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Crews train on eve of Marseille International Match Race

Posted on 10 March 2009 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Marseille International Match Race] The Yachting Club de la Pointe Rouge has been boiling over all day. At 9am, the 12 skippers and their crews took over, to register and get weighed in.

Once the administrative details were dealt with, they only wanted one thing: to get onto the J80′s and get out onto the water to start sizing up the Southern Bay.

Two groups of 6 teams went out, taking advantage of the great weather conditions to perfect their skills and carry out the final adjustments on board (moderate sea, wind force 4 to 5).

America’s Cup holder Ed Baird faces world match racing champion Ian Williams. Marseille, 10 March 2009. Photo copyright Gilles Martin-Raget / MIMR

Even though most of the skippers this year have already taken part in the Marseille International Match Race, this year’s regatta is really special as it is the first of the 10 stages of the World Match Racing Tour. Some extra pressure on the teams which are starting the year with what could be a decisive event for the rest of their season.

Racing at full earnest starts on Tuesday and at 9am, 8 crews(*) will leave the harbor to take part in the first flights.

Tough wind conditions have been forecast for tomorrow. The morning’s North-Westerly force 6 – 7 is set to strengthen to force 8 – more than 60kph. The Race Committee hopes to be ready on the water as soon as possible, to start the first flights and get a head start before the coming weather conditions… which might be too hard to allow racing to continue.

(*) Richard, Ainslie, Cian, Morvan, Williams, Hansen, Col, Baird

Young gun Torvar Mirsky getting ready for yet another great performance. Marseille, 10 March 2009. Photo copyright Gilles Martin-Raget / MIMR

America’s Cup holder Ed Baird faces world match racing champion Ian Williams. Marseille, 10 March 2009. Photo copyright Gilles Martin-Raget / MIMR

Crews train on the eve of Marseille International Match Race. Marseille, 10 March 2009. Photo copyright Gilles Martin-Raget / MIMR

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Crews train on eve of Marseille International Match Race

Posted on 10 March 2009 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Marseille International Match Race] The Yachting Club de la Pointe Rouge has been boiling over all day. At 9am, the 12 skippers and their crews took over, to register and get weighed in.

Once the administrative details were dealt with, they only wanted one thing: to get onto the J80′s and get out onto the water to start sizing up the Southern Bay.

Two groups of 6 teams went out, taking advantage of the great weather conditions to perfect their skills and carry out the final adjustments on board (moderate sea, wind force 4 to 5).

America’s Cup holder Ed Baird faces world match racing champion Ian Williams. Marseille, 10 March 2009. Photo copyright Gilles Martin-Raget / MIMR

Even though most of the skippers this year have already taken part in the Marseille International Match Race, this year’s regatta is really special as it is the first of the 10 stages of the World Match Racing Tour. Some extra pressure on the teams which are starting the year with what could be a decisive event for the rest of their season.

Racing at full earnest starts on Tuesday and at 9am, 8 crews(*) will leave the harbor to take part in the first flights.

Tough wind conditions have been forecast for tomorrow. The morning’s North-Westerly force 6 – 7 is set to strengthen to force 8 – more than 60kph. The Race Committee hopes to be ready on the water as soon as possible, to start the first flights and get a head start before the coming weather conditions… which might be too hard to allow racing to continue.

(*) Richard, Ainslie, Cian, Morvan, Williams, Hansen, Col, Baird

Young gun Torvar Mirsky getting ready for yet another great performance. Marseille, 10 March 2009. Photo copyright Gilles Martin-Raget / MIMR

America’s Cup holder Ed Baird faces world match racing champion Ian Williams. Marseille, 10 March 2009. Photo copyright Gilles Martin-Raget / MIMR

Crews train on the eve of Marseille International Match Race. Marseille, 10 March 2009. Photo copyright Gilles Martin-Raget / MIMR

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World Number one, Mathieu Richard, winner of MIMR 2008

Posted on 16 March 2008 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Marseille International Match Race] The sixth edition of the Marseille International Match Race drew to a close on Saturday.

Four days of racing, with the wind setting the tone and the pace. Two days in extreme conditions with wind speeds of more than 30 knots and heavy seas, a morning of nothing at all, and at last optimal conditions for Match Racing.

The 2008 edition MIMR was once again extraordinary! An impressive line-up, varied sailing conditions to allow everyone to express their skills, we experienced some fantastic moments on the water and saw some wonderful duels.

