The thunderstorms decided to wait for the quarterfinals to finish at the Women’s Match Racing World Championship so that we get to know who the four semifinalists of the event are.
The results turned out to be pretty much on form and all the four top teams have qualified for the semifinals. They will be competing against each other to win the 2017 Women’s Match Racing World Championship.
The quarterfinals were an exciting affair and both the teams and the spectators in Helsinki enjoyed the day. The first quarterfinal match was between local sailor MarinellaLaaksonen and her L2 Match Racing Team and Renée Groeneveld from Netherlands and her Dutch Match Racing Team. Renee and her team won the race easily 3-0. She said that they had good speed and the crew did a fine job by taking advantage of the strong winds.
The Swedish sailor and defending champion Anna Ostling also had a very good outing in the Helsinki waters as she and her team easily overcame the challenge posed by another local Finnish team MikaelaFors (FIN) and her Pen & Hammer Sailing Team. Ostling said that she was happy with the 3-0 result. They had misjudged the timing at the start of the first race, but overcame this issue and got the better of the Finnish team in the end.
Trine Palludan (DEN) and her Team Experience had some tough fight against Pauline Courtois (FRA) and her Match in Pink by Normandy Elite Team. Ashe had to use her years of experience to beat the French team 3-1. Trine said that they enjoyed the good speed and with a very good spinnaker handling, they were able to extend to all the downwind legs.
Lucy Macgregor of Great Britain was the round robin winner and hence got a chance to choose her quarterfinal opponent. She chose Caroline Sylvan from Sweden and easily defeated her.