Home News Product Reviews Health & Fitness Features Healthy Eating

Lucy MacGregor wins ISAF Womens Match

Lucy MacGregor (GBR) Wins ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship
Sunday 26 September 2010

It went down to the very final race at the 2010 ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship with Lucy MacGregor (GBR) taking on double world champion Sally Barkow (USA).  MacGregor took the final win to take the title for Great Britain for the first time.

If Lucy MacGregor and her British team felt pressure in her semi-finals match against Claire Leroy (FRA), it was nothing compared to the emotions she felt coming from behind to win her first ISAF Match Racing World Championship.

Macgregor defeated two-time world champion Leroy in the semi-final then faced the American team led by Sally Barkow, also a two-time world champion. Barkow led the British team 2-1 by consistently gaining the advantage to the right side of the course as the lead changed almost each leg.

The final two races Barkow was able to pull even but MacGregor was just a little faster and crisper on the beats. In the fourth race, the British team passed Barkow while giving the Americans a penalty they could not overcome.

"We were gaining all the time," said a beaming MacGregor with her teammates Annie Lush, Kate Macgregor and Mary Rook. "We just wanted to keep it close."

And close it was. But it was the final start that predicted gold for the British. "The time on distance was hard, and we were on our back foot the whole prestart," said Kate Macgregor, Lucy's sister. "With the current going up wind we just made it."  MacGregor's team, coached by ISAF Match Racing World Champion Ian Williams, won the right side that paid so well for the Americans and kept the slimmest of leads all the way around the course.

For Barkow, though her team of Elizabeth Kratzig, Alana O'reilly and Susanne Leech, did not win, their second place qualifies them for the top level of funding for the US Sailing Team Alpha Graphics in 2011. They join only one other team in the U.S. with this distinction, Paige Railey in the Laser Radial. 

Petit-Final
The petit-final match up to decide the bronze medal also went to the maximum, three races. Leroy won the first match against Nicky Souter and then her Australian team gave the French a foul in the second; it was enough to win the race.

In the third and final race, with the boats nearly overlapped all the way around the course, Souter received a penalty on the final run in a wild broach and luff. The Australian team came out ahead then was able to hook the French and sailed them upwind 200 yards until they were able to clear their penalty with a tack and perfect set to win the series.

This world championship will certainly go down as one of the most competitive in history and Barkow's coach, national match race champion Dave Perry, put the state of women's match racing in perspective. "This regatta indicates that anyone of eight or more teams can win a gold medal in Weymouth in 2012," said Perry. "In the gold fleet round robin, four of the six teams were tied with three wins. All this shows is nobody has put it all together yet. There are no breakaways."

The rest of the teams not sailing watching from the 100-foot schooner Meteor, teams cheered and watch pensively as the boats raced around as if they were tied to each other. Whether they won or finished the regatta in the repechage series, all the sailors were hungry to carry on with their campaigns and set their sites on the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition.

The 2011 ISAF Women's Match Racing World Champion will be decided at the Perth2011 ISAF Sailing World Championship in Perth, Australia.

Final Results
1 Lucy MacGregor (GBR)
2 Sally Barkow (USA)
3 Nicky Souter (AUS)
4 Claire Leroy (FRA)
5 Genevieve Tulloch (USA)
6 Ekaterina Skudina (RUS)
7 Renee Groeneveld (NED
8 Katie Spithill (AUS)

All the latest details on the 2010 Worlds, together with an archive of results from previous championships is available on the ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship microsite at www.sailing.org/wmatchworlds

Attached Image:  Lucy MacGregor lifts the trophy and celebrates winning the 2010 ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship
Mandatory Credit:  © Fried Bits / www.friedbits.com


Thank you so much, if you tweet or share
1682
The Runner’s Guide to Shin Splints
1602
Eat Out Sugar Smart!

Eat Out Sugar Smart!

Sugar Content of Coffee Shops, Restaurants and Fast Food Chains Highlighted in Unique Guide

2530
Athletes to Watch at Rio 2016

Athletes to Watch at Rio 2016

Schippers and Biles are among the top athletes to watch out for in Rio this year

2169
 I should be Dead,Blind &/or Paralysed about Fives Time Over But I am Still Here

I should be Dead,Blind &/or Paralysed about Fives Time Over But I am Still Here

His book You can Self-Heal is all about ‘getting your life back' and was written to inspire people all over the UK who may be going through an illness or know of a loved one who is.

1833
Women and Weights

Women and Weights

Statistics released by the Government’s ‘Be Real’ campaign highlighted that 87% of girls aged 11-21 think that women are judged more on their appearance than on their ability.

1993
BE-FIT LONDON

BE-FIT LONDON

A Fitness experience created for women by women !!!!!

UP
Have you read it?
U.S. Defeats Canada, 3-1, in U18 Series Finale
Sheedy-Ryan (AUS) claims Duathlon World Champion Title in Penticton

Please follow us