Fuente info RC44 Bronenosec wins the day but Nika takes the lead
Vladimir Liubomirov’s Bronenosec Sailing Team was the class act on the opening day of match racing at the RC44 Portsmouth Cup, notching up a perfect scoreline, winning all five of its matches.
However, the Russian team was not as invincible as their score suggested. As Bronenosec’s Italian tactician, Michele Ivaldi observed: “We had good starts, good crew work, good speed, good driving. In the race against Peninsula Petroleum when we were behind, we kept it close and at the first chance we pounced. Against Artemis we were behind, split gates and after a little fight at the top of the second beat we managed to sneak in front.”
Racing started straightforwardly enough in a 10 knot westerly, however later in the afternoonthe wind became erratic with the onset of a squall. As the skies darkened, the wind piped up to 20+ knots. In the gusty conditions several boats broached. Over the course of the day the wind speed ranged from 6 to 24 knots and shifted through almost 100°.
ROBERTSON IS CROWNED THE MILLION DOLLAR WORLD CHAMPION
Phil Robertson has been crowned World Match Racing Champion after beating Taylor Canfield in an epic, high-wind duel today in the Final of the World Match Racing Tour.
The 29-year-old and his Robertson Racing crew also banked US $33,000 for winning in Marstrand, Sweden, plus a World Champion’s bonus of $1,000,000. It’s the largest prize money ever awarded in the sport of sailing, but Robertson’s whoops of joy and celebration were more about winning the title of Match Racing World Champion. “It’s a dream come true and the goal we’ve been striving for since 2009,” he told the crowd that he just done his best to drench with champagne. “ To do it here in Marstrand, I couldn’t think of a better place. Thank you all for watching, I hope it was entertaining because we sure had fun.”
The penultimate day of the World Championship Finals produced so many upsets, it’s impossible to predict who will become tomorrow’s Champion of the World Match Racing Tour.
It was a huge day of giant-killing which began with Chris Steele’s 3-0 victory over reigning World Champion Ian Williams. The 23-year-old Kiwi was generally getting the better of the six-time Match Racing World Champion in the pre-starts and leading the Briton off the start line. In the moderate to strong breeze, with crewman Ben Lamb’s glistening biceps on full display to the gathered crowds, it was an impressive show of strength by the young New Zealanders.
“I don’t think Ian really did anything much wrong today,” said Steele modestly, “we had a bit of luck at times and just did the small things slightly better. Sailing how we sailed today, I don’t think anyone would have beaten us. I’d be happy to go up against anyone in this competition now.”
Gran campeonato del español Iker Martinez que va por más.
La materia es impenetrable, hoy lo aprendió Berntsson.
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Sweden pins its hopes on Wallén the Warrior
Hans Wallén is looking to uphold the honour of the Swedes in Marstrand, venue for the climax of the World Match Racing Tour. The 55-year-old is the last of five Swedish skippers standing as the World Championship Finals enter the Quarter Final stage on Friday.
Wallén, an Olympic silver medallist from Atlanta 1996, put in a superhuman effort to overcome Sam Gilmour’s early advantage in their Super 16 battle. Gilmour has been one of a number of young Australians that have really surprised some of the more experienced teams with their mastery of the M32 in the high-wind short-course racing on the Marstrand fjord this week. But the veteran Swede kept faith in his own abilities, and the commitment of his crew.
A Torrid Tale of Collision, Capsize, and the Charge of the Light Brigade
The Super 16 knock-out round of the World Championship Finals sizzled with excitement and controversy today, as the World Match Racing Tour heads for a climactic finale in Sweden.
Strong, northerly winds blowing across the island of Marstrand offered up a different race course and a different challenge from previous days. It brought out the best of some of the young Antipodean teams who have flown half way round the world for a shot at the $1 million bonus prize money for the winner of this event. The likes of Western Australia’s Sam Gilmour and Matt Jerwood might have thought their chances of the big prize were pretty slim, but on the evidence of today’s performances by the young sailors from Perth, they might just have a shot if the big breeze stays up.
Guichard comes from behind to win breezy first day in Marstrand
The World Championship Finals of the World Match Racing Tour opened in the best possible way today, with Marstrand delivering strong breeze and sunny skies for the 20 international teams competing in Sweden.
With so much at stake, with a $1 million bonus up for grabs for the winner, it was vital for the big players to get off to a good start in Qualifying, which consists of four Groups of five teams competing in a series of short, sharp fleet races. Off the start line and in the early stages of his four heats, Yann Guichard looked to be in trouble. But the Spindrift skipper stayed patient, relied on some sensational boatspeed as he has done all season, and battled his way through to the front, finishing the day with the best scoreline of 2,1,1,1.
10-15 knot winds off Fort Adams enabled the race organizers to pile in a full day of competition at the World Match Racing Tour Newport, to conclude the Super 16 Knockout round. The gusty conditions on Newport Harbour once again made for nail-biting racing with much hull flying and lead changes.
The busy Super 16s comprised eight first-to-three points matches, the seeding determined by the first two days of Qualifying with the result that a further eight skippers are today heading home.
A few of these series went 3-0: Dackhammar and his ESSIQ Racing Team winning the Swedish derby against Johnie Berntson’s FLUX Team; Ian Williams’ GAC Pindar taking out Matt Jerwood; Nicolai Sehested’s Trefor Match Racing beating Eric Monnin; Yann Guichard’s Spindrift racing coming out on top against Swedish Olympic silver medallist Hans Wallén; and Swede Stefan Rahm conquering Sally Barlow’s Team Magenta 32. But these definitive scorelines mostly didn’t reflect the closeness of the racing and the numerous spectacular moments that stirred the crowds gathered along the shoreline of Newport’s historic Fort Adams.
Regata entre Canfield v Menninger (R16 Pair 8 Race 1)
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Living Another Day
The World Match Racing Tour Newport entered its match racing phase today. While Newport Harbour was fog-free and blessed with sun all day, there was a long pause mid-way through the Qualifying Group Sail-offs as the wind slowly veered from the north into the sea breeze direction of the southeast. But from there it built to a shifty 15 knots, more than enough for the nimble M32 catamarans to fly.
The Sail-off matches were held between the bottom two finishers from each of the four groups from the Qualifying round of the first two days. The winner of each of the four Sail-offs got to ‘live another day’ by going through to the next round, the Super 16 Knockout.
Among the first to two Sail-offs, it was only Steve Thomas and his RPM Racing team that were able to take out their opponent 2-0. In Thomas’ case this was fellow Perth match racer Keith Swinton’s Team Accure.