World's Best Women Match Racers Gather In Calpe

Organized by the Real Club Nautico Calpe, the Xll International Women's Match Race Criterium takes place in the charming Spanish village of Calpe from 4 - 8 May.

The best women’s match race specialists worldwide will be competing for valuable match racing points.
On the first day, the eleven crews were welcomed at the club's premises for the final registration and the sailors' weighing.

Difficult weather conditions, heavy rain and cold temperatures, characterized the preliminary training sessions during which the crews had the chance to get to know the Tom 28 boats better, that will be used for the racing.

The Opening ceremony was held at the Salón Belliure of Real Club Náutico Calpe with the presence of local authorities and skippers, including last years' winner Claire Leroy. Her Royal Highness Infanta Doña Cristina is the honorary president of the regatta.

Reaching the twelfth edition, the Criterium International is an ISAF Grade 1 event and proves to be one of the season's unmissable match-racing events, as confirmed by the presence of a top level lineup:

Skipper Nationality World Ranking 

Caire Leroy      France     2 
Katie Spithill      Australia      3 
Anna Tunnicliffe      United States      4 
Silke Hahlbrock      Germany      5 
Anne-Claire Le Berre      France      6 
Klaartje Zuiderbaan     Netherland      10 
Lotte Meldgaard Pedersen      Denmark      11 
Camilla Ulrikkeholm      Denmark      12 
Samantha Osborne      New Zealand      16 
Margarita Cameselle Alvarez      Spain      40 
Tamara Echegoyen      Spain      84

The event will consist of round robins, quarter finals, semi-finals and finals starting from 5 May.