Monday, March 17, 2008

Katie Spithill undefeatd after day one...

Australia’s Katie Spithill and her crew have showed ominous form early in the Harken Women’s International Match Racing Regatta, finishing day one undefeated after seven flights.

“We were very comfortable out there,” admitted a jubilant Spithill this afternoon after finding her groove straight up on home waters. “This is our second regatta with this team on the Elliott 6’s. The first was in the New Zealand Nationals, which was our learning curve, and today we got to practice. It’s a good start for us and our result is a good test of where we are at but we definitely still have things to work on…drills to go through.

“Today was about hiking out so hard you almost let go and fell in the water,” laughed Spithill, 25, who hails from the famous Pittwater sailing family that produced older brother James Spithill who at the age of 20 signed up for his first America’s Cup campaign in 2000 as helmsman.

World number one Claire Leroy (FRA) and twelfth ranked club mate Nicky Souter (AUS) both suffered today at the hands of Spithill who is currently number three in the world. Read more..