World no1's perspective

Claire LeRoy talks to thedailysail about her plans now that the Elliott has been announced as the chosen weapon
One person overjoyed by ISAF’s decision to bring women’s match racing into the Olympic Games for 2012 is France’s Claire LeRoy, who has been at the top of ISAF Women’s match racing ranking forever it seems (in fact she has been No.1 since March 2005). 2008 has been a fine year for LeRoy and her team who won the ISAF Women’s Match Racing Worlds in New Zealand, and the two warm-up events before this, as well as the women’s division at the Match Cup Sweden. Their worst result was a third at the Rolex Osprey Cup. LeRoy was in Madrid recently for the ISAF Annual Conference as an observer but also to give her input into the choice of boat for Women’s Match Racing in Weymouth in 2012. A match racing purist, which means that part of the challenge is to pitch up in an event and go racing in whatever the boat is, LeRoy says she ideally would have preferred the choice of equipment to have been delayed for as long as possible or even the choice of boat kept secret. She says “they think it is not possible because it is too complicated to do it in this way.” As to the choice of the Elliott 6 over the other contenders such as the Laser SB3, LeRoy is happy. “This boat is okay because it is a boat for match racing and built for that in New Zealand. It was designed for three young men, so for women it should be okay, but it will be quite tough so they have tried to reduce sail to make it a better boat for women.” LeRoy is already well versed in the Elliott 6 as this was the boat in which this year’s Women’s Match Racing World Championship were conducted. “It is