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Match Racing World Championship
Qualifying Group 1
|1||USA||Taylor Canfield||US One||3||1||1||3||1||1||1||6||17|
|2||NZL||Phil Robertson||China One Ningbo||4||2||2||1||3||4||2||1||19|
|3||FRA||Yann Guichard||Spindrift Racing||1||3||3||2||4||2||3||4||2||24|
|4||USA||Markus Edegran||E11even Racing||2||6||5||5||2||6||5||2||33|
|5||SWE||Måns Holmberg||Gothenburg Racing||6||4||4||4||6||5||4||5||2||40|
|6||AUS||Steven Thomas||RPM Racing||5||5||6||6||5||3||6||3||2||41|
Qualifying Group 2
|1||NZL||Chris Steele||36 Below Racing||1||2||1||1||2||4||2||3||16|
|2||AUS||David Gilmour||Team Gilmour||2||5||3||2||4||2||5||2||25|
|3||GBR||Ian Williams||GAC Pindar||3||1||2||5||1||3||3||5||2||25|
|4||DEN||Jonas Warrer||Waarrer Racing||6||4||4||4||6||1||4||1||30|
|5||AUS||Torvar Mirsky||Mirsky Racing Team||4||3||5||6||3||6||1||6||34|
|6||DEN||Joachim Aschenbrenner||Aschenbrenner Racing||5||6||6||3||5||5||6||4||40|
Qualifying Group 3
|1||NED||PieterJan Postma||Sailing Team NL||2||5||4||1||4||3||2||1||2||24|
|2||AUS||Harry Price||Down Under Racing||6||1||1||4||3||5||3||2||25|
|3||SWE||Nicklas Dackhammar||ESSIQ Racing Team||1||6||5||2||2||1||5||3||25|
|4||SWE||Johnie Berntsson||FLUX Team||4||2||2||3||6||2||1||6||26|
|5||AUS||Sam Gilmour||Neptune Racing||3||4||3||6||1||4||4||4||29|
|6||AUS||Matt Jerwood||Redline Racing||5||3||6||5||5||6||6||5||2||43|
Stainless Steele shines in Shenzhen
Shenzhen, China (October 24, 2017) – Chris Steele showed his mettle on day one of the WMRT Match Racing World Championship. The skipper of the young Kiwi team, 36 Below Racing, put on a dominant display in his fleet racing group. The first two days are all about doing well enough in the six-boat fleet racing Qualifying Stage to be able to move forward into the match racing knock-out rounds.
Steele knows it’s far too soon to be counting his chickens. “The results keep coming in the fleet racing, which is nice. We should keep it simple and keep to the fleet racing,” he smiled wryly. “It’s nice to carry some momentum from the last event in Chicago and get a couple of race wins here in China. The breeze started quite strong in the morning and fading as the day moved on. The guys did a nice job of getting the boat off the start line and not making any massive mistakes around the race track. We just gave ourselves some good opportunities to pick apart the other guys we were racing and that translated into some race wins and a second as well. We’re pretty happy to be sitting on top of our group at the end of day one.”
Scores of 1,2,1,1 place Steele as the clear leader of Group 2 ahead of Ian Williams who sits on 11 points, a point in front of top 49er sailor from Australia, David Gilmour. Former tactician for Williams and now TV commentator on the Tour, Simon Shaw says the multiple World Champion is looking good at the helm of GAC Pindar. “With Ian it’s all about getting the processes right, and his team looked very solid, very methodical today. I think having Paul Campbell-James [wing trimmer on America’s Cup team Land Rover BAR] is a key advantage for the crew; it puts Ian in a position to be able to win this week.”
Shaw, who has either raced in or commentated on almost every World Match Racing Tour for more than a decade, can’t recall a field that looks so wide open. “It is genuinely hard to pick a favourite right now. It might have been Phil Robertson up until a couple of months ago, but he’s fallen off a bit and others have come up to match him.”
