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    Hamilton, Bermuda (26th Oct 2014): Johnie Berntsson and his Stena Sailing Team today followed the world's top sailors such as Russell Coutts, Peter Gilmour, Ben Ainslie and Chris Dickson in becoming a two time victor of the Argo Group Gold Cup, the sixth stage of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. The 42-year-old Swede claimed the title 3-1 over Switzerland’s Eric Monnin in perfect conditions on Bermuda’s Hamilton Harbour with 11 knots of northwest wind and the morning’s cloud cover giving way to glorious sunshine. The first two races were close featuring lead changes despite big splits between the competitors across the race course. In the first race Berntsson sneaked ahead of the Swiss team coming into the weather mark for the first time and hung on to the lead from there, despite Monnin continually nipping at his heels. In the second Berntsson led Monnin down the run, eventually taking the Swiss team well beyond the leeward gate before gybing back with the advantage. Monnin kept it close, but was unable get in front. Johnie Berntsson sailing to victory during the Finals of Argo Group Gold Cup © Charles Anderson / AGGC For race three, at match point for Berntsson, Monnin narrowly won a tacking duel going into the top mark to sneak inside Berntsson. After big splits down the run and again up the second beat, when the two boats converged coming into the top mark Monnin had extended and maintained his lead to the finish. The fourth race saw the most lead changes with Berntsson ahead out of the start, Monnin pulling in front by the top mark, Berntsson then rolling the Swiss on the run…. However the decisive moment came towards the end of the second beat when Monnin picked up a penalty for tacking too close. 3-1 to Berntsson, who with his crew of tactician Robert Skarp, Bjorn Lundgren, Oscar Angervall, picked up the winner’s King Edward VII Gold Cup as well as the US$50,000 prize for first place. Eric Monnin and Johnie Berntsson in the Finals of Argo Group Gold Cup © Charles Anderson / AGGC “Winning this is so extraordinary,” commented a jubilant Berntsson after his victor’s dip in Hamilton Harbour. “We have done it once, we never thought we could do it twice. We are so happy that we have been so successful this week.” Berntsson previously won here in 2008. “This and the Congressional Cup are the two top victories we have.” Of his Swiss opponent, Berntsson said: “We were never safe - the races we won, they were so close behind we had to fight really hard. Thanks to Robert, Bjorn and Oscar, who drove the boat fast and picked the right shifts allowing us to come back when we were behind, which were really crucial to winning.” Johnie Berntsson repeated his success back in 2008 by winning the 2014 Argo Group Gold Cup © Charles Anderson / AGGC Explaining the big splits, the winning skipper explained: “The wind was not shifty – it was more puffy, so it was crucial to find the best spot and with these boats if you tack too much, you lose speed. I think the corners were better than the middle of the course, so if one of the teams chose one side you had to choose the other one if you wanted to get in front.” Runner-up Eric Monnin praised Berntsson. “Congratulations to Johnie and the whole team – they did an excellent job. We just tried to find somewhere to squeeze in, which we could sometimes, sbut in the end they were stronger than us. We made some little mistakes, but honestly speaking Johnie had a great race throughout.” Semi Final surprises This morning there was upset for the Alpari World Match Tour frontrunners when both Ian Williams’ GAC Pindar team and Taylor Canfield’s US One were knocked out in the Semi Finals. These races were held in a light northerly breeze blowing off downtown Hamilton, making for tricky, shifty winds on the race course. Williams had picked Monnin to race in the Semi Final, leaving Canfield to line up against Berntsson. Williams, at this point unbeaten throughout this Argo Group Gold Cup, got off to a good start winning the first match, however Monnin went on to claim the next three. The start of the penultimate race was particularly disappointing for Williams, as he described it: “We had him [Monnin] put away and we just got hooked and were a second over the start line with a penalty when we should have led comfortably off the line. He did a nice job, he did one tack and one gybe on each run and picked the left side and got it right. It was very hard to attack him from there.” The Berntsson v Canfield Semi Final went the full distance and then wasn’t decided until the final run when Berntsson rolled Canfield. Canfield gave his take on this: “Johnie tried to roll us. We had a piece of him as we luffed up. By not coming up as well he was able to get over the top of us and