World Match Racing Tour. ALPARI

ISAF Special Event

  • Qualifying Round - Flight 1 View all results
    M1 Chris Steele 36 Below Racing 0 vs 1 Mathieu Richard LunaJets
    M2 Eric Monnin Swiss Match Race Team 1 vs 0 Keith Swinton Team Alpari FX
    M3 Donald Wilson Chicago Match Race Center 0 vs 1 Ian Williams GAC Pindar
    M4 Taylor Canfield USone 1 vs 0 Tom Slingsby Team Tom Slingsby
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 2 View all results
    M5 Ian Williams GAC Pindar 1 vs 0 Tom Slingsby Team Tom Slingsby
    M6 Donald Wilson Chicago Match Race Center 0 vs 1 Taylor Canfield USone
    M7 Mathieu Richard LunaJets 0 vs 1 Phil Robertson WAKA Racing
    M8 Joachim Aschenbrenner Aschenbrenner Racing Team 1 vs 0 Keith Swinton Team Alpari FX
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 3 View all results
    M9 Ian Williams GAC Pindar 1 vs 0 Pierre Antoine Morvan Vannes Agglo Sailing Team
    M10 Björn Hansen Hansen Sailing Team 0 vs 1 Taylor Canfield USone
    M11 Joachim Aschenbrenner Aschenbrenner Racing Team 0 vs 1 Mathieu Richard LunaJets
    M12 Keith Swinton Team Alpari FX 0 vs 1 Phil Robertson WAKA Racing
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 4 View all results
    M13 Eric Monnin Swiss Match Race Team 0 vs 1 Mathieu Richard LunaJets
    M14 Chris Steele 36 Below Racing 1 vs 0 Keith Swinton Team Alpari FX
    M15 Björn Hansen Hansen Sailing Team 0 vs 1 Joachim Aschenbrenner Aschenbrenner Racing Team
    M16 Phil Robertson WAKA Racing 0 vs 1 Pierre Antoine Morvan Vannes Agglo Sailing Team
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 5 View all results
    M17 Joachim Aschenbrenner Aschenbrenner Racing Team 1 vs 0 Pierre Antoine Morvan Vannes Agglo Sailing Team
    M18 Björn Hansen Hansen Sailing Team 0 vs 1 Phil Robertson WAKA Racing
    M19 Donald Wilson Chicago Match Race Center 0 vs 1 Eric Monnin Swiss Match Race Team
    M20 Chris Steele 36 Below Racing 1 vs 0 Tom Slingsby Team Tom Slingsby
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 6 View all results
    M21 Björn Hansen Hansen Sailing Team 1 vs 0 Ian Williams GAC Pindar
    M22 Pierre Antoine Morvan Vannes Agglo Sailing Team 0 vs 1 Taylor Canfield USone
    M23 Chris Steele 36 Below Racing 1 vs 0 Donald Wilson Chicago Match Race Center
    M24 Eric Monnin Swiss Match Race Team 0 vs 1 Tom Slingsby Team Tom Slingsby
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 7 View all results
    M25 Chris Steele 36 Below Racing 0 vs 1 Taylor Canfield USone
    M26 Eric Monnin Swiss Match Race Team 0 vs 1 Ian Williams GAC Pindar
    M27 Keith Swinton Team Alpari FX 1 vs 0 Tom Slingsby Team Tom Slingsby
    M28 Donald Wilson Chicago Match Race Center 0 vs 1 Mathieu Richard LunaJets
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 8 View all results
    M29 Joachim Aschenbrenner Aschenbrenner Racing Team 0 vs 1 Tom Slingsby Team Tom Slingsby
    M30 Donald Wilson Chicago Match Race Center 0 vs 1 Phil Robertson WAKA Racing
    M31 Ian Williams GAC Pindar 1 vs 0 Keith Swinton Team Alpari FX
    M32 Mathieu Richard LunaJets 0 vs 1 Taylor Canfield USone
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 9 View all results
    M33 Ian Williams GAC Pindar 1 vs 0 Joachim Aschenbrenner Aschenbrenner Racing Team
    M34 Phil Robertson WAKA Racing 1 vs 0 Taylor Canfield USone
    M35 Björn Hansen Hansen Sailing Team 0 vs 1 Mathieu Richard LunaJets
    M36 Keith Swinton Team Alpari FX 1 vs 0 Pierre Antoine Morvan Vannes Agglo Sailing Team
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 10 View all results
    M37 Mathieu Richard LunaJets 0 vs 1 Pierre Antoine Morvan Vannes Agglo Sailing Team
    M38 Björn Hansen Hansen Sailing Team 0 vs 1 Keith Swinton Team Alpari FX
    M39 Eric Monnin Swiss Match Race Team 0 vs 1 Joachim Aschenbrenner Aschenbrenner Racing Team
    M40 Chris Steele 36 Below Racing 0 vs 1 Phil Robertson WAKA Racing
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 11 View all results
    M41 Chris Steele 36 Below Racing 1 vs 0 Joachim Aschenbrenner Aschenbrenner Racing Team
    M42 Eric Monnin Swiss Match Race Team 1 vs 0 Phil Robertson WAKA Racing
    M43 Björn Hansen Hansen Sailing Team 0 vs 1 Tom Slingsby Team Tom Slingsby
    M44 Donald Wilson Chicago Match Race Center 0 vs 1 Pierre Antoine Morvan Vannes Agglo Sailing Team
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 12 View all results
    M45 Björn Hansen Hansen Sailing Team 1 vs 0 Donald Wilson Chicago Match Race Center
    M46 Pierre Antoine Morvan Vannes Agglo Sailing Team 1 vs 0 Tom Slingsby Team Tom Slingsby
    M47 Chris Steele 36 Below Racing 0 vs 1 Ian Williams GAC Pindar
    M48 Eric Monnin Swiss Match Race Team 0 vs 1 Taylor Canfield USone
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 13 View all results
    M49 Chris Steele 36 Below Racing 1 vs 0 Eric Monnin Swiss Match Race Team
    M50 Ian Williams GAC Pindar 1 vs 0 Mathieu Richard LunaJets
    M51 Keith Swinton Team Alpari FX 0 vs 1 Taylor Canfield USone
    M52 Donald Wilson Chicago Match Race Center 1 vs 0 Tom Slingsby Team Tom Slingsby
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 14 View all results
    M53 Ian Williams GAC Pindar 0 vs 1 Taylor Canfield USone
    M54 Keith Swinton Team Alpari FX 0 vs 1 Mathieu Richard LunaJets
    M55 Phil Robertson WAKA Racing 0 vs 1 Tom Slingsby Team Tom Slingsby
    M56 Donald Wilson Chicago Match Race Center 1 vs 0 Joachim Aschenbrenner Aschenbrenner Racing Team
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 15 View all results
    M57 Mathieu Richard LunaJets 1 vs 0 Tom Slingsby Team Tom Slingsby
    M58 Donald Wilson Chicago Match Race Center 0 vs 1 Keith Swinton Team Alpari FX
