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Sailing: Macgregor sails to victory at ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championships

September 27, 2010

Lucy Macgregor overcame two-time world title winner, Sally Barkow, to become the first British skipper to win the ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championships.  The 23 year old and her crew were crowned World Champions on Saturday after five days of tough competition in Newport, Rhode Island.

Macgregor_WIMRAWorlds_20100The Skandia Team GBR, consisting of Macgregor, Annie Lush, younger sister Kate Macgregor and Mary Rook, got off to an impeccable start, beating all nine of their opponents in the first round robin stage.  They emerged as winners of a four-way tie from the second group stage, setting them up for a quarter final contest against current world number one, Renee Groenveld of the Netherlands.

Overcoming the Dutch team 3-1, the team faced stiff competion in the shape of two-time World Champion and world number two, Claire Leroy of France.  Having been tied at 1-1 heading into the final day, the Skandia team came through to win 3-1, booking themselves a place in the final against USA’s Sally Barkow.

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There was an added element of competition as Lush found herself face to face with Barkow, having been part of her two-time world title winning crew.  Both girls had their eyes set on the prize, each hoping to be the first to win three women’s world crowns.

Ultimatley it was Lush who came out on top as the Skandia Team GBR sailed to victory.  After a shaky start the team managed to gain lots on the downwind to stay in contention.  Barkow conceded a penalty in the fourth race from which she was unable to recover and going into the decider it was two apiece and all to play for.  The GBR crew gained the advantage at the start of the fifth race and led the American team throughout to take the race and seal the world title.

Speaking after the event, Lush said, “It’s a real testament to how we’ve been sailing and how well the four of us have perfomed as a team as we’ve been behind in a lot of the races this week but stayed calm, sailed the boat well and pulled through…it’s fantastic to have come through and won”.

After a week’s break, Lush and Lucy Macgregor will line up against the world’s top men’s match racing teams at the Argo Group Gold Cup in Bermuda, at which they’ve been invited to compete.

Kirsty Page, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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