lead down to the leeward mark. If he had gone up with us, we would have been in better shape and he wouldn’t have had as big of a lead or have even have gotten the lead. But the umpires saw it differently.” In terms of the top of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour’s overall scoreboard, the outcome of the Argo Group Gold Cup makes no difference, with Williams still holding a six point lead over Canfield going into the final event of the season, the Monsoon Cup. However by finishing fifth here, Bjorn Hansen has moved to within seven points of third placed Mathieu Richard. Access all of today’s imagery via wmrt.photoshelter.com  For downloading pictures use the password: awmrt Overall results of Stage 6 Argo group Gold Cup, Alpari World Match Racing Tour 1 Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Stena Sailing Team2 Eric Monnin (SUI) Swiss Match Race Team3 Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One4 Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar5 Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Sailing Team6 Pierre-Antoine Morvan (FRA) Vannes Agglo Sailing Team7 Staffan Linberg (FIN) Alandia Sailing8 Marek Stanczyk (POL) Henri Lloyd Rainmaker Racing9 Francesco Bruni (ITA) Luna Rossa10 Keith Swinton (AUS) Team Alpari FX11 Mathieu Richard (FRA) LunaJets12 David Gilmour (AUS) Team Gilmour13 Nathan Outteridge (SWE) Artemis Racing14 Chris Poole (USA) Riptide Racing15 Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing16 Arthur Herreman (FRA) Match The World17 Dirk-Jan Korpershoek (NED) Korpershoek Racing18 Somers Kempe (BER) Raymarine/Ocean Electronics19 Lance Fraser (BER) Digicel Bermuda20 David Storrs (USA) Pequot Racing Team FinalJohnie Berntsson (SWE) Stena Sailing Team bt Eric Monnin (SUI) Swiss Match Race Team 3-1 Petit FinalTaylor Canfield (ISV) US One bt Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar 2-1 Semi FinalsJohnie Berntsson (SWE) Stena Sailing Team bt Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One 3-2Eric Monnin (SUI) Swiss Match Race Team bt Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar 3-1 5th-8th Place Play-off 5th & 6th ResultBjorn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Sailing Team bt Pierre-Antoine Morvan (FRA) Vannes Agglo Sailing Team 1-0 7th & 8th ResultsStaffan Linberg (FIN) Alandia Sailing bt Marek Stanczyk (POL) Henri Lloyd Rainmaker Racing 1-0 Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Sailing Team bt Marek Stanczyk (POL) Henri Lloyd Rainmaker Racing 1-0Pierre-Antoine Morvan (FRA) Vannes Agglo Sailing Team bt Staffan Linberg (FIN) Alandia Sailing 1-0 Quarter-Finals ResultsJohnie Berntsson (SWE) Stena Sailing Team bt Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Sailing Team 3-2Eric Monnin (SUI) Swiss Match Race Team bt Pierre-Antoine Morvan (FRA) Vannes Agglo Sailing Team 3-0Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One bt Staffan Linberg (FIN) Alandia Sailing Team 3-1Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar bt Marek Stanczyk (POL) Henri Lloyd Rainmaker Racing 3-0 Final Results of QualifyingGroup 1 1 Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar 8.5-02 Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Sailing Team 7-23 Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Stena Sailing Team 6-34 Pierre-Antoine Morvan (FRA) Vannes Agglo Sailing Team 5-45 Francesco Bruni (ITA) Luna Rossa 4.5-46 Keith Swinton (AUS) Team Alpari FX 4.5-47 Arthur Herreman (FRA) Match The World 2-78 Dirk-Jan Korpershoek (NED) Korpershoek Racing 2-79 Somers Kempe (BER) Raymarine/Ocean Electronics 2-710 David Storrs (USA) Pequot Racing Team 1.5-7 Group 2 1 Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One 8-12 Marek Stanczyk (POL) Henri Lloyd Rainmaker Racing 5-43 Eric Monnin (SUI) Swiss Match Race Team 5-44 Staffan Linberg (FIN) Alandia Sailing Team 5-45 Mathieu Richard (FRA) LunaJets 4.5-46 David Gilmour (AUS) Team Gilmour 4-57 Nathan Outteridge (SWE) Artemis Racing 4-58 Chris Poole (USA) Riptide Racing 4-59 Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing 3-610 Lance Fraser (BER) Digicel Bermuda 2-7 2014 Leaderboard Standings after Stage 61 Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar 94pts2 Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One 88pts3 Mathieu Richard (FRA) LunaJets 76pts4 Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Sailing Team 69pts5 Keith Swinton (AUS) Team Alpari FX 58pts6 Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing 56pts7 David Gilmour (AUS) Team Gilmour 39pts8 Eric Monnin (SUI) Swiss Match Race Team 32pts FULL RESULTS HERE

