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Four way tie

Quarter-finallists decided at Lysekil Women’s Match

Thursday August 4th 2011, Author: Joakim Hermansson, Location: Sweden

An international mix of six crews have made it through to the quarterfinals of Lysekil Women’s Match: Camilla Ulrikkeholm and Trine Andersen from Denmark, local Swedish sailor Karin Hagström, Australian skipper Nicky Souter, Stephanie Roble from USA and Spain's Silvia Roca Mata.

"It was quite a nerve-wrecking day, since we knew we had to win all our three matches to have a chance to stay in the competition," commented Stephanie Roble. "We made a game plan before the races, and then we had the right drive and motivation to win what we had to."

Silvia Roca Mata also won her three remaining matches of the first round-robin, as did former world champion Nicky Souter, who rounded off the last match of the day by beating French Anne-Claire Le Berre in an exciting match: "We really felt the pressure today, but we could take the advantage of some wind shifts just before the finish line," said Souter.

Because of Wednesday's light conditions the racing in Lysekil was delayed, and instead of the planned double round-robin the race management have decided to go directly to quarterfinals on Friday, using the first six skippers from the first round-robin. Four crews ended on 6 – 3 in matches, and then there was a tie between the next three on 5 – 4. It took the umpires a while to sort it out, but this resulted in the 2007 and 2008 Lysekil Women’s Match champion, local sailor Linda Rahm, being excluded from further racing.

Results in Lysekil Women’s Match 2011, after the first round-robin. The six first will be sailing Friday’s semi finals:
1. Camilla Ulrikkeholm, DEN, 6 wins – 3 losses
2. Karin Hagström, SWE, 6 – 3
3. Silvia Roca Mata, ESP, 6 – 3
4. Trine Julie Abrahamsen, DEN, 6 – 3
5. Nicole Souter, AUS, 5 – 4
6. Stephanie Roble, USA, 5 – 4

7. Linda Rahm, SWE, 5 – 4
8. Anne-Claire Le Berre, FRA, 4 – 5
9. Cristiana Monina, ITA, 2 – 7
10. Caroline Sylvan, SWE, 0 – 9

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