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Lucy Macgregor Competes For Bragging Rights Over Her Tutor and Mentor

Posted on 30 September 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: World Match Racing Tour] Newly crowned ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Champion Lucy Macgregor is relishing the prospect of taking on her tutor and mentor, two-time Match Racing World Champion, Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar sponsored by Argo Group at The Argo Group Gold Cup in Bermuda next week. Macgregor will be one of the female skippers taking part in the 8th round of the ISAF World Match Racing Tour Championship, which runs from 5 to 10 October at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club.

Macgregor has been working with Williams throughout 2010 and capped off nine months of hard work, battling from 2-1 down in the final of the Women’s Match Racing Championship in New York to become the first British winner in the event’s 12 year history. Her team, which includes her sister Kate, will be making its debut in Bermuda with assured confidence but measured expectation as to the challenge that awaits them: “It will be a fantastic experience to race in Bermuda and take on the guys,” said the newly crowned World Champion. “I’d love to beat Ian but it will be tricky. I’ll be watching the teams very closely to learn as much as I can – it could come down to the amount of time spent in the boats.”

Macgregor wants Bermuda to be her proving ground in every sense. Not only will it allow her coach, Williams, to get a better impression of her racing style but she’ll also learn from the world’s best match racers and be able to tune her skills towards the women’s match racing events at the Olympics in 2012. Ultimately though, Macgregor admits to wanting a more significant future involvement on the Tour: “It would be great to see a larger female presence in the World Match Racing Tour and, being the pinnacle of match racing, the option to hold a Tour Card for it would be a fantastic achievement too.”


A twist of fate mixed with the unique race format at The Argo Group Gold Cup, means Williams and Macgregor could race head-to-head in the qualifying rounds with a further mouth watering bout in the latter stages of the competition also a possibility. Not only that, a contest with Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) Team Tunnicliffe, gold medalist in the Beijing Olympics and an established name in the top five of the women’s world rankings could be on the cards.

If Williams is looking back over his shoulder, he’ll need to focus ahead too if he is to hunt down title forerunner, Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team. Williams won the Argo Group Gold Cup in 2006 but is one of five returning title holders, with every winner from 2006-2009 and Jesper Radich (DEN) Rudy Project Sailing Team (2002 winner) all contesting this year. Williams said: “We face an uphill task being behind at this stage but we’ll focus on trying to win the final two races. If we can have a good result in Bermuda that will put us in a strong position for the Monsoon Cup where anything can happen”

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Lucy Macgregor Competes For Bragging Rights Over Her Tutor and Mentor

Posted on 30 September 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: World Match Racing Tour] Newly crowned ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Champion Lucy Macgregor is relishing the prospect of taking on her tutor and mentor, two-time Match Racing World Champion, Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar sponsored by Argo Group at The Argo Group Gold Cup in Bermuda next week. Macgregor will be one of the female skippers taking part in the 8th round of the ISAF World Match Racing Tour Championship, which runs from 5 to 10 October at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club.

Macgregor has been working with Williams throughout 2010 and capped off nine months of hard work, battling from 2-1 down in the final of the Women’s Match Racing Championship in New York to become the first British winner in the event’s 12 year history. Her team, which includes her sister Kate, will be making its debut in Bermuda with assured confidence but measured expectation as to the challenge that awaits them: “It will be a fantastic experience to race in Bermuda and take on the guys,” said the newly crowned World Champion. “I’d love to beat Ian but it will be tricky. I’ll be watching the teams very closely to learn as much as I can – it could come down to the amount of time spent in the boats.”

Macgregor wants Bermuda to be her proving ground in every sense. Not only will it allow her coach, Williams, to get a better impression of her racing style but she’ll also learn from the world’s best match racers and be able to tune her skills towards the women’s match racing events at the Olympics in 2012. Ultimately though, Macgregor admits to wanting a more significant future involvement on the Tour: “It would be great to see a larger female presence in the World Match Racing Tour and, being the pinnacle of match racing, the option to hold a Tour Card for it would be a fantastic achievement too.”


A twist of fate mixed with the unique race format at The Argo Group Gold Cup, means Williams and Macgregor could race head-to-head in the qualifying rounds with a further mouth watering bout in the latter stages of the competition also a possibility. Not only that, a contest with Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) Team Tunnicliffe, gold medalist in the Beijing Olympics and an established name in the top five of the women’s world rankings could be on the cards.

