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The Women’s Match Racing World Championship Begins Tomorrow

Eleven teams from around the world have arrived in Ekaterinburg, Russia to compete in the Women’s Match Racing World Championship 2018. Racing will begin on the Verkh-Isetskiy pond tomorrow. Today the teams arrived to beautiful sailing conditions, completed the registration and spent the afternoon practicing on the water.

Defending Champions Lucy Macgregor and her Team Mac from Great Britain are looking forward to the opportunity to defend their title.

The list of participants of the Championship:
- Match in Pink by Normandy Elite Team - France
Pauline Courtois, Maëlenn Lemaître, Louise Acker, Nathalie Corson, Sophie Faguet
- L2 Match Racing Team – Finland
Marinella Laaksonen, Daniela Rönnberg, Marianna Kontulainen, Eva-Lotta
- Team Kattnakken – Denmark
Trine Palludan, Anne Sofie Munk-Hansen, Louise Ulrikkeholm Bredvig, Joan Wester Hansen
- Swiss Women Match Racing Team – Switzerland
Alexa Bezel, Fiona Testuz, Manon Kivell, Nicole Bolliger
- Team Mac – Great Britain
Lucy Macgregor, Annie Lush, Nicky Walsh, Kate Macgregor
- Athena Racing – Great Britain
Octavia Owen, Ruby Riggs, Amber Riggs, Hebe Hemming
- Matchmoiselles by Normandy Elite Team – France
Margot Vennin, Marie Zugolaro, Juliette Dubreuil, Adèle Marévéry, Sophonie Affagard
- APCC Women Sailing Team – France
Margot Riou, Clémentine Hilaire, Caroline Vandame, Tiphaine Ragueneau
- ProKaTeam Sailing Team – Russia
Ekaterina Kochkina, Svetlana Sidorova, Anastasia Gladysheva, Antonina Tikhonova
- BERGAUF Sailing Team – Russia
Milena Laverycheva, Olga Ivanova, Ksenia Trushkina, Tatyana Razumova
- BornToSail – Russia
Alexandra Martynova, Liudmila Dmitrieva, Anastasia Shcheglova, Yana Stokolesova

The teams were greeted by a bright and sunny day with good racing wind as the teams practiced in the Ricochet-747 boats. While the three Russian teams were already familiar with the boats, the foreign teams took the opportunity to get familiar with local venue, racing area and boats.

Tomorrow the first start is planned at 10:00.

In the evening after racing the Opening Ceremony of the Women’s Match Racing World Championship will be held together with opening of the new building of the Gubernskiy Yacht Club Komatek.

You can follow the news on the event webpage: http://2018wmrwc.komatek-club.ru/

The partners of 2018 Women’s Match Racing World Championship:
Turkish Airlines, Building materials company «Bergauf», New Radio 90,8 fm, the President of the Sverdlovsk fund of the regional collaboration support and development Alexander Serebrennikov with support of Ministry of physical culture & sport of the Sverdlovsk region, Center of the Sporting Events - GAUSO "CSM", Regional Social Organization «Olympic Union of Sverdlovsk Region» and City of Ekaterinburg Administration

The photo and video are provided by FLASHBACK STUDIOS, New Zealand.

More information about the sailors may be found here: http://www.wimseries.com/sailors/


The Women’s International Match Racing Series (WIM Series) is the first and only professional sailing series for women, hosted by the Women¹s International Match Racing Association and joined by the world¹s leading women match racing sailors. Match racing is sailed in two identical boats around a short course, providing fast action close to the crowds on shore. The intense racing is just as exciting for the spectators as it is strategically, tactically and physically challenging for the competing crews.

WIM Series 2018 calendar
(Name of event, Venue, Country: dates (boat type))
Helsinki Women’s Match, Helsinki, Finland : 25 - 29 June (J/80)
Lysekil Women’s Match, Lysekil, Sweden : 6 - 11 August (Fareast 28r)
Women’s Match Racing World Championship, Ekaterinburg, Russia : 14 - 18 August (Ricochet 747)
Swiss International Women’s Match, Ascona, Switzerland : 30 October - 3 November (J/70)
Carlos Aguilar Match Race 2018, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands : 29 November - 2 December (IC 24)

The WIM Series is hosted by WIMRA. Official suppliers are Sailnet, Fredag, MILK, Sailing Education Association of Sheboygan, Adstream, Fredag and Match Racing Results Service.

Images: A number of hi-res images are available for download on www.wimseries.com/media/
Video: All videos are available on www.wimseries.com/videos/

More information about the Women’s International Match Racing Series:

Press Officer Fabian Bengtsson, media@wimseries.com
Race Director Anna Holmdahl White, anna@wimseries.com
Race Manager Liz Baylis, Liz@wimseries.com



The 2018 Women’s Match Racing World Championship is taking place in Ekaterinburg, Russia. Ekaterinburg is the third largest Russian city, the capital of Ural, the candidate to hold the EXPO-2025. The city is developing rapidly. «Gubernskiy yacht-club “Komatek”» is a shining example of positive changes in the city’s infrastructure. The opening of the brand new building of the club is held in conjunction with Women’s Match Racing World Championship and with city’s 295 anniversary.  

The event partners are: Turkish Airlines, Building materials company «Bergauf», New Radio 90,8 fm, the President of the Sverdlovsk Fund of the RCSaD, Alexander Serebrennikov, with support of Ministry of Physical Culture & Sport of the Sverdlovsk region, Center of the Sporting Events – GAUSO “CSM”, Regional Social Organization «Olympic Union of Sverdlovsk Region» and the City of Ekaterinburg.

More information about the 2018 Women’s Match Racing World Championship:
Local Press Officer Yana Maltseva, maltseva75@mail.ru, +7 (912) 286-58-46

The World Sailing Women’s Match Racing World Championship is an annual event that was first held in Genoa, Italy in 1999, after a successful event was held as part of the 1998 ISAF Sailing World Championship in Dubai, UAE. Skippers are invited to attend the Championship based on their World Sailing Match Racing Ranking position. Denmark’s Dorte Jensen is the most successful sailor, having amassed four World Championship titles.
More information about World Sailing and the Women’s Match Racing World Championship:
World Sailing Communications Department, marketing@sailing.org, + 44 2380 635 111
Posted on Aug 13, 2018 by WIM Series Media

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