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Ian Williams seeks record breaking fifth WMRT title at Moonson Cup

Posted on 06 February 2015 by Reporter

[Source: GAC Pindar Sailing] Four time World Match Racing Tour champion Ian Williams and his GAC Pindar crew are set to go head-to-head with arch rival Taylor Canfield, skipper of US One, for the title in the final event of the 2014/15 World Match Racing Tour – The Monsoon Cup (10-14 February).

Statistically, any one of the sailors in the top five could still win the tour, with one and a half times the usual points on offer in Johor. However, the focus will be on Ian Williams, who sits six points ahead of old rival Taylor Canfield.

Canfield narrowly beat Williams to the 2013 World Match Racing Title, finishing just five points ahead of the Brit and if Williams is to secure his fifth title, he must ensure that his GAC Pindar team finish within a place of Taylor Canfield.

Mathieu Richard and his Lunajets team are the most likely threats to Williams and Canfield at the top of the leader board. However, this would require Richard to win The Monsoon Cup, Williams to finish in sixth (which would be his lowest Monsoon Cup finish in five years) and Canfield to finish fourth or lower.

Williams commented ahead of The Monsoon Cup: “We’re well aware of the various mathematical permutations, however, we’re not taking these into account in our preparations. We are focusing on going out there to win this Regatta – if we do that then the title is ours.”

“It feels like we have unfinished business here at The Monsoon Cup after our narrow loss in 2013, so we’ll be pushing hard to get revenge over Canfield and claim that world record breaking fifth title.”

This is the first time that The Monsoon Cup has been held in Jahor, Malaysia. Williams will lead his GAC Pindar crew into Danga Bay that will feature Gerry Mitchell (Trimming), Mal Parker (Main) and Chris Main (Tactics) and Graeme Spence (Bowman).

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Monsoon Cup – Day 3: Onboard action

Posted on 04 December 2009 by Valencia Sailing

Good morning from Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia and the Monsson Cup, final event of the World Match Racing Tour. The third day of the event is by far the best. There is a nice, albeit slightly light, breeze, good temperatures and

I will be onboard various yachts today, so the update will come after the end of racing. We will have reports from Mirsky’s yacht in his race with Holmberg and onboard Team Origin’s Ben Ainslie in their race against Mathieu Richard.

Then in the quarterfinals, we’ll be onboard either Torvar Mirsky’s or Phil RObertson’s yacht. Stay tuned.

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Monsoon Cup – Day 3: Onboard action

Posted on 04 December 2009 by Valencia Sailing

Good morning from Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia and the Monsson Cup, final event of the World Match Racing Tour. The third day of the event is by far the best. There is a nice, albeit slightly light, breeze, good temperatures and

I will be onboard various yachts today, so the update will come after the end of racing. We will have reports from Mirsky’s yacht in his race with Holmberg and onboard Team Origin’s Ben Ainslie in their race against Mathieu Richard.

Then in the quarterfinals, we’ll be onboard either Torvar Mirsky’s or Phil RObertson’s yacht. Stay tuned.

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Monsoon Cup – Day 2 – Flight 13: Ainslie leads with 7 points; Robertson on "steroids" upsets world match racing order

Posted on 03 December 2009 by Valencia Sailing

[Sorry but there are no photos from that flight] The last flight of the day had two clear protagonists; Ben Ainslie and Phil Robertson, the former for leading the round robin with 7 points and the latter for continuously upsetting the world’s match racing order.

Ben Ainslie had to race against Malaysia’s match racing champion, something of a formality for a 4-time Olympic medalist. After his easy victory, the skipper of Team Origin and his crew are now sitting on the top of the leaderborad with 7 wins and 2 losses and have surely set their eyes on Friday’s quarterfinals.

Yet, the flight’s, and day’s, big protagonist is Phil Robertson and his WAKA racing team. The team of young kiwis was on some kind of match racing “steroids” today, winning all 5 of their races. The last one to fall was Sweden’s Magnus Holmberg who got a penalty at the prestart and despite leading throughout the race he didn’t build a margin big enough to offload the penalty and win the race.

WAKA Racing came to Kuala Terengganu being considered one of the teams that probably wouldn’t make it to the semifinals and they are currently sitting on 2nd place together with Mathieu Richard, one point behind Ainslie.

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Monsoon Cup – Day 2 – Flight 13: Ainslie leads with 7 points; Robertson on "steroids" upsets world match racing order

Posted on 03 December 2009 by Valencia Sailing

[Sorry but there are no photos from that flight] The last flight of the day had two clear protagonists; Ben Ainslie and Phil Robertson, the former for leading the round robin with 7 points and the latter for continuously upsetting the world’s match racing order.

