Women's Match Race Country Qualifier – Three countries eliminated

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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.

Strong winds and tough competition proved to be the knock out punch for three of the nine teams as they were eliminated from the regatta today.

The winds on Biscayne Bay whipped up for the second day of racing as the first stage was completed and the second stage began. Six countries (Finland, Spain, Slovenia, Germany, Denmark, and Argentina) advanced from the initial round robin stage and three countries were eliminated (Canada, China, and Brazil).

Results at the end of Stage 1: (initial round robin of nine teams):
1- Finland: 8 wins - 0 losses
2- Spain: 5-3
3- Slovenia: 5-3
4- Germany: 5-3
5- Denmark: 4-4
6- Argentina: 4-4
7- Canada: 2-6
8- China: 2-6
9- Brazil: 1-7

Racing continued for the top six countries who advanced into the second stage - a double round robin of the six teams where each team sails against the other twice. A little more than half of that stage was completed as the teams battled in the fresh 20 knot winds on Biscayne Bay.

Stage 2 Results (through 6 of 10 flights):
1- Finland: 5 wins - 1 loss
2- Spain: 5-1
3- Slovenia: 3-3
4- Denmark: 3-3
5- Argentina: 2-4
6- Germany: 0-6

At the end of Stage Two the top four teams will advance to the semi-final knock out stage. Racing will continue through Sunday in Key Biscayne.

The top three countries from this event will join the nine countries that have already qualified for the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition (Australia, France, Great Britain, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Sweden, Russia, and USA).

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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