The Helsinki Women’s Match starts tomorrow on the the island of Blekholmen. Thirteen teams from six countries will be competing to get important points on the scoreboard in the first of five events of the 2018 WIM Series.
The event is hosted and organized by Nyländska Jaktklubben, NJK, which was founded in 1861 and is, with more than 2,000 members and numerous yacht racing accomplishments, the leading Finnish Yacht Club.
“NJK is very pleased to host WIMRA for the third consecutive year. The World Championship event last year was the main event in our 2017 theme “Ladies First”. We were really happy with the memorable feeling among competitors, race officials and volunteers at NJK during the event. We hope to offer competitive sail racing and that great feeling this year as well. Competitors and fans are all warmly welcome to Blekholmen, Helsinki, the site for sail racing since 1885,” says Mats Welin, Commodore of Nyländska Jaktklubben.
Nyländska Jaktklubben has trained several Olympic champions, and has a great heritage within match racing. The island of Blekholmen, the event venue of the 2018 Helsinki Women’s Match, is situated in the South Harbour of Helsinki, right in the city centre. The island is a beautiful landmark when entering Helsinki from the sea and the big white wooden clubhouse with its green roof is one of the most photographed buildings in Helsinki.
A number of talented Finnish teams have been competing in events around the world the last couple of years. The ISAF match racing ranking currently has two Finnish skippers, Marinella Laaksonnen and Antonia Degerlund, among the top ten in the world.
”Of course I’m very proud of our club hosting the first WIM Series event again this year. Happy to meet many opponents who’ve visited Helsinki before but even more excited to welcome newcomers to our town and club. It’s especially nice that we’re staying at Blekholmen, the white pearl of Helsinki, a small island just outside city center with the best possible view of Helsinki skyline,” says Antonia Degerlund, Skipper of Team Sköna Vibbisar who have competed in the WIM Series since 2016. She continues:
”This will be the first race for the season with our full crew, so we are very happy that the whole team is gathered for a full week. We might have some minimal advantage of knowing the boats, but the sailing skills of the women in this competition are at such advanced level that the advantage is indeed very small.”
The Helsinki Women’s Match is raced in the J80 Class and the first day of racing is June 26th with the first race planned for 10.00 am local time. The first two race days will see a full round robin where eight teams advance to the knockout stage. The final and petite final will be raced on Friday June 29th.
Teams Competing in the 2018 Helsinki Women’s Match:
Match in Pink by Normandy Elite Team
Pauline Courtois, Maëlenn Lemaître, Louise Acker, Nathalie Corson , Sophie Faguet – France
Current World Sailing Ranking: 2
L2 Match Racing Team
Marinella Laaksonen, Daniela Rönnberg, Camilla Cedercreutz, Henna Holopainen, Eva-Lotta Hokkonen – Finland
Current World Sailing Ranking: 4
Trine Palludan, Lea Richter Vogelius, Josefine Boel Rasmussen, Vivi Lund Møller, Joan Vestergård Hansen – Denmark
Current World Sailing Ranking: 5
Team Bergqvist Match Racing
Johanna Bergqvist, Isabelle Bergqvist, Johanna Thiringer, Ellinor Hansson, Fanny Edgren – Sweden
Current World Sailing Ranking: 7
Team Sköna Vibbisar
Antonia Degerlund, Carla Westersund, Janina Hallberg, Disa Långström, Lisa Gerkman – Finland
Current World Sailing Ranking: 9
Stockholm Match Racing Team
Sanna Häger, Karin Bäckström, Beata Törneman, Klara Häger, Karin Flinkenberg – Sweden
Current World Sailing Ranking: 11
Jassi Skogman, Julia Jaatela, Tua Jaatela, Katariina Aarnio, Roosa Wederhorn – Finland
Current World Sailing Ranking: 16
Matchmoiselles by Normandy Elite Team
Margot Vennin, Marie Zugolaro, Clotilde Ponçon, Jeanne Lebouvier, Sophonie Affagard – France
Current World Sailing Ranking: 18
Swedish Women’s Match Racing Team
Sanna Mattsson, Niki Blässar, Sarah Rosell, Therese Berg, Louise Lindkvist – Sweden
Current World Sailing Ranking: 19
APCC Women Sailing Team
Margot Riou, Clémentine Hilaire, Marion Ledoux, Pétronille Lauzeral, Tiphaine Ragueneau – France
Current World Sailing Ranking: 20
Allie Blecher, Beka Schiff, Katja Sertl, Abby Featherstone, Meg Six – USA
Current World Sailing Ranking: 41
Celia Willison, Charlotte Porter, Paige Cook, Erica Dawson, Alison Kent – New Zealand
Current World Sailing Ranking: 44
Hanna Ericksson, Susu Kukkonen, Sara Edholm, Charlotte Eklund, Raisa Räisänen – Sweden
Current World Sailing Ranking: unranked