And in the end, the World Number One was the winner of the 2008 MIMR, so the hierarchy of the sport was respected.

Mathieu Richard and Paolo Cian fight during the Marseille International Match Race final. Marseille, 15 March 2008. Photo copyright Gilles Martin-Raget

They said

Mathieu Richard, World N° 1, Winner of the 2008 MIMR
“It’s fantastic! This grade 1 MIMR has been really positive for our team. After a long winter break, our objective was to get back up to speed, find our marks, our reflexes on board. We sailed really well and won lots of matches. We are all the happier with our performance that the line-up was of a really high level, with some very motivated teams. We have taken part in every single edition of the MIMR since the beginning – it’s really promising for the rest of the season.”

Paolo Cian, World N° 3, 2nd in MIMR 2008
“We did well in the semi-finals, as we beat Sébastien Col 2 matches to 1 in pretty shifty conditions – I’m satisfied with those matches. The final is another story. Mathieu Richard was better in the prestarts, we were faster in the upwind beat but Mathieu’s team handled the kite more confidently and and was faster.

The MIMR is our first big event for Shosholoza in 2008 and finishing second, in these conditions in a final with the world number 1 is really great. This is our second time in the MIMR, and we are second again – things will be different next time!”

Sébastien Col, World N° 4, 3 rd MIMR 2008
Sébastien Col recently joined the Yachting Club de la Pointe Rouge, Organising Club of the MIMR. “I’m disappointed, but in Match Racing there is only one winner! In all our matches in the semi-finals we started well and stayed ahead for most of the race but systematically we failed to maintain our lead on our adversary.

We found it hard to take the right decisions when in contact with the other boat. I must say it’s a classic failing of a crew that’s not used to sailing together. We need to work on our communication on board. To do that we’ll be going on a training course next April with Ian Williams, World number 2.

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World Number one, Mathieu Richard, winner of MIMR 2008

Posted on 16 March 2008 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Marseille International Match Race] The sixth edition of the Marseille International Match Race drew to a close on Saturday.

Four days of racing, with the wind setting the tone and the pace. Two days in extreme conditions with wind speeds of more than 30 knots and heavy seas, a morning of nothing at all, and at last optimal conditions for Match Racing.

The 2008 edition MIMR was once again extraordinary! An impressive line-up, varied sailing conditions to allow everyone to express their skills, we experienced some fantastic moments on the water and saw some wonderful duels.

And in the end, the World Number One was the winner of the 2008 MIMR, so the hierarchy of the sport was respected.

Mathieu Richard and Paolo Cian fight during the Marseille International Match Race final. Marseille, 15 March 2008. Photo copyright Gilles Martin-Raget

They said

Mathieu Richard, World N° 1, Winner of the 2008 MIMR
“It’s fantastic! This grade 1 MIMR has been really positive for our team. After a long winter break, our objective was to get back up to speed, find our marks, our reflexes on board. We sailed really well and won lots of matches. We are all the happier with our performance that the line-up was of a really high level, with some very motivated teams. We have taken part in every single edition of the MIMR since the beginning – it’s really promising for the rest of the season.”

Paolo Cian, World N° 3, 2nd in MIMR 2008
“We did well in the semi-finals, as we beat Sébastien Col 2 matches to 1 in pretty shifty conditions – I’m satisfied with those matches. The final is another story. Mathieu Richard was better in the prestarts, we were faster in the upwind beat but Mathieu’s team handled the kite more confidently and and was faster.

The MIMR is our first big event for Shosholoza in 2008 and finishing second, in these conditions in a final with the world number 1 is really great. This is our second time in the MIMR, and we are second again – things will be different next time!”

Sébastien Col, World N° 4, 3 rd MIMR 2008
Sébastien Col recently joined the Yachting Club de la Pointe Rouge, Organising Club of the MIMR. “I’m disappointed, but in Match Racing there is only one winner! In all our matches in the semi-finals we started well and stayed ahead for most of the race but systematically we failed to maintain our lead on our adversary.

We found it hard to take the right decisions when in contact with the other boat. I must say it’s a classic failing of a crew that’s not used to sailing together. We need to work on our communication on board. To do that we’ll be going on a training course next April with Ian Williams, World number 2.

