Calpe: Klaartje Zuiderbaan wins also this year
The last day of regattas at the ISAF Grade 1 International Women Match Race Criterium in Calpe, Spain, ended up with a completely different winner that the forecasted the previous day.
Every thing seemed decided for the World number one Claire Leroy after winning the first match of the semi-finals but the defending champion Klaartje Zuiderbaan of Netherland was able to beat her in the next two matches and moved to the finals. Zuiderbaan was able to get the victory by no more than two meters in the last race of the three that decide the first finalist.
The same result took place in the other semi-final, when the winner of the first match, the Swedish Jenny Axhede, lost twice against Nina Braestrup of Denmark.
The third and fourth position was decided clearly by Leroy that was able to control from the beginning her two matches versus the Swedish team with great pre-starts.
Meanwhile Zuiderbaan lost the second match with Braestrup but was able to win the last two races. The Danish leaded the fourth match of the final but after trying to exonerate a pending penalty was beat by the Dutch right at the finish line.
Zuiderbaan wins again this International Women Match Race Criterium but this time with the new Tom 28 of the Real Club Náutico de Calpe, a boat that ideal for the weather conditions of the Calpe bay.
1º Klaartje Zuiderbaan HOLANDA
2º Nina Braestrup DINAMARCA
3º Claire Leroy FRANCIA
4º Jenny Axhede SUIZA
5º Christelle Philippe FRANCIA
6º Lotte Melgaared DINAMARCA
7º Silke Hahlbrock ALEMANIA
8º Camila Ulrikkeholm DINAMARCA
9º Sabrina Gurioli ITALIA
10º Sandy Hayes USA
11º Louise Bienvenu USA