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Mirsky beats Barker and Minoprio on day 2 of Omega Auckland regatta

Posted on 04 March 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Mirsky Racing Team] The second day of the Auckland Omega Match Race sees Mirsky Racing Team end the day with a scorecard of 5-5.

After an average first day, MRT hit the water firing beating their World Champion rivals of Adam Minoprio and his Blackmatch crew. An intense prestart saw Blackmatch awarded a penalty but take the advantage off the line. A fierce tacking duel saw MRT take the lead but sacrificing their penalty advantage after a close leebow tack where the penalties were equalised.

Once MRT were given the lead they extended and comfortably defeated their Kiwi opponents.

Making the most of racing world class competition, MRT went into their next race against Team New Zealand trying to mix it with the best.

After a tight prestart which saw the advantage go to MRT they held their nerve around the course to extend their lead and comfortably beat Dean Barker by 25seconds in the blustery conditions.

Racing was then called off for the rest of the day with the wind consistently blowing over 25 knots.

Tomorrow will see the remainder of the second round robin completed and racing promises to be exciting as everyone battles to qualify for the semi finals.

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Video: TV New Zealand report on 1st day of Omega Auckland match race

Posted on 03 March 2010 by Valencia Sailing

TV New Zealand’s Martin Tasker reports on the first day of the Omega Auckland match race regatta. Auckland, 3 March 2010. Video copyright TV New Zealand

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Video: TV New Zealand report on 1st day of Omega Auckland match race

Posted on 03 March 2010 by Valencia Sailing

TV New Zealand’s Martin Tasker reports on the first day of the Omega Auckland match race regatta. Auckland, 3 March 2010. Video copyright TV New Zealand

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Ben Ainslie leads Omega Auckland regatta on opening day

Posted on 03 March 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Emirates Team NZ] Shifty winds and strong tides on Auckland’s Waitemata harbour tested the teams competing in the opening day of the Omega Auckland Match Racing Regatta today and produced a results board that defied any form guide.

Spectators were treated to extremely close racing, with spectacular luffing duels, tight finishes, penalties and collisions as teams fought for ascendancy. At the end of a full day’s racing, Ben Ainslie of Great Britain topped the leaderboard with a 6-2 score while Dean Barker (NZL, Adam Minoprio (NZL) and Bertrand Pace (FRA) were on 5-3 each.

“The level is very high,” commented America’s Cup veteran Pace. “Everybody can beat everybody else.”

Ben Ainslie is the overall leader in the opening day of the Omega Auckland match race. Auckland, 3 March 2010. Photo copyright Chris Cameron / Emirates Team NZ

This regatta has pitched young rising stars Adam Minoprio of New Zealand and his arch rival Torvar Mirsky of Australia against a fleet of more seasoned America’s Cup campaigners. Minoprio and Mirsky, who are ranked one and two in the world, are having their work cut out against more experienced match racers with lower rankings because of their infrequent appearances on the world match racing circuit.

One of the closely watched battles of the day involved Minoprio against Dean Barker and his Emirates Team New Zealand crew, with the young BlackMagic team claiming a valuable victory by 8 seconds. The match saw two lead changes and a penalty against Barker, before the outcome was decided.

“That was pretty good,” said a relieved Minoprio afterwards. “That is a big win for us.” In the close racing, every point was gold and Minoprio predicted a very tight tussle to decide the four semi-finalists at the end of the double round robin.

Adam Minoprio beat Dean Barker in the opening day of the Omega Auckland match race. Auckland, 3 March 2010. Photo copyright Chris Cameron / Emirates Team NZ

Barker agreed and said if the conditions continued it was going to be very difficult for one team to leap clear and dominate. “It is very hard to win races. Everybody is sailing well and everybody is losing some matches.”

Barker won the tightest match of the day, coming from behind to beat Sebastien Col of France by just 1 second. The biggest margin of the day saw Ben Ainslie of Great Britain defeat Bertand Pace of France by 1 min 31 secs after a fiery match in which Pace was penalised twice during a fierce luffing match. Fireworks also marked the match between Karol Jablonski of Poland and Sebastien Col, with Col penalised after a pre-start collision.

