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Top Four Teams Straight to Quarter Finals at Worlds

Top Four Teams Straight to Quarter Finals at Worlds

The second day of round robin sailing in Ekaterinburg, Russia, at the 2018 Women’s Match Racing World Championship saw a change of conditions as the first four teams punched their tickets for the Quarter Finals and will wait for the other four.

After sailing the first day of the round robin on a mirror with very light and very shifty breeze, the second day dawned with the flags around the Gubernskiy Yacht Club – Komatek whipping in the strong breeze blowing across Verkh-Isetsky pond from the Ural mountains. Most of the teams welcomed more wind as the first day challenged their patience. The morning flights were sailed in 8-12 knots of wind from the northwest. “The breeze was still shifty, but it was definitely more stable than yesterday” said Swiss skipper Alexa Bezel during a midday break.

One of those happy sailors at the end of the day was Ekaterina Kochkina, skipper of the ProKaTeam Sailing Team from Ural, who had successful day two of the Championship and qualified for the Quarter Finals. “Today was a good day. We sailed with a lot of confidence as we have perhaps more experience in these boats than some of the international teams. And maybe we also had some good luck” laughed Kochkina. Their spot in the Quarter Finals was not decided until Bezel lost the last match of the round robin to Trine Palludan.

On top of the round robin was the defending World Champions, Team Mac, with skipper Lucy Macgregor for Great Britain. “We had a fun match with Trine Palludan’s team. The pre-start was aggressive and we knew it would be important to get a penalty on them in the pre-start as they are such a strong team. We did just that as they tacked too close to us just before the start and we were able to lead off the start and stay ahead” smiled Macgregor at the end of the day.

An added bonus to the day for Macgregor is winning the World Sailing Nucci Novi Ceppellini Memorial Trophy. The trophy is named after Ceppellini, World Sailing Vice-President from 1998-2008, who passed away in February 2008 after many years dedicated to the sport, with women’s match racing one of her particular passions and is presented to the first-place skipper following the first stage round robin. Macgregor also won this trophy last year in Helsinki, Finland on her way to winning the Championship.

Joining Macgregor and Kochkina in the quarter finals are French Pauline Courtois (Match in Pink by Normandy Elite Team) and Danish Trine Palludan (Team Kattnakken) who ended the round robin stage in second and third, respectively.

With the first stage complete, the first four quarter-finalists are set. Tomorrow the bottom seven teams will sail the Repechage Round Robin stage and the top four will complete the Quarter Final pairings.

The racing continues Thursday through the conclusion on Saturday 18 August.

Results after day 2 of the initial round-robin (skipper, team name, nationality, wins – losses):

Lucy Macgregor, Team Mac, GBR, 10-0
Pauline Courtois, Match in Pink by Normandy Elite Team, FRA, 9-1
Trine Palludan, Team Kattnakken, DEN, 8-2
Ekaterina Kochkina, ProKaTeam Sailing Team, RUS, 6-4
Alexa Bezel, Swiss Women Match Racing Team, SUI, 5-5
Marinella Laaksonen, L2 Match Racing Team, FIN, 5-5
Milena Laverycheva, BERGAUF Sailing Team, RUS, 5-5
Alexandra Martynova, BornToSail, RUS, 3-7
Margot Riou, APCC Women Sailing Team , FRA, 2-8
Octavia Owen, Athena Racing, GBR, 1-9
Margot Vennin, Matchmoiselles by Normandy Elite Team, FRA, 1-9


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 15, 2018 by WIM Series Media

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