    M59 Joachim Aschenbrenner Aschenbrenner Racing Team 0 vs 1 Phil Robertson WAKA Racing
    M60 Björn Hansen Hansen Sailing Team 0 vs 1 Pierre Antoine Morvan Vannes Agglo Sailing Team
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 16 View all results
    M61 Joachim Aschenbrenner Aschenbrenner Racing Team 0 vs 1 Taylor Canfield USone
    M62 Ian Williams GAC Pindar 1 vs 0 Phil Robertson WAKA Racing
    M63 Björn Hansen Hansen Sailing Team 1 vs 0 Eric Monnin Swiss Match Race Team
    M64 Chris Steele 36 Below Racing 0 vs 1 Pierre Antoine Morvan Vannes Agglo Sailing Team
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 17 View all results
    M65 Eric Monnin Swiss Match Race Team 0 vs 1 Pierre Antoine Morvan Vannes Agglo Sailing Team
    M66 Björn Hansen Hansen Sailing Team 1 vs 0 Chris Steele 36 Below Racing
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    Chicago, USA (18 Sept 2014): As the wind came up today so did the tight match racing action in the second day of Qualifying at the Chicago Match Cup, the only US stop on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. As the boats got faster and faster with the building breeze and waves, so did the competitiveness, as teams fought hard for the top four slots to automatically advance to the next stage of the event. Securing their Quarter Finals places are defending Chicago Match Cup champion Taylor Canfield (US One), Ian Williams (GAC Pindar), Pierre Antoine Morvan (Vannes Agglo Sailing Team) and Phil Robertson (Waka Racing). The remaining eight teams will try again in tomorrow’s Repechage to take the final four places, while the four victors from today will wait to see who they face in the Quarter Finals. Today the top two teams from yesterday continued their winning ways and ended up well clear of the field of twelve teams from nine nations. Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One continued to lead the pack from yesterday, achieving a nearly undefeated record by falling only to Phil Robertson (NZL) Waka Racing and accumulating 10 points. Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One heading for the Quarter Finals (c) Ian Roman / AWMRT Next on the leaderboard was Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar, who fell to fellow Tour Card holders Canfield and Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Sailing Team to score 9 points and get his invitation to the next stage. But the remaining two slots could only be determined by tie-break, and only by the results of an intense shoot-out, all-out match in the final flight of Qualifying. Pierre-Antoine Morvan (FRA) Vannes Agglo Sailing Team was not having a great start to Qualifying, coming into the day with only a two points on his scorecard and not looking strong despite impressive winning results in some recent ISAF Grade 2 events in the US in the past month. But the tide started turning (even here in non-tidal waters) for the French team starting in Flight 10, with successive victories earned against Mathieu Richard (FRA) LunaJets (this would prove fortuitous), then Don Wilson (USA), then Tom Slingsby (AUS) Team Tom Slingsby. After a break in the next two flights, Morvan’s winning ways continued with wins earned against Hansen and Chris Steele (NZL) 36 Below, setting themselves up for a final showdown match in the last flight: if they won this match, they would tie Robertson and Richard on 7 points, but since both Morvan and Robertson defeated Richard, then they would go through and leave Richard to fight again in the Repechage. Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing enjoyed a great day at Chicago Match Cup (C) Ian Roman / AWMRT This critical last match was against Eric Monnin (SUI) Team Sailbox, who was not having a great day on only three wins, but had plenty of fight left in him even at the very end of a long day. It looked as though Morvan would be in control, having won the right side of the first beat, but then a close cross by the Swiss at the first top mark put Morvan behind for the first run to the leeward gate. Aggressive pumping and sail trim on the run brought Morvan nearly even to Monnin for the next beat, and at the top of the leg the two tangled, leaving Morvan with a penalty and allowing Monin to continue with a slim lead for the final run to the finish. Morvan would not give up, and impressive downwind pace and positioning put them within striking range of the Swiss, first to one length, then down to one meter, and finally overlapped to leeward. With Rule 17 suspended on the AWMRT, this effectively pinned out Monnin, who was unable to gybe for the finish, and with nothing to lose but his penalty, Morvan drove the pair beyond the layline to the pin. Pierre Antoine Morvan collides with Eric Morvan during Qualifying at Chicago Match Cup (C) Ian Roman / AWMRT Monnin tried nonetheless to gybe, collided with Morvan, earning himself a penalty for his efforts, which then offset Morvan’s to wipe the slate clean. But by doing this deliberately to take control at the finish line, Monnin received another penalty, and thereby ceded the match to Morvan. The Repechage continues tomorrow at 0930. Stage 4 Chicago Match Race, Alpari World Match Racing Tour Qualifying Results Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One 10-1Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar 9-2Pierre Antoine Morvan (FRA) Vannes Agglo Sailing Team 7-4Phil Robertson (NZL) Waka Racing 7-4Mathieu Richard (FRA) LunaJets 7-4Chris Steele (NZL) 36 Below Racing 5-6Tom Slingsby (AUS) Team Tom Slingsby 4-7Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) Team Trifork 4-7Keith Swinton (AUS) Team Alpari FX 4-7Björn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Sailing Team 4-7Eric Monnin (SUI) Team Sailbox 3-8Don Wilson (USA) Chicago Match Race Center 2-9

