Camilla Ulrikkeholm's unbeatable day
With more wind coming to Lysekil on the Swedish west coast, Danish sailor Camilla Ulrikkeholm is causing a stir at the Lysekil Women’s Match. First she totally dominated the quarterfinals. Then she put herself in a very good semi-final position, securing 2–0 against Stephanie Roble from Chicago, USA.
"We are very happy for the breeze that has come to Lysekil," said Ulrikkeholm. "More wind gives us the opportunity to race more aggressively in the prestarts, and because of that we have won a lot today."
Ulrikkeholm raced extraordinarily well during Thursday’s races in Lysekil. She passed undefeated through the quarterfinal round-robin: "Our starts went very well. On the course I felt that the wind was steadier than before, making it less expensive to choose the wrong way," she explained.
In the other semi-final, Australian Nicole Souter, World Champion in Lysekil 2009, raced against the other Danish semi-final sailor Trine Abrahamsen. Their matches were closer and more interesting for all the spectators on the rocks surrounding the race area, as the 1-1 result shows: "It was really exciting today, with a little bit of wind," described Souter, who won Fridays’ last semi-final match after passing Trine Abrahamsen just before the finish line. "I thought there was more pressure coming on our side of the course, but that never happened.
If Ulrikkeholm reaches the final, she would very much like to face her fellow club member of the Royal Danish Yacht Club: "We’re not there yet, but that would be fun, she smiles. At the other hand we’re ready to fight anyone – now we just want to win!"
Results after two semifinal matches in Lysekil Women’s Match 2011. Semifinals continues during Saturday. Three victories qualifies for the final:
Camilla Ulrikkeholm, DEN – Stephanie Roble, USA, 2 – 0
Trine Abrahamsen, DEN – Nicole Souter, AUS, 1 – 1
Results from quarterfinals of Lysekil Women’s Match 2011. The first four was qualified for the semifinals:
1. Camilla Ulrikkeholm, DEN, 5 segrar – 0 förluster
2. Nicole Souter, AUS, 4 – 1
3. Trine Julie Abrahamsen, DEN, 3 – 2
4. Stephanie Roble, USA, 2 – 3
5. Karin Hagström, SWE, 1 – 4
6. Silvia Roca Mata, ESP, 0 – 5