Paige racing in the Women’s International Match Racing Series in Helsinki
WHERE IN THE WORLD: Helsinki, Finland
Paige is just back from racing in Helsinki on the NZ Women's Match Racing team, in the Women’s International Match Racing Series in Helsinki. It was a fantastic event that saw a large number of teams gather to race, with the NZ team finishing the round robin (12 races) with 50 per cent wins, finishing in seventh place out of 13 teams. This was an invaluable learning experience for the team, who are looking forward to future events.
Here's Paige's report on the event.
"Five years is a long time to be out of the women’s match racing circuit, but it was amazing to be back out there competing with some of the best female sailors in the world – even if my body was groaning in protest.
Originally, I had planned to attend the last three stopovers of the Volvo Ocean Race to support my sister Bianca, but when the opportunity to participate in my own sailing arose I jumped at the opportunity. NJK sailing centre and the WIM series put on an awesome event hosting 13 international teams ranked from 2nd in the world to our ranking of 44th in the world.
It was a fun regatta with the girls and awesome to stay on a UNESCO world heritage site Fortress of Suomenlinna. This was our first match racing regatta as a team, my first international match racing regatta since 2013, and for a few of the girls the first time they had ever been to Europe.
The highlight of our regatta was getting a win over Match in Pink by Normandy Elite team from France, skippered by Pauline Courtois who is currently ranked 2nd in the world, but unfortunately we were knocked out of the quarter finals on day three by Team Kattnakken from Denmark skippered by Trine Palludan who then went on to win the event undefeated in the finals.
Although we were sad at finishing 7th, we feel we did extremely well for our first event as a team and we can’t wait to grow together and improve on our results. Fingers crossed for whatever the future may hold and once again thank you to all our amazing sponsors.