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Womens Match Racing

Womens Match Racing sailing by Chris Davies / WMRT

Some of the world’s top female match racers have been sailing on the waters of Sweden’s Marstrand Fjord at an event known as the Stena Match Cup Sweden, the fifth stage of the World Match Racing Tour.

The women’s class racing kicked off the event with a showcase of skill and talent as the teams went head to head in the identical Elliot 6m yachts, the same boat that will be sailed at the London 2012 Olympics. The women’s division at Stena Match Cup Sweden provides the Olympic hopefuls with one of the most important opportunities to hone their skills in the run-up to the Olympic selection trials.

Today’s Semi Finals saw American Olympic gold medallist Anna Tunnicliffe overcome Great Britain’s world number one female match racer Lucy Macgregor 3-0 in tricky, shifting conditions.

“We had a great day of racing today,” Tunnicliffe said. “Conditions out there were pretty tough, racing was tight and a lot of fun. We have been sailing really well and we hope we can keep up our form going into the final tomorrow.”

Macgregor, who along with sister Kate and crew Annie Lush are currently the number one choice to represent Team GBR at the London Games, added: “It is disappointing to lose in the Semis to Anna but it is all great training for the Olympics. Everything is very much on course for London 2012.”

Tunnicliffe will face world number two Claire Leroy from France in the Final tomorrow, after Leroy defeated last year’s women’s division winner Ekaterina Skudina from Russia in the other Semi Final match.

Following the action from the women’s class it was time for the men’s teams to hit the water for a practice session ahead of the first qualifying session tomorrow. Fourteen teams – including all nine Tour Card Holders – will clash over 23 flights of four matches to determine which eight crews will progress through to the next stage of Stena Match Cup Sweden.

Having made the finals of the last three Tour events and with a 23-point buffer at the top of the World Match Racing Tour standings, Francesco Bruni (ITA) Bruni Racing is among the favourites for glory in Marstrand. Bruni has been the standout skipper on the Tour so far this season with impressive consistency and strike rate. However, life at the top is by no means easy.

“With three good results under our belt I think there is now quite a bit of pressure on us to win here in Sweden,” Bruni admitted. “At the same time, the feeling that we are sailing well eases that pressure.  It’s a good feeling to be ahead in the Tour, it was our goal but we didn’t expect to be this far ahead. We’re really excited about racing here in Marstrand, we want to do well and we’re putting all our energy into it.”

Among those looking to upset Bruni’s crusade will undoubtedly be the Swedish contingent of Tour Card Holder Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing, Tour regular Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Mekonomen Sailing Team and Matthias Rahm (SWE) Stena Bulk Sailing Team. Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar comes to Marstrand off the back of a win at the Portimao Portugal Match Cup but the double match racing world champion has had no time to rest, travelling straight to Sweden from the American stage of the Extreme Sailing Series.


Women’s class Semi Final results:
Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) Team Tunnicliffe beat Lucy Macgregor (GBR) Match Race Girls 3-0
Claire Leroy (FRA) Mermaid Sailing Team beat Ekatherina Skudina (RUS) Yacht Russia 3-2

Women’s class Qualifying results:
1 Ekatherina Skudina (RUS) Yacht Russia 7-2
2 Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) Team Tunnicliffe 7-2
3 Claire Leroy (FRA) Mermaid Sailing Team 6-3
4 Lucy Macgregor (GBR) Match Race Girls 6-3
5 Anna Kjellberg (SWE) Team Anna 5-4
6 Nicky Souter (AUS) 5-4
7 Mandy Mulder (NED) 5-4
8 Trine Abrahamsen (DEN) 2-7
9 Lotte Melgaard Pedersen (DEN) Match Race Team 2-9
10 Caroline Sylvan (SWE) 0-9



Following on from the European debut of the ISAF Sailing World Cup at the Trofeo SAR Princess Sofia MAPFRE in Palma, the latest release of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings puts Spain on top of the national standings. The Spanish team put in a strong performance on their home waters, winning four ISAF Sailing World Cup medals including a gold for Blanca MANCHON in the Women’s RS:X. With no changes amongst any of the top-three crews in this Ranking release, Spain maintain their position at the top of the national standings with two crews ranked at #1 and two at #2 across the nine Olympic fleet racing events.



Along with the Spanish team, Australia continues to impress and also hold four top-three positions in the World Rankings. After topping the sailing medal table at the 2008 Olympic Games, Skandia Team GBR have continued where they left off in Beijing, winning 16 medals across the three ISAF Sailing World Cup events held to date. The USA have also a very strong start to the ISAF Sailing World Cup season with 15 medals won, although 12 of those came at their home event, US SAILING’s Rolex Miami OCR.

The next release of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings will be on 29 April 2009 following on the Semaine Olympique Francaise, event four of the ISAF Sailing World Cup.