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    Hamilton, Bermuda (25th Oct 2014): A frontal system edging its way towards Bermuda resulted in light winds, a grey sky and racing eventually being canned early, but not before the remaining Quarter Final flights had been completed at the Argo Group Gold Cup, the sixth stage of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. Today patience and maintaining focus reaped dividends and it came as little surprise when Swiss lake racing specialist Eric Monnin provided a masterclass in light air racing. 1-0 up at the close of play yesterday, Monnin roundly dispatched France’s Pierre-Antoine Morvan’s Vannes Agglo Sailing Team 3-0, finishing both today’s matches almost half a leg ahead, to earn his Semi Final berth. “We like these conditions - it is what we are used to!” said Monnin, who normally races in the typically light winds on Lake Geneva. “We were able to get speed in the boat and got the puffs and the shifts, sailing a bit like we were alone. It is great for us.” Marek Stanczyk trails Ian Williams in the Quarter Finals © Charles Anderson Ian Williams and his GAC Pindar crew also went through the Quarter Finals with a 3-0 scoreline against Poland’s plucky Marek Stanczyk and his Henri Lloyd Rainmaker Racing team. For Williams the racing was much closer. In both his matches today Stanczyk was over early and had to restart immediately putting him on the back foot. However on both occasions he managed to fight back into contention. As Williams observed: “It was tricky out there and it was hard to defend the lead. Often the boat behind at the top mark would be quite strong down the run, but we were able to dominate the starts and be able to start a little faster, which gave us options and we were generally just far enough ahead at the top mark, which made it easier to defend on the run. It worked out well for us.” Impressively Williams’ GAC Pindar team has made it all the way through Qualifying and the Quarter Finals without suffering a loss. Obviously this comes through experience and sailing well, but Williams believes there may be more to it. “It is often the way in Bermuda that you can get on a winning streak or a losing streak and if it’s the latter, they are hard to turn around. Obviously things have gone our way.” Taylor Canfield and his US One team had a hard fought series against Finland’s Staffan Lindberg and his Alandia Sailing Team. Lindberg initially levelled the scoreline to 1-1 in today’s first flight. In the opening two races Canfield managed to plant a penalty on his opponent. In the first Lindberg managed to get suitably far ahead to be able to carry out his penalty successfully at the finish line, but in the second he didn’t. Ultimately in the fourth flight it was the defending Alpari World Match Racing Tour champion who sealed the deal 3-1 to go through to the next round. Quarter Final deciding race between the two Swedish teams © Charles Anderson Today’s most closely fought matches came in the ‘Swede-off’ between tour card holder Björn Hansen and former holder Johnie Berntsson with his Stena Sailing Team. This was the only Quarter Final bout to go the full distance and proof that even in the lightest conditions match racing can still provide edge of the seat tension. Prospects were not looking good for Hansen this morning starting Match 3 0-2 down against his opponent. However he successfully fought back to level the score 2-2 and was clearly on a roll. The first attempt at a decider came to nothing when the wind severely clocked right, turning the beat into a ‘one tacker’ and was stopped by the Race Committee. In the second all was going well for Hansen as he led around the race track until the very last run. During this he was rolled in a gybe, a text book match racing play by Berntsson who then carried the lead to the line. “We did it pretty well even in the last race,” mused Hansen, “but the second time at the top mark the breeze just died and when the new breeze came from behind, Johnnie managed to catch up and that gybe was a very difficult decision for us to make. He was coming in with more speed, and there is always the risk to be rolled in that situation. I think over the series they did a better job than we did and that is why they are in the Semi’s not us.” Johnie Berntsson was ecstatic about winning against his fellow countryman. “It all came down to the last downwind. When the wind is so light it is really tricky to lead, even for Björn. We covered him as much as we could and put the gybes in the positions where we wanted and after two gybes we passed him and could just stay in front. Our tactician Rob Scarp did a really good job especially during the downwinds – that made a big, big difference and meant we could pass Björn.” Event Chairman Brian Billings with the final four skippers © James Boyd / AWMRT The race committee postponed proceedings waiting for the wind to fill in until mid-afternoon when the racing for the day was cancelled. However by this time Ian Williams had already drawn