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Match Race France, the Mediterranean’s top match racing event

Posted on 23 April 2010 by Valencia Sailing

The 2010 World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) started with a big upset as the world’s number one and two match racers didn’t even make it to the semifinals and Match Race France, the season’s curtain raiser for the second consecutive year, and only WMRT event in France and the entire Mediterranean, was a success on and off the water. Valencia Sailing talked to Dimitri Deruelle, event director, about the present and future of the regatta.

This was the 8th edition of France’s flagship match racing event and is organized by YCPR (Yachting Club de la Pointe Rouge), Marseille’s biggest yacht club, with more than 1,200 members and a 80-year history. It started its life in 2003 as a Grade 2 regatta called Marseille International Match Race and changed its name into Match Race France this year. Having entered the World Match Racing Tour in 2009, the organizers sought a more international name for their event.

Nevertheless, the changes carried out this year were much more than a purely cosmetic name change. According to Deruelle, the Marseille public is a great fan of football and it is a tough job trying to lure them into sailing in general and match racing in particular. Nevertheless, the decision to move the races much closer to the city and in an area which traditionally has lots of foot traffic during the weekend proved highly successful. If you want the general public to approach the sport you have to reach to them rather than expect them to come to the yacht club, as Deruelle states. It would be ludicrous to expect a great affluence of spectators in the yacht club, apart from the limited sailing enthusiasts that in any case would watch the event.

Local crowds push to have an autograph from Ben Ainslie and Mathieu Richard. Marseille, 11 April 2010. Photo copyright Gilles Martin-Raget / World Match Racing Tour

The radical shift in strategy didn’t solely consist on moving the venue in a popular area of the city. First of all, the race area was brought as close to the beach as possible, with the yachts at times a mere 5 meters away from the shore. Ironically, this is also one of the main reasons it would be practically impossible to move the event’s date to summertime since the area is a very popular bathing spot and holding races in such a short distance from the beach would mean closing it to the general public, something the city would never agree to.

Not only could locals almost touch the competing yachts, for the first time ever there was a giant screen with live images from the races, but also, most importantly, live commentary from a professional sailor that talked about the technical aspects while explaining the race for the non-sailing spectators. In addition, in the general public area there was a number of activities related to sailing while finally, after the end of every day’s races, the public had the opportunity to meet the skippers, talk to them and have them sign autographs. The local organizers embraced the vision of the new WMRT ownership and successfully implemented it.

A major effort was also done in communication with billboards placed throughout the city. The event’s poster was on display in the main streets of Marseille, the airport, the train station as well as the motorway exits. According to Deruelle, this has been a very significant improvement from the previous years in a move to bring the event much closer to the public.

The final result was very positive. As Deruelle puts it, “there is simply no comparison” between the numbers of public in this edition with the ones from the previous years. While in the past only sailors and sailing fans went to the YCPR to watch the races, this year “Mr & Mrs Everybody” were there to watch Mathieu Richard win the trophy. Obviously, this was no football game and the thousands of spectators weren’t chanting or getting crazy when Minoprio tacked ahead of Gilmour but for Deruelle this is part of the process. For him the goal is to have the general public repeat next year, to have them set Match Race France in their calendars and say “it was an interesting event, let’s come back next year and watch it”.

Without any doubt, the fact that five of the twelve skippers as well as the winner were French helped create more interest in the local public but for Deruelle the event’s success goes beyond the nationality factor. For example a novelty that seemed to catch on with the local crowds was the prize-giving ceremony. Instead of setting a fixed time for it, the moment the winner crossed the finish line, the four finalist crews were rushed to the podium, just like in Formula 1.

The best seats in the house were actually on the beach. What other sailing event can offer that? Marseille, 11 April 2010. Photo copyright Brendon O’Hagan / World Match Racing Tour

The YCPR has found a very good and valuable ally in the city of Marseille as it provides approximately two thirds of the budget with the remaining third coming from private sponsors. This is certainly an area that YCPR will need to work on in order to further promote and improve Match Race France. Since a few years now the French city has been actively promoting itself in the sailing scene by sponsoring the organization of major international events. In fact, Deruelle thinks that one of his event’s main assetsis that it is the only WMRT taking place in a big city (2nd biggest overall and biggest coastal city in France).

