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Peter Gilmour leads Danish Open on tough opening day

Posted on 09 September 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: World Match Racing Tour] In an action-packed day Mike Buckley (USA) MB Sailing landed the biggest shock of the year when he delivered a hammer blow to ISAF World Match Racing Tour leader Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team in the opening race of this year’s Danish Open earlier today.

The tour has a reputation for unearthing great new talent – this was seen again when Buckley, placed 665th in the world rankings, showed no regard for reputation to lead Richard from start to finish for the biggest victory of his career. Buckley then looked on course for an incredible second victory of the day, when in his very next race he led reigning World Match Racing Tour Champion Adam Minoprio (NZL) ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing until the very last moment.

With the 28 year old American on course to spring the second major shock of the day, Minoprio showed all the guts and determination that led him to be World Champion, to mug Buckley on the finish line in a move that was crowned play of the day.

How to broach on the finish line and yet win the match, Adam Minoprio style. Bornholm, 9 September 2010. Video copyright WMRT

“This is just my third match race so to win first up was amazing. Although Mathieu is ranked number one and a great sailor we try and treat all the boats the same. Our aim was to get a clean start and not get drawn into over match racing. We had another great race against Adam but unfortunately the wind dropped on the final leg and he just got us on the line.” said Buckley.

Punishing Conditions

The Danish Open is the seventh stage of the nine-round ISAF World Match Racing Tour, that sees the sailors compete against one another over the opening two days of competition, with the top four going through to Saturday’s semi-finals. The skills of the crews were pushed to the absolute limit as they battled strong winds with fierce gusts of up to 33 knots.

The weather took its toll with several boats needing running repairs, while 20 year-old newcomer to the tour, William Tiller (NZL) Full Metal Jacket experienced first hand how tough the conditions were, with one of his crew being knocked overboard. The most experienced teams were also challenged to the limit – triple Olympic gold medalist Ben Ainslie (GBR) TEAMORIGIN also saw fellow gold medalist Iain Percy dumped in the water as they wiped out in a titanic struggle with Sweden’s Bjorn Hansen.

Four-time World Champion Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing, however, was one of the few skippers to take the extreme conditions in his stride, to win all three of his races, the only skipper to finish the day with a 100% record.

Adam Minoprio takes the win on the finish line. Bornholm, 9 September 2010. Photo copyright Lorris von Siebenthal / WMRT

Local Interest
Fans packed along the shore had two home crews to follow, with Susanne Ward (DEN) Team Ward and Mads Ebler (DEN) Ebler Matchracing flying the flag for the host country. Elber finished the day with 1 win and 2 losses while Ward, who was suffering a major weight disadvantage, failed to get on the score sheet.

The pressure mounts
With eight of the 12 teams facing knock out in tomorrow’s round of qualifying races in advance of Saturday’s semi-finals, skippers will be under intense pressure to avoid losing a single match. Although the wind is forecast to moderate over night, there will be no relief for sailors from the intensity of the action.

Standings after Day 1 of Qualifications
Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing 3-0
Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team 4-1
Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team 2-1
Adam Minoprio (NZL) ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing 2-1
Ben Ainslie (GBR) TEAMORIGIN 3-2
Björn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Global Team 3-2
Francesco Bruni (ITA) Azzurra 3-2
Bertrand Pacé (FRA) Aleph Sailing Team 2-3
Mads Ebler (DEN) Ebler Matchracing 1-2
Michael Buckley (USA) MB Sailing 1-2
William Tiller (NZL) Full Metal Jacket Racing 0-3
Suzanne Ward (DEN) Team Ward 0-5

Iain Percy takes a dive. Bornholm, 9 September 2010. Photo copyright Lorris von Siebenthal / WMRT

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Peter Gilmour leads Danish Open on tough opening day

Posted on 09 September 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: World Match Racing Tour] In an action-packed day Mike Buckley (USA) MB Sailing landed the biggest shock of the year when he delivered a hammer blow to ISAF World Match Racing Tour leader Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team in the opening race of this year’s Danish Open earlier today.

The tour has a reputation for unearthing great new talent – this was seen again when Buckley, placed 665th in the world rankings, showed no regard for reputation to lead Richard from start to finish for the biggest victory of his career. Buckley then looked on course for an incredible second victory of the day, when in his very next race he led reigning World Match Racing Tour Champion Adam Minoprio (NZL) ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing until the very last moment.