his Semi Final opponent in Eric Monnin, leaving Taylor Canfield to face Johnie Berntsson. To make up for lost time the Semi Finals are scheduled to get underway at 08:15 local time tomorrow. Follow live race updates via Twitter at @wmrt_liverace. To stay connected, follow us on Facebook.com/worldmatchracingtour  For more information on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, visit www.wmrt.com or contact \n This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Stage 6 Argo Group Gold Cup, Alpari World Match Racing Tour Semi FinalsTaylor Canfield (ISV) US One vs Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Stena Sailing TeamIan Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar vs Eric Monnin (SUI) Swiss Match Race Team 5th-8th Place Play-offMarek Stanczyk (POL) Henri Lloyd Rainmaker Racing vs Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Sailing TeamPierre-Antoine Morvan (FRA) Vannes Agglo Sailing Team vs Staffan Linberg (FIN) Alandia Sailing Quarter-Finals ResultsJohnie Berntsson (SWE) Stena Sailing Team bt Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Sailing Team 3-2Eric Monnin (SUI) Swiss Match Race Team bt Pierre-Antoine Morvan (FRA) Vannes Agglo Sailing Team 3-0Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One bt Staffan Linberg (FIN) Alandia Sailing Team 3-1Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar bt Marek Stanczyk (POL) Henri Lloyd Rainmaker Racing 3-0 FULL RESULTS HERE

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    Hamilton, Bermuda (26th Oct 2014): Johnie Berntsson and his Stena Sailing Team today followed the world's top sailors such as Russell Coutts, Peter Gilmour, Ben Ainslie and Chris Dickson in becoming a two time victor of the Argo Group Gold Cup, the sixth stage of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. The 42-year-old Swede claimed the title 3-1 over Switzerland’s Eric Monnin in perfect conditions on Bermuda’s Hamilton Harbour with 11 knots of northwest wind and the morning’s cloud cover giving way to glorious sunshine. The first two races were close featuring lead changes despite big splits between the competitors across the race course. In the first race Berntsson sneaked ahead of the Swiss team coming into the weather mark for the first time and hung on to the lead from there, despite Monnin continually nipping at his heels. In the second Berntsson led Monnin down the run, eventually taking the Swiss team well beyond the leeward gate before gybing back with the advantage. Monnin kept it close, but was unable get in front. Johnie Berntsson sailing to victory during the Finals of Argo Group Gold Cup © Charles Anderson / AGGC For race three, at match point for Berntsson, Monnin narrowly won a tacking duel going into the top mark to sneak inside Berntsson. After big splits down the run and again up the second beat, when the two boats converged coming into the top mark Monnin had extended and maintained his lead to the finish. The fourth race saw the most lead changes with Berntsson ahead out of the start, Monnin pulling in front by the top mark, Berntsson then rolling the Swiss on the run…. However the decisive moment came towards the end of the second beat when Monnin picked up a penalty for tacking too close. 3-1 to Berntsson, who with his crew of tactician Robert Skarp, Bjorn Lundgren, Oscar Angervall, picked up the winner’s King Edward VII Gold Cup as well as the US$50,000 prize for first place. Eric Monnin and Johnie Berntsson in the Finals of Argo Group Gold Cup © Charles Anderson / AGGC “Winning this is so extraordinary,” commented a jubilant Berntsson after his victor’s dip in Hamilton Harbour. “We have done it once, we never thought we could do it twice. We are so happy that we have been so successful this week.” Berntsson previously won here in 2008. “This and the Congressional Cup are the two top victories we have.” Of his Swiss opponent, Berntsson said: “We were never safe - the races we won, they were so close behind we had to fight really hard. Thanks to Robert, Bjorn and Oscar, who drove the boat fast and picked the right shifts allowing us to come back when we were behind, which were really crucial to winning.” Johnie Berntsson repeated his success back in 2008 by winning the 2014 Argo Group Gold Cup © Charles Anderson / AGGC Explaining the big splits, the winning skipper explained: “The wind was not shifty – it was more puffy, so it was crucial to find the best spot and with these boats if you tack too much, you lose speed. I think the corners were better than the middle of the course, so if one of the teams chose one side you had to choose the other one if you wanted to get in front.” Runner-up Eric Monnin praised Berntsson. “Congratulations to Johnie and the whole team – they did an excellent job. We just tried to find somewhere to squeeze