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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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CNN Mainsail: Taking part in the World Match Racing Tour and dreaming of the America’s Cup

Posted on 20 August 2010 by Valencia Sailing

CNN’s flagship sailing programme MainSail showcased in its latest show the World Match Racing Tour. Shirley Robertson went to Mastrand during the Stena Match Cup Sweden and met Torvar Mirsky and his team, the young sailors vying for the chance to race in the America’s Cup.

Shirley Robertson meets the sailors vying for the chance to race in the America’s Cup. Video copyright CNN Mainsail

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CNN Mainsail: Taking part in the World Match Racing Tour and dreaming of the America’s Cup

Posted on 20 August 2010 by Valencia Sailing

CNN’s flagship sailing programme MainSail showcased in its latest show the World Match Racing Tour. Shirley Robertson went to Mastrand during the Stena Match Cup Sweden and met Torvar Mirsky and his team, the young sailors vying for the chance to race in the America’s Cup.

Shirley Robertson meets the sailors vying for the chance to race in the America’s Cup. Video copyright CNN Mainsail

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Torvar Mirsky leads round robin at Stena Match Cup Sweden

Posted on 07 July 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: World Match Racing Tour] The World Match Racing Tour contenders have now settled into daily winds of 12 – 15 knots running the length of the fjord and unbroken sunlight. Stena Match Cup Sweden’s race course looks as though God himself modeled it on a match racing amphitheatre and has provided the best conditions yet experienced on this year’s Tour calendar. Determined faces lined the skipper’s briefing this morning before the early start to racing with all teams pre-conditioned to take first blood.

Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team, Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team and Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar headed back into buzzing Marstrand safe in the knowledge that they have a place in the quarter finals combat. These three sailors are on a roll with Mirsky at 6-1, Williams at 5-1 and Richard at 5-2. Also with a confident charge at joining the quarter finals fray are Ben Ainslie (GBR) TEAM ORIGIN sitting snugly on 5-2 and new face to the 2010 Tour, Damien Iehl (FRA) French Match Racing Team, who has found his feet quickly and sits on 5-1.

Video highlights from day 2 of the Stena Match Cup Sweden. Marstrand, 7 July 2010. Video copyright World Match Racing Tour

Mirsky who is now based out of Sweden was quick to mention the lay day scenario for Stage 5, “Last year and also this year we’ve got the same problem, we have a day off before the quarters because there are 2 regattas at once the men’s and women’s. This is a unique thing to Sweden it doesn’t happen anywhere else, you get lots of breaks so we are going to have to try and stay focused and not get too distracted with all the island distractions out here in Marstrand and make sure we are ready for the boys. We’ll probably be racing someone who has sailed on Thursday and that’s going to be really tough for us”.

Williams is really enjoying the new-look World Match Racing Tour format this year, “I’m pleased to be guaranteed into the quarters now with 5 wins that’s a great spot to be in and if we win tomorrow then we should win the round robin which is something to push for. It’s a shame about our match against Magnus, we were leading and then made a couple of bad decisions up the beat and he snuck past so in all credit to him he put the pressure on so we are going to have a think about this and try to not make the same mistake again and learn from it”.

Magnus Holmberg (SWE) Sigma Racing Team, ‘embodying the very essence of Stena Match Cup Sweden’, is the only skipper to have beaten Williams so far at this event, “It was a bit rough this morning and I don’t think we sailed very well and then during our break in the 3rd flight of the day we talked through things and tried to understand what we needed to do differently. We’ve only been sailing with each other for 4 Tour events now and Jimmy got injured on the way here so we have one new crew. We need a bit of time to get things running properly and struggled in the breeze a little bit this morning as we’re not that used to each other on the boat. But we are looking to improving again and win some more matches”.

Torvar Mirsky is on a roll. Marstrand, 7 July 2010. Photo copyright Loris von Siebenthal – myimage

For Adam Minoprio (NZL) ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing it was a ‘must win race day’ after a frustrating start to the round robin yesterday he favoured a ‘no comment’ approach to pre-race media queries. The fun and mischievous side of this New Zealander’s personality was firmly masked behind deep pre-race concentration and ambitious analysis. This was due to the realization the he had to pull his team straight into defensive style racing and guarantee 3 straight wins to last another round into the quarter finals. Minoprio managed to transform his anger built up from day one’s disappointment into positive quick impact energy and fired in two wins.

