Macgregor claims world match racing title

Mon, 27 Sep 01:33:00 2010

Lucy Macgregor became the first British skipper to win the ISAF women’s match racing World Championship after a thrilling 3-2 victory over two-times world title-winning helm Sally Barkow in Newport, Rhode Island.

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Macgregor - a hopeful for Britain's 2012 Olympic team - and her crew of younger sister Kate Macgregor, Annie Lush, and Mary Rook had a tough route to the final, facing current world number one Renee Groeneveld of the Netherlands in the quarter-final, and two-times world champion and world number two Claire Leroy of France in the semis.

However, the 23-year-old Scot despatched both crews by a 3-1 margin, setting up a tense decider against local-favourite Barkow on Sunday's.

"It was a really tight final, it was gusty and windy with big waves,” said Lush.

“We didn’t do so well at the starts so were often behind, but we gained lots on the downwinds to stay in contention and in the fourth race we managed to give Sally a penalty she couldn’t overcome.

“It’s real testament to how we’ve been sailing and how well the four of us have performed as a team," Lush added. "We’ve been behind in a lot of the races this week but stayed calmed, sailed the boat well and pulled through. Kate and Mary have done a really good job."

Next up for Lush and Lucy Macgregor is the Argo Group Gold Cup in Bermuda, where the British duo will line up against the top men's match racing teams in the world.


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