Open Europeans Helsinki - Match Racing Quarter-finalists decided

Open Europeans Helsinki 2011
Patrick Forsblom
Open Europeans Helsinki 2011. The Round robin stage of Women's Match Racing was completed on Friday at the European Championships in Helsinki, Finland.

Ekaterina Skudina's team (RUS) advanced to the quarter-finals with the best record, nine wins out of 11 matches. Anne-Claire Le Berre's team (FRA) also won nine, losing only to Skudina and China's Wang Ru. Mandi Mulder of The Netherlands and Rita Goncalves of Portugal shared the third spot. Both teams won eight starts out of 11.

Among the qualifiers was local Silja Lehtinen (FIN) her crew with a 4-7 record.

Flight 21 the racing was stopped for half an hour when the afternoon weather became very muggy and humid. However, the match racers resumed after 30 minutes break and were able to finish their round robin series in a reasonable breeze with no rainfall.

The quarter-finals at Hernesaari started with four flights and will continue on Saturday.

The pairings:
Silja Lehtinen (FIN) vs. Tamara Echegoyen (ESP)
Olivia Price (AUS) vs. Mandi Mulder (NED)
Rita Goncalves (POR) vs. Ekaterina Skudina (RUS)
Silvia Roca Mata (ESP) vs. Anne-Claire Le Berre (FRA)

After four flights have been sailed in quarter-finals, Lehtinen and Echegoyen have won one race each and Mulder, Skudina and Le Berre two races.

Women’s Match Racing will continue on Saturday at 10 o’clock local time. Team with three wins in the quarter-finals will contine to the next stage.

On Saturday the Star class starts its competition in Open Europeans 2011.

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