FLYING DUTCHMAN DISPOSES OF BARKOW & ANYON

FLYING DUTCHMAN DISPOSES OF BARKOW & ANYON
Mar 21st, 2017 admin.adstream
Pot of gold at the end of the WMRT Rainbow

Perth, Australia (March 21st, 2017) – Match racing is a cruel sport, there is no second, just winners and losers, and Sally Barkow and George Anyon were reminded of this today in brutal style. Both have been eliminated from the Match Cup Australia with Dutch sailor Pieter-Jan Postma defeating both and making it through to the Super 16 Round.

The elimination of Barkow, a Tour Card holder, could be the first in a series of upsets in this regatta, with so much talent lined up, no one is safe, and there will be more early exits tomorrow, when the super sixteen get cut down to just eight teams.

At the end of the group fleet racing stage of the event, there were clear leaders in groups one and two, but group three continued to provide nail-biting competition, with three teams tied for first place. In group one, Chris Steele ruled the roost despite having to count average points for today’s four races, due to boat damage.

In group two, Taylor Canfield was the class act, chalking up a total of six wins and two second places, to win the group by nine points

Frenchman Yann Guichard, and Australians Torvar Mirsky and Evan Walker all finished the series with 22 points in group three, and only one point back in fourth place is Ian Williams.

For Torvar Mirsky this is a dream return to the World Match Racing Tour after a four year absence, “I guess we’re surprised to find ourselves equal first,” he confessed, “we didn’t come in with expectations of results.

“We just were focussed on sailing together, and I guess we’re in that honeymoon period of sailing together, we’re a new team and there’s a bit of extra excitement with sailing together. It’s nice to have this event here at our home club, so we’re just happy and working hard. I think we’re in with a good shot whatever happens.”

While on the first day the teams were challenged by light and shifty conditions, today it was all blood and guts, with winds in the 20 to 25 knot range, and plenty of crashes and capsizes.

The event is being hosted by Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club and sailed on the Swan river. Tomorrow it is all match racing and the elimination of eight further teams, with the finals being sailed on Saturday.

Qualifying

 

QUALIFYING GROUP 1
POSCOUNTRYSKIPPERTEAMR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8PENPTS
1 NZL Chris Steele 36 Below Racing 3 1 1 1 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 1 13
2 NZL Phil Robertson Robertson Racing 1 2 2 4 1 1 3 2 16
3 AUS Matt Jerwood Redline Racing 2 3 4 3 2 2 1 1 2 20
4 AUS Sam Gilmour Neptune Racing 6 5 3 6 3 3 2 4 32
5 SWE Nicklas Dackhammar ESSIQ Racing Team 4 6 5 5 4 4 4 3 35
6 NED Pieter-Jan Postma Sailing Team NL 5 4 6 2 5 7 5 5 2 41


QUALIFYING GROUP 2
POSCOUNTRYSKIPPERTEAMR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8PENPTS
1 ISV Taylor Canfield US One 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 2 10
2 AUS Steven Thomas RPM Racing 5 1 2 3 2 3 2 1 19
3 AUS David Gilmour Team Gilmour 2 3 4 2 5 2 7 3 28
4 DEN Nicolai Sehested Ewii Racing 4 5 6 6 3 4 3 4.4 35.4
5 DEN Jonas Warrer Team Warrer 6 4 3 5 6 5 3 4 36
6 USA Sally Barkow Team Magenta 32 3 6 5 4 4 6 7 7 2 44


QUALIFYING GROUP 3
POSCOUNTRYSKIPPERTEAMR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8PENPTS
1 FRA Yann Guichard Spindrift Racing 5 1 1 4 2.75 2.75 2.75 2.75 22
1 AUS Torvar Mirsky Mirsky Racing Team 1 4 5 2 1 3 4 2 22
1 AUS Evan Walker KA Match 2 3 4 5 4 2 1 1 22
4 GBR Ian Williams GAC Pindar 3 6 2 1 2 1 2 6 23
5 SWE Måns Holmberg CFA Sports 4 2 3 6 3 4 5 3 30
6 NZL George Anyon RNZYS Performance 6 5 6 3 5 5 3 4 37


6x World Champion Ian Williams sending it over
Sally Barkow