Deruelle doesn’t see the other events as a threat but rather as complimentary. The big-boat races might be attractive onshore because the moored yachts are beautiful but it is impossible for the general public to watch the races from the shore. On the other hand, especially this year, the Match Race France might be using the much smaller J80′s but the races take place right in front of the spectator eyes. The date of Match Race France plays to its advantage, according to Deruelle, since it is the opening event of the World Match Racing Tour and probably the most anticipated, so it gets proportionally more publicity.

New WMRT management
When asked about the new WMRT management, one of the things Deruelle appreciated was Patrick Lim’s idea to get all the event organizers together in December 2009 so that they could exchange their ideas and present the way they organize their events. It was a first, never done before and it proved to be a great learning opportunity. Instead of each organizer being isolated from the rest, the meeting allowed Deruelle to see the different event management styles and adopt the best ideas in Match Race France.

Another aspect of Patrick Lim’s management that Deruelle finds very positive is his hands-on approach with the events. In fact, Lim visited Marseille three weeks prior to this year’s event and held intensive talks with the YCPR President and the event management. According to Deruelle, the meetings were “very positive” and the two parties agreed on the main issues.

Deruelle is confident that the combination of his event’s irrefutable sport qualities (key location, excellent wind conditions) and the synergies achieved through the WMRT will guarantee a bright future for Match Race France.

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Match Race France, the Mediterranean’s top match racing event

Posted on 23 April 2010 by Valencia Sailing

The 2010 World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) started with a big upset as the world’s number one and two match racers didn’t even make it to the semifinals and Match Race France, the season’s curtain raiser for the second consecutive year, and only WMRT event in France and the entire Mediterranean, was a success on and off the water. Valencia Sailing talked to Dimitri Deruelle, event director, about the present and future of the regatta.

This was the 8th edition of France’s flagship match racing event and is organized by YCPR (Yachting Club de la Pointe Rouge), Marseille’s biggest yacht club, with more than 1,200 members and a 80-year history. It started its life in 2003 as a Grade 2 regatta called Marseille International Match Race and changed its name into Match Race France this year. Having entered the World Match Racing Tour in 2009, the organizers sought a more international name for their event.

Nevertheless, the changes carried out this year were much more than a purely cosmetic name change. According to Deruelle, the Marseille public is a great fan of football and it is a tough job trying to lure them into sailing in general and match racing in particular. Nevertheless, the decision to move the races much closer to the city and in an area which traditionally has lots of foot traffic during the weekend proved highly successful. If you want the general public to approach the sport you have to reach to them rather than expect them to come to the yacht club, as Deruelle states. It would be ludicrous to expect a great affluence of spectators in the yacht club, apart from the limited sailing enthusiasts that in any case would watch the event.

Local crowds push to have an autograph from Ben Ainslie and Mathieu Richard. Marseille, 11 April 2010. Photo copyright Gilles Martin-Raget / World Match Racing Tour

The radical shift in strategy didn’t solely consist on moving the venue in a popular area of the city. First of all, the race area was brought as close to the beach as possible, with the yachts at times a mere 5 meters away from the shore. Ironically, this is also one of the main reasons it would be practically impossible to move the event’s date to summertime since the area is a very popular bathing spot and holding races in such a short distance from the beach would mean closing it to the general public, something the city would never agree to.

Not only could locals almost touch the competing yachts, for the first time ever there was a giant screen with live images from the races, but also, most importantly, live commentary from a professional sailor that talked about the technical aspects while explaining the race for the non-sailing spectators. In addition, in the general public area there was a number of activities related to sailing while finally, after the end of every day’s races, the public had the opportunity to meet the skippers, talk to them and have them sign autographs. The local organizers embraced the vision of the new WMRT ownership and successfully implemented it.

A major effort was also done in communication with billboards placed throughout the city. The event’s poster was on display in the main streets of Marseille, the airport, the train station as well as the motorway exits. According to Deruelle, this has been a very significant improvement from the previous years in a move to bring the event much closer to the public.

The final result was very positive. As Deruelle puts it, “there is simply no comparison” between the numbers of public in this edition with the ones from the previous years. While in the past only sailors and sailing fans went to the YCPR to watch the races, this year “Mr & Mrs Everybody” were there to watch Mathieu Richard win the trophy. Obviously, this was no football game and the thousands of spectators weren’t chanting or getting crazy when Minoprio tacked ahead of Gilmour but for Deruelle this is part of the process. For him the goal is to have the general public repeat next year, to have them set Match Race France in their calendars and say “it was an interesting event, let’s come back next year and watch it”.

