Robertson / Postma
The big one: Match Racing World Champion Phil Robertson vs WMRT newcomer this season, Pieter-Jan Postma. Yellow penalty for Postma in pre-start! A great start with gennakers flying won by Robertson, takes 4 boat lengths from Postma. But incredibly Postma rolls over Robertson to windward – bigger top speeds of 20 knots in this race. Penalty! Yellow flag! Pieter-Jan Postma could have tacked earlier there. 1-0 Phil Robertson, no mistakes after retaking the lead v Pieter-Jan Postma. Top speed of 23.4 knots! Those M32 cats were flying.
Postma looking for revenge after Robertson won 3-1 in SF of GKSS Match Cup Sweden in July. Race 2: Robertson wins the start and takes 2 length lead over Postma. Postma gets the puff but can’t pass Robertson. Wind shifting. They split gates at bottom mark. Postma in touch but Robertson stretching 100m ahead after gybing into last downwind. No way back for Postma. Robertson 2-0 up and that’s going to be tough to overturn. Matchpoint for Robertson leading 2-0 over Postma. Here comes race 3. Postma wins start holding Robertson as he tried to come over the top. Great work. 1.5 length lead. Postma extending away on the first beat with 6 length lead over Robertson. It’s a MUST WIN for PJ Postma. Incredible comback by Robertson, cuts 150m lead to 20m on the final downwind. PJ Postma takes his first victory against the World Champion Phil Robertson. Postma tacks just in front of
Robertson and holds 2-length lead in tense finish. 8 seconds in it. Replay of their semi-final. Robertson went 2-0 up Postma got 1 back before losing 3-1.
Race 4: Penalty! Blue flag on Postma with 45 seconds of pre-start v Robertson. Postma wins start but has to drop back because of penalty. Robertson into the lead. Postma gybes early after first mark and flies into 5-length lead over Robertson. Robertson apologises to his crew for late gybe, he got nothing on the right. Postma extends. But Robertson right back on the upwind gybes around top mark 3 lengths behind on Postma. Disaster! Robertson hooks the bottom mark and Postma sails away to 100m+ lead. Massive win for Postma. That’s 2-2 against the Match Racing World Champion Phil Robertson.
Race 5: Horrible start for Postma, Robertson luffs him and Postma is facing the wrong way. Postma nearly 200m behind Robertson after the first beat. Postma needs a miracle on the Neva River to beat Robertson from here. There’s a reason Match Racing World Champion Phil Robertson is unbeaten in the M32s. Massive win in all senses. Robertson 3 – 2 Postma