almquist, Vanja Lundberg, Annika Carlunger - Sweden

2nd Camilla Ulrikkeholm, Trine Palludan, Louise Ulrikkeholm, Joan Vestergård Hansen - Denmark

3rd Stephanie Roble, Janel Zarkowsky, Maggie Shea, Lara Dallman9Weiss - USA

4th Caroline Sylvan, Therese Wolgast, Louise Kruuse af Verchou, My Karlsten - Sweden

5th Anne9Claire Le Berre, Morgane Fountaine, Julie Gerecht, Anne Goasguen - France

6th Klaartje Zuiderbaan, Mijke Lievens, Kim Platteeuw, Lena Koter - Netherlands

7th Lotte Meldgaard Pedersen, Anne Sophie Monk, Tina Gramkov, Nina Grunow - Denmark

8th Claudia Pierce, Diana Kissane, Isabella Morehead, Ellen Cahill – New Zealand

9th Annabel Vose, Emily Nagel, Suzy Russell, Hannah Peters - UK

10th Mary O'Loughlin, Lynn Reilly, Caoimhe Burns, Niamh McDonald - Ireland

11th Laura Dillon, Maria Coleman, Carol O'Kelly, Kate Nagle - Ireland

12th Lucie Scheiwiller, Clara Scheiwiller, Laure Ferchaud, Juliette Le Friec, Juliette Dubreuil - France

13th Anne Christianne Kentgens, Rikst Dijkstra, Rozan Gilles, Fettje Osinga - Netherlands

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Day 4 Report


7th June 2014



And then there were two. World #1 Camilla Ulrikkeholm from Denmark and World #2 Anna Kjellberg from Sweden will go head-to-head tomorrow (08 June) for the title of 2014 ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Champion. Also up for grabs will be a cut of the €10,000 prize fund provided by hosts Royal Cork Yacht Club.

The picturesque town of Crosshaven in Co. Cork once again delivered ideal racing conditions for the penultimate day of what will be a five day regatta. A 15-18 knot south-easterly set the battle ground for the four semi-finalists. Large spectator crowds in the harbour saw Ulrikkeholm defeat Sweden's Caroline Sylvan 3 – 0 in their semi-final.

In the other semi-final the Swedish crew helmed by Kjellberg went through to the final after beating Stephanie Roble of the USA. It took some thrilling matches until the matter was solved with the Swede winning 3-2. "We managed to keep our good flow from the quarter finals, and I think we sailed five really good races against Roble,” analysed Kjellberg.

Kjellberg won the first match and Roble the next two. The exciting fourth match showed the crowds at the Camden Fort Meagher grandstand a whole bunch of the tricks that skilled match racing sailors at this top level keep up their sleeves. Finally it was the Swedish crew who best handled the shifty winds, complex tide and choppy waves, controlling their boat and the American opponent all the way through to the finish.

When entering from port for the fifth match, Kjellberg lost focus for a few seconds and did not keep clear of Roble, who approached on starboard tack, and was immediately penalised by the umpires. The Swedes managed to get over the starting line even with Roble and a frenetic tacking duel up the first beat began. After rounding the top mark the Americans didn't fill their kite fast enough, allowing Kjellberg to stretch away by few boat lengths. On the second upwind the Swedes had extended their lead enough to quite comfortably take their penalty turn, and when Roble repeated her spinnaker problems on the last downwind, the Swedish victory was sealed.

With two Swedish teams in opposite semi-finals, the odds for seeing them in the final of the 2014 ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship were quite good. But as the other semi-final was sailed between Ulrikkeholm and Sylvan, the Dane showed that it's no coincidence she's on top of the ISAF Women's Match Race Rankings as she defeated her Swedish opponent in three straight matches.

The final is scheduled for 11.30am tomorrow (08 June).

Results in the semi-finals of the 2014 ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship, the first event on the 2014 Women's International Match Racing Series. The winning skippers advance to the final:

Camilla Ulrikkeholm, DEN, defeated Caroline Sylvan, SWE, 3 – 0
Anna Kjellberg, SWE, defeated Stephanie Roble, USA, 3 – 2

The results in the sail-offs for place 5 – 8:

5. Anne-Claire Le Berre, FRA

6. Klaartje Zuiderbaan, NED

7. Lotte Meldgaard Pedersen, DEN

8. Claudia Pierce, NZL

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Day 3 Report
6th June 2014

 

Despite the harsh conditions in Cork today (06 June) 17 races were successfully sailed to complete the quarter final stage of the 2014 ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championship. Strong winds gusting almost 30 knots and heavy rain delayed proceedings for a number of hours. Shortly after noon the breeze dropped to a manageable 18 knots the eight teams made their way out to the calm waters below Camden Fort Meagher to begin Day 3 of the regatta. 