Without any doubt, the fact that five of the twelve skippers as well as the winner were French helped create more interest in the local public but for Deruelle the event’s success goes beyond the nationality factor. For example a novelty that seemed to catch on with the local crowds was the prize-giving ceremony. Instead of setting a fixed time for it, the moment the winner crossed the finish line, the four finalist crews were rushed to the podium, just like in Formula 1.

The best seats in the house were actually on the beach. What other sailing event can offer that? Marseille, 11 April 2010. Photo copyright Brendon O’Hagan / World Match Racing Tour

The YCPR has found a very good and valuable ally in the city of Marseille as it provides approximately two thirds of the budget with the remaining third coming from private sponsors. This is certainly an area that YCPR will need to work on in order to further promote and improve Match Race France. Since a few years now the French city has been actively promoting itself in the sailing scene by sponsoring the organization of major international events. In fact, Deruelle thinks that one of his event’s main assetsis that it is the only WMRT taking place in a big city (2nd biggest overall and biggest coastal city in France).

Deruelle doesn’t see the other events as a threat but rather as complimentary. The big-boat races might be attractive onshore because the moored yachts are beautiful but it is impossible for the general public to watch the races from the shore. On the other hand, especially this year, the Match Race France might be using the much smaller J80′s but the races take place right in front of the spectator eyes. The date of Match Race France plays to its advantage, according to Deruelle, since it is the opening event of the World Match Racing Tour and probably the most anticipated, so it gets proportionally more publicity.

New WMRT management
When asked about the new WMRT management, one of the things Deruelle appreciated was Patrick Lim’s idea to get all the event organizers together in December 2009 so that they could exchange their ideas and present the way they organize their events. It was a first, never done before and it proved to be a great learning opportunity. Instead of each organizer being isolated from the rest, the meeting allowed Deruelle to see the different event management styles and adopt the best ideas in Match Race France.

Another aspect of Patrick Lim’s management that Deruelle finds very positive is his hands-on approach with the events. In fact, Lim visited Marseille three weeks prior to this year’s event and held intensive talks with the YCPR President and the event management. According to Deruelle, the meetings were “very positive” and the two parties agreed on the main issues.

Deruelle is confident that the combination of his event’s irrefutable sport qualities (key location, excellent wind conditions) and the synergies achieved through the WMRT will guarantee a bright future for Match Race France.

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Mathieu Richards wins Match Race France

Posted on 12 April 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: World Match Racing Tour] Match Race France, Stage 1 of the ISAF World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) has put a new twist on an ancient maritime tale. The scenario of English sailors battling French sailors is reminiscent of the famed 1805 Battle of Trafalgar when UK’s Lord Nelson defeated Emperor Napoleon of France. Ben Ainslie (GBR) TEAMORIGIN took on Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team, the French local, Richard, took a convincing victory winning both of the final two matches raced under a testing 6-7 knot westerly. Richard celebrated with local Marseille supporters, who were quick to take to the water in boats of all sizes.

Mathieu Richard, who is also tactician for the French America’s Cup syndicate, Aleph, was in jubilant form with the back drop of Queen’s notorious lyrics playing ‘We are the Champions’, “It is really great to win Stage 1 of the 2010 ISAF World Match Racing Tour, we are very happy to have won here in Marseille. We had a slow start to the regatta, but a slow start motivates you to really improve when it counts. My team worked fantastically with great communication and tactics”.

Highlights from the final day of Match Race France. Marseille, 11 April 2010. Video copyright World Match Racing Tour

Ainslie sees his time invested in attending WMRT events as a profitable way to keep his match race training fresh, “My ultimate goal for the ISAF World Match Racing Tour events is to improve my match racing skills and rules knowledge”. The Tour forms an important ingredient in Ainslie’s long term America’s Cup ambition with TEAMORIGIN.

For Richard, instead of winning back trade routes through lifting sea blockades as in the 1800s, today’s victor heads home from Match Race France with a prize packet of 10,000 Euros. This is a very lucrative reward for five days of racing against some of the world’s most esteemed match racers and also provides French Match Racing Team with 25 points in pursuit of the ultimate ISAF Match Racing World Championship title.

