Lysekil, Sweden (August 11, 2017) – After the round-robin stage of the Lysekil Women’s Match advanced yesterday the top four to the Quarter-Finals, the repechage round-robin today would select the next four teams from the remaining group of seven teams competing in this second event on the 2017 Women’s International Match Racing Series (WIM Series).
On the waters of off Släggö Island in Lysekil, on the beautiful Swedish west coast, the westerly winds and the bright sunshine continued today to offer sailors and spectators excellent conditions.
Uncharacteristically finding herself in the repechage, World #1 Anna Östling found her form to finish 5-1, with Marinella Laaksonen (FIN), Johanna Bergqvist (SWE), and Alexa Bezel (SUI) also making the cut for the Quarter-Finals.
Östling won the Swedish battle against Caroline Sylvan in their Quarter-Final. “Today we did our job with the right attitude and with really good starts. It was obviously an advantage for us to sail a lot of matches,” Östling says, referring to the six repechage matches.
The speed was definitely not a problem for Renée Groeneveld, who lost her first Quarter-Final match to Marinella Laaksonen of Finland, but then came back with three straight wins. “In the first match our gennaker fell into the water and Marinella could slip by, but in the last three matches we got off the starting line very fast and in the desired position,” noted Groeneveld. “Then we managed to stay ahead all the way round the course.”
Pauline Courtois also went through to the Semi-Finals with a 3 – 1 score over Bezel, and the French skipper is looking forward very much to continue racing tomorrow. “Today we only made very few mistakes, and we’re going to go on like that all the way through the final” Courtois says with confidence, praising the local conditions. “It’s a pleasure sailing, and winning, here in Lysekil!”
After her top placement in the round-robin, Trine Palludan of the Royal…