We spent all week anxiously awaiting the finish of the Puma Moth Worlds so we could pick one of the three female competitors as Sailor Chick of the Week. And now that it is over, we simply can’t do it. Copout? Sure. But after having the pleasure of their company on the Arabian Gulf for so many days, we’re ok with that, and for all three of them to so openly embrace what is seen by many as the ultimate in extreme sailing designs is just awesome. And for all three to get on camera and tell women everywhere how easy it is to get started and how worthwhile to persevere, even better. None of these girls are dinghy rock stars, none are teenagers with no fear – just ordinary girls with perhaps larger-than-ordinary balls – metaphorically speaking.
Seattle’s Lindsey Bergan (left) has the most experience of the three, and was by far the most consistent throughout the week, except for a little issue after Race 1 that cost her six DNCs when she pulled a muscle in her lower back. But she hung around and relaxed and got right back into it as soon as she could, earning a 35th for her toughness. Check out Lindsey in our pre-event intro.
Kerstin Sommer (top left) was the girl having maybe the most fun. While the rest of the racers were chilling in between races, Kerstin was frequently blasting around with a smile on her face, and she spent hours babying and prepping her boat on the beach in a little bikini to the joy of the many admirers of the seriously hot ink on her shoulder. Sommer scored 30th, and you can see her interview (plus bikini and tattoos) here.
Emma Aspington (left) took the women’s division trophy, on one race nearly getting a finish in the teens and her overall 27th place being 3 spots ahead of her goal. The Stockholm-based racer’s love for sailing has been reinvigorated by the moth, and she can’t wait to see more of it happening up where the summer sun always shines. See Emma’s interview here.
March 15th, 2010