Slow start

We speak to Olympic women's match racer Lucy Macgregor about her campaign and how they won't be going to Palma or Hyeres
The new Olympic sport of women’s match racing is going through a few teething problems at the moment. While the first Olympic classes event for the new discipline was successfully held at Rolex Miami OCR where Lotte Meldgaard Pedersen’s team came out on top, Women’s Match Racing has been canned at the subsequent World Sailing Cup events at Princess Sofia and Hyeres. This appears to have been due to some administrative issues leading to uncertainty over how many teams were going to show up, followed by a shortsighted reluctance by the organisers to go ahead with chartering Laser SB3s, as everyone awaits the arrival of the first Elliott 6s into Europe. Meanwhile in the UK several teams are showing interest. In Miami, GBR hopes were represented by three teams Charlotte Lawrence/Lavinia Paternoster/Liz Rushall, Mary Rook/Rebecca Marriott/Nicky Macgregor and Lucy Macgregor/Annie Lush/Ally Martin. Of these the strongest proved to be of Lucy Macgregor’s team, she and Annie Lush having previously sailed together with Shirley Robertson on the Yngling. “It was brilliant sailing with both Shirley and Annie, I loved it and I learned a huge amount both sailing-wise and also about how to run a campaign and I am trying to do that on my own now, so it is all useful,” says Macgregor of her time with Shirley. “It was great doing the Yngling stuff and I enjoyed the racing as well in the Yngling, it being really close and all the technical aspects. So this is quite different in a way, just turning up and being given a boat to go racing in and not have to worry about any of that. It makes life a lot easier.” As to Annie Lush, Macgregor says: “She’s done a huge amount of match racing over the last four years. So it is