With the 28 year old American on course to spring the second major shock of the day, Minoprio showed all the guts and determination that led him to be World Champion, to mug Buckley on the finish line in a move that was crowned play of the day.

How to broach on the finish line and yet win the match, Adam Minoprio style. Bornholm, 9 September 2010. Video copyright WMRT

“This is just my third match race so to win first up was amazing. Although Mathieu is ranked number one and a great sailor we try and treat all the boats the same. Our aim was to get a clean start and not get drawn into over match racing. We had another great race against Adam but unfortunately the wind dropped on the final leg and he just got us on the line.” said Buckley.

Punishing Conditions

The Danish Open is the seventh stage of the nine-round ISAF World Match Racing Tour, that sees the sailors compete against one another over the opening two days of competition, with the top four going through to Saturday’s semi-finals. The skills of the crews were pushed to the absolute limit as they battled strong winds with fierce gusts of up to 33 knots.

The weather took its toll with several boats needing running repairs, while 20 year-old newcomer to the tour, William Tiller (NZL) Full Metal Jacket experienced first hand how tough the conditions were, with one of his crew being knocked overboard. The most experienced teams were also challenged to the limit – triple Olympic gold medalist Ben Ainslie (GBR) TEAMORIGIN also saw fellow gold medalist Iain Percy dumped in the water as they wiped out in a titanic struggle with Sweden’s Bjorn Hansen.

Four-time World Champion Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing, however, was one of the few skippers to take the extreme conditions in his stride, to win all three of his races, the only skipper to finish the day with a 100% record.

Adam Minoprio takes the win on the finish line. Bornholm, 9 September 2010. Photo copyright Lorris von Siebenthal / WMRT

Local Interest
Fans packed along the shore had two home crews to follow, with Susanne Ward (DEN) Team Ward and Mads Ebler (DEN) Ebler Matchracing flying the flag for the host country. Elber finished the day with 1 win and 2 losses while Ward, who was suffering a major weight disadvantage, failed to get on the score sheet.

The pressure mounts
With eight of the 12 teams facing knock out in tomorrow’s round of qualifying races in advance of Saturday’s semi-finals, skippers will be under intense pressure to avoid losing a single match. Although the wind is forecast to moderate over night, there will be no relief for sailors from the intensity of the action.

Standings after Day 1 of Qualifications
Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing 3-0
Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team 4-1
Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team 2-1
Adam Minoprio (NZL) ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing 2-1
Ben Ainslie (GBR) TEAMORIGIN 3-2
Björn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Global Team 3-2
Francesco Bruni (ITA) Azzurra 3-2
Bertrand Pacé (FRA) Aleph Sailing Team 2-3
Mads Ebler (DEN) Ebler Matchracing 1-2
Michael Buckley (USA) MB Sailing 1-2
William Tiller (NZL) Full Metal Jacket Racing 0-3
Suzanne Ward (DEN) Team Ward 0-5

Iain Percy takes a dive. Bornholm, 9 September 2010. Photo copyright Lorris von Siebenthal / WMRT

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Stena Match Cup Sweden hosts the world’s 10 top match racers

Posted on 05 July 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: World Match Racing Tour] Stena Match Cup Sweden, Stage 5 of the ISAF World Match Racing Tour, has attracted an abundance of the World’s leading men’s and women’s match racers. They are all magnetized year after year to the racing hot spot of Marstrand for guaranteed packed out days of pure match racing perfection.

Since 2000 when the ISAF World Match Racing Tour founded, the Swedish leg of the series has had a distinguished role of honour including esteemed America’s Cup names; Dean Barker, Russell Coutts, Chris Law, Peter Gilmour, Mattias Rahm and Björn Hansen.

Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing won Stena Match Cup Sweden last year and has now notched up and incredible 7 overall victories at this event since its inaugural year in 1994. Gilmour is poised for the podium again after having also won Stage 4 of this year’s Tour only 8 days ago and looks committed to continue his fierce fighting style into this week’s semis and finals.

Ben Ainslie and Team Origin practicing before their first participation this year in the World Match Racing Tour. Masrtrand, 5 July 2010. Photo copyright Loris von Siebenthal – myimage

The Swedish national contingent as expected is also massive this year. Magnus Holmberg (SWE) Sigma Racing Team who is the very essence of Stena Match Cup Sweden having instilled the sense of excitement and profile building over the years will definitely be a skipper to watch with his competitive flair. Holmberg ironically has yet to actually win this Swedish leg of the Tour and 2010 may well be the year for this match racing hero to reap his reward.

