Great Britain’s Poole-based women’s match racers avenged their World Championship final defeat with a victory over the USA at the ISAF World Cup in Miami.
Lucy Macgregor, Annie Lush and Kate Macgregor beat American skipper Anna Tunnicliffe, who they lost to 4-0 in Perth last month, to book their place in the semi-finals.
They even lost the first two races but showed great character to come back and win 3-2, setting up a semi-final meeting with Finland’s Silja Lehtinen.
“It was good to race Anna,” said Lush. “We were starting really well against her and in fact in the first two matches we were leading her the whole way round the course only to get rolled at the finish line.
“So we were then down two but managed to pull it back, keep what we were doing well but work out how to defend her a little bit better in the final three races – finally we got her.
“We didn’t start out with a brilliant regatta, we haven’t been winning everything straight out and we’ve also made a lot of mistakes but it’s been good to learn from and it’s really nice to get through the quarter-finals.
“It is always a massive sigh of relief because it’s such a big cut and everyone racing in the quarters is good – Anna Tunnicliffe’s the world champion and we meet her in the quarters. It’s a really tough stage and a relief to get through it.
“Maybe it’s a personal thing, but for me proving something to Anna was a big thing for me for here and beating her on her home waters, so we’ve done that. We’ve got a few more to see off before we can think about a medal but we’re really happy."
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