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WMRT Alicante Match Cup

WMRT Alicante Match Cup
Final

POS COUNTRY SKIPPER TEAM 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 PTS
1 FRA Yann Guichard Spindrift Racing 1 1 1 3
2 NED Pieter-Jan Postma Sailing Team NL 0 0 0 0

Petit Final

POS COUNTRY SKIPPER TEAM 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 PTS
1 DEN Jonas Warrer Team Warrer 1 1 2
2 USA Markus Edegran E11even Racing 0 0 0

Semi Finals

POS COUNTRY SKIPPER TEAM 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 PTS
1 FRA Yann Guichard Spindrift Racing 1 1 1 3
2 DEN Jonas Warrer Team Warrer 0 0 0 0

POS COUNTRY SKIPPER TEAM 201 202 203 204 205 206 207 208 209 210 PTS
1 NED Pieter-Jan Postma Sailing Team NL 1 1 0 1 3
2 USA Markus Edegran E11even Racing 0 0 1 0 1

 

 

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    Unbeaten Guichard Victorious at Alicante Match Cup

    Unbeaten Guichard Victorious at Alicante Match Cup

    Alicante, Spain (October 15, 2017) – On a day when you couldn’t have asked for better sailing conditions, Yann Guichard’s Spindrift Racing rounded off a flawless display with victory at the Alicante Match Cup.

    Guichard defeated Dutch two-time Olympian Pieter-Jan Postma in the final to maintain an impressive 100 per cent win rate during the four-day regatta, held in conjunction with the start of the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race.

    The weather gods saved their best until last, delivering a 10-12 knot breeze and bright blue skies for the final day of action that saw the M32s able to really stretch their legs. Again the fleet of seven 65ft Volvo Ocean Race boats provided a stunning backdrop as they held their own Pro-Am racing just offshore from the M32 race course.

    As the quarter final heats resumed teams started to tumble – Postma sunk Lukasz Wosinski’s Delphia Sailing Team 2-0, Jonas Warrer’s Team Warrer finished off Nico Delle Karth’s Chilli Racing 3-1while Markus Edegran’s E11even Racing took down Sally Barkow’s Team Magenta 32 after the all-female crew got stuck on a course mark.

    Guichard and Postma then showed their strength in the semis, the Frenchman easing past Warrer 3-0 while his Dutch counterpart only dropped one race in a 3-1 win over Edegran.

    The finals began in dramatic style with Postma penalised in the pre-start of the first race for not keeping clear of Guichard as port tack boat, a mistake he never recovered from.

    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 poised 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 Championship level event of the 2018 World Match Racing Tour.

    A delighted Guichard said the result was just what his team wanted going into the 2017 WMRT Match Racing World Championship in Shenzhen, China, in under two weeks.

    “It’s been a huge performance from Spindrift Racing at this event,” he said. “We came here with a lot of things to work on, especially the starts. We won all of our races and the event, so it’s been a great regatta for us. It’s an incredible confidence boost for us, a fantastic feeling. The big event is the World Championship in China and we’re focused on that. Our goal for China is to perform well and to reach the final.”

    Postma, meanwhile, was happy to settle for second.

    “It was an amazing day – lots of races and lots of action,” he said. “We were really happy to have been here in Alicante, enjoying racing against an awesome bunch of guys. Yann Guichard is a quick man! We just couldn’t take them down. We’re very happy with second place though.”

    In the petit final Warrer proved too strong for Edergan, defeating him 2-0 to complete the podium.

    The Alicante Match Cup was the result of a collaboration between the Volvo Ocean Race and World Match Racing Tour, uniting two great sailing events.

    “This regatta is what it’s all about – two great events sharing one stage,” Guichard added. “Mixing inshore multihull racing and offshore racing like this is a great thing for the future of sailing.”

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    Spindrift Racing and Sailing Team NL qualify for 2018 WMRT Season opener

    Results

    Alicante Match Cup

    Final

    POS COUNTRY SKIPPER TEAM 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 PTS
    1 FRA Yann Guichard Spindrift Racing 1 1 1 3
    2 NED Pieter-Jan Postma Sailing Team NL 0 0 0 0

    Full Results

    POS COUNTRY SKIPPER TEAM
    1 FRA Yann Guichard Spindrift Racing
    2 NED Pieter-Jan Postma Sailing Team NL
    3 DEN Jonas Warrer Team Warrer
    4 USA Markus Edegran E11even Racing
    5 AUT Nico Delle Karth Chilli Racing
    6 USA Sally Barkow Team Magenta 32
    7 FRA Quentin Delapierre Team Lorina - Golfe du Morbihan
    8 POL Lukasz Wosinski Delphia Sailing Team
    9 AUS Sam Gilmour Neptune Racing
    10 SWE Kim Kling Caprice Match Racing Team
  • Final

    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.

  • Petit Final

    Warrer Secures Podium Spot in Alicante Match Cup

    Jonas Warrer and his Warrer Racing crew have secured third place at the Alicante Match Cup, defeating Markus Edegran’s E11EVEN Racing 2-0 in the petit final.

    Warrer recorded a simple victory in the opening race, leading off the line and round the two-lap course.

    In the second race Warrer led again, and any hopes Edegran had of getting back into the match were dashed when he picked up a penalty for sailing outside of the racing area.

  • Semi Final, Pair 2

    Edegran Comeback Proves Too Little Too Late

    A third-race comeback from Markus Edegran’s E11EVEN Racing wasn’t enough to see off Pieter-Jan Postma’s Sailing Team NL in the second semi final of the Alicante Match Cup.

    After going down 2-0 despite winning both starts, young American Edegran rallied his troops and pulled one back to keep his hopes of making it to the final alive.

    However Postma answered back, controlling the pre-start of race four and leading all the way round the two-lap course to take the match win and secure a place in the final against Yann Guichard’s Spindrift.

    Edegran will face Jonas Warrer in the petit final for the final podium place.

  • Semi Final, Pair 1

    Warrer out as Guichard proves too good

    Yann Guichard sent Jonas Warrer home from the Alicante Match Cup with a 3-0 semi final defeat.

    Guichard’s French Spindrift Racing crew were dominant against Warrer’s Danish-flagged Team Warrer, inflicting three straight wins in a row.

    Warrer bounced back in the third race, leading Guichard off the start line and around the first mark but by the downwind gate Guichard was back in control.

    The win not only books Guichard a place in the finals of the Alicante Match Cup but also a spot at the 2018 World Match Racing Tour opener.

    Guichard will face either Pieter-Jan Postma or Markus Edegran in the final.

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