Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Liz Baylis on Match Racing World Championships

Ivor Wilkins/Offshore Images
We apologize for the confusing note yesterday. Today’s will be much clearer: We won our semi-final round against Silja Lehtinen (FIN) which moved us up from 4th to 2nd and into a spot in the finals, BUT we must have played all of our puff cards and there was no wind remaining in Waitemata Harbour and the finals were cancelled, so Claire Leroy and her crew from France defended their World title and the San Francisco Women’s Match Racing Team finished in second. Sure, we’re disappointed that we did not have a chance sail for the championship, but we were very happy to move up from Friday’s 8th place to Sunday’s second place. We saw typical Auckland weather – “If you don’t like the weather wait five minute and it will change.” We saw the whole range of conditions this week and tried to take advantage where we could.

The final results from the 2008 Worlds:
1st – Claire Leroy (FRA)
2nd – Liz Baylis (USA)
3rd – Silja Lehtinen (FIN)