in, which we could sometimes, sbut in the end they were stronger than us. We made some little mistakes, but honestly speaking Johnie had a great race throughout.” Semi Final surprises This morning there was upset for the Alpari World Match Tour frontrunners when both Ian Williams’ GAC Pindar team and Taylor Canfield’s US One were knocked out in the Semi Finals. These races were held in a light northerly breeze blowing off downtown Hamilton, making for tricky, shifty winds on the race course. Williams had picked Monnin to race in the Semi Final, leaving Canfield to line up against Berntsson. Williams, at this point unbeaten throughout this Argo Group Gold Cup, got off to a good start winning the first match, however Monnin went on to claim the next three. The start of the penultimate race was particularly disappointing for Williams, as he described it: “We had him [Monnin] put away and we just got hooked and were a second over the start line with a penalty when we should have led comfortably off the line. He did a nice job, he did one tack and one gybe on each run and picked the left side and got it right. It was very hard to attack him from there.” The Berntsson v Canfield Semi Final went the full distance and then wasn’t decided until the final run when Berntsson rolled Canfield. Canfield gave his take on this: “Johnie tried to roll us. We had a piece of him as we luffed up. By not coming up as well he was able to get over the top of us and lead down to the leeward mark. If he had gone up with us, we would have been in better shape and he wouldn’t have had as big of a lead or have even have gotten the lead. But the umpires saw it differently.” In terms of the top of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour’s overall scoreboard, the outcome of the Argo Group Gold Cup makes no difference, with Williams still holding a six point lead over Canfield going into the final event of the season, the Monsoon Cup. However by finishing fifth here, Bjorn Hansen has moved to within seven points of third placed Mathieu Richard. Access all of today’s imagery via wmrt.photoshelter.com  For downloading pictures use the password: awmrt Overall results of Stage 6 Argo group Gold Cup, Alpari World Match Racing Tour 1 Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Stena Sailing Team2 Eric Monnin (SUI) Swiss Match Race Team3 Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One4 Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar5 Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Sailing Team6 Pierre-Antoine Morvan (FRA) Vannes Agglo Sailing Team7 Staffan Linberg (FIN) Alandia Sailing8 Marek Stanczyk (POL) Henri Lloyd Rainmaker Racing9 Francesco Bruni (ITA) Luna Rossa10 Keith Swinton (AUS) Team Alpari FX11 Mathieu Richard (FRA) LunaJets12 David Gilmour (AUS) Team Gilmour13 Nathan Outteridge (SWE) Artemis Racing14 Chris Poole (USA) Riptide Racing15 Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing16 Arthur Herreman (FRA) Match The World17 Dirk-Jan Korpershoek (NED) Korpershoek Racing18 Somers Kempe (BER) Raymarine/Ocean Electronics19 Lance Fraser (BER) Digicel Bermuda20 David Storrs (USA) Pequot Racing Team FinalJohnie Berntsson (SWE) Stena Sailing Team bt Eric Monnin (SUI) Swiss Match Race Team 3-1 Petit FinalTaylor Canfield (ISV) US One bt Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar 2-1 Semi FinalsJohnie Berntsson (SWE) Stena Sailing Team bt Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One 3-2Eric Monnin (SUI) Swiss Match Race Team bt Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar 3-1 5th-8th Place Play-off 5th & 6th ResultBjorn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Sailing Team bt Pierre-Antoine Morvan (FRA) Vannes Agglo Sailing Team 1-0 7th & 8th ResultsStaffan Linberg (FIN) Alandia Sailing bt Marek Stanczyk (POL) Henri Lloyd Rainmaker Racing 1-0 Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Sailing Team bt Marek Stanczyk (POL) Henri Lloyd Rainmaker Racing 1-0Pierre-Antoine Morvan (FRA) Vannes Agglo Sailing Team bt Staffan Linberg (FIN) Alandia Sailing 1-0 Quarter-Finals ResultsJohnie Berntsson (SWE) Stena Sailing Team bt Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Sailing Team 3-2Eric Monnin (SUI) Swiss Match Race Team bt Pierre-Antoine Morvan (FRA) Vannes Agglo Sailing Team 3-0Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One bt Staffan Linberg (FIN) Alandia Sailing Team 3-1Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar bt Marek Stanczyk (POL) Henri Lloyd Rainmaker Racing 3-0 Final Results of QualifyingGroup 1 1 Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar 8.5-02 Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Sailing Team 7-23 Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Stena Sailing Team 6-34 Pierre-Antoine Morvan (FRA) Vannes Agglo Sailing Team 