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    Chicago, USA (17th Sept 2014): As defending champions of the Chicago Match Cup, Taylor Canfield US One (ISV) today have shown they’ve lost none of their prowess at this venue, leading the pack in Day One of the Qualifying Series on an undefeated 4-0 record. Current Tour leader Ian Williams GAC Pindar (GBR) lost his match to Bjorn Hansen Hansen Sailing Team (SWE) for a 3-1 record, a record also held by Mathieu Richard Lunajets (FRA), Phil Robertson Waka Racing (NZL) and Joachim Aschenbrenner Team Trifork (DEN). After a morning delay awaiting a light 6-7 knot breeze to fill from Lake Michigan, six flights of this series were sailed today, with 11 remaining to complete this stage of the competition among twelve teams from nine nations. The conditions were well-suited to the US One team, who have won not only last year’s Chicago Match Cup, but more recently the Chicago Grand Slam Grade 2 event last month. Perfect conditions at the Chicago Match Cup in front of the City backdrop © Ian Roman/WMRT “We have raced here for many years,” said Canfield, “but still learn something every time we race. Today we were feeling a little weak in our downwind legs, but made some adjustments based on what we saw on some other boats.” This helped Canfield in his last match of the day against Pierre Antoine Morvan Vannes Agglo Sailing Team (FRA), where he trailed around the first top mark, but gained on the run and managed to take the lead by holding out the French team from getting to the leeward gate. Tom Slingsby, member of the winning America’s Cup team ORACLE Team USA competing at his debut Chicago Match Cup © Ian Roman/WMRT “Its still early, this is a tough crowd, but it’s good to have some points on the board,” concluded Canfield. While the wind was light, the action was not, and several matches were decided in part by penalties assessed by the umpires. Just moments into the Williams-Hansen match, for example, an altercation after the start not only had Williams penalized but earning a red flag for a acquiring control of the match from the incident. This required him to do his penalty turn immediately, and thereby cede control of the match back to Hansen, who was able to maintain his lead and take the point. No.1 ranked US match racer Don Wilson, founder of the Chicago Match Race Centre © Ian Roman/WMRT Asked about the incident, Williams said simply “We screwed up.” Each of these matches will be important once this stage of 17 flights is completed, as only four teams go through to the Quarter-Finals while the remainder will be determined only after a Repechage round raced on Friday. Qualifying Series racing resumes tomorrow at 0930 CDT on courses set at Belmont Harbor. Stage 4 Chicago Match Race, Alpari World Match Racing Tour Results after Flight 6 Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One 4-0Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar 3-1Phil Robertson (NZL) Waka Racing 3-1Mathieu Richard (FRA) LunaJets 3-1Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) Team Trifork 3-1Chris Steele (NZL) 36 Below Racing 3-1Eric Monnin (SUI) Team Sailbox 2-2Pierre Antoine Morvan (FRA) Vannes Agglo Sailing Team 1-3Björn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Sailing Team 1-3Tom Slingsby (AUS) Team Tom Slingsby 1-3Don Wilson (USA) Chicago Match Race Center 0-4Keith Swinton (AUS) Team Alpari FX 0-4

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    Chicago, USA (17th Sept 2014): As defending champions of the Chicago Match Cup, Taylor Canfield US One (ISV) today have shown they’ve lost none of their prowess at this venue, leading the pack in Day One of the Qualifying Series on an undefeated 4-0 record. Current Tour leader Ian Williams GAC Pindar (GBR) lost his match to Bjorn Hansen Hansen Sailing Team (SWE) for a 3-1 record, a record also held by Mathieu Richard Lunajets (FRA), Phil Robertson Waka Racing (NZL) and Joachim Aschenbrenner Team Trifork (DEN). After a morning delay awaiting a light 6-7 knot breeze to fill from Lake Michigan, six flights of this series were sailed today, with 11 remaining to complete this stage of the competition among twelve teams from nine nations. The conditions were well-suited to the US One team, who have won not only last year’s Chicago Match Cup, but more recently the Chicago Grand Slam Grade 2 event last month. Perfect conditions at the Chicago Match Cup in front of the City backdrop © Ian Roman/WMRT “We have raced here for many years,” said Canfield, “but still learn something every time we race. Today we were feeling a little weak in our downwind legs, but made some adjustments based on what we saw on some other boats.” This helped Canfield in his last match of the day against Pierre Antoine Morvan Vannes Agglo Sailing Team (FRA), where he trailed around the first top mark, but gained on the run and managed to take the lead by holding out the French team from getting to the leeward gate. Tom Slingsby, member of the winning America’s Cup team ORACLE Team USA competing at his debut Chicago Match Cup © Ian Roman/WMRT “Its still early, this is a tough crowd, but it’s good to have some points on the board,” concluded Canfield. While the wind was light, the action was not, and several matches were decided in part by penalties assessed by the umpires. Just moments into the Williams-Hansen match, for example, an altercation after the start not only had Williams penalized but earning a red flag for a acquiring control of