Paired randomly, the first four teams to win three races apiece would be the ones to advance. An intense five hour battle ensued, fraught with drama, as the sailors went head-to-head for the coveted semi-final places. 


First to qualify was overnight leader and World #1 Camilla Ulrikkeholm from Denmark. She and her three-woman crew expertly claimed three consecutive wins against Klaartje Zuiderbaan knocking the Dutch team out. World #2 Anna Kjellberg then reigned supreme in her fight against the French Anne-Claire Le Berre. 


Having already lost two teams, Ireland’s remaining hope hung on the Kiwi team skippered by Claudia Pierce but crewed by three Irish girls. Despite Mayo’s Ellen Cahill losing her footing and going for a swim, the ladies put up a fierce battle against their American rivals. Tied on two wins each, it all hinged on their final match race but it was Stephanie Roble that came out on top moving Team USA forward to the next round.


An equipment issue caused a frustrating delay in the last quarter final was between Lotte Meldgaard Pedersen and Caroline Sylvan. With three races completed the two Scandinavians teams had no option but to wait patiently on the water because of a problem with one of the spinnakers. Once two other boats became available the crews transferred in and the final race of the day got underway. The final score of 3-1 meant Sylvan will join her fellow Swede in the penultimate day of the championship tomorrow.

All results provisional

 

Quarter Final 1

1

2

3

4

5

Wins

Claudia Pierce

New Zealand

0

0

1

1

 

0

2

Stephanie Roble

USA

1

1

0

0

 

1

3

Quarter Final 2

1

2

3

4

5

W

Anne-Claire Le Berre

France

1

1

0

0

 

0

2

Anna Kjellberg

Sweden

0

0

1

1

 

1

3

Quarter Final 3

1

2

3

4

5

W

Lotte Meldgaard Pedersen

Denmark

0

0

1

 

 

0

1

Caroline Sylvan

Sweden

1

1

0

 

 

1

3

Quarter Final 4

1

2

3

4

5

W

Camilla Ulrikkeholm

Denmark

1

1

1

 

 

3

Klaartje Zuiderbaan

Netherlands

0

0

0

 

 

0

 

For full results and further information see www.matchracing.ie. 


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Day 2 Report
5th June 2014

Another day of picture perfect conditions greeted
the sailors in Crosshaven today (05 June) for Day 2 of the 2014 ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championship. Although the wind was a little light to begin with in the morning, the sun glistened off the pristine waters of Cork Harbour and the south-easterly picked up to a steady 10-12 knots in the afternoon leading to some thrilling racing for the sailors.

For eight straight hours the top international teams went head-to-head while spectators watched from the natural perch provided by Camden Fort Meagher. A staggering 42 races were sailed for what was the second day of the Round-Robin stage in the regatta. Only the top eight teams were going to progress forward to tomorrow’s quarter finals so the slightest error aboard the fleet of J80 keelboats could have had dramatic consequences.

Overnight leader and World #1 Camilla Ulrikkeholm had a further five wins today increasing her total number of victories so far to 10. However, in an exciting turn of events fellow Dane Lotte Meldgaard Pedersen and France’s Anne-Claire Le Berre also finished the Round-Robin having only conceded two loses a piece. This meant that the umpires had to analyse each race result and competitor rankings in order to settle the three-way-tie-break. Ultimately it was Ulrikkeholm who retained her spot at the top of the leader board followed by Meldgaard Pedersen in second and Le Berre in third.   

Two teams were sailing under the Irish flag but neither Laura Dillon nor Mary O’Loughlin won enough races to make tomorrow’s cut. Although, sailing with World #15 skipper Claudia Pierce from New Zealand and finishing 4th are three talented Irish sailors; Diana Kissane from Dublin, Isabella Morehead from Cork and Ellen Cahill from Mayo. National pride will now weight on their young shoulders.

The format for the quarter finals will see teams face off against each other in a randomly selected knock out series. The first team in each pairing to reach three wins will go through to the semi-finals. Racing is scheduled for tomorrow (06 June) but due to the forecast of heavy rain and strong winds racing may be postponed until Saturday. Event organisers had also planned a ‘Sail in the City’ festival in Cork for tomorrow but due to the anticipated adverse weather the decision was made on Wednesday to cancel the event.