5-45 Francesco Bruni (ITA) Luna Rossa 4.5-46 Keith Swinton (AUS) Team Alpari FX 4.5-47 Arthur Herreman (FRA) Match The World 2-78 Dirk-Jan Korpershoek (NED) Korpershoek Racing 2-79 Somers Kempe (BER) Raymarine/Ocean Electronics 2-710 David Storrs (USA) Pequot Racing Team 1.5-7 Group 2 1 Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One 8-12 Marek Stanczyk (POL) Henri Lloyd Rainmaker Racing 5-43 Eric Monnin (SUI) Swiss Match Race Team 5-44 Staffan Linberg (FIN) Alandia Sailing Team 5-45 Mathieu Richard (FRA) LunaJets 4.5-46 David Gilmour (AUS) Team Gilmour 4-57 Nathan Outteridge (SWE) Artemis Racing 4-58 Chris Poole (USA) Riptide Racing 4-59 Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing 3-610 Lance Fraser (BER) Digicel Bermuda 2-7 2014 Leaderboard Standings after Stage 61 Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar 94pts2 Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One 88pts3 Mathieu Richard (FRA) LunaJets 76pts4 Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Sailing Team 69pts5 Keith Swinton (AUS) Team Alpari FX 58pts6 Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing 56pts7 David Gilmour (AUS) Team Gilmour 39pts8 Eric Monnin (SUI) Swiss Match Race Team 32pts FULL RESULTS HERE

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    Hamilton, Bermuda (25th Oct 2014): A frontal system edging its way towards Bermuda resulted in light winds, a grey sky and racing eventually being canned early, but not before the remaining Quarter Final flights had been completed at the Argo Group Gold Cup, the sixth stage of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. Today patience and maintaining focus reaped dividends and it came as little surprise when Swiss lake racing specialist Eric Monnin provided a masterclass in light air racing. 1-0 up at the close of play yesterday, Monnin roundly dispatched France’s Pierre-Antoine Morvan’s Vannes Agglo Sailing Team 3-0, finishing both today’s matches almost half a leg ahead, to earn his Semi Final berth. “We like these conditions - it is what we are used to!” said Monnin, who normally races in the typically light winds on Lake Geneva. “We were able to get speed in the boat and got the puffs and the shifts, sailing a bit like we were alone. It is great for us.” Marek Stanczyk trails Ian Williams in the Quarter Finals © Charles Anderson Ian Williams and his GAC Pindar crew also went through the Quarter Finals with a 3-0 scoreline against Poland’s plucky Marek Stanczyk and his Henri Lloyd Rainmaker Racing team. For Williams the racing was much closer. In both his matches today Stanczyk was over early and had to restart immediately putting him on the back foot. However on both occasions he managed to fight back into contention. As Williams observed: “It was tricky out there and it was hard to defend the lead. Often the boat behind at the top mark would be quite strong down the run, but we were able to dominate the starts and be able to start a little faster, which gave us options and we were generally just far enough ahead at the top mark, which made it easier to defend on the run. It worked out well for us.” Impressively Williams’ GAC Pindar team has made it all the way through Qualifying and the Quarter Finals without suffering a loss. Obviously this comes through experience and sailing well, but Williams believes there may be more to it. “It is often the way in Bermuda that you can get on a winning streak or a losing streak and if it’s the latter, they are hard to turn around. Obviously things have gone our way.” Taylor Canfield and his US One team had a hard fought series against Finland’s Staffan Lindberg and his Alandia Sailing Team. Lindberg initially levelled the scoreline to 1-1 in today’s first flight. In the opening two races Canfield managed to plant a penalty on his opponent. In the first Lindberg managed to get suitably far ahead to be able to carry out his penalty successfully at the finish line, but in the second he didn’t. Ultimately in the fourth flight it was the defending Alpari World Match Racing Tour champion who sealed the deal 3-1 to go through to the next round. Quarter Final deciding race between the two Swedish teams © Charles Anderson Today’s most closely fought matches came in the ‘Swede-off’ between tour card holder Björn Hansen and former holder Johnie Berntsson with his Stena Sailing Team. This was the only Quarter Final bout to go the full distance and proof that even in the lightest conditions match racing can still provide edge of the seat tension. Prospects were not looking good for Hansen this morning starting Match 3 0-2 down against his opponent. However he successfully fought back to level the score 2-2 and was clearly on a roll. The first attempt at a decider came to nothing when the wind severely clocked right, turning the beat into a ‘one tacker’ and was stopped by the Race Committee. In the second all was going well for Hansen as he led around the race track until the very last run. During this he was rolled in a gybe, a text book match racing play by Berntsson who then carried the lead to the line. “We did it pretty well even in the last race,” mused Hansen, “but the second time at the top mark the breeze just died and when the new breeze came from behind, Johnnie managed to catch up and that gybe was a very difficult decision for us to make. He was coming in with more speed, and there is always the risk to be rolled in that situation. I think over the series they did a better job than we did and that is why they are in the Semi’s not us.” Johnie Berntsson was ecstatic about winning against his fellow countryman. “It all came down to the last downwind. When the wind is so light it is really tricky to lead, even for Björn. We covered him as much as we could and put the gybes in the positions where we wanted and after two gybes we passed him and could just stay in front. Our tactician Rob Scarp did a really good job especially during the downwinds – that made a big, big difference and meant we could pass Björn.” Event Chairman Brian Billings with the final four skippers © James Boyd / AWMRT The race committee postponed proceedings waiting for the wind to fill in until mid-afternoon when the racing for the day was cancelled. However by this time Ian Williams had already drawn his Semi Final opponent in Eric Monnin, leaving Taylor Canfield to face Johnie Berntsson. To make up for lost time the Semi Finals are scheduled to get underway at 08:15 local time tomorrow. Follow live race updates via Twitter at @wmrt_liverace. To stay connected, follow us on Facebook.com/worldmatchracingtour  For more information on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, visit www.wmrt.com or contact \n This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Stage 6 Argo Group Gold Cup, Alpari World Match Racing Tour Semi FinalsTaylor Canfield (ISV) US One vs Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Stena Sailing TeamIan Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar vs Eric Monnin (SUI) Swiss Match Race Team 5th-8th Place Play-offMarek Stanczyk (POL) Henri Lloyd Rainmaker Racing vs Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Sailing TeamPierre-Antoine Morvan (FRA) Vannes Agglo Sailing Team vs Staffan Linberg (FIN) Alandia Sailing Quarter-Finals ResultsJohnie Berntsson (SWE) Stena Sailing Team bt Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Sailing Team 3-2Eric Monnin (SUI) Swiss Match Race Team bt Pierre-Antoine Morvan (FRA) Vannes Agglo Sailing Team 3-0Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One bt Staffan Linberg (FIN) Alandia Sailing Team 3-1Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar bt Marek Stanczyk (POL) Henri Lloyd Rainmaker Racing 3-0 FULL RESULTS HERE

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    Hamilton, Bermuda (24th Oct 2014): For the first time since 2003, Bermuda has been struck by hurricane strength winds not once but twice in the last fortnight. Yet remarkably over this period the mid-Atlantic British Overseas Territory has managed to lay on not just this week’s Argo Group Gold Cup, but last week hosted the world’s top golfers at the PGA Grand Slam. Being on the track of north Atlantic hurricanes means that the islanders have had to adapt over the years and for example a stringent set of building regulations help minimise the inevitable carnage when 100+ mph winds strike. Thanks to efforts of the National Hurricane Centre in the USA, hurricanes are not only tracked but great effort goes into projecting their track. After devastating several Caribbean islands, it was known several days in advance that Tropical Storm Fay and last Friday’s Hurricane Gonzalo were likely to strike Bermuda, so anticipating Gonzalo the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club delayed the start of the Argo Group Gold Cup by a day. Trees were uprooted by the effects of Hurricane Gonzalo Once Gonzalo passed they held a meeting to assess their situation. “If we had 95% of the island without electricity, then we’d have had a problem,” admits event Chairman Brian Billings. In the event only half the island lost power, one damaged International One Design was replaced and the devastation at the airport was such that it was operational again within 24 hours. “After numerous phone calls, we said ‘yes, we’re on’,” says Billings. Hurricane Gonzalo was vicious. Leaving the Caribbean it was rated as a Category 2 hurricane (83-95 knots) but hitting warm open water it built to a Cat 4 (113-136 knots) before downgrading marginally to a Cat 3 just before hitting Bermuda. Argo Group Gold Cup Event Chairman Brian Billings According to