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2 French skippers in the semis of Marseille International Match Race

Posted on 14 March 2008 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Marseille International Match Race] When the teams started to prepare their boats this morning, the wind gauge announced less than 5 knots…

But the race committee was optimistic and confident, and committed to pushing ahead with the competition, so they asked the skippers to leave the port of the Pointe Rouge….

The fleet of J80s was on the water at around 10 am, but the wind wasn’t. The umpires and two crews – Richard and Cian – came back to the club for lunch and wait on dry land!

As usual, the wind came back around 1 o’clock and with between 10 and 15 knots the competition could start again.

Great conditions for match racing… 5 flights were on the program today and the tickets for the semi-finals required 3 matches.

Quarter finals of the Marseille International Match Race. Marseille, 14 March 2008. Photo copyright Gilles Martin-Raget

They said

Sébastien Col, World n° 4 , semi finalist
Sébastien Col has recently joined the Yachting Club de la Pointe Rouge,MIMR organizing club. “It’s been a fairly hard day for us, but we’ve managed to qualify for the semi-finals and we’ll do better tomorrow. The sailing conditions this afternoon were really good, but after a long wait this morning on the water
we found it hard to get back into the competition.

Arbuzov’s team sailed really well, but we missed some opportunities, perhaps we concentrated on our speed too much. Tomorrow we’ll be racing against a serious competitor! Cian is awesome in this event, we are good enough to beat him … we’ll see tomorrow.”

Evgeny Neugodnikov, World N° 7 (MIMR semi-finalist in 2007)
“The MIMR is a great event. We knew the French sail whatever the weather. We are happy to have got through the round robin despite the extreme sailing conditions. The boats were perfectly prepared. We had to sail against the Italian Cian who is really on form this week. He managed to anticipate our manoeuvres each time, leaving us with little freedom.”

Quarter finals of the Marseille International Match Race. Marseille, 14 March 2008. Photo copyright Gilles Martin-Raget

Friday’s Results
Presti (FRA) 1/ Richard (FRA) 3
Mirsky 1 (AUS) / Ebler (DEN) 3
Arbuzov 2 (RUS) / Col (FRA) 3
Neugodnikov (RUS) 0 / Cian (ITA) 3

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2 French skippers in the semis of Marseille International Match Race

Posted on 14 March 2008 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Marseille International Match Race] When the teams started to prepare their boats this morning, the wind gauge announced less than 5 knots…

But the race committee was optimistic and confident, and committed to pushing ahead with the competition, so they asked the skippers to leave the port of the Pointe Rouge….

The fleet of J80s was on the water at around 10 am, but the wind wasn’t. The umpires and two crews – Richard and Cian – came back to the club for lunch and wait on dry land!

As usual, the wind came back around 1 o’clock and with between 10 and 15 knots the competition could start again.

Great conditions for match racing… 5 flights were on the program today and the tickets for the semi-finals required 3 matches.

Quarter finals of the Marseille International Match Race. Marseille, 14 March 2008. Photo copyright Gilles Martin-Raget

They said

Sébastien Col, World n° 4 , semi finalist
Sébastien Col has recently joined the Yachting Club de la Pointe Rouge,MIMR organizing club. “It’s been a fairly hard day for us, but we’ve managed to qualify for the semi-finals and we’ll do better tomorrow. The sailing conditions this afternoon were really good, but after a long wait this morning on the water
we found it hard to get back into the competition.

Arbuzov’s team sailed really well, but we missed some opportunities, perhaps we concentrated on our speed too much. Tomorrow we’ll be racing against a serious competitor! Cian is awesome in this event, we are good enough to beat him … we’ll see tomorrow.”

Evgeny Neugodnikov, World N° 7 (MIMR semi-finalist in 2007)
“The MIMR is a great event. We knew the French sail whatever the weather. We are happy to have got through the round robin despite the extreme sailing conditions. The boats were perfectly prepared. We had to sail against the Italian Cian who is really on form this week. He managed to anticipate our manoeuvres each time, leaving us with little freedom.”

Quarter finals of the Marseille International Match Race. Marseille, 14 March 2008. Photo copyright Gilles Martin-Raget

Friday’s Results
Presti (FRA) 1/ Richard (FRA) 3
Mirsky 1 (AUS) / Ebler (DEN) 3
Arbuzov 2 (RUS) / Col (FRA) 3
Neugodnikov (RUS) 0 / Cian (ITA) 3

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