the match from the incident. This required him to do his penalty turn immediately, and thereby cede control of the match back to Hansen, who was able to maintain his lead and take the point. No.1 ranked US match racer Don Wilson, founder of the Chicago Match Race Centre © Ian Roman/WMRT Asked about the incident, Williams said simply “We screwed up.” Each of these matches will be important once this stage of 17 flights is completed, as only four teams go through to the Quarter-Finals while the remainder will be determined only after a Repechage round raced on Friday. Qualifying Series racing resumes tomorrow at 0930 CDT on courses set at Belmont Harbor. Stage 4 Chicago Match Race, Alpari World Match Racing Tour Results after Flight 6 Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One 4-0Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar 3-1Phil Robertson (NZL) Waka Racing 3-1Mathieu Richard (FRA) LunaJets 3-1Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) Team Trifork 3-1Chris Steele (NZL) 36 Below Racing 3-1Eric Monnin (SUI) Team Sailbox 2-2Pierre Antoine Morvan (FRA) Vannes Agglo Sailing Team 1-3Björn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Sailing Team 1-3Tom Slingsby (AUS) Team Tom Slingsby 1-3Don Wilson (USA) Chicago Match Race Center 0-4Keith Swinton (AUS) Team Alpari FX 0-4

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    Chicago, USA (16th Sept 2014): Starting Wednesday, the world’s top sailing talent will begin a five-day battle of high-intensity match racing for the right to claim the Chicago Match Cup, Stage 4 and the only U.S. stop on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour (AWMRT). A total of $75,000 in prize money is at stake, as well as valuable points on the World Championship year-long series. The action will begin at 0930 CDT with the start of Qualifying among 12 teams from nine nations. From this stage four teams will advance to the Quarter Finals, with the remaining four slots filled from the results of the Repechage held among the remaining eight teams. Race management is being led by PRO Darcy Cook of the Chicago Match Race Center (CMRC). Courses will be set near the north entrance of Belmont Harbor, site of CMRC’s operations base, and within easy shore side access for spectators. Earlier today, CBS Chicago caught up with defending Chicago Match Cup champion Taylor Canfield (ISV), and Olympic Gold medallist Tom Slingsby and his team from Australia as they were practicing on the Lake: chicago.cbslocal.com/video/10588360-chicago-match-cup-sailing-competition. Follow all the action from the Chicago Match Cup via the following channels; 1) Facebook: www.Facebook.com/worldmatchracingtour - behind the scenes updates, news updates, round up race updates, images of the day, etc. Similar content offered at www.Facebook.com/ChicagoMatchRace. 2) Twitter: @worldmrt - tweet feeds about the regatta in general, newslink to articles, etc. Also @wmrt_liverace will provide flight-by-flight updates, more of a commentary feed about the races. Similar content also tweeted from @matchracecenter. 3) An image gallery from event photographer Ian Roman for the AWMRT will be available at wmrt.photoshelter.com and will be streaming images at new.livestream.com/WorldMRT/cmc14. 4) CMRC will also have a media gallery available at cmrc.thefolio.net, with media only access via user name media2014 and password media2014. 5) A CMRC YouTube Channel is available at www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL4qe_yHZ_mGV-r4BMppDOv70JF78vViIc, and a WMRT YouTube Channel may also have new content at Youtube.com/worldmrt. Media contacts: Dobbs Davis, \n This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , and Laura Muma, \n This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For more information about the Chicago Match Cup, visit ChicagoCup.org. For more information about the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, visit wmrt.com. Stage 4 Chicago Match Cup, Alpari World Match Racing Tour Ian Williams (GBR) GAC PindarMathieu Richard (FRA) LunaJetsTaylor Canfield (ISV) USone Björn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Sailing TeamKeith Swinton (AUS) Team Alpari FXPhil Robertson (NZL) Waka RacingJoachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) Aschenbrenner Racing TeamPierre Antoine Morvan (FRA) Vannes Agglo Sailing TeamEric Monnin (SUI) Team SailboxChris Steele (NZL) 36 Below RacingDon Wilson (USA) Chicago Match Race CenterTom Slingsby (AUS) Team Tom Slingsby

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    London, UK (27th June 2014): There is the two boat format and its unique set of rules, but what also differentiates match racing from any other genre of sailing is that crews must be able to jump from one type of boat to another between events while remaining competitive in the process. On the Alpari World Match Racing Tour this year for example, the teams sailed Match Race Germany aboard Bavaria 40 Match Race edition cruising yachts, and will move to the DS37 purpose-built match racing yachts next week for Stena Match Cup Sweden. Bavaria 40s is used for the Match Race Germany © Photo by Brian Carlin / AWMRT For Sopot they will compete in the Diamont 3000, a ‘conventional’ race yacht, typical of the 1990s, with in-line spreaders, running backstays and a conventional symmetric spinnaker. The next two events are in smaller, more modern, more nimble sportsboats, - the TOM 28, with symmetrical spinnaker, in Chicago and MaxFun25, with asymmetrical spinnaker at Dutch Match Cup. There is then a leap back in time, at the Argo Group Gold Cup in Bermuda, where a yacht designed in 1936 is used - the International One Design. The season concludes with the Foundation 36 racers used at the Monsoon Cup. Diamont 3000 is used for the Sopot Match Race © Photo by ShutterSail.com / AWMRT Just in this small group are boats with asymmetric and symmetric spinnakers (the latter using spinnaker poles, the former not), there are lightweight and heavyweight boats, boats with wheel steering and tiller steering, boats with running backstays and a fixed backstay and an age range from the contemporary back to an 80 year old classic. Obviously some teams prefer some types of boats over others, but success on the Tour requires crews to master them all, and to do so as quickly as possible, for teams there is two hours of official practice the day before racing begins though some teams try to fit in an extra day of training before that. International One Design is used for the Argo Group Gold Cup © Photo by OnEdition / AWMRT “One of the big challenges in the match racing circuit is getting used to the different types of boat that you sail around the world,” admits GAC Pindar skipper Ian Williams. He adds that some crews inevitably are more familiar with some of the boats than others, particularly if they are ‘local’ to them. “In the DS37s, we have maybe 15 weeks of experience now, but that is nothing like the experience of Bjorn [Hansen] or Johnnie [Berntsson], but it is an advantage over some of the newer guys, like David Gilmour.” Now one of the old hands on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, Williams remembers that when he first started out he seemed to do better at new events sailed in boats unfamiliar to the old hands, simply because no one held a ‘time in the boat’ advantage. Tom 28 is used for the Chicago Match Cup © Photo by Brian Carlin / AWMRT Aside from the different physical constraints, such as the type of helm and the spinnaker configuration, requiring the crew to adapt their roles on board, all of the boats also behave differently, particularly when it comes to acceleration and their turning ability – both vital features of match racing competition. Some lighter boats can be thrown around aggressively, whereas some other designs will simply come to a standstill if you treat them disrespectfully. Foundation 36 is used for the Monsoon Cup © Photo by Brian Carlin / AWMRT “There are a few moves, particularly in the low speed stuff, like in the dial-up that ends up specific to the boat, that you can manipulate,” continues Williams. “All boats accelerate slightly differently, so tacking styles are different between them. Some you have to press on with a firm trimmed genoa and some you have to ease the sails a bit more and come down a bit more to get it going. Learning about those idiosyncrasies across the difference conditions is important.” For the most part, skippers on the circuit like the challenge of sailing the different boats and that sailing them well is a vital skill for the successful match racer. As Bjorn Hansen observes: “You cannot win the World Championship by just being extremely good at sailing the DS37 or the IOD. You have to quickly adapt to new boats and sail all types of boats well. But that’s actually also a fun thing…” Mathieu Richard agrees that ‘adapting’ is the relevant word: “That’s one of the things I really like in match racing - having to adapt to all the different boats. I like the fact that we change boats and some teams feel better on the small boats and others feel better on big boats. My team, I think, we are quite good on every boat, which is one of our good points.” Keith Swinton also enjoys the variety. “It is one of the things that makes match racing fun, to sail different boats at different venues. It adds to the skill level of all the sailors. It keeps the playing field a bit more open as well. Some of the boats are better suited to the older guys and some of the younger guys might be better in the other boats, so it keeps a good balance.” Sailing the Alpari World Match Racing Tour in just one type of boat? That would make it just like any other circuit.http://design4u.kiev.ua/europosud.ua/

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    As the 2014 Alpari World Match Racing Tour is about to get underway, the world's top match racing skippers lead an impressive line up of competitors for the 2014 World Championship title. Leading the pack is US Virgin Islander Taylor Canfield and his USOne team returning to defend their 2013 Championship title. Also keen to secure a record breaking fifth World Championship title is Ian Williams from Great Britain and his GAC Pindar team.  Get to know all about the 2014 Tour skippers in our latest Infographic showing their performances and Wins v Losses from last season. Who will lead the way in 2014 and lift the Alpari World Match Racing Tour trophy and become ISAF Match Racing World Champion?  You decide…. blog.livedoor.jp http://detective-nagoyashi.us http://europosud.uahttp://atl-service.kiev.ua/http://senordecor.com.ua

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    London, UK - 14 May 2012: Several rule changes have been confirmed for the 2012 Alpari World Match Racing Tour, coming into effect at the first event of the season, Match Race Germany in Langenargen on May 23 – 28. The Racing Rules have been amended in order to continue the positioning of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour (AWMRT) as the most compelling, competitive and pioneering action on the water. Craig Mitchell, Alpari World Match Racing Tour, Tour Director, expects the alterations to have a positive effect on the Tour, as well as match racing in general: “Match racing has evolved to the point where we currently have a great set of rules, producing some fantastic sporting action, as we saw quite clearly in the 2011 series. “Nothing major has changed in the past few years and we are enthusiastic in our responsibility to keep developing the rules to challenge our world class athletes and create the best possible spectacle we can.”

