Ireland's Diana Kissane is competing at the Busan Cup Women's International Match Race in Southern Korea. It was a tough round robin for the Howth Yacht Club sailor who won two of her 11 races that concluded the series for her today.
The Howth match racer has been on the international circuit racing this season and has already competed at the ISAF Women’s Match Racing Worlds in Middelfart, Denmark in July. Kissane's crew includes Aoife English, Bella Morehead, Jenny Andreasson and Lizzy McDowell.
With three more wins in Friday’s racing in the Busan Cup Women’s International Match Race, Anne-Claire Le Berre of France went to 10 – 1 and winning the round-robin stage. The fight for the 2015 WIM Series title will now heat up, as World #1, but Series’ runner-up, Camilla Ulrikkeholm Klinkby chose American leader Maggie Shea in the quarters:
“We want to be able to do the job ourselves. Beating Maggie is the only way we can take the WIM Series” the Dane states.
“We had a good race against Camilla in the round-robin, and we’re happy to see her again” Shea replies.
Friday morning saw a short postponement at the Busan Cup Women’s International Match Race, the fourth and final event of the 2015 WIM Series, as Regatta Director Alfredo Ricci moved the course from just off of Haeundae Beach to an area closer to the Gwangan Bridge. After just a few minutes with the AP flag flying from the committee boat, the starting sequence commenced in 5 – 7 knots of shifty and puffy breeze, which built to 8 – 12 knots at midday. The shoreline skyscrapers also affected the already unsteady wind:
“It wasn’t that difficult today, as we could clearly see the puffs come rolling down the course, read the wind quite easily and adapt to it” Le Berre comments.
The French World #4 won all three of her Friday matches, finishing the day by defeating compatriot Pauline Courtois, who badly needed a win in that last race to qualify for the quarterfinals:
“We must sail our own race and can’t take into account if the opponent is French or not. We want to win the round-robin, to be able to choose ourselves whom to meet in the quarters” Le Berre explains.
Previously undefeated Katie Spithill saw her first two setbacks today, against Ulrikkeholm Klinkby and Dutch Renée Groeneveld, to finish round-robin runner-up on a 9 – 2 score. But the Aussie wasn’t too upset about her lost matches:
“We made a few mistakes, but it’s better to do them now than later on in the regatta. Pretty much we lost those matches already on the starting line, so we’ll need better prestarts” Spithill analyses.
“It’s a new scorecard now. We’re looking forward to the weekend, and we’re excited to get racing tomorrow” she fills in.
Maggie Shea, substituting for regular Epic Racing skipper, World #2 and WIM Series leader Stephanie Roble, had a tough Friday on the Korean waters, adding two losses to her round-robin score, totalling 7 – 4:
“It wasn’t our best day of racing, but we learned a lot. Actually I’m thankful for the close racing and for the situations that occurred, it’ll help us improve for the weekend” the American skipper says.
Especially grateful for the US mistakes is local hope Sung-Eon Choi, who took her first bullet in her home event by defeating Shea & Co:
“We did a very good start and led all the way around the course, to finish about three boat lengths ahead of the Americans. It was a great feeling!” Choi laughs.
Quarterfinals and semis are planned for Saturday, leaving the final races for Sunday. Three skippers can still win the 2015 WIM Series; Roble/Shea, Ulrikkeholm Klinkby and Swede Anna Östling.
Results in the round-robin of the Busan Cup Women’s International Match Race, the fourth and final event of the 2015 WIM Series (skipper, nationality, wins – losses):
1. Anne-Claire Le Berre, FRA, 10 – 1
2. Katie Spithill, AUS, 9 – 2
3. Camilla Ulrikkeholm Klinkby, DEN, 8 – 3
4. Maggie Shea (substituting for Stephanie Roble), USA, 7 – 4
5. Caroline Sylvan, SWE, 7 – 4
6. Anna Östling, SWE, 6 – 5
7. Renée Groeneveld, NED, 4,5 – 5
8. Denise Lim, SIN, 4 – 7
9. Pauline Courtois, FRA, 4 – 7
10. Milly Bennett, AUS, 3 – 8
11. Diana Kissane, IRL, 2 – 9
12. Sung Eun Choi, KOR, 1 – 10