|Team Kattnakken (Trine Palludan - skipper, Lea Richter Vogelius - main, Josefine Boel Rasmussen - trimmer/tactics, Helle Jespersen - trimmer, Joan Vestergaard Hansen - bow) on their way to going undefeated in the round robin. Photo: Kim Wolf, 2017 Busan Cup.|
Three Teams Through to the Semis
–Courtois, Macgregor, and Östling Advance
A slow start to the day as the wind alternated between spinning circles and glassing off completely. The patience of the race committee paid off as the round robin was completed in a light cold northerly breeze before moving on to the quarter-finals. Three of the four quarter-finals were decided with the last one to be finished tomorrow at the Busan Cup Women's International Match Race.
The morning saw the completion of the round robin stage and the fight for the top of the leaderboard. Trine Palludan and her Danish Team Kattnakken continued their domination finishing the round robin undefeated and earning the right to choose their quarter-final opponent. “It was difficult out there. It must have been very frustrating for Alfredo (Ricci, event Principle Race Officer) as the wind shifted around. It was a bit crazy – one minute the crew is hiking out fully and then they are sitting to leeward” Palludan commented as she waited ashore for her quarter-final match to begin.
After the round robin the skippers gathered on the signal boat for the quarter-final draw where they surprised Principle Race Officer Alfredo Ricci with a lighthearted rendition of “Happy Birthday”, much to the embarrassment of Ricci. With the focus back on the races at hand, Palludan selected WIM Series rookie, Sarah Parker from Australia, as her opponent in the quarter-finals.
With six K30 boats in the Busan Sailing Federation fleet, the first three pairs of quarter-finalists took to the water leaving Team Kattnakken and Team Parker to wait for one of the other pairs to finish before they could sail.
The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC), on the Pittwater side of the wonderful Northern Beaches peninsula, about an hour from the hustle and bustle of the Sydney CBD, was the venue for this season’s OptiChicks weekend – and what a weekend it was for our next generation of female sailors.
With an excited gaggle of 35 current OptiChick attendees, four OptiGrads as mentors and “big sisters”, along with some outstanding senior sailing talent, backed up by wonderful OptiParents, volunteers and the ever-helpful staff of the RPAYC Junior Office and Function Centre team, all that was left to chance was the weather! And was it perfect? Of course it was – it always is on the Peninsula!
RPAYC is celebrating its 150th year, having been founded in October 1867, and taking the Royal prefix by decree in 1911. It has a rich and storied history of sailing in craft of all shapes and sizes, a tradition that continues today with a very strong yacht racing scene, all the way down to a great learn to sail program in Optimists and other small dinghies. High performance sailing doesn’t quite do justice to the level of sailing achieved by members of RPAYC, with America’s Cup and Olympic winning skippers, match racing world champions, skiff and dinghy champions all regulars at the Club. It is an exciting place to visit and experience, with wondrous grounds and a lively entertainment area. Just how lively was put to the test by the arrival of the OptiChicks!!!
This was the fifth running of OptiChicks in NSW, with previous iterations having been run at BYRA, Hunters Hill (x2) and Gosford. What was terrific this year was the input the OptiChicks themselves had into the event, with current Australian Optimist Squad member Olivia Wiliams designing the wonderful T-shirt the girls were presented with upon arrival, and the event logo generally. Again, the request was from the girls for less structure, more adventure and new experiences, and great speakers. And that the things that matter to girls in a social sense are really important to foster and develop, in the company of fantastic role models and mentors. OptiChicks 2017/18 delivered on all fronts!
By Karen Williams
On Saturday the 11th November, 35 excited girls arrived at The RPAYC ready for a great weekend. The perfect weather ensured this was the case and all planned activities went ahead. These including Elliott sailing, Hobie sailing, Optimist sailing, BBQ dinner, Guest Speakers and movie night.
On Saturday morning Clare Costanzo and her match racing team took the girls out sailing on the club Elliots before they flew off to South Korea. You can follow their progress http://www.wimseries.com/event/2017-busan-cup-womens-international-match-race/. The Sailing on Club Eliott 7's was a first and a unique experience for the girls, especially the younger ones who's first time it was on a keelboat.
A huge thank you also goes to Sylvie, Alana, Mina and Bella who volunteered their time to help on the weekend. They did an amazing job helping the girls on and off the water. They are such great role models for the younger girls and it's fantastic to see them still getting involved with Opti Chicks.
After all the sailing, Nic Douglass (aka Adventures of a Sailor Girl) came and delivered an inspiring talk and presentation. She was joined by Annie Wilmot and Tash Bryant who recently won the Australian Sailing Female Sailor of the Year award. They spent a lot of time with girls talking about their experiences and future goals in sailing. More information about
Annie and Tash can be found on asf.org.au/athletes/natasha-bryant/ & asf.org.au/athletes/annie-wilmot/ and www.sailorgirlhq.com.
A huge thanks goes to Andrew at Boat Crew Gear (boatcrewgear.com.au) who was the generous sponsor for the Opti Chicks weekend.
|The Dutch Match Racing Team with skipper Renée Groeneveld lead the 2017 WIM Series. Photo: Kim Wolf, 2016 Busan Cup.|
Crisp Autumn Sailing at Busan Women’s Match
–Busan welcomes all to the 3rd WIM Series event in Korea
The sailors were greeted by sunny conditions and warm hospitality which took the chill off the overnight cool temperatures as they practiced in the shadows of the Diamond Bridge near Dongbaek Island for the 10th edition of the Busan Cup Women's International Match Race. Beginning Tuesday, 60 sailors in twelve crews from nine countries will fight for valuable WIM Series points, as well as for a share of the 50 000 USD prize pool:
“With the support of the Metropolitan City of Busan and the Busan Sailing Federation, I am very proud to welcome the sailors to Busan for a tenth time” says Regatta Director Alfredo Ricci.