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    Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia – 27 November, 2011: Borrowing from the motor sports world, where the driver is in constant contact with his crew via radio comms, real-time coaching has made its debut today in the Quarter-Finals of the Monsoon Cup. Rule 41 of the Racing Rules of Sailing which normally prohibits ‘outside assistance’ has been amended here, so that coaches have been allowed to give advice and insight to their team via radio. Positioned on the third-floor balcony of the Ri-Yaz Heritage pavilion adjacent to the race course area, the coaches have an elevated view of the current and the wind, and can provide, when prompted, their insight on which side of the course to favour in each match.  Having been out on the water themselves and felt the pressure of having to read the course while under fire, the natural choices of coaches were from among skippers and crew who did not make the cut to the Quarter-Final round. When these choices were revealed on the evening prior to racing, it provided great entertainment, as erstwhile enemies now became allies in the fight that lie ahead: having just won his last deciding match by mere centimetres, Francesco Bruni naturally chose his hapless opponent, Torvar Mirsky, to be his coach, and Matthieu Richard was tapped by rival skipper Peter Gilmour YANMAR Racing to help lead him through his next round.  Kidding aside, this shows the depth of respect and trust the teams have in each other’s abilities, even as they have been battling each other throughout the season.  “The concept of prohibiting outside assistance goes back to racing on the Thames in the 19th century,” says Gilmour, who proposed to try this at the Monsoon Cup. “Back then when the tide changed, a boat could hand off their anchor line to someone ashore, who could then tow them up the course. So the principal of being self-reliant became rooted in the game, and not until recently has this changed.”  And the change has been considerable: few yachts venture anywhere now without a GPS, most offshore races now allow weather routing help through downloads of grib files, and the advent of sophisticated electronic tools and modern telecommunications has brought offshore sailors to all new levels of accuracy and access. Most aspects of our lives can now be influenced and enhanced by having access to information made readily available – look at the explosion in apps for iPhones, iPads, and the like.  So it’s not a long stretch to accept real-time coaching help to increase the performance level of the teams, and help allow the game evolve in some new and interesting ways, especially if adopted at other match racing events. Coach positioning, for example, can play a huge role, and not every venue will have the bird’s eye view afforded here in Kuala Terengganu. Will coaches then be allowed.  out on other areas of the course, on the water or even in the air? And what about at the lower levels of the game where teams are still learning: would it be right for the coach to tell them how to execute a difficult manoeuvre and provide detailed tactical advice, rather then just observations of the race course? If so, who will police this?  And once coaches are accepted onto the competitor’s boats, what’s to keep them off the umpire boats as well? Most umpires agree that the integrity of most calls are made based on good positioning, and even the best umpires can find themselves out of position when a good call is needed. Can a coach possibly help them as well? An electronic variant of this concept devised by Stan Honey and his team is already in play at the America’s Cup World Series, where umpire calls are made based on highly-accurate telemetry brought to match umpires pouring over their screens. Honey says the debriefs are no longer arguments about the facts of positioning – the telemetry settles this to within centimetres – but about the tactical options and rules that apply.  But here at the Monsoon Cup the input provided by coaches was more factual than directive: where the wind shift was seen to be, what side of the course seemed to have better current, etc., and not direct advice on what side of the start line or upwind leg to favour.  One team that enjoyed the most success from the coaching was newly-crowned World Champion Ian Williams Team GAC Pindar, who had already signed up 49er Olympic Silver Medallist Ian Barker to help them read the course area. And while not a match racer per se, Barker does, however, have tremendous coaching experience for Olympic aspirants, and was already on his way to coach at the ISAF Sailing World Championships the following week in Perth. With Barker’s help, Williams won the overall World Championship title in the Quarter Final, sailing a course area strewn with tricky current eddies and wind shifts.  Perhaps ironically, the teams with skippers as coaches did not fair so well: Mirsky’s Bruni went down 1-3 to Williams, and Richard’s Gilmour lost 1-3 to Johnnie Berntsson.  But not having a coach had its perils as well: both Will Tiller and Phil Robertson eschewed their option to take on a coach, and both lost to their rivals by close scores of 2-3.  How much will coaching be used in future Tour events? Probably more, as the Tour seeks to embrace new ways to enhance the excitement level even more, both on and off the water. - Article provided by Dobbs Davishttp://sites.google.com http://www.man-ms.com.ua www.europosud.uawww.mexes.com.ua/http://www.np.com.ua

