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Video highlights: Match Cup Sweden – Day 2

Posted on 30 June 2009 by Valencia Sailing

Highlights from the second day of Match Cup Sweden. Marstrand, 30 June 2009. Video copyright World Match Racing Tour

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Video highlights: Match Cup Sweden – Day 2

Posted on 30 June 2009 by Valencia Sailing

Highlights from the second day of Match Cup Sweden. Marstrand, 30 June 2009. Video copyright World Match Racing Tour

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Tough day at the office for BlackMatch in Match Cup Sweden

Posted on 30 June 2009 by Valencia Sailing

Hello again from BlackMatch,

Day two of Match Cup Sweden was one to forget for BlackMatch, it has been a long while since we went a day without out a win but today was a disaster and we had 4 straight defeats to finish last in our group. All is not lost however as we still have the chance to win our way through in a repecharge series which will start tomorrow for the bottom 8 teams.

With only a single win from our 6 matches, we have failed to put things together so far in this event and it would appear we are struggling, but the truth is that we are very much in the game and will come out fighting tomorrow for the two remaining quarterfinal berths. All of our matches today were very close and there are just key moments we can pinpoint that contributed to all of our losses, it is these mistakes that we need to eliminate if we are progress further in this event.

Perhaps a good example of this was in our match up against 6 times Match Cup Sweden Champion Peter Gilmour. We absolutely nailed the veteran in the pre-start, managing to lock him out above the committee boat end of the start-line, however the crafty Australian forced his way in between us and the boat end and although he was given a red flag penalty to be taken immediately, he still was only half a boat length behind after undertaking it. ‘Gilly’ then showed his class to stay in touch up the first beat and was hot on our heals going into the first downwind. He did a great job of initiating the gybe to the bottom mark whereas we held for too long and the following luffing situation saw them roll over the top of us to gain the lead, from here he defended well and took the victory.

We are in very good company in the bottom 8 repecharge series which includes the two previous Match Cup Sweden Champions Mattias Rahm and Bjorn Hansen, World number 1 Sebastian Col and current World Champion Ian Williams. Although we have an uphill battle from here, we are looking forward to the challenge ahead.

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Mathieu Richard tops Match Cup Sweden round robins

Posted on 30 June 2009 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: World Match Racing Tour] Day Two of Match Cup Sweden, stage 5 of the World Match Racing Tour saw more beautiful weather, more spectators and of course more great match racing. Marstrand turned on the weather and entertainment for spectators and sailors alike. With interactive games, boat trips and numerous hospitality stands it was easy to get distracted from the on-water action. But one look out on to Marstrand Fijord and the calibre of world class sailors easily reminded you there is some top class sailing happening.

Today saw Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing, Damien Iehl (FRA) French Match Racing Team and Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team finish first, second and third respectively from Group A. They were joined by French Match Racing Team members Mathieu Richard (FRA) Philippe Presti (FRA) and Magnus Holmberg (SWE) of Victory Challenge from Group B. All six now qualify for the quarterfinal round which will start on Friday. The remaining teams from both groups will now go through to the repechage which will be a full round robin where each skipper will race against each other team. The top two skippers from the repechage will then go through to join the other quarter finalists.

Second day of Match Cup Sweden. Marstrand, 30 June 2009. Photo copyright Dan Ljungsvik

Day Two was once again dominated by the French with three members of the French Match Racing Team all through to the quarterfinals. Leading the way in Group B with 5 wins was Mathieu Richard, his only loss coming at the hands of countryman Philippe Presti. Richard said “We are very pleased with winning the Round Robin but it is just one part of the regatta, there is much more to go yet. We had a good day and we managed our strategy very well, there was no set thing to do and flexibility was the key. We sailed well in the light and also managed the gear changes as the wind came up. It will be tricky now to have two days off, I think the guys winning the repechage will be in a strong position having have more racing practice.”

In Group A Peter Gilmour showed why he has won this event six times, losing only to the last two winners of Match Cup Sweden, Bjorn Hansen and Mattias Rahm. When asked if he had been particularly aggressive during the round Gilmour said “Not really, that’s just normal,” then he added “Everyone out there was working really hard and there was no easy win. The Round Robin is really just practice for the quarter final and when we get there we’ll see some people under pressure.”

Joining Gilmour direct into the quarter finals was his old rival and local hero Magnus Holmberg, still looking for that elusive victory at the event that he started 15 years ago. “I was very happy with the team today, we haven’t spent much time together as a crew but it seemed to click very well. There was a nice mode on the boat. We’re learning in each race and really enjoying the racing. My kids love this week and with some time off now I get the chance to spend time with my family so everybody is happy.”

