There are less than two months left until the start of Lysekil Women’s Match, one of the major highlights on the Swedish west coast. The interest from sailors to participate is bigger than ever before and now half of the starting field can be presented.
Since the start in 2004, Lysekil Women’s Match has developed into the best match racing regatta for women in the world. The World Championship will be raced in Ekaterinburg in Russia and the season finale of the WIM Series takes place on St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. But to win in Lysekil, which is the second event in the series, is very prestigious.
Lysekil Women’s Match now presents six of the teams in this year’s line-up. Among them we find the two highest ranked skippers in the world, Anna Östling from Sweden who has won the World Championship two times, and Pauline Courtois who won the WIM Series in 2017.
“We look forward to coming back and we really want to perform in Lysekil where the prize money is good and where there’s always a great line-up. Our focus is to always perform our best when we are there”, says Anna Östling, Skipper for Team Anna.
“There’s a different dimension when competing in your home country with all the fans supporting you. It’s an event that means something to all visitors and when we won in 2016, we felt like we shared the victory with many others”.
Swedish Akipper Sanna Mattson and her team, Swedish Women’s Match Racing Team, won their ticket to Lysekil thanks to a great performance in the qualifying event GKSS Icebreaker in April. They will now compete in Lyeskil for the first time. Another Swedish team, Team Bergqvist Match Racing with Skippet Johanna Bergqvist won the Swedish youth championships in match racing in 2017 and are now entering the regatta for the fourth time.
Finnish Antonia Degerlund will return to get a better result than her eleventh-place last year, the year she was introduced to the audience in Lysekil’s sailing arena. The last team presented is British 19-year old Octavia Owen’s Athena Racing, ranked 16th in the world. They also did their debut in Lysekil Women’s Match in 2017, where they ended up in 10th place.
Lysekil Women’s Match is part of Women’s International Match Racing Series, the only professional sailing series for women. According to Anna Holmdahl White, Manager of Lysekil Women’s Match, there’s never before been this much interest from teams who want to take part in the regatta.
“We have tried to elevate sailing for women for many years and last year we did a great effort with introducing new boats. It has yielded results and we’ve never had a waiting list this long with teams who want to participate.”
“It is amazing to see that Lysekil Women’s Match continues to be such a popular competition among sailors. We are always working to develope new ways to attract visitors to Lysekil and to give them a good experience. The fact that we have such a large amount of visitors interested in the racing obviously makes the regatta more attractive among sailors”.
Teams confirmed for Lysekil Women’s Match:
(Ranking, Skipper, Country, Team)
1. Anna Östling, SWE, Team Anna
2. Pauline Courtois, FRA, Match in Pink by Normandy Elite Team
7. Antonia Degerlund, FIN, Team Sköna Vibbisar
9. Johanna Bergqvist, SWE, Team Bergqvist Match Racing
16. Octavia Owen, GBR, Athena Racing
22. Sanna Mattsson, SWE, Swedish Women´s Match Racing Team