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    Langenargen, Germany (9th June 2014): Downunder, where chief umpire Bill Edgerton comes from, there’s a children’s character called Blinky Bill, a laid-back cuddly cartoon Koala. But if the sailors on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour think they can pull the blinkers over their on-the-water officials, they’ve got another thing coming. Edgerton (known to some as Complicated Bill) and his colleagues are wise to their mischievous tricks. Most of the boats used on the Alpari World Match Race Tour are tiller-steered, but at Match Race Germany, the Bavaria 40 keelboat is equipped with a wheel. This offers the cheekier skippers a new opportunity to pull the wool over the eyes of the umpires. Just as professional footballers are prone to tripping over a blade of grass on the edge of the penalty box, sailors are not immune to similar forms of dyspraxia. Tight situations sometimes tempt sailors into the dark art of dissimulation. But Complicated Bill is on to them: “They're playing to the umpires! They're trying to gain an advantage, and it's a game between us and them. “They're always trying to show that they're doing what they need to stay out of trouble, and we're always looking to see that they're doing enough. So, they can exaggerate the drama of the situation and make it look as though it's more dramatic than it is in reality. But it's not as bad as a dive in football. “When you need to keep clear, you have to turn the boat, and if you're not close enough or not watching closely, they can slide their hands over the top of the wheel without actually turning it, saying, ‘Look, I'm going as hard as I can!’” Little beknown to the offending skipper, Edgerton is looking further down - below the waterline - for evidence of whether or not they’re really trying. “Actually if you're looking at the rudder you see there's no turning of the rudder whatsoever. It's up to us to try and satisfy ourselves if they are really doing everything they can, or if they're just playing a game.”news88.net http://www.europosud.ua http://motioncrisp.wordpress.comevakuator-servis.com/http://www.galid.com/

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    Langenargen, Germany (8th June 2014): Being a professional sailor isn’t just about being able to sail a boat fast, it’s about conducting yourself in a professional manner in every respect. It’s what you do off the water that counts too, such as negotiating with commercial partners who can help fund the costs of competing on a global circuit. French skipper Mathieu Richard has shown a useful knack of being able to sign a sponsor who can help his team perform on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. Last year, despite lacking a Tour Card, Richard succeeded in finding a sponsor in GEFCO who helped him compete on a number of events as a Wild Card holder. Victory at the Korea Match Cup and some other great performances were sufficient to get him back into this year’s circuit as one of the eight Tour Card holders. “It's a great feeling to be back as a Tour Card holder, because the last time was in 2011. We managed to get a new sponsorship with LunaJets, so they are following us for this season. I'm very excited and very glad to be on the Tour with my team, which is the same team pretty much as last year.” LunaJets, a private jet brokerage based in Geneva, already supported Richard on the RC44 circuit. “When I asked them if they wanted to go on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, they immediately said yes, so they are very excited to be on the circuit with us. We hope we can repay their faith in us. They are very sensitive to the fact that it's a World Championship and we are a very high level team and we are fighting for the victory, for the title. They like this very much.” Richard has a very diverse background in racing, with world championship wins as a tactician in keelboats like the Mumm 30 and fast multihulls the ORMA 60 offshore trimarans. He has won the offshore challenge, the Tour de France a la Voile, four times, but in the past decade he has increasingly focused on match racing. Victory at the European Match Racing Championship in 2004 showed what he could do, and since then he has finished runner-up in the Tour in 2007. He has been a world force in match racing ever since. Richard attributes his success to having raced with a core of friends for a very long time. “I started match racing with Greg, my tactician, more than 15 years ago, so it's really been a while. Then Thierry and Olivier have been with me for eight or nine years. Francois Verdier, the bowman, started with me two years ago and Pascal Rambeau, the same.” While he’s competing in a combative part of the sport, Richard maintains a placid demeanour. “I am not sure I am very aggressive, definitely some are more so, like Bjorn Hansen; even the young guys, Robertson, Swinton, they like to be aggressive. It is not in my nature to be so aggressive. I try to stay smooth on the course to keep the boat fast and we also have good skills in terms of tactics on board with Greg as tactician. It's difficult to say just one good point about the team, we have a lot of skills and I think we are pretty strong in all parts of the game.” Aged 38, he is one of the older skippers on the Tour, but with many good years remaining, and with as much enthusiasm for the sport as ever, he says. “Obviously you haven't