Please select your home edition
CoastWaterSports 2014

WIM Series Normandie Match Cup - Day 3

by Fabian Bengtsson 9 Jun 2019 21:38 BST 7-10 June 2019
L2 Match Racing Team, skippered by Marinella Laaksonen (FIN) executing a beautiful tack on day 3 of the Normandie Match Cup (WIM Series) © Anton Klock

It's been feast or famine at the Normandie Match Cup in Le Havre. Day three more than made up for no sailing on day two as the sailors, race committee, umpires and spectators spent a very full day on the water in excellent conditions. But they barely made it back to the dock as the sun dipped below the horizon after completing an astonishing forty-five races to complete the double round robin!

The sea breeze arrived at 11:00 and racing began in a pleasant 8 knots of wind under cloudy skies. Throughout the day the wind increased to a steady 15 knots and made the job relatively easy for the race committee.

Pauline Courtois (FRA) and her Le Havre based Match in Pink by Normandy Elite Team showed their experience with the boats and the local conditions as they won every match they sailed. "Yes, we are very happy with how we are sailing as a team. The matches are very close with good racing. We look forward to tomorrow, but first we must get some food and some sleep" she laughed.

Two-time World Champion Anna Östling (SWE) and her team WINGS found their wings today and won all of their matches except the two against Courtois' team. "We are very happy with our day. We focused on coming off the start line ahead and continuing to learn the boat. We did big improvement in the 2nd round robin and look forward to the last day, we will step it up!"

Margot Vennin's Matchmoiselles by Normandy Elite Team also took advantage of their local knowledge and moved smoothly into the semi-finals as well.

The fight for the last semi-final spot came down to the final matches of the evening. "We weren't quite sure if we were in or not, so we just kept fighting the best we could" confessed confessed Anna Savisaari, bow on Finnish L2 Match Racing Team who survived losing their last match of the day to take the remaining semi-final place.

Tonight the tired sailors and race officials will get to enjoy the hospitality of the Societe des Regates du Havre (SRH) with the Normandy Cup regatta dinner ahead of the final day of racing tomorrow.

The Normandie Match Cup - the first event of the 2019 Women's International Match Racing Series (WIM Series) season - is raced in the Beneteau First Class 7.5 boats. The event will end with the semi-finals, petite finals and finals on Monday June 10th.

Standings at the end of Stage One: (skipper, team name, nationality, points)

1. Pauline Courtois, Match in Pink by Normandy Elite Team, FRA, 14
2. Anna Östling, WINGS, SWE, 10
3. Margot Vennin, Matchmoiselles by Normandy Elite Team, FRA, 8
4. Marinella Laaksonen, L2 Match Racing Team, FIN, 6
5. Marie Björling Duell, Team Marie, SWE, 5
6. Lea Richter Vogelius, Team Kattnakken, DEN, 5
7. Margot Riou, APCC Women Sailing Team, FRA, 5
7. Chloé Le Bars, No Name Sailing Team, FRA, 2

Related Articles

China International Women's Match Race overall
Pauline Courtois (FRA) wins in Shanghai The racing at the day 5 of inaugural China International Match Race took off in perfect racing conditions. Spectators along the shore of Dishui Lake could follow the matches as the sailors maneuvered right in front of the docks under a sunny Shanghai sky. Posted on 16 Oct 2019
China International Women's Match Race day 4
The four semi-finalists decided in Shanghai After the morning briefing where the top four teams from the round robin stage earned the right to choose their opponent for quarter-finals, racing took off in conditions that were very similar to yesterday with a solid breeze of 14 knots gusting to 20. Posted on 15 Oct 2019
2019 China International Women's Match Race day 3
Quarterfinalists decided in Shanghai The morning of the third day of racing at China International Women's Match Race decided the teams that would make it straight to the quarter-finals and which teams would have to fight for the four spots in the repechage round. Posted on 15 Oct 2019
2019 China International Women's Match Race day 2
Shifty conditions on Dishui Lake in Shanghai The tricky conditions put high pressure on the teams and the racing showed that good tactical decisions could make a huge difference. The matches were tight with many lead changes in the first flights of the day. Posted on 13 Oct 2019
2019 China International Women's Match Race day 1
Racing kicks off in perfect conditions in Shanghai The first day of racing at China International Women's Match Race at Dishui Lake took off in perfect sailing conditions. With a steady breeze at 12 knots and gusts up to 16 knots. Posted on 13 Oct 2019
2019 China International Women's Match Race
Inaugural event is the final event of the 2019 WIM Series On 11-16th October 2019, the inaugural 2019 China International Women's Match Race, the final event of the 2019 WIM Series, will be held in Shanghai on the Dishui Lake. Posted on 12 Oct 2019
Lysekil Women's Match overall
Team Mac crowned World Champions This year's edition of Lysekil Women's Match - the world's greatest match racing competition for female sailors - is over. Lucy Macgregor, with her Team Mac, sailed home the gold in Lysekil Women's Match. Posted on 10 Aug 2019
Lysekil Women's Match day 4
A day full of though races awaits in the morning The quarter finals are done and four teams will compete in becoming 2019´s World Champion in Match Racing. Posted on 9 Aug 2019
Lysekil Women's Match day 3
Next up: The quarterfinals The third day of racing is completed and we now know which teams made it through to the quarterfinals. Posted on 8 Aug 2019
Lysekil Women's Match day 2
Reigning World Champion ready for quarterfinals In perfect sailing conditions with winds of 5-7m/s (10-14 knots), the second day of competition Lucy Macgregor showed why she is the two-time defending World Champion by winning 7 out of 7 matches today. Posted on 7 Aug 2019