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Team Sail 4 Cancer At The Match Racing Worlds

21 August 2007

The ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championships took place in St. Quay, France from 6-11 August 2007, with teams qualifying to compete by being in the top 10 of the Match Racing World Rankings.

Teams from all over the globe including Australia, America and Scandinavia joined Team Sail 4 Cancer GBR (Gemma Farrell, Lucy Burn, Rachel Howe and Rebecca Marriott) for what was an excellent week of close racing in very challenging waters – strong tides and predominantly light winds dominated the week.

Team Sail 4 CancerIt was the team’s first World Championships and Day 1 was tough with some of the hardest matches up first. After the Round Robin, Team Sail 4 Cancer won 3 and lost 8 matches, meaning they had to fight it out in the following repercharge round, for a place in the quarter finals – the top 4 from the Round Robin automatically qualified.

The repercharge again provided some difficult matches for the team, but they did well to finish joint 9th in the regatta, just missing the cut to qualify for the quarter finals, although after winning some very closely-matched races, the girls had performed to their world ranking level and therefore met their goals for this years’ championship.

The final was between ISAF Rank #1 Claire Leroy (FRA) and Katie Spithill (AUS), with Leroy winning the ‘first to 2 points’ final, 2-1.

The event was a fantastic learning curve for the team and highlighted some positive areas to work on in the lead up to next year’s World Championships in Auckland, NZL in April 2008.  The team spent the final stages of the regatta either in the Jury Boats, brushing up on the rules or observing the other teams from the shore.

Find out more about the team in a Q&A session here >

Sail 4 Cancer is proud to have the support of Gemma and her team, racing around Europe and beyond, raising awareness of the cause and raising funds.  Thank you very much!

Team Sail 4 Cancer At The Match Racing Worlds
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