Other international names racing on home waters this week will be Mattias Rahm (SWE) Stena Bulk Sailing Team a former Olympian who won the 2008 edition of Sweden, Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Global Team who was the first Swedish winner of this event and Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team who has shown his sporting expertise winning the Argo Group Gold Cup on the warmer waters of Bermuda.

A fresh and rested Tour card holder, Ben Ainslie (GBR) TEAMORIGIN, is back in the media’s gaze after completing his first WMRT event of the season in April. With 16 helms to consider running in 2 groups tomorrow morning there may be some surprise results. Keith Swinton (AUS) Black Swan Racing is now the youngest skipper to take the helm at 23 and Reuben Corbett (NZL) Black Sheep Racing who started developing his skills through team racing is considered a hot ticket.

Stena Match Cup Sweden is also running a women’s event in tandem with the men’s Tour racing and has invited 10 of the most motivated female team’s from across the globe. The women’s event started today and Silke Hahlbrock (GER) leads the pack against Katie Pellew neé Spithill (AUS), Lucy Macgregor (GBR) and Linda Rahm (SWE). Women’s match racing continues to climb in mass sporting appeal as it is now a ladies Olympic discipline inspiring full time campaigns.

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Stena Match Cup Sweden hosts the world’s 10 top match racers

Posted on 05 July 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: World Match Racing Tour] Stena Match Cup Sweden, Stage 5 of the ISAF World Match Racing Tour, has attracted an abundance of the World’s leading men’s and women’s match racers. They are all magnetized year after year to the racing hot spot of Marstrand for guaranteed packed out days of pure match racing perfection.

Since 2000 when the ISAF World Match Racing Tour founded, the Swedish leg of the series has had a distinguished role of honour including esteemed America’s Cup names; Dean Barker, Russell Coutts, Chris Law, Peter Gilmour, Mattias Rahm and Björn Hansen.

Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing won Stena Match Cup Sweden last year and has now notched up and incredible 7 overall victories at this event since its inaugural year in 1994. Gilmour is poised for the podium again after having also won Stage 4 of this year’s Tour only 8 days ago and looks committed to continue his fierce fighting style into this week’s semis and finals.

Ben Ainslie and Team Origin practicing before their first participation this year in the World Match Racing Tour. Masrtrand, 5 July 2010. Photo copyright Loris von Siebenthal – myimage

The Swedish national contingent as expected is also massive this year. Magnus Holmberg (SWE) Sigma Racing Team who is the very essence of Stena Match Cup Sweden having instilled the sense of excitement and profile building over the years will definitely be a skipper to watch with his competitive flair. Holmberg ironically has yet to actually win this Swedish leg of the Tour and 2010 may well be the year for this match racing hero to reap his reward.

Other international names racing on home waters this week will be Mattias Rahm (SWE) Stena Bulk Sailing Team a former Olympian who won the 2008 edition of Sweden, Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Global Team who was the first Swedish winner of this event and Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team who has shown his sporting expertise winning the Argo Group Gold Cup on the warmer waters of Bermuda.

A fresh and rested Tour card holder, Ben Ainslie (GBR) TEAMORIGIN, is back in the media’s gaze after completing his first WMRT event of the season in April. With 16 helms to consider running in 2 groups tomorrow morning there may be some surprise results. Keith Swinton (AUS) Black Swan Racing is now the youngest skipper to take the helm at 23 and Reuben Corbett (NZL) Black Sheep Racing who started developing his skills through team racing is considered a hot ticket.

Stena Match Cup Sweden is also running a women’s event in tandem with the men’s Tour racing and has invited 10 of the most motivated female team’s from across the globe. The women’s event started today and Silke Hahlbrock (GER) leads the pack against Katie Pellew neé Spithill (AUS), Lucy Macgregor (GBR) and Linda Rahm (SWE). Women’s match racing continues to climb in mass sporting appeal as it is now a ladies Olympic discipline inspiring full time campaigns.

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YANMAR Racing’s Peter Gilmour is coming to the Stena Match Cup Sweden, an event he has won an amazing seven times, in excellent form

Posted on 03 July 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: World Match Racing Tour] Last week YANMAR Racing won the fourth event on the ISAF 2010 World Match Racing Tour, the Portugal Match Cup, and as Gilmour says ‘that was a good entrée’ into the Swedish event.

