Solid start for the NZ Women’s Match Race Team in Helsinki
The NZ Women’s Match Race team have had a solid start on Day One of the WIM Series event in Helsinki, Finland.
The team managed 4 wins and 2 losses on the first day of round robin racing, a superb start considering the calibre of teams that they are facing.
The girls managed to notch up tasty wins against Pauline Courtois (FRA), Margot Vennin (FRA) and Margot Riou (FRA) – making it a clean sweep of the French teams, similar to the All Blacks recent clean sweep over the French, as well as claiming a win over Swede Hanna Ericksson. Pauline Courtois was the top ranked skipper heading into this regatta and the 2017 WIM Series Champion, so that is a massive scalp for the girls.
The only two losses of the day came against the experienced duo of Johanna Bergqvist (SWE) and Antonia Degerlund from Finland.
Skipper and RNZYS YTP sailor Celia Willison was pretty happy with how the first day went – “4 wins 2 losses today, which we are happy with. Really happy with how the team went today as we didn’t know how we would go against the other teams.”
The team now have 6 more round robin races to complete on Day Two and Celia is very much hoping to get through to the Quarterfinals – “Pretty nervous for tomorrow, 6 races to go in the round robin and really really want to get into the quarters!”
Follow the LIVE results from Helsinki when racing gets underway at 7pm (NZT) tonight