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'A big day!' - Megan Thomson and crew claim Normandy Match Cup

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Kiwi sailor Megan Thomson and her 2.0 Racing crew of Maeve White, Josi Andres, Charlotte Porter and Rose Garcia Royo have claimed the 2024 Normandy Match Cup in Le Havre, France, the third stage of the 2024 Women’s World Match Racing Tour. 

Thomson beat defending event champion Pauline Courtois' Match in Pink 2-0 in the finals.  

Le Havre turned on the breeze and the waves for the final day as the event concluded the semifinal stage and moved into the first-to-two points final.


Megan Thomson and her 2.0 Racing crew in action in Le Havre. Photo / Patrick Deroualle

Earlier in the day, both finalists Thomson and Courtois from France had to fight for their spot in the final as both their semifinal matches - Thomson against France’s Kenza Coutard, and Courtois against Julia Aartsen from the Netherlands - levelled at 2-2 with a decider race in each match for the first-to-three points.
Courtois’ Match in Pink are no strangers to the final at the Normandy Match Cup as previous back-to-back winners of the event in 2022 and 2023. Courtois led the start of the first final but after an issue with their spinnaker hoist, Thomson was able to pass and take the first final point.

In the second match, Courtois again led the start with Thomson close behind. Leading the race to the final downwind leg, Courtois and team looked certain to level the score, but as both teams gybed simultaneously in their last run to the finish, Courtois’ spinnaker struggled to set properly in the breeze as Thomson surged ahead in the surf to roll past Courtois and cross the finish line first.


Thomson beat Pauline Courtois (Match in Pink) in the final. Photo / Patrick Deroualle

“That was a big day,” said Thomson “It was all on the whole way around the course, Pauline and her team are very good here and we were pretty much in survival mode, but the girls were amazing and worked hard, the bodies are sore but it feels pretty good to get the win here in Normandy.”

In the petit final, Coutard (Speedmeute) beat Aartsen (Team Out of the Box) to secure the third place podium finish.

The Women’s World Match Tour next moves to Marstrand, Sweden for the Nordea Women’s Trophy – Match Cup Sweden from July 1 to 6.

Full results here. - with WWMRT