Anna Östling, SWETeam Anna
Anna Holmdahl White, Linnéa Wennergren, Annika CarlungerTeam Anna has been in and out of the no. 1 spot on the women’s match racing team in the world for the last few years. The Team consists of the skipper Anna and her tight team Annika, Marie and the twin sisters Annie and Linnéa. The team mates, that has very different sailing backgrounds and complement each other very well, has been sailing together since 2013 and has since reached some dream goals. 2014 they became Women’s Match Racing World Champions and 2016 they did it all over again and also won their first WIM Series Championship. A dream come true! The team has since worked hard to develop women’s sailing with introducing catamarans and new arenas to the women’s sailing.
Pauline Courtois, FRAMatch in Pink by Normandy Elite Team
Maëlenn Lemaître, Louise Acker, Sophie FaguetThe Match In Pink by Normandy Elite Team come into the 2018 WIM Series as the defending champions with a dominant win in their home waters to end the 2017 season. The skipper, 29 year old sport teacher Pauline Courtois from Brest, started sailing at seven and racing at nine, and she has been in match racing on different positions since 2011. In 2013 she finished runner-up when calling the tactics for Julie Bossard in the WIM Series event in St Quay. In 2013 she also finished third in the national championships. Pauline made her skipper debut on the WIM Series at the 2014 Women's Match Race Golfe du Morbihan. Her favourite boat is the RS 800, and for match racing the Elliot 6m, but she also likes sailing in J/80 and Beneteau Open 5.70. And in 2016 she's added the Tour de France à la Voile to her resume.
Renée Groeneveld, NEDDutch Match Racing Team
Annemieke Bes, Lobke Berkhout, Mijke LievensThis experienced team from the Netherlands made their WIM Series debut at the 2015 Buddy Melges Challenge and continue on with the 2015 Busan Cup. Renee have done 2 Olympic campaigns, reaching the quarter final of match racing in London in 2012. The team finished off the 2016 WIM Series strong with a win at the Carlos Aguilar Match Race and built on that performance to finish second overall in the 2017 WIM Series. After taking a break from match racing in the beginning of 2018, they return for the season finale in St. Thomas.
Johanna Bergqvist, SWETeam Bergqvist Match Racing
Isabelle Bergqvist, Beata Törneman, Johanna ThiringerTeam Bergqvist Match Racing was a brand new Swedish team from Gothenburg in 2015 when they made their WIM Series debut as a wildcard in Lysekil. Skipper Johanna Bergqvist has already, at age 21, competed at ten international regattas in different dinghy classes and collected many gold titles on Swedish waters. Members of Team Bergqvist are between the ages of 18 and 23. Most have a background in dinghies but some also have experience in keel-boat racing. They are extremely excited and feel privileged for the opportunity to compete in the top level women's match racing events, determined to train hard to achieve the best possible results against the top teams.
Linnéa Floser, SWEPeregrine
Hanna Ericksson, Sarah Ragle, Ann JohnsonLiving in the Swedish capital Stockholm, and representing the Royal Swedish Yacht Club (KSSS), 25 years old Linnéa Floser made her debut on the WIM Series at the 2016 Carlos Aguilar Match Race event in St Thomas. She has raced several dinghy classes and started her match racing career in 2015, with fast climbing to her current ranking position. Linnéa Floser is a certified personal trainer, and has studied science and meteorology at the Stockholm University, and now works as the Chief Operations Officer at At Sea Events.
Morgan Wilson, USACaribbean Wind Racing
Cara Vavolotis, Shannon Wilkins, Bridget GrobleLiving in Virginia, USA, 29 year old Morgan (Wilson) Collins is a College sailing coach at Old Dominion University, taking every opportunity to be on the water and develop both the students’ and her own sailing skills. With a dinghy background in college dinghies and Laser Radials, Collins went into J/22 and J/24 to do some successful keelboat racing. In 2015 she entered the match racing scene, with a podium finish in her first US Women’s Match Racing Championship. The 2018 Carlos Aguilar Match Race is her 3rd WIM Series event.
