Women’s Match Racing World Championship takes over Cherbourg

The 2021 Women’s Match Racing World Championship, featuring Olympic and America’s Cup champions, is set to take over Europe’s second largest artificial harbour – Cherbourg-en-Cotentin in Normandy, France – from Thursday October 28. 

The eight teams of four and five crew members from Finland, France, Netherlands, Sweden and UK will compete over four days of intense racing on J/80 fixed keel one-design sports boats. 

The 2021 Women’s Match Racing World Championship is being hosted by Yacht Club Cherbourg, after the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS) – now hosts of the 2022 edition – was forced to withdraw due to pandemic-related travel restrictions. 

The skippers are:

Pauline Courtois (FRA) – rank 1

Anna Östling (SWE) – rank 2

Marinella Laaksonnen (FIN) – rank 5

Octavia Owen (GBR) – rank 9

Margot Riou (FRA) – rank 10

Renée Groeneveld (NED) – rank 15

Sanna Matsson (SWE) – rank 21

Kenza Coutard (FRA) – wild card


“World Sailing, the Match Racing World Championship and our athletes are incredibly grateful to the Yacht Club Cherbourg for stepping in as hosts in this challenging time for global sport,” said Pedro Rodrigues, World Sailing Events Manager.  

“We’re now looking forward to edge-of-your seat action in Cherbourg harbour, with amazing vantage points for spectators and a superstar line up of the sport’s biggest names in women’s match racing.”

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