While Steele is running away with Group 2, the leaderboard is much tighter in the other two groups. Former Match Racing World Champion Taylor Canfield holds top spot in Group 1, but only by a point ahead of defending world champ Phil Robertson and Frenchman Yann Guichard who are tied for second. Fresh off the plane this morning, Robertson was a little ring rusty to begin with, but started to find his form as the day progressed. “We touched down early this morning and just got the car here in time,” said Robertson, skipper of the Kiwi crew on board China One Ningbo.
“What a glamour here in Shenzhen, China,” he added. “It’s quite warm for this time of year and light airs, so it’s going to be a tricky venue and a good event. Our first day of qualifying, we did alright, started a bit slow and pulled it together at the end, finished with a bullet. Being second overall is OK and we’re within striking distance of the front. Day one is about finding your feet and getting into your groove. Tomorrow is where you want to start ramping it up.”
In Group 3 there were three different different winners, with Australia’s Harry Price taking two bullets and The Netherlands’ Pieter-Jan Postma and Sweden’s Nicklas Dackhammar one apiece. Another Swede Johnie Berntsson may not have won any races but his consistency places the Swedish Flux Team in first overall. However the points are very tight and it’s hard to see who’s going to come through on top in Group 3.
As ever, success often comes down to split-second timing on the reaching starts. Get it right, and it can catapult you into the lead. But push it too hard and you cop a penalty. And if you go for a middle-of-the-road start you’re very likely to come away with a middle-of-the-road result across the finish line. With so much at stake this week, knowing when to pull that itchy trigger finger is going to be key.
The first day of the WMRT Match Racing World Championship marks the prologue leading into the 2017 China Cup International Regatta. WMRT China has worked to secure Asia’s largest sailing regatta as a collaborator for this year’s final. Yesterday evening, David Zhong extended a warm welcome to all sailors and was excited to see the M32s racing at this, the 11th annual edition of the China Cup.
Wednesday sees the conclusion of the fleet race Qualifying Stage, when the bottom team in each group will move to the Sail Off to fight for the remaining spot in the Super 16 Stage.
POS COUNTRY SKIPPER TEAM R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 PEN PTS 1 USA Taylor Canfield US One 3 1 1 3 1 1 1 6 17 2 NZL Phil Robertson China One Ningbo 4 2 2 1 3 4 2 1 19 3 FRA Yann Guichard Spindrift Racing 1 3 3 2 4 2 3 4 2 24 4 USA Markus Edegran E11even Racing 2 6 5 5 2 6 5 2 33 5 SWE Måns Holmberg Gothenburg Racing 6 4 4 4 6 5 4 5 2 40 6 AUS Steven Thomas RPM Racing 5 5 6 6 5 3 6 3 2 41
POS COUNTRY SKIPPER TEAM R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 PEN PTS 1 NZL Chris Steele 36 Below Racing 1 2 1 1 2 4 2 3 16 2 AUS David Gilmour Team Gilmour 2 5 3 2 4 2 5 2 25 3 GBR Ian Williams GAC Pindar 3 1 2 5 1 3 3 5 2 25 4 DEN Jonas Warrer Waarrer Racing 6 4 4 4 6 1 4 1 30 5 AUS Torvar Mirsky Mirsky Racing Team 4 3 5 6 3 6 1 6 34 6 DEN Joachim Aschenbrenner Aschenbrenner Racing 5 6 6 3 5 5 6 4 40
POS COUNTRY SKIPPER TEAM R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 PEN PTS 1 NED PieterJan Postma Sailing Team NL 2 5 4 1 4 3 2 1 2 24 2 AUS Harry Price Down Under Racing 6 1 1 4 3 5 3 2 25 3 SWE Nicklas Dackhammar ESSIQ Racing Team 1 6 5 2 2 1 5 3 25 4 SWE Johnie Berntsson FLUX Team 4 2 2 3 6 2 1 6 26 5 AUS Sam Gilmour Neptune Racing 3 4 3 6 1 4 4 4 29 6 AUS Matt Jerwood Redline Racing 5 3 6 5 5 6 6 5 2 43
China One Ningbo
Paul Campbell James
36 Below Racing
Sailing Team NL
Essiq Racing Team
Mirsky Racing Team
Jeppe DYBKJAER DITLEV
Down Under Racing
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.”