Margot Vennin – FRAMatchmoiselles by Normandy Elite Team
Marie Zugolaro, Juliette Dubreuil, Sophonie AffagardAs one of the youngest skippers on the WIM Series, Margot Vennin, 22, made her skipper debut on the WIM Series at the 2017 International Bedanne’s Cup. When not racing Margot is an engineering student from Paris. She only began match racing in September of 2016 following a successful international career in dinghies with a top ten finish at the 420 World Championship and winning the the French Inshore Youth Championship as crew. Margot and her team hope to ride the success from Bedanne to get on the podium of the WIM Series in 2018.
Margot Riou, FRAAPCC Women Sailing Team
Clémentine Hilaire, Caroline Vandame, Laurane MettrauxMargot Riou has put together a young team of students who share the same passion for sailing with the same motivation for competition and formed the APCC Women Sailing Team (Equipage Féminin – APCC). The team from Pornichet is making a mark on the J/80 fleet racing circuit in France as well as the match racing circuit. Riou and her team made their debut at the 2017 Bedanne’s Cup following a silver medal performance at the 2017 French Women’s Match Racing Championship. They plan to continue to build on their experience and aim for the podium of the 2018 WIM Series.
Octavia Owen, GBAthena Racing
Ruby Riggs, Amber Riggs, Hebe HemmingOctavia Owen (GBR), 18 years old, started sailing at West Kirby Sailing Club (WKSC) on the river Dee on the Wirral peninsula in England, with her family on their cruising boat from birth, which gave her the sailing bug at an early age! She started helming her own Cadet at age 7 with her brothers and long-time friend and teammate, Ruby. Octavia then progressed to Fireflies and team racing by age 11, eventually winning a silver medal at the ISAF Under 19 Team Racing World Championship at age 15. Along with her teammates, she decided to try match racing and they have been hooked ever since! Team Athena Racing’s WIM Series and debuting at the Lysekil Women’s Match 2017.
Helena Nielsen, SWETeam Nielsen
Louise Wistrand, Päivi Sipilä, Emelie ByströmTeam Nielsen is a Stockholm based team debuting with their first WIM Series event at the St Thomas Carlos Aguilar Match Race 2018. The Skipper Helena Nielsen is a 34 year old engineer working with wind power development in Stockholm. Helena has a background as a handball player but after an injury started sail racing 5 years ago and debuted as a skipper three years ago. The team have different sailing backgrounds but all started racing only 2-5 years ago. Their love for sailing and competitive mindset has allowed the team to learn and develop fast. Today they are extremely happy for the opportunity to compete with the best match racing teams in the world!
Sanna Mattsson, SWESwedish Women’s Match Racing Team
Niki Blässar, Therese Berg, Louise LindkvistSanna Mattsson and Sarah Rosell wished for a new sailing opportunity after quitting the 49erFX. In the fall of 2015 they founded Swedish Women’s Match Racing Team, gathering the most motivated and happy sailors they knew. Sanna is currently studying Shipping and Logistics in Gothenburg and in summer 2018 she will do her second year as a Logistics Coordinator for Lysekil Women’s Match. The team had their WIM Series debut in Helsinki 2016 and will have their Swedish WIM Series debut in Lysekil Women’s Match 2018.
Janel Zarkowsky, USAAs One
Isabelle Ruiz de Luzuriaga, Katie Olsen, Rose EdwardsTeam As One is a newly formed team of graduates from Georgetown University (Washington D.C.), making their WIM Series debut at the 2018 Carlos Aguilar Match Race in St. Thomas. Skipper Zarkowsky is in her seventh season coaching the Georgetown University varsity sailing team with numerous Collegiate National Championship titles achieved in both fleet and match racing. Skipper Zarkowsky, however, is not new to the WIM Series. She competed on the WIM Series from 2013-2016 as bowman for Team Epic Racing with skipper Stephanie Roble. Team Epic Racing won the WIM Series title in 2015. Since 2016, Zarkowsky has been helming match races in the US with both female and open crew. Her top finishes include 4th at the U.S. Open Match Racing Championship and 2nd at the U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship. Zarkowsky is very excited to return to the WIM Series as a skipper and hopes to use this team as a platform to get female college sailors into the sport of match racing.