All results provisional

For full results and further information see www.matchracing.ie.

Quarter Finalists

Name

Surname

Country

Wins

 

Losses

%

Camilla

Ulrikkeholm

Denmark

10

-

2

83%

Lotte

Meldgaard Pedersen

Denmark

10

-

2

83%

Anne-Claire

Le Berre

France

10

-

2

83%

Claudia

Pierce

New Zealand

9

-

3

75%

Stephanie

Roble

USA

9

-

3

75%

Anna

Kjellberg

Sweden

7

-

5

58%

Caroline

Sylvan

Sweden

6

-

6

50%

Klaartje

Zuiderbaan

The Netherlands

5

-

7

42%

 



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Day 1 Report
4th June 2014

An intense battle began to unfurl today (Wednesday 04 June) in the waters below the historic Camden Fort Meagher in Crosshaven, Co. Cork. For the next five days 52 of the world’s top female match racing sailors will compete for the title of 2014 ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Champion and the €10,000 prize fund. The regatta, which is being sailed in Cork Harbour, will conclude this Sunday (08 June) after a physically and mentally gruelling of 130 one-on-one scheduled races. 

A beautiful sunny June morning greeted the crews as they travelled out to the race area at 9.30am. International Race Officer Peter Crowley ensured racing got underway on time and the freshening north westerly breeze made sure there was plenty of action for spectators.

Among the 13 international teams representing eight nations are two Irish entries skippered by Laura Dillon from Howth Yacht Club and Mary O’Loughlin from Royal St George Yacht Club in Dublin. The very first race was between Dillon’s Team Ireland 1 and Team Sweden 2 skippered by Caroline Sylvia. The first day nerves settled quickly and Dillon’s team matched Team Sweden 2 on their every move. Team Ireland 1 crew Maria Coleman (ex-Irish Olympian) commented “The day was challenging for everyone, ensuring you gained the maximum of your upwind boat speed however this let us down a little today, but we know we have the pre- starts nailed”.  Unfortunately a mighty broach by Dillon cost the Irish team the race and it took some time to rectify.

Team New Zealand skippered by Claudia Pierce and crewed by her Irish team mates had a sparkling day. “We had a great pre start against Anne Claire Le Berre’s Team France pushing her out and making her do penalty turns at the start. This let us get away and sail clean for the race”.

However, it was the two Danish teams that dominated the day. World #1 Camilla Ulrikkeholm and World #4 Lotte Meldgaard Pedersen ensured straight wins for all of their respective races. They were followed closely by Stephanie Roble of the USA with only one loss of the day.

Further action is expected tomorrow, with a favourable breeze of between 10-15knts from the southeast. Spectators will be well entertained and looked after from Camden Fort Meagher.

Event organisers had planned a ‘Sail in the City’ festival for this Friday (06 June) but due to the forecast of heavy rain and strong winds the decision has been made to cancel the event.

All results provisional

For full results and further information see www.matchracing.ie.

 

Stage 1 Round Robin

 

Wins

-

Losses

%

 

1

Camilla Ulrikkeholm - DEN

5

-

0

100%

2

Lotte Meldgaard Pedersen - DEN

4

-

0

100%

3

Stephanie Roble - USA

4

-

1

80%

4

Anna Kjellberg - SWE

4

-

2

67%

5

Caroline Sylvan - SWE

4

-

2

67%

6

Claudia Pierce - NZL

4

-

2

67%

7

Anne-Claire Le Berre - FRA

3

-

2

60%

8

Klaartje Zuiderbaan - NED

3

-

4

43%

9

Annabel Vose - GBR

2

-

4

33%

10

Mary O'Loughlin - IRL

2

-

5

29%

11

Anne-Christianne Kentgens - NED

1

-

4

20%

12

Lucie Scheiwiller - FRA

0

-

4

0%

13

Laura Dillon - IRL

0

-

6

0%

 

Real Time Tweeting

The Royal Cork Yacht Club and the ISA will be tweeting in real time throughout the regatta. Please see below for useful links.

Royal Cork Yacht Club Twitter: www.twitter.com/RoyalCork     #WIMSeries

ISA Twitter: www.twitter.com/Irish_Sailing     #WIMSeries

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