Despite a slow start, Mathieu Richard went on to take Match Race France. Marseille, 11 April 2010. Photo copyright Brendon O’Hagan/Subzero images

This French event has seen a significant elevation of the Tour’s profile across social media networks, the communication channel now essential in satisfying the public’s thirst for ‘real time’ sports results. The live blog, newly introduced to the WMRT media machine this year, has been a certain success. It has formed the engine to accelerate the Tour into virtual on line conversations through tweets and Facebook Wall posts. A one hour television show on Match Race France is also being broadcast internationally later this month.

The beach based prize giving closes Stage 1 of the 2010 World Match Racing Tour and leads us into the 9 remaining Stages around the globe. Stage 2 of the WMRT will be run in Langenargen, Germany 19 – 24 May where Mathieu Richard will again be racing.

Overall Standings After Stage 1

1 Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team 25 Points
2 Ben Ainslie (GBR) TEAMORIGIN 20 Points
3 Francesco Bruni (ITA) Azzurra 15 Points
4 Paolo Cian (ITA) Team Italia 12 Points
5 Sébastien Col (FRA) ALL4ONE 10 Points
6 Adam Minoprio (NZL) ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing 8 Points
7 Philippe Presti (FRA) 6 Points
8 Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team 4 Points
9 Pierre-Antoine Morvan (FRA)
10 Bertrand Pacé (FRA) Aleph Sailing Team
11 Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing
12 Gian Luca Perris (MON)

No luck for Ben Ainslie and Team Origin. Match Race France. Marseille, 11 April 2010. Photo copyright Brendon O’Hagan/Subzero images

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Mathieu Richards wins Match Race France

Posted on 11 April 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: World Match Racing Tour] Match Race France, Stage 1 of the ISAF World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) has put a new twist on an ancient maritime tale. The scenario of English sailors battling French sailors is reminiscent of the famed 1805 Battle of Trafalgar when UK’s Lord Nelson defeated Emperor Napoleon of France. Ben Ainslie (GBR) TEAMORIGIN took on Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team, the French local, Richard, took a convincing victory winning both of the final two matches raced under a testing 6-7 knot westerly. Richard celebrated with local Marseille supporters, who were quick to take to the water in boats of all sizes.

Mathieu Richard, who is also tactician for the French America’s Cup syndicate, Aleph, was in jubilant form with the back drop of Queen’s notorious lyrics playing ‘We are the Champions’, “It is really great to win Stage 1 of the 2010 ISAF World Match Racing Tour, we are very happy to have won here in Marseille. We had a slow start to the regatta, but a slow start motivates you to really improve when it counts. My team worked fantastically with great communication and tactics”.

Highlights from the final day of Match Race France. Marseille, 11 April 2010. Video copyright World Match Racing Tour

Ainslie sees his time invested in attending WMRT events as a profitable way to keep his match race training fresh, “My ultimate goal for the ISAF World Match Racing Tour events is to improve my match racing skills and rules knowledge”. The Tour forms an important ingredient in Ainslie’s long term America’s Cup ambition with TEAMORIGIN.

For Richard, instead of winning back trade routes through lifting sea blockades as in the 1800s, today’s victor heads home from Match Race France with a prize packet of 10,000 Euros. This is a very lucrative reward for five days of racing against some of the world’s most esteemed match racers and also provides French Match Racing Team with 25 points in pursuit of the ultimate ISAF Match Racing World Championship title.

Despite a slow start, Mathieu Richard went on to take Match Race France. Marseille, 11 April 2010. Photo copyright Brendon O’Hagan/Subzero images

This French event has seen a significant elevation of the Tour’s profile across social media networks, the communication channel now essential in satisfying the public’s thirst for ‘real time’ sports results. The live blog, newly introduced to the WMRT media machine this year, has been a certain success. It has formed the engine to accelerate the Tour into virtual on line conversations through tweets and Facebook Wall posts. A one hour television show on Match Race France is also being broadcast internationally later this month.

The beach based prize giving closes Stage 1 of the 2010 World Match Racing Tour and leads us into the 9 remaining Stages around the globe. Stage 2 of the WMRT will be run in Langenargen, Germany 19 – 24 May where Mathieu Richard will again be racing.