got the same spirit when you are 20 as when you are 38. When you are 20 you are starting out, and you are probably a bit fresher and looking at racing with, I wouldn't say more enthusiasm, but you discover everything for the first time. When you get a bit more experienced you know how it works, it's a bit different. You can bet on your experience to beat the others - and that's what we are trying to do.” But is there a danger of relying on experience too much, of not trying new ideas any more? “Not really, because sailing is a game in which you always try to improve every day. Even if I started match racing 15 years ago, I am always trying to improve and thinking about the moves, the start, the trimming etc. You are never satisfied with your level. It's about trying to improve all the time. Experience is a good asset, but you have to always be looking for new tricks.”http://online.casinocity.com evakuator-servis.com http://europosud.uawww.evakuator-servis.comhttp://goodportal.com.ua/

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    London, UK (20th June 2014): The Batavia Sailing Center today selected the Batavia Regatta, which will run over 23 - 24 August 2014 at the Bataviahaven of Lelystad, Holland, as the official Qualifying event for the Dutch Match Cup 2014. The Batavia Sailing Center is the organiser of the Dutch Match Cup the recently announced Stage of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. For teams wishing to race in the Dutch Match Cup two Qualification places are available. Both the winner and the runner up of the Batavia Regatta will receive an invite to the Dutch Match Cup which will be held between 24-28 September this year. The Dutch Match Cup and the Batavia Regatta will be sailed in MaxFun 25 boats with the race area directly in front of the port of Bataviahaven, very close to the shore, offering fantastic opportunities for spectators to enjoy the action. The organization of the Dutch Match Cup has two further Wild Card invites which will be decided upon later in the year. Batavia Regatta The Batavia Regatta will be an ISAF Grade 3 match racing event. Further information about invites to the Batavia Regatta and the NoRcan be found at www.dutchmatchcup.nl/qualifier/jobtalk.jp http://www.budmag.ua http://www.progressive.uawww.dxtranse.com.ua/europosud.ua/

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    London, UK (17th June): It was a great weekend at the Chicago Match Cup Qualifier, a ISAF Grade 2 event that feeds into the only American stop on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, the Chicago Match Cup. With blustery conditions over the Chicago's Belmont Harbor, Chris Steele from the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and his team of Walker Banks on Main, Hamish Hardy on Jib and Tim Siemers on Bow took the advantage to win from behind against Australia's David Chapman 2-1 to win the ISAF Grade 2 Chicago Match Cup Qualifier. "This was a tough series, and I credit my team for pulling us through some critical matches yesterday and then again today to take this win," said Steele. "The racing here was great, and I'm really looking forward to coming back to compete at the Tour event in September." The Finals started well for Chapman, who scoring first blood and put Steele under pressure to win the second match and stay alive for the series. Steele and team did exactly this, setting the stage for a dramatic final showdown. In this last match, Chapman took what looked to be a commanding lead, which on the first downwind leg looked safe at 10 lengths. But then Steele surfed a wave into the bottom gate, acquired right of way, and when Chapman did not yield and came out in front, the match umpires gave him a red flag penalty, requiring an immediate penalty turn. This allowed Steele to take the lead and sail to victory. Racing in 15-20 knots and lumpy seas, Steele's road to victory started with being down 2-0 to CMRC's Don Wilson in the Semi-Final, and then coming back to win the next three to go to the Final to meet Australia's David Chapman, who won 3-0 over Steve Lowery. The race conditions then became trickier with winds picking up to 30 knots and seas building even higher, hence the race managers of Chicago Match Race Centre decided to put up the Z flag to indicate that spinnaker use would not be allowed. In the one-match sudden death Petit Final, favorite Don Wilson defeated Steve Lowery to take third place overall in the event. Petit Final action between Don Wilson and Steve Lowery Steele's only other appearance was at last August's Grade 2 Grand Slam event, where he finished second in a field of 12 teams from six nations. Finishing on top at this event, Steele will have to prove and demonstrate his skills that he can be one of the best to compete at an Alpari World Tour event. The 2014 Alpari World Match Racing Tour championship will visit the US in September at the Chicago Match Cup, the only American stop after Stage 4, the Sopot Match Race, in Poland, . The Alpari World Match Racing Tour is one of five special events sanctioned under the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) including America’s Cup, the Volvo Ocean Race, the Extreme Sailing Series and the PWA World Tour. Chicago Match Cup Qualifier Final results:1. Chris Steele (NZL)2. David Chapman (AUS)3. Don Wilson (USA)4. Steve Lowery (USA)5. Stefan Lindberg (FIN)6. Scott Dickson (NZL)7. David Storrs (USA)8. Chris Poole (USA)9. Tyler Rice (ISV)10. David Niemann (USA)http://www.kuchikomi.miraifx.com chimtorg.com.ua nikolasgeekfinder.wordpress.comhttp://www.europosud.uaeuroposud.ua/

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