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Ben Ainslie, brand new ISAF World Match Racing Champion

Posted on 05 December 2010 by Valencia Sailing

Ben Ainslie and TEAMORIGIN – Iain Percy, Christian Kamp, Matthew Cornwell and Mike Mottl showed world-class match racing skill in the tricky conditions presented by the Terengganu River this morning, to win the coveted 2010 title.

Having knocked Mathieu Richard out of the semifinals yesterday, Ainslie had the best possible chance of winning the Championship. His chances got even better when this morning, Richard was beaten 2-0 by Bruni in the 5-to-8 knockoffs and was renegaded to 8th place in the Monsoon Cup overall leaderboard.

All the British had to do was beat Björn Hansen in the semifinal and they did just that. They went on to take both races in a commanding way and advanced to the finals. Regardless of the outcome of the Monsoon Cup finals against Torvar Mirsky, Ben Ainslie, Iain Percy, Christian Kamp, Matthew Cornwell and Mike Mottl are the world’s best match racing crew in 2010.

It’s a pity we won’t witness what could be a clash of titans in 2013 between Ben Ainslie and James Spithill at the 34th America’s Cup.

6 Comments For This Post

  1. Cristian Alberto Palau Cabrera Says:

    Regarding your last phrase "It's a pity we won't witness what could be a clash of titans in 2013 between Ben Ainslie and James Spithill at the 34th America's Cup", I have just one comment: The 34th America's Cup is going to be won by the fastest catamaran, not the most talented skipper (just like it was the 33rd America's Cup, where the fastest trimaran won).
    I'm sorry to tell you otherwise, but even if Team Origin with Ben Ainslie was in, we never would see a match race between him and Jimmy Spithill, as it would be a drag race just to show which cat is the fastest.

    Your friend,
    Cristian Palau

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Well done Ben!

  3. Liz24 Says:

    Simply the best…..

  4. Anonymous Says:

    Cristian,
    dont worry, The fastest catamaran will be Oracle's. At Oracle we are organizing a fair event in which no one has any chance of beating us.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    Dear Cristian Palau,

    The AC has almost always been won by the fastest boat, be it in monohulls or multihulls. To develop the fastest boat is part of the game…
    If you want to see match racing only go to one design match racing

  6. Anonymous Says:

    10:27 AM anon,

    Indeed, pantiepissers and pussies should stay away from this competition.



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