Overall Standings After Stage 1

1 Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team 25 Points
2 Ben Ainslie (GBR) TEAMORIGIN 20 Points
3 Francesco Bruni (ITA) Azzurra 15 Points
4 Paolo Cian (ITA) Team Italia 12 Points
5 Sébastien Col (FRA) ALL4ONE 10 Points
6 Adam Minoprio (NZL) ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing 8 Points
7 Philippe Presti (FRA) 6 Points
8 Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team 4 Points
9 Pierre-Antoine Morvan (FRA)
10 Bertrand Pacé (FRA) Aleph Sailing Team
11 Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing
12 Gian Luca Perris (MON)

No luck for Ben Ainslie and Team Origin. Match Race France. Marseille, 11 April 2010. Photo copyright Brendon O’Hagan/Subzero images

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Video: WMRT 2010 Match Race France Highlights Day 3

Posted on 10 April 2010 by Valencia Sailing

WMRT 2010 Match Race France Highlights Day 3. Marseille, 9 April 2010. Video copyright World Match Racing Tour

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Video: WMRT 2010 Match Race France Highlights Day 3

Posted on 10 April 2010 by Valencia Sailing

WMRT 2010 Match Race France Highlights Day 3. Marseille, 9 April 2010. Video copyright World Match Racing Tour

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The World Match Racing Tour Matching Mass Market Appeal

Posted on 09 April 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: World Match Racing Tour] Match Race France, Stage 1 of the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) has today demonstrated to competitors, organisers, fans and media why this style of ‘boat on boat’ sail racing is soaring in popularity, not just for those devoted marine heritage fans who idolise everything related to the America’s Cup drama, but also to the mass market public who like to immerse themselves in the wonder of a new sports platform finding different heroes and villains not yet saturated through coverage.

Over the last 3 days WMRT followers have enjoyed 18 flights to now secure 8 skippers into the Quarter Finals from the original 12 invited competitors. The sustainable multi event series over a massive 9 month period is propelling the World Match Racing Tour forwards into the ‘global sports brand’ category, which sailing deserves to occupy alongside the likes of the PGA Tour with a loyal global audience.

Torvar Mirsky ends the round robin in perfect form. Marseille, 9 April 2010. Photo copyright Brendon O’Hagan/Subzero images

Kings of the 2009 World Match Racing Tour, Adam Minoprio (NZL) BlackMatch, Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team and Ben Ainslie (GBR) TEAMORIGIN, are still on top of the scoreboard really re-enforcing their excellence through consistent strategically considered build up training. Top of today’s game is the Tour’s youngest helm in the slick Mirsky Racing Team at 23 years old.

Torvar has a maturity beyond his years when talking us through commitment to his sporting profession, “We feel we’ve prepared properly for the start of this year’s World Match Racing Tour and that’s paid off. We always knew we would be one of the tougher teams to beat, we are pleased with our consistent performance to date and the team is now looking forward to the rest of Match Race France”.

The sailing Gods distilled a different set of fortunes on Peter Gilmour (AUS), YANMAR Racing. Along with two other French nationals, he has been knocked out at this early stage.

Gilmour who has been racing this week with his 18 year old son, David, said, “We are obviously a little disappointed but we are taking the positives with us, it has been a good start to the 2010 World Match Racing Tour and we will be back in full force at Match Race Germany during May”.

Despite an awful first day, Adam Minoprio finishes the round robin in 3rd place. Marseille, 9 April 2010. Photo copyright Brendon O’Hagan/Subzero images

The Quarter Finals competitor list has half of the skippers currently assigned to global America’s Cup syndicates; this will ensure aggressive style manoeuvres for tomorrow’s Round Robin matches off Escale Borely Beach. The new race course location shifts the Tour into a ‘weekend mode’ with a more intense atmosphere on the start line and a public orientated set up on the shore. This integrated mix of satisfying the competitors and spectators across each of WMRT’s 10 events will continue to develop the professional sailing series into a recognised global sporting brand that appeals to so many.