At the opening ceremony yesterday there was a fitting tribute to two of the Tour veterans. In its 15th year the organizers of one of the Tours most successful events have created the Match Cup Sweden Hall of Fame in order to honor the great skippers of professional sailing. The first two inductees were Magnus Holmberg and Peter Gilmour who were both very gracious of this recognition and vowed to continue to keep the younger generation coming through the match racing ranks on their toes. “Magnus and I still have some fuel in the tank to stay ahead of the younger guys that we see making their way on the World Match Racing Tour,” said Peter Gilmour “it is genuinely a real honour and I am sure that more will join, there is plenty of potential out there.”

Second day of Match Cup Sweden. Marstrand, 30 June 2009. Photo copyright Dan Ljungsvik

Results from Day 2
Group A

Peter Gilmour, AUS, YANMAR Racing, 4-2
Damien Iehl, FRA, French Match Racing Racing Team, 4-2
Torvar Mirsky, AUS, Mirsky Racing, 4-2
Sebastien Col, FRA, French Match Racing Team/K-Challenge, 3-3
Mattias Rahm, SWE, Stena Bulk Sailing Team, 3-3
Bjorn Hansen, SWE, Team Onico, 2-4
Adam Minoprio, NZL, ETNZ/BlackMatch, 1-5

Group B
Mathieu Richard, FRA, French Match Racing Team, 5-1
Philippe Presti, FRA, French Match Racing Team, 4-2
Magnus Holmburg, SWE, Victory Challenge, 4-2
Ian Williams, GBR, Bahrain Team Pindar, 3-3
Peter Wibroe, DEN, Wibroe Racing Team, 3-3
Johnie Berntsson, SWE, Berntsson Sailing Team, 1-5
Francesco Bruni, Team Joe Fly Match Racing, 1-5

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Mathieu Richard tops Match Cup Sweden round robins

Posted on 30 June 2009 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: World Match Racing Tour] Day Two of Match Cup Sweden, stage 5 of the World Match Racing Tour saw more beautiful weather, more spectators and of course more great match racing. Marstrand turned on the weather and entertainment for spectators and sailors alike. With interactive games, boat trips and numerous hospitality stands it was easy to get distracted from the on-water action. But one look out on to Marstrand Fijord and the calibre of world class sailors easily reminded you there is some top class sailing happening.

Today saw Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing, Damien Iehl (FRA) French Match Racing Team and Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team finish first, second and third respectively from Group A. They were joined by French Match Racing Team members Mathieu Richard (FRA) Philippe Presti (FRA) and Magnus Holmberg (SWE) of Victory Challenge from Group B. All six now qualify for the quarterfinal round which will start on Friday. The remaining teams from both groups will now go through to the repechage which will be a full round robin where each skipper will race against each other team. The top two skippers from the repechage will then go through to join the other quarter finalists.

Second day of Match Cup Sweden. Marstrand, 30 June 2009. Photo copyright Dan Ljungsvik

Day Two was once again dominated by the French with three members of the French Match Racing Team all through to the quarterfinals. Leading the way in Group B with 5 wins was Mathieu Richard, his only loss coming at the hands of countryman Philippe Presti. Richard said “We are very pleased with winning the Round Robin but it is just one part of the regatta, there is much more to go yet. We had a good day and we managed our strategy very well, there was no set thing to do and flexibility was the key. We sailed well in the light and also managed the gear changes as the wind came up. It will be tricky now to have two days off, I think the guys winning the repechage will be in a strong position having have more racing practice.”

In Group A Peter Gilmour showed why he has won this event six times, losing only to the last two winners of Match Cup Sweden, Bjorn Hansen and Mattias Rahm. When asked if he had been particularly aggressive during the round Gilmour said “Not really, that’s just normal,” then he added “Everyone out there was working really hard and there was no easy win. The Round Robin is really just practice for the quarter final and when we get there we’ll see some people under pressure.”

Joining Gilmour direct into the quarter finals was his old rival and local hero Magnus Holmberg, still looking for that elusive victory at the event that he started 15 years ago. “I was very happy with the team today, we haven’t spent much time together as a crew but it seemed to click very well. There was a nice mode on the boat. We’re learning in each race and really enjoying the racing. My kids love this week and with some time off now I get the chance to spend time with my family so everybody is happy.”

