New Elliott 6m to Peru Russia & RYA
Olympic women keelboat sailors in Peru will soon be improving their chances of being at the 2012 London Olympics, with the purchase of their own Elliott 6m. The container recently arrived in Callao and is due to be unloaded any day. Peru is the second country in South America to purchase the Elliott 6m keelboat. Brazil received a fleet of 6 earlier in the year. More new boats have been shipped this month to the RYA in the UK and to the Russian Federation. Both these countries already have Elliott 6m fleets and have teams frequently in the top 8 in the women's match racing at the Sailing World Cup events. Representing Team GBR Lucy MacGregor and team recently won the SWC event at Hyres
MacGregor Wins in Hyres
Ninety three women applied to enter the women's keelboat match racing at the French Olymoic Sailing week in Hyres. Entry to the event is restricted to 24 teams with a strict team entry criteria applied. In a regatta frustrated by fickle breezes and lack of wind Lucy MacGregor and her GBR team came out on top in a 3-0 win over Sally Barkow and her team who won gold in Palma. MacGrego won the 2010 SWC and is on track to a successful event in 2011. The petit final was won by Renee Groenveld (Ned) who beat r Claire Leroy (Fra).
Two USA teams into WMR quarter finals at Hyres
At the 43rd Semaine Olympic regatta in Hyres racing has been tense in the Women's Match Racing event. The quarter final places have been decided and will start tomorrow with the following pairings. Lucy MacGregor (GBR) will race Genny Tulloch (USA), Anne-Claire Le Berre (FRA) will take on Sally Barkow (USA). Renee Groeneveld (NED) goes head to head against Tamara Echegoyen (ESP) and Eketerina Skudina (Rus) faces Claire Leroy.(FRA). After a strong performance in the first round robin Abrahamsen (DEN) narrowly missed out on the Gold Fleet and was unsuccessful in getting through in the repecharge. Stephanie Hazard (NZL) currently leading the silver fleet with 3 wins. Strong performances from Dekleva Paoli (SLO) and Wang (CHN) earned them a first time place in the silver fleet. Photo: @Jean-Marie Liot SEmaine Olympique Francaise 2011
New Keelboat Gold Medallist
Another new gold medallist in women's keelboat SWC event. Sally Barkow (USA) won the women's match racing event at the Princess Sofia Regatta in Palma. The second event of the SWC for the women's keelboat. Beating off an extremely competitive field with 16 of the world's top 20 teams competing. Outstanding performer Silja Lehtinen (FIN) was second after a closely fought finals battle which she lost 3-1. A strong performance was put in by Stephanie Hazzard and team(NZL, recently arrived in Europe. They finished in 5th place after a sail off against current world champion Lucy Macgregor(GBR)and after a gruelling 17 races. Photo Nico Martinez. Video link of the WMR event. click here
Women's keelboat stars match racing in Palma
After the second day of racing in Palma, sailed in tricky conditions with moderate and shifty winds, advancing to the Gold Group are the six top teams - Silja Lehtinen-FIN, Sally Barkow-USA and Anna Tunnicliffe-USA all unbeaten and Claire Leroy FRA, Silke Hahlbrock GER, and Lucy Macgregor GBR. Fighting for the last two places in the Gold Group are: Ekaterina Skudina RUS, Silvia Roca ESP, Renee Groeneveld NED, Nicky Souter AUS, Anne Claire Le Berre FRA, and Stephanie Hazard NZL. Twentyfour teams from eighteen countries are in Palma de Mallorca, Spain to compete for the Women's Match Racing title at the 42nd Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia MAPFRE. In addition to the individual event title, the teams are competing for the overall 2010-2011 ISAF Sailing World Cup (SWC) title. The final SWC standings will be used to determine which twelve countries will be invited to compete in the women's keelboat event at the Olympic Test Event in Weymouth in August. Sailing out of the Real Club Nautico de Palma (RCNP), The teams compete in equally matched supplied Elliott 6m keelboats - the women's keelboat for the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition in Weymouth, England.The field is extremely competitive with 16 of the top 20 teams in the ISAF World Rankings competing in Palma. Following are interviews with some of the favouritesto win, prior to the regatta. Claire Leroy (FRA), is the 2009-2010 SWC champion and won the Rolex Miami OCR in January to take the early lead in the 2010-2011 series. 'Last week we trained with Team Tunnicliffe, it was exciting, so now we would like to fight in the race conditions! Palma is one of the best places for sailing. Having our matches right in front of the Cathedral is really fantastic - it is like sailing in Sydney in front of the Opera House!' The defending champion from the 2010, Renee Groeneveld (NED, was looking forward to racing in Palma: 'We are really looking forward to race at the Princesa Sofia, we have trained at the RCNP a couple of weeks last winter. It's one of our favorite World Cup stops because of the nice venue, good races, friendly people and of course the good weather! By winning the Spanish Championship in the Elliotts last week we proved to be in good shape, so we are sure to give the other teams a hard time!' Silver medalist at last year's event, Nicky Souter (AUS), is hungry to improve upon her previous results: 'Racing is always the best indicator of how our training and preparation has been going at home. Its quite hard for us to know how we are fairing up against all the other teams when we are so far away so we are very excited to be back in Palma. We enjoy the variety in conditions in Palma and the backdrop of the cathedral. Its always nice to win the SWC events and we are pretty hungry to win this event as we finished 2nd here last year.' Current World Champion, Lucy Macgregor (GBR), feels good about the teams preparation: 'Annie, Kate and I are really looking forward to racing at Princesa Sofia. It will be our first event racing