‘We consider Sweden to be a Grand Slam event on the World Match Racing Tour. The past 10 or so events there, that we have competed in, have obviously been very, very good for us. We love the event. I think it’s an incredible event with both Open and Women’s match racing – it really comes alive with the mix and it’s just one of those wonderfully unique venues in the world that has a natural amphitheatre setting.


‘It seems we always have sunshine and breeze and a great crowd sitting on the rocks. I think the beauty of Marstrand is a very technical and challenging race course, which is the kind we like best, and a crowd close at hand in a spectacular venue.

‘We had a good run last week in Portugal. Our winning starts on those last two days made a real difference.’

With a 2-1 result in the All Western Australian Final against Torvar Mirsky, YANMAR Racing became the new Portugal Match Cup Champions. Mirsky Racing Team, the 2009 defending champions, finished second with Adam Minoprio’s ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing third and Ian Williams’ Team GAC Pindar fourth.

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YANMAR Racing’s Peter Gilmour is coming to the Stena Match Cup Sweden, an event he has won an amazing seven times, in excellent form

Posted on 03 July 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: World Match Racing Tour] Last week YANMAR Racing won the fourth event on the ISAF 2010 World Match Racing Tour, the Portugal Match Cup, and as Gilmour says ‘that was a good entrée’ into the Swedish event.

‘We consider Sweden to be a Grand Slam event on the World Match Racing Tour. The past 10 or so events there, that we have competed in, have obviously been very, very good for us. We love the event. I think it’s an incredible event with both Open and Women’s match racing – it really comes alive with the mix and it’s just one of those wonderfully unique venues in the world that has a natural amphitheatre setting.


‘It seems we always have sunshine and breeze and a great crowd sitting on the rocks. I think the beauty of Marstrand is a very technical and challenging race course, which is the kind we like best, and a crowd close at hand in a spectacular venue.

‘We had a good run last week in Portugal. Our winning starts on those last two days made a real difference.’

With a 2-1 result in the All Western Australian Final against Torvar Mirsky, YANMAR Racing became the new Portugal Match Cup Champions. Mirsky Racing Team, the 2009 defending champions, finished second with Adam Minoprio’s ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing third and Ian Williams’ Team GAC Pindar fourth.

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Monsoon Cup – Day 2 – Flight 8: Phil Robertson is on a roll!!

Posted on 03 December 2009 by Valencia Sailing

It seems that nothing and nobody can stop Phil Robertson today. Fresh from his previous victory over Mirsky the very young kiwi (just 22 years old) went on to beat another Australian match racing powerhouse. Peter Gilmour succumbed to Robertson’s skills and was handed a red flag at the starting line.

In the other matches, Iehl really blew his start with an awful timing. Homberg had then no problem winning the race. In what was the flight’s “feature match” Ian Williams was unable to get his act together against Sébastien Col. The reigning world champion is currently on a dry spell and must start winning some races if he doesn’t want to watch the rest of the Monsoon Cup form the comfort of the skippers lounge!

Red flag for Gilmour and match for Robertson. Kuala Terengganu, 3 December 2009. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Is it possible to have a worse start? Iehl blows it and loses his race against Holmberg. Kuala Terengganu, 3 December 2009. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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Monsoon Cup – Day 2 – Flight 8: Phil Robertson is on a roll!!

Posted on 03 December 2009 by Valencia Sailing

It seems that nothing and nobody can stop Phil Robertson today. Fresh from his previous victory over Mirsky the very young kiwi (just 22 years old) went on to beat another Australian match racing powerhouse. Peter Gilmour succumbed to Robertson’s skills and was handed a red flag at the starting line.

In the other matches, Iehl really blew his start with an awful timing. Homberg had then no problem winning the race. In what was the flight’s “feature match” Ian Williams was unable to get his act together against Sébastien Col. The reigning world champion is currently on a dry spell and must start winning some races if he doesn’t want to watch the rest of the Monsoon Cup form the comfort of the skippers lounge!

Red flag for Gilmour and match for Robertson. Kuala Terengganu, 3 December 2009. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Is it possible to have a worse start? Iehl blows it and loses his race against Holmberg. Kuala Terengganu, 3 December 2009. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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