Roble & Sylvan looking strong in Lysekil
– both undefeated after two days of intense racing
American Stephanie Roble is on fire at Lysekil Women’s Match, the 2nd stage of the 2015 WIM Series. An intense Wednesday with eight matches and as many victories, puts her at the very top of the leader board:
“Including the practise day this was just our second day of real sailing this week. My team made everything really smooth, and that was the key today,” Roble says.
Local hope Caroline Sylvan shares the lead. After another two victories Wednesday, the Swede stays undefeated with five wins:
“Everything we do is done in exactly the right way. We’re trying to be one step ahead, covering our opponent also when our lead is substantial,” she explains.
Wednesday offered the race committee and the sailors steady winds that lasted for the whole day, which made it possible to catch up in the programme after a Tuesday afternoon with no wind on the Swedish West Coast waters. Stephanie Roble was among the sailors sailing the most matches, but that obviously didn’t concern her at all. World #1 and reigning Lysekil Champion, Camilla Ulrikkeholm Klinkby of Denmark, was one of the opponents that had to give up against the US force:
“We weren’t aggressive enough and gave Stephanie too much room in the prestart. That doesn’t work against a skipper as skilled and ready to use even small mistakes,” the Dane notes.
Ulrikkeholm Klinkby is third so far in the regatta, after this only loss and seven wins besides.
World #2 Anna Östling of the Royal Gothenburg Yacht Club won both her Wednesday races, now holding fourth place in the round-robin on four wins and just a single loss. After their Tuesday loss against fellow club member Caroline Sylvan, the Östling team analysed their performance and decided to have another attitude Wednesday:
“It was our fault we lost yesterday. Today we performed flawlessly and with great confidence, with our usual high technical standard,” Östling comments, valuing tight racing also in the beginning of the round-robin:
“We will gain from that later this week,” she hopes.
Lysekil Women’s Match continues Thursday with the round-robin, before Friday’s quarter finals and Saturday’s semi finals and final.
Standings in Lysekil Women’s Match, the 2nd stage of the 2015 WIM Series, after day 2 of the round-robin (name, nationality, wins – losses):
1. Stephanie Roble, USA, 8 – 0
1. Caroline Sylvan, SWE, 5 – 0
3. Camilla Ulrikkeholm Klinkby, DEN, 7 – 1
4. Anna Östling, SWE, 4 – 1
5. Klaartje Zuiderbaan, NED, 5 – 3
6. Anne-Claire Le Berre, FRA, 2,5 – 2
7. Pauline Courtois, FRA, 2 – 3
7. Alexa Bezel, SUI, 2 – 3
9. Annabel Vose, GBR, 2 – 6
10. Johanna Bergqvist, SWE, 1 – 7
11. Juliana Senfft, BRA, 0 – 5
11. Sanna Häger, SWE, 0 – 8
The Women’s International Match Racing Series (WIM Series) is the first and only professional sailing series for women, hosted by the Women’s International Match Racing Association and joined by the world’s leading women match racing sailors. Match racing is sailed in two identical boats around a short course, providing fast action close to the crowds on shore. The intense racing is just as exciting for the spectators as it is strategically, tactically and physically challenging for the competing crews.
An overall prize purse of 40 000 USD will be distributed by the WIM Series at the final event in Busan, Korea, in addition to the prize money at each of the four events included in the 2015 WIM Series (date, event name, location, boat type):
- July 8 – 12, ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championship, Middelfart, Denmark, Match 28.
- August 3 – 8, Lysekil Women’s Match, Lysekil, Sweden, DS 37.
- September 16 – 20, Buddy Melges Challenge, Sheboygan, USA, Elliott 6.
- October 28 – November 1, Busan Cup Women’s International Match Race, Busan, Korea, K30.
The WIM Series is hosted by WIMRA. Official suppliers are Sailnet, 1080 Media, MILK, Sailing Education Association of Sheboygan, Adstream and Match Racing Results Service.
Images: A number of hi-res images are available for download on www.wimseries.com/media/
More information about the Women’s International Match Racing Series:
WIM Series Press Officer Joakim Hermansson, firstname.lastname@example.org, +46 70 604 25 04
WIM Series Manager Liz Baylis, Liz@wimseries.com, +1 415 691 6202
The main sponsor of Lysekil Women’s Match is Preem, with the Lysekil Municipality as the host city.
Sebago, Carpe Diem Beds of Sweden, Svitzer and Marbodal are partners. BMW is official car.
A selection of high resolution images from Lysekil Women’s Match is available to download at: