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A U S T R A L I A N W O M E N ’ S M AT C H R A C I N G RPAYC MEMBERS PLACE 1ST AND 10TH IN BUSAN, KOREA A the spectators could quite easily follow the gusts as they spread over the racecourse. But for the competitors on the water it was a lot harder to keep track of the puffy and shifty winds: “It was so shifty out there today, so it felt like it could be anyone’s race each time,” says Macgregor. “Finally, is all I can say. We’ve been here for eight years and we’re just so happy to take it home today,” the Aussie skipper cheers out, praising her crew of Alessandra Angelini, Jessica Eastwell, Kate Lathouras and Stacey Jackson representing the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club. “We had some great crew work and some really smart decisions, and there were moments in there when you just had to be focused, because it was so shifty. We tried to stay in focus and just push every opportunity, and that paid,” Spithill analyses. s one of the most experienced match racing skippers in the world, Australian Katie Spithill has been to every Busan Cup Women’s International Match Race since the inaugural event in 2008, except for the single year she had her daughter. But not until Saturday the 29 October 2016 did she go all the way through to winning in Korea; over previous two-time Busan champion Lucy Macgregor of Great Britain: The waters just outside the beautiful Haeundae Beach of Korean city Busan offered the most challenging of sailing conditions, as the Busan Cup Women’s International Match Race came down to the wire with semi finals and finals on Saturday. In incredibly shifty, puffy and gusty winds, Spithill won her Semi 3-1 over round-robin winner Claire Leroy, who may have regretted her earlier choice of opponent: “I think the key in the semis was that we had superior boat speed, especially downwind,” says Spithill. “We made too many small mistakes, allowing them to come from behind with the gusts to overtake us,” Leroy comments. Katie and the team (right) after their victory. Photo: WIM Media In the other semi, Lucy Macgregor faced Swedish 2016 WIM Series Champion Anna Östling, who didn’t really seem to have a chance. The World #1 was quite shamefully defeated 3-0: “We sailed very, very well there, and made it quite easy for ourselves. That was very pleasant,” the British skipper admits. “As good as our day was yesterday, it was equally bad today. We didn’t get the flow at all, didn’t have the speed and made too many stupid mistakes,” sighs Östling, obviously not very happy at all. As Macgregor and Spithill met in the final, the A