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The Women's World Match Racing Championship starts today in Spain...

Monday April 29th 2002, Author: Nigel Cherrie, Location: none selected
The big hope for women’s international match racing was to make it into the Olympic programme for the Athens Games in 2004, but fleet racing in the Yngling keelboat was selected by the ISAF instead.

However, match racing will always have its place. As one-design racing across all areas of our sport becomes closer, the teamwork and sharp boat-on-boat skills needed to succeed in match racing become a usual tool for any sailor.

The world governing body of sailing are still backing the women's discipline to world championship status so racing for the 2002 title gets underway with a round robin series for the sixteen teams this morning.

Top seed, according to her ISAF world ranking, is Marie Bjorling of Sweden. Defending champion Dorte Jensen from Denmark has opted out of this years event in Alicante due to a full time Yngling campaign.

Double America’s Cup and round the world yachtswoman Dawn Riley from the USA is perhaps the highest profile entry. Riley hopes to run another co-ed
America’s Cup campaign in the future, where match racing skills are of course paramount.

Cordelia Eglin, who won the European match racing championship several years ago, is Great Britain’s sole representative.

The teams will race in supplied J22 keelboats, which is also the women’s keelboat choice for this July’s World Sailing Games in France.

See page two for the entry list.

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