Minoprio was then hampered during flight 8 in his last match against Jesper Radich (DEN) Radich Racing Team, he commented on his form so far, “Yesterday we made mistakes. Today we knew we had to win all three to guarantee the quarter finals. We won the first 2 and then got given a penalty in the match against Radich during a water call which I still don’t understand as we tacked straight back. We need a lot of luck to be able to squeeze through it’s a bit disappointing really with this 2 group format. I’m going to work it out this evening and see if we still have a chance to go through”.

Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing also had an anxious day watching the quick fire racing from the shore as he was not scheduled to race. Having been quoted yesterday saying, “We need a big improvement to go through to the quarter finals’, this has not been a relaxing day off for the Stage 4 champion, Gilmour like Minoprio today now has to get his head down and just go for broke to have any chance at making the quarters.

Damien Iehl was in perfect form for a 2nd day. Marstrand, 7 July 2010. Photo copyright Loris von Siebenthal – myimage

Going into Day three tomorrow of Stena Match Cup Sweden the torment will continue as the atmosphere electrifies. The top 5 skippers are all now looking yet again at the overall Tour ladder results and gauging who they need to close the gap on. Mirsky is now looking at the overall picture all of the time, “We need to catch Mathieu up for sure, he’s quite far ahead on the Tour at the moment and he’s sailing well in the other group so in one way we want to race him so we can knock him out and in another way we don’t want to because he’s sailing so well”.

Day 2: Current Round Robin Standings

Group A
Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team 5-2
Damien Iehl (FRA) French Match Racing Team 5-1
Francesco Bruni (ITA) Azzurra 2-2
Adam Minoprio (NZL) ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing 3-4
Jesper Radich (DEN) Rudy Project Sailing Team 2-0
Staffan Lindberg (FIN) Alandia Sailing Team 1-2
Mattias Rahm (SWE) Stena Bulk Sailing Team 0-3
Björn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Global Team 0-4

Group B
Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team 6-1
Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar 5-1
Ben Ainslie (GBR) TEAMORIGIN 5-2
Magnus Holmberg (SWE) Sigma Racing Team 1-2
Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing 1-3
Reuben Corbett (NZL) Black Sheep Racing 0-2
Keith Swinton (AUS) Black Swan Racing 0-3
Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team 0-4

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Torvar Mirsky leads round robin at Stena Match Cup Sweden

Posted on 07 July 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: World Match Racing Tour] The World Match Racing Tour contenders have now settled into daily winds of 12 – 15 knots running the length of the fjord and unbroken sunlight. Stena Match Cup Sweden’s race course looks as though God himself modeled it on a match racing amphitheatre and has provided the best conditions yet experienced on this year’s Tour calendar. Determined faces lined the skipper’s briefing this morning before the early start to racing with all teams pre-conditioned to take first blood.

Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team, Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team and Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar headed back into buzzing Marstrand safe in the knowledge that they have a place in the quarter finals combat. These three sailors are on a roll with Mirsky at 6-1, Williams at 5-1 and Richard at 5-2. Also with a confident charge at joining the quarter finals fray are Ben Ainslie (GBR) TEAM ORIGIN sitting snugly on 5-2 and new face to the 2010 Tour, Damien Iehl (FRA) French Match Racing Team, who has found his feet quickly and sits on 5-1.

Video highlights from day 2 of the Stena Match Cup Sweden. Marstrand, 7 July 2010. Video copyright World Match Racing Tour

Mirsky who is now based out of Sweden was quick to mention the lay day scenario for Stage 5, “Last year and also this year we’ve got the same problem, we have a day off before the quarters because there are 2 regattas at once the men’s and women’s. This is a unique thing to Sweden it doesn’t happen anywhere else, you get lots of breaks so we are going to have to try and stay focused and not get too distracted with all the island distractions out here in Marstrand and make sure we are ready for the boys. We’ll probably be racing someone who has sailed on Thursday and that’s going to be really tough for us”.

Williams is really enjoying the new-look World Match Racing Tour format this year, “I’m pleased to be guaranteed into the quarters now with 5 wins that’s a great spot to be in and if we win tomorrow then we should win the round robin which is something to push for. It’s a shame about our match against Magnus, we were leading and then made a couple of bad decisions up the beat and he snuck past so in all credit to him he put the pressure on so we are going to have a think about this and try to not make the same mistake again and learn from it”.