At the opening ceremony yesterday there was a fitting tribute to two of the Tour veterans. In its 15th year the organizers of one of the Tours most successful events have created the Match Cup Sweden Hall of Fame in order to honor the great skippers of professional sailing. The first two inductees were Magnus Holmberg and Peter Gilmour who were both very gracious of this recognition and vowed to continue to keep the younger generation coming through the match racing ranks on their toes. “Magnus and I still have some fuel in the tank to stay ahead of the younger guys that we see making their way on the World Match Racing Tour,” said Peter Gilmour “it is genuinely a real honour and I am sure that more will join, there is plenty of potential out there.”

Second day of Match Cup Sweden. Marstrand, 30 June 2009. Photo copyright Dan Ljungsvik

Results from Day 2
Group A

Peter Gilmour, AUS, YANMAR Racing, 4-2
Damien Iehl, FRA, French Match Racing Racing Team, 4-2
Torvar Mirsky, AUS, Mirsky Racing, 4-2
Sebastien Col, FRA, French Match Racing Team/K-Challenge, 3-3
Mattias Rahm, SWE, Stena Bulk Sailing Team, 3-3
Bjorn Hansen, SWE, Team Onico, 2-4
Adam Minoprio, NZL, ETNZ/BlackMatch, 1-5

Group B
Mathieu Richard, FRA, French Match Racing Team, 5-1
Philippe Presti, FRA, French Match Racing Team, 4-2
Magnus Holmburg, SWE, Victory Challenge, 4-2
Ian Williams, GBR, Bahrain Team Pindar, 3-3
Peter Wibroe, DEN, Wibroe Racing Team, 3-3
Johnie Berntsson, SWE, Berntsson Sailing Team, 1-5
Francesco Bruni, Team Joe Fly Match Racing, 1-5

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It’s time to go back to Alicante

Posted on 30 June 2009 by Valencia Sailing

The 2008-9 Volvo Ocean Race has just finished and one by one the teams that took part in it are slowly winding down. Today it was the turn of Telefonica’s two boats, the Blue and the Black, to start their trip back home.

The two Spanish yachts set sail from the Russian city of St Petersburg this morning and headed towards Spain. Before reaching their base in Alicante they will make a number of stopovers in various Spanish ports for a series of marketing and hospitality events but also give the local crowds the opportunity to cheer for the team that achieved the best ever Spanish result in the history of the Volvo Ocean Race.

Telefonica Blue and Black will first stop in Bilbao in 10 days and after rounding the Iberian peninsula they are expected to moor in their base on the 29th of July. Although there hasn’t been any formal announcement yet, it is believed that Telefonica will most probably be one of the two Spanish entries in the 2011-12 edition of the round-the-world race.

The two Telefonica boats start their trip back home. St Petersburg, 30 June 2009. Photo copyright Maria Muiña / Equipo Telefonica

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Wanna have a sneak preview of Alinghi’s monster multihull?

Posted on 30 June 2009 by Valencia Sailing

No, unfortunately, we don’t have any spy photo from the giant multihull Alinghi will race in order to defend the America’s Cup. On the contrary, Alinghi is offering 10 people the chance to visit their base in Villeneuve and have an “exclusive” (as they claim) sneak preview of their giant multihull.

Click here to access the offer on their website. Since it appears on the “Alinghi Friends” section, we don’t know whether participation in the draw is strictly limited to their friends. The visit is scheduled for next Saturday, July 4th.

There is a catch though, you will have to pay for your trip and you won’t even be able to take a photo!! Does it make sense to spend all those euros when the boat will be launched a few days later? You’ll be the judge.

Disclaimer: Valencia Sailing is in no way whatsoever related to this offer, solely organized by Alinghi. Please check with Alinghi on the conditions and restrictions of this offer.

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Wanna have a sneak preview of Alinghi’s monster multihull?

Posted on 30 June 2009 by Valencia Sailing

No, unfortunately, we don’t have any spy photo from the giant multihull Alinghi will race in order to defend the America’s Cup. On the contrary, Alinghi is offering 10 people the chance to visit their base in Villeneuve and have an “exclusive” (as they claim) sneak preview of their giant multihull.

Click here to access the offer on their website. Since it appears on the “Alinghi Friends” section, we don’t know whether participation in the draw is strictly limited to their friends. The visit is scheduled for next Saturday, July 4th.

There is a catch though, you will have to pay for your trip and you won’t even be able to take a photo!! Does it make sense to spend all those euros when the boat will be launched a few days later? You’ll be the judge.

Disclaimer: Valencia Sailing is in no way whatsoever related to this offer, solely organized by Alinghi. Please check with Alinghi on the conditions and restrictions of this offer.

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