Lysekil Women’s Match, the leading event on the international match racing circuit, will be held for the 15th time in 2020. The best teams in the world will return to Lysekil’s spectacular racing arena.
Lysekil Women’s Match was organized for the first time in 2004 and has for many years been a leading event in international match racing for women. The next edition of the event is taking place in August 3-8.
“We have had a strong focus on developing the event since the start and the success of last year’s World Championship in Lysekil gave us a energy boost to continue making the event better. We are very pleased to have continued support from Preem and the municipality Lysekil. The event in 2020 will continue to offer world-class sailing and value to our partners as well a great party for all our visitors”, says Anna Holmdahl White, project manager Lysekil Women’s Match.
Lysekil Women’s Match is part of the WIM Series, the Women’s International Women’s Match Racing Series. Just like 2019, when Lysekil hosted the official Women’s Match Racing World Championship, the competition will once again attract the world’s best teams. One of the home favourites is Team Wings with Anna Östling as skipper, currently ranked second in the world. Getting a wild card to Lysekil Women’s Match Cup twelve years ago was an important development step for the Swedish Skipper.
“It was our first wildcard to a big international event when we sailed in Lysekil in 2008 so I remember being nervous but mostly excited. It was a big step forward” says Anna Östling.
The last decade she has represented Sweden in the 2012 Olympics and won the World Championship in match racing both 2014 and 2016. Now her team is aiming for the podium in Lysekil and in the World Championship in Auckland.
“We look forward to competing at home I Lysekil and in the World Championship venue which is as far away as you can get for us. We will sail parts of the World Match Racing Tour and part of the WIM Series so we have the privilege of creating a super-inspiring season”
In third place on the world ranking is another Swedish skipper, Johanna Bergqvist, who also has her sight set on the World Cup. Her premiere in Lysekil was in 2015.
“Lysekil has been the highlight of the season for us since the first year we received a wildcard. We still haven’t been to any event that creates a festival around the event like Lysekil does”.
Preem, a leading company in its industry and a major local employer in Lysekil, has been a main partner to the event since its inception in 2004. For the municipality of Lysekil, the event means much more than fast-paced and exciting racing that attracts many specatators.
“The sailing competition has become a fine tradition in Lysekil and it means a lot to both the business community and the city”, says Viktoria Drottz coordinator at the Department of Sustainable Development at the municipal government administration in Lysekil.
“It has become a natural meeting place for residents and visitors, which is in line with the municipality’s vision, Lysekil 2030. In addition to all activities, the municipality, together with other players, has arranged seminars on important topics. The municipality also actively participates as exhibitors with various themes, where municipal employees meet residents and visitors on site.