Magnus Holmberg (SWE) Sigma Racing Team, ‘embodying the very essence of Stena Match Cup Sweden’, is the only skipper to have beaten Williams so far at this event, “It was a bit rough this morning and I don’t think we sailed very well and then during our break in the 3rd flight of the day we talked through things and tried to understand what we needed to do differently. We’ve only been sailing with each other for 4 Tour events now and Jimmy got injured on the way here so we have one new crew. We need a bit of time to get things running properly and struggled in the breeze a little bit this morning as we’re not that used to each other on the boat. But we are looking to improving again and win some more matches”.

Torvar Mirsky is on a roll. Marstrand, 7 July 2010. Photo copyright Loris von Siebenthal – myimage

For Adam Minoprio (NZL) ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing it was a ‘must win race day’ after a frustrating start to the round robin yesterday he favoured a ‘no comment’ approach to pre-race media queries. The fun and mischievous side of this New Zealander’s personality was firmly masked behind deep pre-race concentration and ambitious analysis. This was due to the realization the he had to pull his team straight into defensive style racing and guarantee 3 straight wins to last another round into the quarter finals. Minoprio managed to transform his anger built up from day one’s disappointment into positive quick impact energy and fired in two wins.

Minoprio was then hampered during flight 8 in his last match against Jesper Radich (DEN) Radich Racing Team, he commented on his form so far, “Yesterday we made mistakes. Today we knew we had to win all three to guarantee the quarter finals. We won the first 2 and then got given a penalty in the match against Radich during a water call which I still don’t understand as we tacked straight back. We need a lot of luck to be able to squeeze through it’s a bit disappointing really with this 2 group format. I’m going to work it out this evening and see if we still have a chance to go through”.

Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing also had an anxious day watching the quick fire racing from the shore as he was not scheduled to race. Having been quoted yesterday saying, “We need a big improvement to go through to the quarter finals’, this has not been a relaxing day off for the Stage 4 champion, Gilmour like Minoprio today now has to get his head down and just go for broke to have any chance at making the quarters.

Damien Iehl was in perfect form for a 2nd day. Marstrand, 7 July 2010. Photo copyright Loris von Siebenthal – myimage

Going into Day three tomorrow of Stena Match Cup Sweden the torment will continue as the atmosphere electrifies. The top 5 skippers are all now looking yet again at the overall Tour ladder results and gauging who they need to close the gap on. Mirsky is now looking at the overall picture all of the time, “We need to catch Mathieu up for sure, he’s quite far ahead on the Tour at the moment and he’s sailing well in the other group so in one way we want to race him so we can knock him out and in another way we don’t want to because he’s sailing so well”.

Day 2: Current Round Robin Standings

Group A
Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team 5-2
Damien Iehl (FRA) French Match Racing Team 5-1
Francesco Bruni (ITA) Azzurra 2-2
Adam Minoprio (NZL) ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing 3-4
Jesper Radich (DEN) Rudy Project Sailing Team 2-0
Staffan Lindberg (FIN) Alandia Sailing Team 1-2
Mattias Rahm (SWE) Stena Bulk Sailing Team 0-3
Björn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Global Team 0-4

Group B
Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team 6-1
Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar 5-1
Ben Ainslie (GBR) TEAMORIGIN 5-2
Magnus Holmberg (SWE) Sigma Racing Team 1-2
Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing 1-3
Reuben Corbett (NZL) Black Sheep Racing 0-2
Keith Swinton (AUS) Black Swan Racing 0-3
Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team 0-4

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Mathieu Richard rules round robin at Match Race Germany

Posted on 22 May 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: World Match Racing Tour] Day 3 of Match Race Germany saw Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team securing a safe spot in the Semi Finals, after a dramatic final luffing battle with Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar. Five skippers were however, pushed out of the event, namely Paolo Cian (ITA) Team Italia, Ian Ainslie (RSA) Team Proximo, Mads Ebler (DEN) Ebler Matchracing and Kathrin Kadelbach (GER) EWE Sailing Team have been pushed out of the event. Richard can now take a well earned rest during the Quarter Finals, which will feature Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar, Adam Minoprio (NZL) ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing, Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team, Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing, Magnus Holmberg (SWE) Victory Challenge and Jesper Radich (DEN) Radich Racing Team.

“It was down to our last match against Ian Williams on whether we would go straight to the semi-finals or have to sail the quarter finals. We are lucky to have our coach here with us analysing our performance and the other teams, so we are constantly learning”, said a cool and calm Richard at the Quarter Finals boat draw.

