Guichard wins Alicante Match Cup
Yann Guichard led Spindrift to victory in the Alicante Match Cup, taking down Pieter-Jan Postma’s Sailing Team NL in the final.
In the opening race Postma never recovered from a pre-start penalty for not keeping clear of Guichard as port tack boat.
Postma had to slow to let Guichard past, giving the Frenchman enough of an advantage to hang on round the course and take the win.
Race two saw Postma again hit with a penalty before the starting gun, and in a repeat of race one Guichard was free to sail the course untroubled.
With Guichard posied at match point in the first-to-three clash, Postma led off the start line of race three but by the first upwind cross the Frenchman was back in control.
Postma was powerless to stop Guichard extending away and claiming his third victory on the bounce, and with it the regatta title.
Both teams automatically now qualify for the opening event of the 2018 World Match Racing Tour.