Ben Ainslie had to race against Malaysia’s match racing champion, something of a formality for a 4-time Olympic medalist. After his easy victory, the skipper of Team Origin and his crew are now sitting on the top of the leaderborad with 7 wins and 2 losses and have surely set their eyes on Friday’s quarterfinals.

Yet, the flight’s, and day’s, big protagonist is Phil Robertson and his WAKA racing team. The team of young kiwis was on some kind of match racing “steroids” today, winning all 5 of their races. The last one to fall was Sweden’s Magnus Holmberg who got a penalty at the prestart and despite leading throughout the race he didn’t build a margin big enough to offload the penalty and win the race.

WAKA Racing came to Kuala Terengganu being considered one of the teams that probably wouldn’t make it to the semifinals and they are currently sitting on 2nd place together with Mathieu Richard, one point behind Ainslie.

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Monsoon Cup – Day 2 – Flight 12: Ben Ainslie on top with 6 points; Mirsky comes back and wins Minoprio

Posted on 03 December 2009 by Valencia Sailing

The much-expected clash of the young guns, Torvar Mirsky and Adam Minoprio, took place in the 12th flight and Australia came out victorious, although it initially seemed the other way. The world’s number one and two had an aggressive but uneventful start and Minoprio hit the line on the favored right side, holding a comfortable lead halfway up the first beat. Unfortunately for him a couple of unnecessary tacks gave the advantage back and helped Mirsky get the strong tide. Not only was Mirsky able to sneak in at the top mark but he also forced a penalty on Minoprio. From that point Mirsky was able to protect his lead and score a very significant point.

In the other matches, Richard and Ainslie beat Hazwan and Williams respectively. and are sitting on top with 6 points each. Williams, the two-time and defending world champion is having a really bad regatta and should be worried.

Prestart of the race between Adam Minoprio and Torvar Mirsky. Kuala Terengganu, 3 December 2009. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Prestart of the race between Adam Minoprio and Torvar Mirsky. Kuala Terengganu, 3 December 2009. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Minoprio has the right and is ahead but still two extra tacks in the first beat gave Mirsky the opportunity to pass him. Kuala Terengganu, 3 December 2009. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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Monsoon Cup – Day 2 – Flight 12: Ben Ainslie on top with 6 points; Mirsky comes back and wins Minoprio

Posted on 03 December 2009 by Valencia Sailing

The much-expected clash of the young guns, Torvar Mirsky and Adam Minoprio, took place in the 12th flight and Australia came out victorious, although it initially seemed the other way. The world’s number one and two had an aggressive but uneventful start and Minoprio hit the line on the favored right side, holding a comfortable lead halfway up the first beat. Unfortunately for him a couple of unnecessary tacks gave the advantage back and helped Mirsky get the strong tide. Not only was Mirsky able to sneak in at the top mark but he also forced a penalty on Minoprio. From that point Mirsky was able to protect his lead and score a very significant point.

In the other matches, Richard and Ainslie beat Hazwan and Williams respectively. and are sitting on top with 6 points each. Williams, the two-time and defending world champion is having a really bad regatta and should be worried.

Prestart of the race between Adam Minoprio and Torvar Mirsky. Kuala Terengganu, 3 December 2009. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Prestart of the race between Adam Minoprio and Torvar Mirsky. Kuala Terengganu, 3 December 2009. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Minoprio has the right and is ahead but still two extra tacks in the first beat gave Mirsky the opportunity to pass him. Kuala Terengganu, 3 December 2009. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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Phil Robertson is on fire!!

Posted on 03 December 2009 by Valencia Sailing

The young kiwi sailor won all four of his races today, beating the world’s number 1 and 2, and is now tied on the top with Magnus Holmberg and Ben Ainslie. We caught up with Phil Robertson during the lunch break (the race course being right in front of the marina building, the crews have a lunch break in the posh skippers lounge).

Phil Robertson: “I think that the chemistry finally came together. Yesterday it was almost there, we made just a few big errors, and it could have been a much netter day. Everything worked fine today, we won all our starts and the boys kept the boat going fast round the track. In this race track if you win the right at the start you just about win the race. It’s really hard to pass, there are very few passing opportunitites, unless you are very close to the top mark and to get there you have to do very well in the first beat. We won every start and got out to the tide first. It’s up to 5 knots and you go a lot faster!

Even if we race against the world’s best we don’t feel intimidated any longer. We are just calm and try to race the best way we can. It would be nice now if we became as well some of the best of the world.”

Phil Robertson is on fire. Kuala Terengganu, 3 December 2009. Photo copyright Sander van der Bosch / SubZero Images

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