Mathieu Richard crosses ahead of Ian Williams during their match on day 3 of Match Race Germany. Langenargen, 22 May 2010. Photo copyright Gareth Cooke/Subzero Images/WMRT

Crystal clear skies and unbroken sun brought a glorious shine to the enchanted Alpine lake today. Fans of the ISAF World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) have been able to share these stunning visuals beamed to them across the world using cutting edge technology. The Tour has joined forces with global telecommunications giant, Alcatel-Lucent, to stream the Match Race Germany event live over the Internet using the latest LTE (Long Term Evolution) 4G Technology. This is the first time in the world that a German sports event has used the end-to-end LTE network solution. The next generation technology replaces the traditional complex, slower solution for streaming video at sports events. Originally, streaming relied on 3G technology at 380kbps but with 4G, the speed has increased to a remarkable 100Mbps.

Dr. Erich Zielinski who works in the End-to-End 4G/LTE Solutions division at Alcatel-Lucent is thrilled to be able to put the company’s expertise in LTE 4G technology in use during the Tour. “The quality of the video streams captured by onboard cameras and transmitted via LTE to the on-shore production studio has been excellent. The WMRT is a great opportunity to showcase the amazing value that LTE can provide for major sports events”.

Pierre Orphanidis, Editor of Valencia Sailing, related the impact of 4G streaming. “Once again, the WMRT is taking the lead and showing the sailing world the way to go with TV production and web streaming. I think Russell Coutts and Larry Ellison should take note of what is going on at Match Race Germany and apply it to the next America’s Cup. What I like the most is the superb quality of the images and sound from on-board the racing yachts”.

Ian Williams looks back as he tries to force a penalty on Mathieu Richard in their match on day 3 of Match Race Germany. Langenargen, 22 May 2010. Photo copyright Gareth Cooke/Subzero Images/WMRT

Members of the public at the Match Race Germany event village watched the live streaming on big screens and were keen to share their views. “It is a great visual display of what is happening on the water, the on-board filming is a great advancement”. A Mirsky Racing crew’s family here with him said, “The different views on the live streaming provided an all-round experience, showing course overviews and on-deck filming”.

Meanwhile, Richard will be using his free time tomorrow to try and view the live streaming, “The live streaming is terrific for the Tour. It allows our family and friends at home to see the action and follow what we are doing. The pictures transmitted are really good quality, with user friendly commentary by Mark Chisnell that the non-sailors can also understand”.

Scheduled tomorrow the Quarter Finals put Gilmour up against Mirsky where sparks will fly as the fellow Australians fight it out. Gilmour foresaw a semi final slot for his YANMAR Racing Team earlier in the event and it may be the youngster who gets to prove this prediction wrong. Minoprio will have his work cut out against the legendary Holmberg with Williams taking on Radich.

According to Richard the key to winning the 2010 Tour is to have the right balance between remaining relaxed, while at the same time being totally concentrated, “This is a very fragile balance”.

Day 3: Results

Semi Finalist
Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team

Quarterfinalists
Adam Minoprio (NZL) ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing v Magnus Holmberg (SWE) Victory Challenge
Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar v Jesper Radich (DEN) Radich Racing Team
Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing v Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team

Overall Round Robin Standings
1 Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team 8-3
2 Adam Minoprio (NZL) ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing 8-3
3 Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar 8-3
4 Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing 7-4
5 Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team 7-4
6 Jesper Radich (DEN) Radich Racing Team 7-4
7 Magnus Holmberg (SWE) Victory Challenge 6-5
8 Paolo Cian (ITA) Team Italia 5-6
9 Ian Ainslie (RSA) Team Proximo 4-7
10 Mads Ebler (DEN) Ebler Matchracing 3-8
11 Kathrin Kadelbach (GER) EWE Sailing Team 2-9
12 Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Gill Global Team 1-10

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Mathieu Richard rules round robin at Match Race Germany

Posted on 22 May 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: World Match Racing Tour] Day 3 of Match Race Germany saw Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team securing a safe spot in the Semi Finals, after a dramatic final luffing battle with Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar. Five skippers were however, pushed out of the event, namely Paolo Cian (ITA) Team Italia, Ian Ainslie (RSA) Team Proximo, Mads Ebler (DEN) Ebler Matchracing and Kathrin Kadelbach (GER) EWE Sailing Team have been pushed out of the event. Richard can now take a well earned rest during the Quarter Finals, which will feature Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar, Adam Minoprio (NZL) ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing, Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team, Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing, Magnus Holmberg (SWE) Victory Challenge and Jesper Radich (DEN) Radich Racing Team.