Dean Barker is second overall in the opening day of the Omega Auckland match race. Auckland, 3 March 2010. Photo copyright Chris Cameron / Emirates Team NZ

Results after eight Flights
Ben Ainslie (GBR) 6-2
Dean Barker (NZL) 5-3
Adam Minoprio (NZL) 5-3
Bertrand Pace (FRA) 5-3
Karol Jablonski (POL) 4-4
Torvar Mirsky (AUS) 4-4
Chris Dickson (NZL) 3 / 5
Magnus Holmberg (SWE) 3 / 5
Sebastien Col (FRA) 3 / 5
Francesco Bruni (ITA) 2 / 6

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Fireworks expected in Omega Cup Match Racing tomorrow

Posted on 02 March 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Emirates Team NZ] Fierce duels were fought on the Waitemata Harbour during a practice session for the Omega Auckland Match Racing Regatta today gave notice that fireworks can be expected over the next four days as the invited field of top international match racers do battle for the top honours.

A mix of America’s Cup experience plus rising young talent is represented in the field of 10 crews – and the young guns fired the first shots when they took out a two-race pro-am regatta at the conclusion of the practice session.

Adam Minoprio and his crew, who took the match race circuit by storm last year and are ranked No. 1 in the world, defied the superstition against winning a pre-regatta contest. ‘We were a bit concerned about that,’ he admitted, but shrugged off the curse by announcing he was ready to take on some of the legends of match racing who have assembled for this contest.

‘We are eager to get into it and take them on,’ he said.

Perhaps speaking for the America’s Cup contingent represented in the line-up, Emirates Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker threw down the challenge to the young up and comers. ‘We are keen to get a piece of them,’ he said. ‘We have seen their results and they are going very strong. We are looking forward to getting into the racing.’

Emirates Team New Zealand boss Grant Dalton, who conceived of the regatta, said it was all about giving some of the world’s top match racers an opportunity to sail off against each other. Many of the world’s best match racers were not at the top of the official rankings because they did not compete regularly on the circuit, he said, hence the idea of inviting some of the best names in the business to Auckland to go head to head and show what they were made of.

Skippers who have accepted invitations to compete are: Dean Barker (NZL – Emirates Team New Zealand); Ben Ainslie (GBR – Team Origin); Francesco Bruni (ITA – Azzurra Sailing Team); Sebastian Col (FRA – ALL4ONE team); Karol Jablonski (POL – former Desafio Español); Magnus Holmberg (SWE – former Victory Challenge); Chris Dickson (NZL – former BMW ORACLE Racing); Bertrand Pacé (FRA – Aleph racing) ; Adam Minoprio (NZL – BlackMatch Racing); Torvar Mirsky (AUS – Mirsky Racing Team).

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Fireworks expected in Omega Cup Match Racing tomorrow

Posted on 02 March 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Emirates Team NZ] Fierce duels were fought on the Waitemata Harbour during a practice session for the Omega Auckland Match Racing Regatta today gave notice that fireworks can be expected over the next four days as the invited field of top international match racers do battle for the top honours.

A mix of America’s Cup experience plus rising young talent is represented in the field of 10 crews – and the young guns fired the first shots when they took out a two-race pro-am regatta at the conclusion of the practice session.

Adam Minoprio and his crew, who took the match race circuit by storm last year and are ranked No. 1 in the world, defied the superstition against winning a pre-regatta contest. ‘We were a bit concerned about that,’ he admitted, but shrugged off the curse by announcing he was ready to take on some of the legends of match racing who have assembled for this contest.

‘We are eager to get into it and take them on,’ he said.

Perhaps speaking for the America’s Cup contingent represented in the line-up, Emirates Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker threw down the challenge to the young up and comers. ‘We are keen to get a piece of them,’ he said. ‘We have seen their results and they are going very strong. We are looking forward to getting into the racing.’

Emirates Team New Zealand boss Grant Dalton, who conceived of the regatta, said it was all about giving some of the world’s top match racers an opportunity to sail off against each other. Many of the world’s best match racers were not at the top of the official rankings because they did not compete regularly on the circuit, he said, hence the idea of inviting some of the best names in the business to Auckland to go head to head and show what they were made of.

Skippers who have accepted invitations to compete are: Dean Barker (NZL – Emirates Team New Zealand); Ben Ainslie (GBR – Team Origin); Francesco Bruni (ITA – Azzurra Sailing Team); Sebastian Col (FRA – ALL4ONE team); Karol Jablonski (POL – former Desafio Español); Magnus Holmberg (SWE – former Victory Challenge); Chris Dickson (NZL – former BMW ORACLE Racing); Bertrand Pacé (FRA – Aleph racing) ; Adam Minoprio (NZL – BlackMatch Racing); Torvar Mirsky (AUS – Mirsky Racing Team).

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