Billings, Gonzalo’s slow pace made it a ‘long storm’ with winds already up to storm force by 0700 local time on Friday and still honking by 1100 the next day. “In between my barograph took a very slow spin down and it went down to 27.5 [931mB] and then there was a little bit of a horizontal line and then she slowly came back up again…” This was in stark contrast to Hurricane Emily which came and went within just four hours. Strangest was the eye of the hurricane, continues Billings: “It was huge – it took an hour to pass. It was flat calm, very eerie and very misty – it was kind of weird. Then all of a sudden – womp – the eye wall hit and it came in with a vengeance, like someone threw a bucket of iced water at you unexpectedly.” Damages caused by Hurricane Gonzalo When Gonzalo struck Billings says the most wind he saw was 130mph while he was at home, however this was at sea level and it was stronger on higher ground. Despite this the devastation caused was surprisingly slight. This was partly thanks to Tropical Storm Fay having swept through a week earlier with winds of 110+mph. “When Fay hit we hadn’t had any major wind storm for quite a while, so the branches were heavy and we had a very wet August so there was a lot of foliage all over the place and the trees were all laden with flowers and buds, which added extra weight to them,” Billings continues. “So Fay took out of a lot of trees, and the clean up was longer than it was for Gonzalo - the roads were blocked for almost two days. Without that there could have been a lot more damage and the infrastructure could have suffered much more when Gonzalo hit.” Damages caused by Hurricane Gonzalo Through sheer luck, the timing of the two storms could not have been better. Fay hit leaving just enough time for the golf course at Port Royal to be cleaned up ready for the PGA Grand Slam, despite vast tree damage. “You wouldn’t have known it had happened - they got the course in great shape real fast,” says Billings. “Bermuda is very resilient and has a capability and the attitude to bounce back. People just jump in and help neighbours and we have our Bermuda regiment which helps.” During hurricanes, usually as devastating as the wind is the storm surge, the massive volume of water blown along ahead of the system. However this did not affect Bermuda. Billings explains: “They were forecasting 35-45ft seas outside of the reef line on the South Shore, but there is the reef that slows it down, so we don’t get a storm surge from there. If it goes from the north then it can come into the Great Sound, then it comes into the Harbour and has no place to go. That happened during Emily.” According to Billings hurricanes strike Bermuda once every 10 years. So having two in the space of a week means statistically they should be free of them for some years to come. Good news for the Argo Group Gold Cup in years to come hopefully.

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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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    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 (9th Oct 2014): The German National Match Racing Championship kicks off today at the Constance Yacht Club, Langenargen Germany. Nine of Germany’s best match racing teams will go head to head in the hope of gaining an invite to next year’s Alpari World Match Racing Tour Championship event, Match Race Germany. The German National Match Race Championships will be sailed in Blu26 boats with a 4 person crew on picturesque Lake Constance in Germany. Felix Oehmes, who is one of the best ranked sailors in Germany, has his eyes on winning this year’s event. Oehmes of Hamburg Match Race Team who sailed alongside Carsten Kemmling at Match Race Germany this year, has gained much match racing experience against top sailors from the Alpari Tour and will have a few tricks up his sleeves in the competition. However, more experienced match racers Lars Hueckstedt of Heizkörper Sailing Team and Adrian Maier-Ring, helmsman for Innotio Match Race Team will be among the other contenders looking for the win this weekend. The winner of Qualifying will proceed straight to the Semi Finals. The next 6 teams will compete in Quarter Final knockouts before advancing to Semi Finals and Finals which are scheduled for Saturday 11 October. German National Match Race Championships Felix Oehme-NRV Match Race TeamLars Hueckstaedt-Heizkörper Sailing TeamAdrian Maier-Ring-Innotio Match Race Team IFlorian Haufe-Haufe Racing TeamJens Hartwig-Hartwig Match TeamChi Trung Huynh-ASV Matchrace Team Mathias Rebholz-Team Up!Felix Schrimper-Innotio Match Race Team II Tino Ellegast-Team Ellegast

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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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