San Francisco, USA (28 April 2023) – Celia Willison and the EDGE Women’s Match Team from New Zealand secured a hard-fought victory today at the inaugural all-women Casa Vela Cup hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club, San Francisco. Willison and team defeated Sweden’s Anna Östling and the Wings Team 3-1 in the final.
The Edge Women’s Match Team of Celia Willison, Alison Kent, Charlotte Porter and Serena Woodall had a tough route to the final after first having to defeat close friends and fellow Kiwis Megan Thomson/2.0 Racing Team in the semi-finals.
Starting the day at 1-1 in their semis match, Thomson came out strong to take a 2-1 advantage over Willison, but Thomson’s point deduction from yesterday opened the door for Willison to claw back two straight wins and find their way to the final.
In the other semi-final, the surprise of the day was the Swedish come-from-behind victory against local favourite Nicole Breault/ Vela Racing putting Breault and team out of contention for the Casa Vela Cup title as the Swedes secured a 3-2 win.
In the Final, the Swedish team was quick out of the blocks and led the first race wire-to-wire to a 1-0 start.
Looking confident in race 2, Willison found better pressure to force Östling into a downwind broach just before the finish, evening the score at 1-1.
In Race 3, both teams hugged the shoreline for relief from the current, with a fierce tacking battle and penalties aplenty.
But it was Willison and crew that held their calm and won the day clinching a 3-1 victory over the Swedish team.
“We had great fun today” added Willison, “huge shout out to Megan Thomson for giving us a hard time in the semis, and to Anna and team in the final, that was exhausting but it was awesome, great match racing and what a win!”
In the petite final, Breault beat Thomson 2-0 to achieve a very credible podium finish in 3rd place.
The Women’s World Match Racing Tour heads to Annapolis, Maryland next week for Stage 2 of the Tour at the Santa Maria Cup hosted by Eastport Yacht Club with racing from 1-4 May. Follow results and images from the Women’s WMRT site at https://womenswmrt.com/
Casa Vela Cup 2023 – Final Results
About Women’s World Match Racing Tour
The Women’s World Match Racing Tour was launched in 2022 to continue the hugely successful legacy of the WIM Series (Women’s International Match Racing Series) providing a global match racing series for female sailors. The name of the series was re-launched as the Women’s World Match Racing Tour with its continued mission to expand and strengthen global match racing and promote opportunities for competitive women’s sailing at every level. The Women’s World Match Racing Tour is the world’s first and only professional sailing series for women providing a valuable pathway for aspiring female world champions in the sport of sailing. See womenswmrt.com
Racing continues tomorrow with the first start scheduled for 1030 PST.
Follow live results at https://www.matchracingresults.com/2023/wwmrt-casa-vela-cup/
For information on the Women’s WMRT, visit https://womenswmrt.com/