Chart showing nations with top-three ranked sailors

World Sailing Rankings

World Ranking Leaders 2009

Heavyweight Dinghy – Finn

Women’s One Person Dinghy – Laser Radial

Men’s One Person Dinghy – Laser

Men’s Two Person Dinghy – 470
Sven COSTER and Kalle COSTER (NED)

Women’s Two Person Dinghy – 470

Skiff – 49er

Men’s Keelboat – Star
Robert SCHEIDT and Bruno PRADA (BRA)

Men’s Windsurfer – RS:X

Women’s Windsurfer – RS:X

Sailing at 2008 Olympics in China

Sailing at 2008 Olympics in China

Olympic Sailing Medals

Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze TOTAL
1 Great Britain 4 1 1 6
2 Australia 2 1 0 3
3 Spain 1 1 0 2
4 USA 1 1 0 2
5 China 1 0 1 2
6 Denmark 1 0 0 1
7 New Zealand 1 0 0 1
8 Netherlands 0 2 0 2
9 France 0 1 2 3
10 Brazil 0 1 1 2
11 Italy 0 1 1 2
12 Lithuania 0 1 0 1
13 Slovenia 0 1 0 1
14 Argentina 0 0 1 1
15 Germany 0 0 1 1
16 Greece 0 0 1 1
17 Israel 0 0 1 1
18 Sweden 0 0 1 1
Olympic Sailing Center for the 2008 Olympic Games

Olympic Sailing Center for the 2008 Olympic Games

The Olympic sailing has finished in Qingdao China, and all the medals have been awarded. Great sailing from all the teams in this years Olympic games. We are looking forward to watching you again in 2012 at the London Olympics.

Read news about all the Olympic sailing medal winners:

Olympic Sailing – The crowds at the Olympics in Qingdao were treated to an incredible sailing race as Anna Tunnicliffe first looked out of the running for the medal in the Laser Radial class, then in a super comeback, fought back and claimed the 2008 Laser Radial class Gold Medal for the USA!

Read more about Anna Tunnicliffe at the Olympics

USA wins Olympic sailing gold medal

USA wins Olympic sailing gold medal

Check out these links to read more about Olympic Sailing:

The Olympic sailing events consist of four classes for men, four for women, and three mixed classes (open to men and women – although only one women is competing).  Races in all Olympic events are a sailed in a fleet racing format of ten series races (fifteen for 49er), followed by the Olympic Medal Race. The sailors race around the Olympic sailing course, with each boat earning a score equal to its finishing position. The sailors with the 10 (thirteen for the 49er) best overall scores for each boat class, move up and compete for a medal in the Olympic medal race for their class.

The Olympic Medal Races are scored double points based on finish position, with the Olympic sailing medals in each event decided based on the overall points in all Olympic races.

The Olympic sailing competitions for the 2008 Olympics are taking place in Qingdao, China, near the Qingdao International Marina.

Olympic Sailing in China

Olympic Sailing in China



The Yngling Girls of Great Britain have won the gold medal sailing in the Yngling class at the Olympics!

The Yngling Girls take a Olympic gold medal in sailing

The Yngling Girls take a Olympic gold medal in sailing

The US Olympic sailing were able to compete in the medal race in 11-16 knots. With the current ripping downwind and pressure running high, the USA Yngling tacked short of the windward mark layline and hit the mark on both laps of the race.  They were flagged for kinetics just at the finish and had to do a penalty, finally finishing in tenth. They had made comebacks after each penalty but overall encountered too many obstacles to rescue the race. This team had high hopes for a medal, but ended the event in seventh overall out of fifteen Ynglings.

Read More about the Yngling medal race here: Olympic Sailing Yngling Medals – Great Britain takes the Gold

Read more about Olympic sailing on the Yngling:

  1. (all news, photos, and boat information about Olympic sailing)
  2. Yngling Class
  3. Olympic Sailing 2008 – Yngling Class Sailboats
  4. Sailing at the Olympics – Yngling Race Results
Yngling Girls sailing at the Olympics

Yngling Girls sailing at the Olympics

The Olympic sailing crew of Mandy Mulder, Annemieke and Merel Witteveen won today’s sole Yngling class race to close the gap on overall leaders Sarah Webb, Sarah Ayton, Pippa Wilson of Great Britain to just one point.  Should be a great Medal Race on Saturday!

The crew known as Three Blondes in a Boat – Sarah Webb, Sarah Ayton, Pippa Wilson – scored a fifth place in the only Yngling race today, while a bullet for the Dutch crew of Mandy, Annemieke and Merel reduced the British five-point overall advantage down to just one. A third place finish for Sofia Bekatorou, Sofia Papadopoulou and Virginia Kravarioti of Greece moves them up to third overall, one point ahead of Americans Sally Barkow, Carrie Howe and Debbie Capozzi of the US Olympic sailing team.

The Yngling Medal Race is scheduled for SATURDAY at 14:00 local time at the Olympics in China.

Check out the Yngling class overall Olympic race results and news here: Sailing at the Olympics – Yngling Race Results

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