Quarter Finalists
Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team
Ben Ainslie (GBR) TEAMORIGIN
Adam Minoprio (NZL) BlackMatch Racing
Philippe Presti (FRA)
Paolo Cian (ITA) Team Italia
Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team
Francesco Bruni (ITA) Azzurra
Sébastien Col (FRA) ALL4ONE

Yet another strong performance by Ben Ainslie that ends the round robin in second place. Marseille, 9 April 2010. Photo copyright Brendon O’Hagan/Subzero images

Overall Round Robin Standings
1 Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team 9-2
2 Ben Ainslie (GBR) TEAMORIGIN 8-3
3 Adam Minoprio (NZL) BlackMatch 7-4
4 Philippe Presti (FRA) 7-4
5 Paolo Cian (ITA) Team Italia 7-4
6 Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team 5-6
7 Francesco Bruni (ITA) Azzurra 5-6
8 Sébastien Col (FRA) ALL4ONE 5-6
9 Pierre-Antoine Morvan (FRA) 4-7
10 Bertrand Pacé (FRA) Aleph Sailing Team 4-7
11 Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing 3-8
12 Gian Luca Perris (MON) 2-9

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The World Match Racing Tour Matching Mass Market Appeal

Posted on 09 April 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: World Match Racing Tour] Match Race France, Stage 1 of the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) has today demonstrated to competitors, organisers, fans and media why this style of ‘boat on boat’ sail racing is soaring in popularity, not just for those devoted marine heritage fans who idolise everything related to the America’s Cup drama, but also to the mass market public who like to immerse themselves in the wonder of a new sports platform finding different heroes and villains not yet saturated through coverage.

Over the last 3 days WMRT followers have enjoyed 18 flights to now secure 8 skippers into the Quarter Finals from the original 12 invited competitors. The sustainable multi event series over a massive 9 month period is propelling the World Match Racing Tour forwards into the ‘global sports brand’ category, which sailing deserves to occupy alongside the likes of the PGA Tour with a loyal global audience.

Torvar Mirsky ends the round robin in perfect form. Marseille, 9 April 2010. Photo copyright Brendon O’Hagan/Subzero images

Kings of the 2009 World Match Racing Tour, Adam Minoprio (NZL) BlackMatch, Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team and Ben Ainslie (GBR) TEAMORIGIN, are still on top of the scoreboard really re-enforcing their excellence through consistent strategically considered build up training. Top of today’s game is the Tour’s youngest helm in the slick Mirsky Racing Team at 23 years old.

Torvar has a maturity beyond his years when talking us through commitment to his sporting profession, “We feel we’ve prepared properly for the start of this year’s World Match Racing Tour and that’s paid off. We always knew we would be one of the tougher teams to beat, we are pleased with our consistent performance to date and the team is now looking forward to the rest of Match Race France”.

The sailing Gods distilled a different set of fortunes on Peter Gilmour (AUS), YANMAR Racing. Along with two other French nationals, he has been knocked out at this early stage.

Gilmour who has been racing this week with his 18 year old son, David, said, “We are obviously a little disappointed but we are taking the positives with us, it has been a good start to the 2010 World Match Racing Tour and we will be back in full force at Match Race Germany during May”.

Despite an awful first day, Adam Minoprio finishes the round robin in 3rd place. Marseille, 9 April 2010. Photo copyright Brendon O’Hagan/Subzero images

The Quarter Finals competitor list has half of the skippers currently assigned to global America’s Cup syndicates; this will ensure aggressive style manoeuvres for tomorrow’s Round Robin matches off Escale Borely Beach. The new race course location shifts the Tour into a ‘weekend mode’ with a more intense atmosphere on the start line and a public orientated set up on the shore. This integrated mix of satisfying the competitors and spectators across each of WMRT’s 10 events will continue to develop the professional sailing series into a recognised global sporting brand that appeals to so many.

Quarter Finalists
Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team
Ben Ainslie (GBR) TEAMORIGIN
Adam Minoprio (NZL) BlackMatch Racing
Philippe Presti (FRA)
Paolo Cian (ITA) Team Italia
Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team
Francesco Bruni (ITA) Azzurra
Sébastien Col (FRA) ALL4ONE

Yet another strong performance by Ben Ainslie that ends the round robin in second place. Marseille, 9 April 2010. Photo copyright Brendon O’Hagan/Subzero images

Overall Round Robin Standings
1 Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team 9-2
2 Ben Ainslie (GBR) TEAMORIGIN 8-3
3 Adam Minoprio (NZL) BlackMatch 7-4
4 Philippe Presti (FRA) 7-4
5 Paolo Cian (ITA) Team Italia 7-4
6 Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team 5-6
7 Francesco Bruni (ITA) Azzurra 5-6
8 Sébastien Col (FRA) ALL4ONE 5-6
9 Pierre-Antoine Morvan (FRA) 4-7
10 Bertrand Pacé (FRA) Aleph Sailing Team 4-7
11 Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing 3-8
12 Gian Luca Perris (MON) 2-9

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