Spindrift Racing and Sailing Team NL qualify for 2018 WMRT Season opener
Alicante Match Cup
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
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
Guichard Books First Semis Spot At Alicante Match Cup
Alicante, Spain (October 14, 2017) – Yann Guichard taught fellow Frenchman Quentin Delapierre a lesson in light-wind mastery today to secure Spindrift a spot in the semi finals of the Alicante Match Cup.
Promising talent Delapierre, sailing in his debut M32 season, had hoped to topple Guichard when the two met one-on-one in today’s quarter final heat. Guichard, one of sailing’s biggest names, had other ideas.
As the sun bore down on the M32 catamarans there was just the lightest of puffs blowing through the race course just off Alicante’s city centre beach.
Guichard wasted no time in stamping his authority on the match, bossing the pre-starts and quickly taking his team’s tally to 2-0 in first-to-three encounter.
With his team facing an early exit Delapierre rallied, winning the start of race three and leading his more experienced rival around the course.
Disaster struck at the last moment, however, when a slow tack coming into the final upwind gate allowed Guichard back into the game. Delapierre’s luck was further compounded when the on-the-water umpires ruled that he had not allowed Guichard enough room to manoeuvre round the mark and promptly penalised him.
With just a few metres to sail to the finish line the win was Guichard’s for the taking, and with three victories to his name a spot in the Semi Finals was secure.
“It was a tough day for everyone today but we managed to win three races in a row to go through to the Semi Finals,” Guichard said. “The conditions were really light and shifty but we sailed really well. One of our goals was to start strongly and we did that too. We’re very happy with this result and we’re confident for our future in this event.”
Delapierre was gracious in defeat, happy to have seen big improvements within his young team in Alicante. “We did some nice things today but not enough to win against Yann,” he said. “In the last race we were leading but Spindrift are very quick, especially upwind. We tried to keep them behind us but at the last upwind gate I made a mistake in the tack, and allowed Yann back in. I was penalised and that gave him the win. We know we have to improve but we learned a lot this week.”
Meanwhile Jonas Warrer holds the upper hand in his quarter final clash with Nico Delle Karth after three tight races.
Team Warrer went 1-0 down in the opening race but levelled the scores in the second, leading off the line and around the course.
A close fight ensued in the third race as the two teams traded places numerous times, but by the finish line Warrer had eked out a narrow lead to go 2-1 up.
Racing was brought to an early end to give way for the Volvo Ocean Race’s first in-port race to take place on the same race course.
The action will resume tomorrow, the final day of the event, with Warrer vs Delle Karth, plus the remaining quarter final pairings of Edegran and Barkow, and Postma vs Wosinski.
Quarter Final STage
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 FRA Questin Delapierre Team Lorina - Golfe du Morbihan 0 0 0 0
POS COUNTRY SKIPPER TEAM 401 402 403 404 405 406 407 408 409 410 PTS 1 NED Pieter-Jan Postma Sailing Team NL 1 1 2 2 POL Lukasz Wosinski Delphia Sailing Team 0 0 0
Tour Card Skippers
Evan Walker (KA Match)
Nevin Snow (13 Fifty Racing)
Pieter-Jan Postma (Sailing Team NL)
Quentin Delapierre (Team Lorina – Golfe du Morbihan)
Wild Card Invites
Matt Jerwood (Redline Racing)
Markus Edegran (E11even Racing)
David Gilmour (Team Gilmour)
Andrew Campbell (Heart of America)
Harry Price (Down Under Racing)
Nicklas Dackhammar (ESSIQ Racing Team)
Jonas Warrer (Warrer Racing)