If Williams is looking back over his shoulder, he’ll need to focus ahead too if he is to hunt down title forerunner, Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team. Williams won the Argo Group Gold Cup in 2006 but is one of five returning title holders, with every winner from 2006-2009 and Jesper Radich (DEN) Rudy Project Sailing Team (2002 winner) all contesting this year. Williams said: “We face an uphill task being behind at this stage but we’ll focus on trying to win the final two races. If we can have a good result in Bermuda that will put us in a strong position for the Monsoon Cup where anything can happen”

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Lucy MacGregor Wins ISAF Women’s Match Racing Worlds

Posted on 26 September 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: ISAF] 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). Lucy 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)

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Lucy MacGregor Wins ISAF Women’s Match Racing Worlds

Posted on 26 September 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: ISAF] 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). Lucy 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)

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Lucy Mcgregor undefeated in round robin of ISAF Women’s Match Race World Championship

Posted on 23 September 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: New York Yacht Club] It was not the spectacular sun lit day with a smoldering southerly that highlighted the second day of the ISAF Women’s Match Race World Championship at the New York Yacht Club’s Harbour Court. Nor was it the multiples of surfing photo finishes. Instead, today the sailors illustrated the term they use to describe the pinnacle of match race maneuvering: surgical execution.

For the top seeded sailors after the nine flights of Stage 1, today was a day of comebacks and last minute passes. The precision with which Claire Le Roy used to up end a confident Ekaterina Skudina in broaching whitewater luff was inspiring as the two boats sailed within feet of each other in 17 knots of breeze and three-foot waves. All starts, roundings and finishes were within inches and penalties pushed the umpires to the limit.

Some of the competitors used today to settle into a winning routine. “It wasn’t just one thing,” said Finnish skipper Silja Lehtenin, “it was more like 20 things.” Lehtenin won most of her races this morning and said that her new team was finally clicking.

Though often sailing with a new team, American Sally Barkow is leading the blue group with a tie-breaker over Le Roy at eight wins. Nicky Souter is close behind with seven wins and Ekaterina Skudina and Anna Tunnicliffe both have six wins.

Tomorrow competitors are split into a gold fleet and repechage. The top two competitors from the repechage will meet the gold fleet of six for a quarter finals.

Another sunny day is forecast and as teams like the Finnish begin to hone their sailing on Narragansett Bay, the stakes will be getting higher.

Footage from the opening day of the ISAF Women’s Match Race World Championship. Newport, 21 September 2010. Video copyright New York Yacht Club

Gold Fleet for 9/23/10
(From Red Group with seed)
1 Lucy Mcgregor GBR
2 Katie Spithill AUS
3 Genny Tulloch USA

(From Blue Group with seed)
1 Sally Barkow USA
2 Claire Le Roy FRA
3 Nicky Souter AUS

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Lucy Mcgregor undefeated in round robin of ISAF Women’s Match Race World Championship

Posted on 23 September 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: New York Yacht Club] It was not the spectacular sun lit day with a smoldering southerly that highlighted the second day of the ISAF Women’s Match Race World Championship at the New York Yacht Club’s Harbour Court. Nor was it the multiples of surfing photo finishes. Instead, today the sailors illustrated the term they use to describe the pinnacle of match race maneuvering: surgical execution.

For the top seeded sailors after the nine flights of Stage 1, today was a day of comebacks and last minute passes. The precision with which Claire Le Roy used to up end a confident Ekaterina Skudina in broaching whitewater luff was inspiring as the two boats sailed within feet of each other in 17 knots of breeze and three-foot waves. All starts, roundings and finishes were within inches and penalties pushed the umpires to the limit.

Some of the competitors used today to settle into a winning routine. “It wasn’t just one thing,” said Finnish skipper Silja Lehtenin, “it was more like 20 things.” Lehtenin won most of her races this morning and said that her new team was finally clicking.

Though often sailing with a new team, American Sally Barkow is leading the blue group with a tie-breaker over Le Roy at eight wins. Nicky Souter is close behind with seven wins and Ekaterina Skudina and Anna Tunnicliffe both have six wins.

Tomorrow competitors are split into a gold fleet and repechage. The top two competitors from the repechage will meet the gold fleet of six for a quarter finals.

Another sunny day is forecast and as teams like the Finnish begin to hone their sailing on Narragansett Bay, the stakes will be getting higher.

Footage from the opening day of the ISAF Women’s Match Race World Championship. Newport, 21 September 2010. Video copyright New York Yacht Club

Gold Fleet for 9/23/10
(From Red Group with seed)
1 Lucy Mcgregor GBR
2 Katie Spithill AUS
3 Genny Tulloch USA

(From Blue Group with seed)
1 Sally Barkow USA
2 Claire Le Roy FRA
3 Nicky Souter AUS

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