Cordelia's comeback


Cordelia Eglin tells Nigel Cherrie about her fourth place in Spain and the future...
After a year out of the game to start a family, Cordelia Eglin threw together a last minute entry and gave the full timers a run for their money with fourth place at the recent Women’s World Match Racing Championship in Spain. The world title was won by American Liz Bayliss, who beat top seed and world number one Marie Bjorling of Sweden in the final by two races to one. The Bayliss family mantelpiece must be running out room. Her brother Trevor won back-to-back world titles in the International 14 and 18ft Skiff classes last year. Other brother Will won World Championship gold in the Soling in 1986 and 1988, the same year he won an Olympic silver medal at the Seoul Olympics, plus the J-24 world title. Fourth place with a eleventh-hour campaign was just as surprising as actually getting an invitation to the world championship, admitted the former British women’s number one. She gathered Cailah Leask, Sarah Webb and Sarah Allen as crew and found two spare Saturdays on the Solent to get in some much needed practice before setting off to Calpe in Spain for the big event last week. After some strong performances in the round robin series, Eglin squared up against Bayliss in the semi-final and came within inches of a shot at the world title. "We took her to the last race and it basically was the last two gybes on the finish line that made the decision about who was going through to the final," Eglin told madfor sailing. "We completely shocked ourselves with our result and if the breeze had come in on the final day I honestly believe we could have made the finals. There was a time limit to get the last flight off so they were going for it

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