Women's Match Race Country Qualifier - Tight competition

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Women's Match Race International Country Olympic Qualifying Regatta 2012 (WMRICOQR) is hosted by Key Biscayne Yacht Club, WIMRA, and Sail Sheboygan with the support of North Sails. Competition is tight after the first day of racing.

The pressure is on as three of the nine women's match racing teams competing to qualify their country for the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition will be eliminated at the end of the first round robin and the top six will move on to the next stage.

Nine teams from nine countries (Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Slovenia, and Spain) began the day with equal chances to advance to the second round, but after nine flights (27 races) five teams have at least one foot in the door to advance and four teams are on the brink of elimination. Finland tops the leader board with an undefeated score of five wins. Next comes Spain, Slovenia, and Denmark with four wins each and Germany with three wins. Canada, Argentina, and China have two wins each and Brazil has one win.

The three flights remain in the first round robin will be sailed on Friday on Biscayne Bay. The top six teams will then advance to the second stage of the regatta: a double round robin in which the six teams will sail against each other team twice. The top four teams will advance to the semi-final knock out stage. Racing will continue through Sunday.

Live results and tracking can be found on the regatta website.

Teams Competing:
Argentina - Martina Silva, Ana Lucía Silva, María Trinidad Silva
Brazil - Renata Decnop, Gabriela Nicolino, Larissa Juk
Canada - Sharon Ferris-Choat, Caroline Kaars Sijpesteijn, Joanne Prokop
China - Ru Wang, Li Xiaoni, Pan Ting Ting
Denmark - Lotte Meldgaard Pedersen, Susanne Boidin, Tina Schmidt Gramkov
Finland - Silja Lehtinen, Mikaela Wulff, Silja Kanerva
Germany - Silke Hahlbrock, Anke Lukosch, Maren Hahlbrock
Slovenia - Vesna Dekleva Paoli, Katarina Kersevan, Lena Koter
Spain - Tamara Echegoyen, Angela Pumariega, Sofía Toro

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