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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


  • Group 3, Qualifying Session 1

    In Live Blog on

    Yann Guichard: 

    It was a solid day for us. We had a lot of fun on board. I’m so happy to have Sam Goodchild back with the team  after an injury. When you’re fleet racing the key is the start. We were OCS in the first race and we came back from behind to finish second, so it was a good performance. After that we made three really good starts in a row and when you’re not in the pack, it’s not tricky to control the other ones. We had good timing and positioning on the starting line.


    Steve Thomas:

    I haven’t sailed since Perth back in March, so it’s been a while, but the boys were really excited and we still feel like we’re sailing well even though we haven’t been in the boat. The first race, well, it’s pretty easy when the three boats around you are OCS and you get a little break. When you were out in front it was easy and when you were in the pack it was tricky with the boundaries and all that. 

    (Last race, OCS at the start and another penalty for not being the last boat at the first turning mark) We couldn’t slow down fast enough as it turned out, so we ended up getting another penalty. We got a little bit of a break at the bottom of the course, all the boats went left turn and we took the right turn and we got out of phase with the fleet and had our own clear lanes and that got us back into the race pretty quickly.

  • Group 2, Qualifying Session 1

    In Live Blog on

    Nicklas Dackhammer: 

    “We’ve just arrived from Risør In Norway, we did the M32 Scandinavian Series there, so feel pretty warmed up and this was just continuing to do what we did last week. Short courses, little bit different conditions here than we’re used to, with the choppy waves. We’re more used to the west coast of Sweden, where it’s a little bit more stable sea breeze and when we sail the Series we’re always inside the cities, this was more open water. (So, in terms of these events) We’re more used to what we’ll see later in the week in the city (on the Neva River from Friday). But it was really fun out there today and we started out really well with a first place. We definitely didn’t lose it today. You can’t win the regatta on the first day but you can definitely lose it. We’re looking forward to tomorrow. We had the same feeling as them (Ian Williams/GAC Pindar), we were always gaining places, even if we had OCS starts and were at the back of the pack, we managed to climb positions all the time and I think that’s key when you’ve got only 6 boats, to try to eliminate the last places.”


    Jonas Warrer:

    I don’t if we were too (excited) to begin with, because we had two false starts, two OCS, so we had to wait at the back of the fleet. But it was nice to see when we got going, we had really good handling. It’s a different game in these small courses because you don’t really go full speed, the way I would sail the boat on a bigger course. You always have to find the right mode, and sometimes we got that wrong, but in general we had good speed and we won the last race, which showed us that we beat the good guys out there. 

    It’s a really tactical game with short course boundaries. Get the number of tacks right, not too many, and that’s decided at the bottom gate – whether you have two or three tacks and that can have a big influence. The wind was fairly stable out there, so it’s all about the start and then positioning yourself.” 

  • Group 1, Qualifying Session 1

    In Live Blog on

    Phil Robertson:

    “It was good, nice just getting back into the swing of things. It was very much a starting day, if you get ahead you get to stay ahead. Nice day, nice breeze, little bit shifty, breeze up and down, so, kept everyone on their toes.
    It averaged about 12 knots, probably dropped down to about 8 knots at one stage, top end 14 knots.
    Nothing too out of the blue. Everyone seemed to be going pretty fast. Placing your boat right seemed to be the key. A couple of times we got nice starts and it lead to race wins, a couple of others we were a bit deep and it was hard and we were battling.
    Matt had a pretty good day, I think he had a little wobble there, race 2, but they’re a fast team and always going pretty nicely, and if they can get a clean start they’re definitely a bit of a threat.
    I’ve never sailed out there, it’s a nice area, it’s shallow, so the water was quite steep, steep waves, choppy, 2-foot chop, which made it that more challenging. It’s a nice race course.”


    Matt Jerwood: 

    “You can’t complain. You’re always aiming just to have a solid first day, no crashes, no massive blowouts, we’re pretty happy.
    The last race was definitely the best, we just nailed the start and the first gybe and we were gone, we were absolutely launched. It was an easy race from the there.
    The first race was really close, we had a good fight with Phil Robertson and PJ Postma all the way around, but our tactician kept putting us in the right place and we just snuck around Phil at the final mark.
    Race 2, we were a bit slow to deploy off the start, the wind went a bit soft and we were slow to get our gunmaker out. From there we actually sailed a pretty nice race, but we were just too far behind to get back into it. We were a bit disappointed because it was a pretty basic error, but we’ll move on and learn from it.
    The wind really dropped down in the middle two races, the last race it came back up again. It was quite tricky out there, there was a little bit of current running we thought, but that wasn’t a major factor, it was more getting the start right.
    As frustrating as it is drawing the number one seed in your group it always toughens you up for the coming regatta. It’s always fun racing Phil because he and his boys are so good, you’re racing the best in the world when you race Phil.”


    Viktor Serezhkin

    “It was a good day. We stuffed one (race) up with the gennaker sheet, there was a big heel, the loops were swimming and then looped round the rudder. It was disappointing for us, we finished last, we touched the boundary, they (the umpires) gave us a penalty. But after that, in the next race, we recovered and finished second.
    I don’t know the conditions here, I sailed here 8 years ago, but I’m told the westerly winds are typical.
    I think if we can cut out these situations (the mistake) we can do well. I think our group was quite strong with Robertson, Jerwood and PJ Postma. At the starts, upwind was quite good and downwind was not quite right. But if we can finish second in this group it’s not bad.”


    Pieter-Jan Postma

    “We had 9-11 knots, medium wind. We had a real nice fight; we had Jerwood and Robertson, so it was quite close racing and I’m really proud of the teamwork, we’re getting there. It felt like we’re on the verge of getting more to the top.”



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