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Auckland (12 November 2022) Quarter-finals Heat Up with Sunny Skies in Auckland for the 2022 Barfoot & Thompson Women’s Match Racing World Championship

The sunshine finally arrived for Day Three of racing at the Barfoot & Thompson Women’s Match Racing World Championship, hosted by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, home of the America’s Cup. A change in conditions saw a light north-westerly across the course – a vast difference from the 25 knots from the previous days.

Onlookers eagerly anticipated the remaining round-robin flights which had a short postponement until just before 1030 while International Race Officer Megan Kensington waited for the wind to fill in enough to commence the remainder of the round-robin races.

Blue skies brought welcome relief to sailors, alongside a light six knot breeze for the first flight and a strong incoming tide. The first flight of Day Three was completed before the wind died completely and it swung to the northeast, slowly filling in. The event was again under postponement until 1230 before the breeze was steady enough for more competitive racing, and built to 15 gusting 18 knots by late afternoon.

Racing was at the level you’d expect from a World Championship as the top three teams were tied after the round-robin was completed. It was Celia Willison (NZL ‘Edge Women Match’) that sat on top of the round-robin on count back.

Willison, Anna Östling, and Pauline Courtois entered the quarter-finals with fierce conviction, all having won 85% of their Round Robin Flights. Also qualifying for the quarter-finals was Nicole Breault (USA ‘Vela Racing’), Janel Zakowsky (USA ‘As One’), Juliet Costanzo (AUS ‘Easy Tiger Racing’), Megan Thomson (NZL ‘2.0 Racing’) and Johanna Bergqvist (SWE ‘Team Bergqvist’).

The best female match racers stepped up, adapting to conditions with breeze in their sails, enough to see two races of the quarter-finals completed today. The remaining races will take place before the semi-finals and finals tomorrow, Sunday 13th November. The first team from each match to win three races will move into the semi-finals and will be placed in the top four competing teams of the event.

Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron Commodore, Andrew Aitken, said the teams had a great time on the water today. “We’ve had an exciting round robin. It’s been really even, three teams finished on the same points which was really cool. We’ve completed a little bit of the quarter-finals today and tomorrow is the big day! We’ll do the semi-finals and the finals and celebrate at the end of the day with a nice party “ said Aitken.

Skipper Samantha Norman (NZL ‘Sailing Mums’) said “It was a lot more tactical today, lots of big picture planning… These sailors are the best people I could think of to sail with, it’s just so much fun and we’re laughing all the time” continued Norman.

Auckland, New Zealand lived up to its reputation with a busy Waitemata Harbour for teams to navigate, including a Classic Yacht Association race, Young 88’s, Finn, Flying 15 and the P Class Auckland Championships, just to name a few.

With the City of Sails back and better than ever, the Barfoot & Thompson Women’s Match Racing World Championship was a sight for sore eyes today, with plenty of excitement building for semi-finals and finals day tomorrow, Sunday 13th November.

See today’s highlight video from on the water HERE.

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Media Enquiries:
William Woodworth
Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron
+6427 275 3757

Molly Miller
Women’s World Match Racing Tour
+44 7340561663

Teams competing:
- Match in Pink (FRA) – Pauline Courtois, Maelenn Lemaitre, Louise Acker, Thea Khelif, Clara Bayou
- WINGS (SWE) – Anna Östling, Anna Holmdal, Annika Carlunger, Annie Saeedfar Wennergren, Linnéa Wennergren
- Edge Racing (NZL) – Celia Willison, Charlotte Porter, Serena Woodall, Paige Cook, Alison Kent
- 2.0 Racing (NZL) – Megan Thomson, Ellie Copeland, Chelsea Rees, Josi Andres, Anna Merchant
- Matchmoiselles (FRA) – Margot Vennin, Juliette Dubreuil, Elena Circiello-Vaillant, Clotilde Ponçon, Chloé Salon
- As One (USA) – Janel Zarkowsky, Allie Blecher, Rose Edwards, Meaghan MacRae, Aimee Famularo
- Easy Tiger Racing (AUS) – Juliet Costanzo, Jemma Hodgson, Sarah Parker, Ruby Scholten, Rosie Rowell
- Team Bergqvist (SWE) – Johanna Bergqvist, Isabelle Bergqvist, Ellinor Hansson, Fanny Edgren, Clare Costanzo
- Vela Racing (USA) – Nicole Breault, Molly O’Bryan Vandemoer, Dana Riley Hayes, Karen Loutzenheiser, Julie Mitchell
- APCC Women’s Racing (FRA) – Margot Riou, Maiwenn Deffontaines, Tiphanie Ragueneau, Chloe Le Roux, Blandine Jaffrain
- Athena Racing (GBR) – Octavia Owen, Chloe Collenette, Arwen Fflur, Charlotte Fensom, Jasmine Boote
- Five by Five Racing (GBR) – Allison Morrish, Emily Robertson, Anna Carpenter, Rebecca ‘Boo’ Coles, Sarah Jarman
- CYCA (AUS) Chelsea Williams, Jessica Tavener, Charlotte Alexander, Sofia Higgott, Audrey Scheu
- Sailing Mums (NZL) Samantha Norman, Polly Powrie, Miranda Addy, Hana Hielkema, Bex Costello

About Women’s World Match Racing Tour

The Women’s World Match Racing Tour was launched in 2022 to continue the hugely successful legacy of the WIM Series (Women’s International Match Racing Series) providing a global match racing series for female sailors. The name of the WIM Series has been changed and re-launched as the Women’s World Match Racing Tour with it’s continued mission to expand and strengthen global match racing and promote opportunities for competitive women’s sailing at every level. The Women’s World Match Racing Tour is the world’s first and only professional sailing series for women providing a valuable pathway for aspiring female world champions in the sport of sailing. womenswmrt.com
Posted on Nov 12, 2022 by WIMRA Executive Director

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