The 10th Anniversary edition of the Busan Cup Women's International Match Race will begin Tuesday with the round-robin, to be raced on the same waters outside Haeundae Beach as hosted the 1988 Olympic sailing competition:
“Since the beginning in 2008 when local match racing enthusiasts Mr Moon and Dr Sun met with Alfredo Ricci and conceived the idea, the Busan Cup has grown to be a star on the international calendar for women’s match racing, showcasing Busan’s ability to host world-class sailing events and shining a spotlight on the tremendous excitement of championship level women’s match racing. In those 10 years nearly 1 million U.S. dollars have been awarded in prize money to the sailors” says WIM Series Manager Liz Baylis.
The high level competition of the Women’s International Match Racing Series (WIM Series) – the only professional sailing series for women – attracts the world’s best women sailors. At every event Olympians, National Champions, World Champions and Volvo Ocean Race veterans fiercely compete alongside rising young stars for gold and glory:
“In Busan we have the top six skippers on the World Sailing ranking list competing as well as three teams that have not yet competed in previous WIM Series events, so we should have some great competition and exciting” Baylis comments.
“It is great to be back in Busan and the conditions today were nice. After a long break since Lysekil we are very keen to be back out racing and we are especially keen to have a chance to do better here than last year” the current leader of the 2017 WIM Series, Renée Groeneveld, commented after practice and remembering her less than stellar performance in the 2016 Busan Cup.
The weather forecast for the week may prove challenging as a low pressure system moves in later in the week bring with it gusts over 40 knots and cooler temperatures.
Skippers in the Busan Cup Women’s International Match Race, the 3rd event of the 2017 WIM Series, in Busan, South Korea (name, nationality, team name, world ranking October 18 2017):
Anna Östling, SWE, Team Anna, 1
Swedish match racing ace and Olympian Anna Östling is not only #1 on the World Sailing ranking, double World Champion and overall winner of the 2016 WIM Series. Last year she also managed to take her first triumph in Lysekil Women’s Match. To develop their sailing skills and have fun is the ambition of Team Anna.
Renée Groeneveld, NED, Matchrace Team Netherlands, 2
Renée Groeneveld took the World Championship bronze medal in the USA last year, and later she also won the WIM Series finale on US Virgin Islands. This year she won the silver in the Helsinki Worlds and followed that with a convincing win at the 2017 Lysekil Women’s Match to lead the 2017 WIM Series. In the 2012 Olympic Games in Weymouth, the Dutch sailing star reached the quarter finals. Groeneveld represents Haarlemsche Jachtclub close to Amsterdam, and looks after customer service and planning at Vopak when not sailing.
Caroline Sylvan, SWE, New Sweden Match Racing Team, 3
Östling’s fellow club member of the Royal Gothenburg Yacht Club, 28 years old Caroline Sylvan, finished 5th on the 2016 WIM Series. Currently she’s holding the same spot on the World Sailing ranking, close to Groeneveld. Sylvan participated in all the 2016 WIM Series events, and earlier in her career she sailed a large number of international championships in different dinghy classes.
Pauline Courtois, FRA, Match in Pink by Normandy Elite Team, 4
28 years old sport teacher Pauline Courtois from Brest started sailing at seven and racing at nine. She has been in match racing on different positions since 2011. In 2013 she finished runner-up when calling the tactics for Julie Bossard in the WIM Series event in Saint-Quay-Portrieux, and took a bronze medal in the French championships. Pauline finished 7th on the 2016 WIM Series and this year finished runner-up in Lysekil.
Trine Palludan, DEN, Team Kattnakken, 5
As a main trimmer and tactician in successful Team Ulrikkeholm, 38 years old Trine Palludan from famous sailing metropolis Hellerup has got three World Championship silver medals. And as helm this year Team Kattnakken won the bronze medal at the World Championship in Helsinki. Trine will again be helming the Danish team, as she did in Busan in 2014 and 2016. But steering the boat is not a new task for Trine, who in 2004 became both World and European Champion as an Yngling skipper. When not sailing Trine works as a chiropractor in Frederiksberg, in the Danish capital Copenhagen.
Marinella Laaksonen, FIN, L2 Match Racing Team, 6
25 years old mathematics student Marinella Laaksonen is not only the highest ranked female Finnish skipper on the World Sailing ranking, but she also has two straight National Championships in Women’s Match Racing. Before getting into match racing, Marinella sailed dinghy classes like Europe dinghy, Zoom 8 and 49er FX. She finished 5th in the World Championship on her home waters of Helsinki earlier this summer and made the quarterfinals in Lysekil.
Clare Costanzo, AUS, Team Costanzo, 10
Clare Costanzo, 20, is one of the latest match racing skippers to come from the Australian match racing “factory” known as the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club. She began match racing as a skipper in 2014 and won the Australian Women’s Match Racing Nationals in 2016. Clare was one of two all-female teams competing in the 2017 Youth Match Racing World Championship and will be making her WIM Series debut at the 2017 Busan Cup.