together in the Elliott since Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta last year so it will be a good test as to how our training has been going. We are delighted to be working with a new coach and new sponsors this year which we believe will support us in making big gains in our campaign in this critical year before the Olympics. Exciting times all round really!' Beijing Gold medalist, Anna Tunnicliffe (USA), and runner-up in Miami in January, is looking forward to seeing if the months of training will pay off: 'We are excited to see our competition again since it has been a while since Miami. We have done a lot of practicing since Miami and want to see where we stand with all of our training. We know everyone has been training hard and the competition will be tough, but at the same time, this will be a great event.' Russian skipper, Ekaterina Skudina, had one win in the 2010 SWC in Kiel, Germany, and is looking towards getting back on the podium: 'We have spent nearly all winter training in Barcelona and wind conditions were perfect. We had all kinds of wind and waves so we could sail from really light to strong wind up to 25 knots. We are still working on tactics and elements, so we had Lucy Macgregor and Anna Tunnicliffe there during this winter-spring sessions. Also we were working with 2nd Russian crew with skipper Eugeniy Neugodnikov (our coach in tactics). So everything was very good.'Photo Jesus Renado 42nd Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia MAPFRE
Groenveld Wins Spanish Open Match Race
A wealth of talented women's match race skippers competed in the Campeonta de Espana Open Match Race Championship held in Vilagarcia, Spain. In the finals on Saturday Tamara Echegoyan and her team won the National title but were beaten by Championship winner Renee Groeneveld (NED) in a 3 to 2 race battle. Ekaterina Skudina (RUS) was third beating another top Spanish skipper Silvia Roca (ESP) 2 nil in the Petit Finals . The event was sailed in the Elliott 6m, which has proved popular in Spain for delivering exciting sailing and close racing. Video footage here. Campeonata de Espana
Mota wins Brazilian WMR
Juliana Mota, Marina Jardim and Larissa Juk have won the womens match racing event at the Semana Brasiliera de Vela 2011. They defeated Renata Decnop and her team 3 1 in the finals. By winning the selection event, Mota and her team have earned the right to represent Brazil in international competitions in 2011. The event was sailed in Elliott 6m boats recently arrived in Brazil.
Elliott 6m provides exciting racing in Rolex Miami OCR
The Womens Match Racing event sailed in the Elliott 6m (Womens Olympic keelboat) was a closely fought competition at this years Rolex Miami OCR. The days building up to the final provided some spectacular racing and excitement for both the organizers and the spectators. The gold meadl was won by Claire Leroy (France) and crew, beating Anna Tunnicliffe USA team in a first to three points knockout. LeRoys team took the first two matches and Tunnicliffe came back to win the third. Leroy eventually won the fourth race, with lots of lead changes throughout as Tunnicliffe and team fought hard. In the Petit Finals for bronze Sally Barkow and US Sailing team won 2. .1 over Lucy Macgregors GBR team. Finishing in the top 10 for the first time Stephanie Hazard's New Zealand team put in promising performances to finish in 7th place by beating Nicki Souter (Australia). Photo courtesy Amory Ross/US SAILING.
Elliott 6m arrive in Brazil
The first Elliott 6m boats to South America have arrived at Veleiros do Sul in Brazil. Purchased as a collaboration between the Brazilian Sailing Federation and the Veleiros Do Sul Yacht Club the six boats will be used for a number of events and for the Brazilian Women's Match racing team. The South American entry for Women's match racing at the Nations Cup Grand Final will be decided at the qualifying series held in the new boats in Brazil in March. Clinics will be run using the fleet for a number of other South American nations. For story and more pics go to Veleiros do Sul.
Souter Wins Skandia Sail For Gold
Nicky Souter, Nina Curtis and Olivia Price (AUS) have won the 2010 Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta by defeating Claire Leroy, Marie Riou, and Elodie Bertrand (FRA) 3 - 1 in the Finals. The Australians took the first two races, before Leroy fought back to win the third. But saving three successive match points was too much for Leroy and her team, and they lost the fourth race to cede the gold medal to Souter, Curtis and Price.In the petit-final to decide third and fourth place, the USA team Anna Tunnicliffe, Molly Vandemoer and Deborah Capozzi won the bronze medal by defeating the Dutch team of Renee Groeneveld, Annemieke Bes and Brechtje van der Werf.With World Cup Standings leaders Lucy Macgregor, Kate Macgregor and Annie Lush (GBR) already confirmed in fifth place this meant Claire Leroy, Marie Riou and Elodie Bertrand (FRA) were confirmed as the ISAF Sailing World Cup champions for 2009-2010. Tunnicliffe and her team take second overall in the ISAF Sailing World Cup behind Leroy with Lucy Macgregor finishing third.
Skudina wins Stena Match Cup
Renee Groenenveld, Netherlands, beat Lucy McGregor in the semi finals to win her place in the final against European Women's Champion Ekaterina Skudina of Russia. Skudina had successfully defeated 3rd ISAF ranked, Katie Pellew in the semis. The event was sailed in the Olympic Class Elliott 6m. Womens match racing has a strong national following in Sweden. The crowds lining the rocks watched a sunlit, emotional final where Skudina down 2 points took her situation square on and drove Groenenveld into a miscalculated premature start taking the final score to a nail biting 3 to 2 win.Skudina fought off Groenenveld to be Queen of 2010 Womens Stena Match Cup Sweden. Photo courtesy of Dan Ljunggsvik Stena match Cup.
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