“It was down to our last match against Ian Williams on whether we would go straight to the semi-finals or have to sail the quarter finals. We are lucky to have our coach here with us analysing our performance and the other teams, so we are constantly learning”, said a cool and calm Richard at the Quarter Finals boat draw.

Mathieu Richard crosses ahead of Ian Williams during their match on day 3 of Match Race Germany. Langenargen, 22 May 2010. Photo copyright Gareth Cooke/Subzero Images/WMRT

Crystal clear skies and unbroken sun brought a glorious shine to the enchanted Alpine lake today. Fans of the ISAF World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) have been able to share these stunning visuals beamed to them across the world using cutting edge technology. The Tour has joined forces with global telecommunications giant, Alcatel-Lucent, to stream the Match Race Germany event live over the Internet using the latest LTE (Long Term Evolution) 4G Technology. This is the first time in the world that a German sports event has used the end-to-end LTE network solution. The next generation technology replaces the traditional complex, slower solution for streaming video at sports events. Originally, streaming relied on 3G technology at 380kbps but with 4G, the speed has increased to a remarkable 100Mbps.

Dr. Erich Zielinski who works in the End-to-End 4G/LTE Solutions division at Alcatel-Lucent is thrilled to be able to put the company’s expertise in LTE 4G technology in use during the Tour. “The quality of the video streams captured by onboard cameras and transmitted via LTE to the on-shore production studio has been excellent. The WMRT is a great opportunity to showcase the amazing value that LTE can provide for major sports events”.

Pierre Orphanidis, Editor of Valencia Sailing, related the impact of 4G streaming. “Once again, the WMRT is taking the lead and showing the sailing world the way to go with TV production and web streaming. I think Russell Coutts and Larry Ellison should take note of what is going on at Match Race Germany and apply it to the next America’s Cup. What I like the most is the superb quality of the images and sound from on-board the racing yachts”.

Ian Williams looks back as he tries to force a penalty on Mathieu Richard in their match on day 3 of Match Race Germany. Langenargen, 22 May 2010. Photo copyright Gareth Cooke/Subzero Images/WMRT

Members of the public at the Match Race Germany event village watched the live streaming on big screens and were keen to share their views. “It is a great visual display of what is happening on the water, the on-board filming is a great advancement”. A Mirsky Racing crew’s family here with him said, “The different views on the live streaming provided an all-round experience, showing course overviews and on-deck filming”.

Meanwhile, Richard will be using his free time tomorrow to try and view the live streaming, “The live streaming is terrific for the Tour. It allows our family and friends at home to see the action and follow what we are doing. The pictures transmitted are really good quality, with user friendly commentary by Mark Chisnell that the non-sailors can also understand”.

Scheduled tomorrow the Quarter Finals put Gilmour up against Mirsky where sparks will fly as the fellow Australians fight it out. Gilmour foresaw a semi final slot for his YANMAR Racing Team earlier in the event and it may be the youngster who gets to prove this prediction wrong. Minoprio will have his work cut out against the legendary Holmberg with Williams taking on Radich.

According to Richard the key to winning the 2010 Tour is to have the right balance between remaining relaxed, while at the same time being totally concentrated, “This is a very fragile balance”.

Day 3: Results

Semi Finalist
Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team

Quarterfinalists
Adam Minoprio (NZL) ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing v Magnus Holmberg (SWE) Victory Challenge
Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar v Jesper Radich (DEN) Radich Racing Team
Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing v Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team

Overall Round Robin Standings
1 Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team 8-3
2 Adam Minoprio (NZL) ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing 8-3
3 Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar 8-3
4 Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing 7-4
5 Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team 7-4
6 Jesper Radich (DEN) Radich Racing Team 7-4
7 Magnus Holmberg (SWE) Victory Challenge 6-5
8 Paolo Cian (ITA) Team Italia 5-6
9 Ian Ainslie (RSA) Team Proximo 4-7
10 Mads Ebler (DEN) Ebler Matchracing 3-8
11 Kathrin Kadelbach (GER) EWE Sailing Team 2-9
12 Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Gill Global Team 1-10

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