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Williams on top in classic gale force Marstrand conditions

Posted on 03 July 2014 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Alpari World Match Racing Tour] Stena Match Cup Sweden is known for being one of the few events where, thanks to the boats and venue topography, sailors can race in anger inshore in gale force conditions with spinnakers. Over its 20 years this has provided some of the most action-packed match racing of all time, all visible to the spectators packing Marstrand’s natural sailing stadium.

Today’s racing was a classic example with the winds blowing a solid 25 knots, gusting to gale force. It was a day of shredded, wrapped and trawled spinnakers, collisions, a broach of the normally unbroachable DS37 as well as some at-the-limit match racing.

Qualifying concluded today with Ian Williams’ GAC Pindar winning on an impressive 12 points, but tied with Francesco Bruni’s Luna Rossa. Both teams dropped just one match: Williams to the 20-year-old Dane Joachim Aschenbrenner, Bruni falling to Williams. They finished four points ahead of third placed Mathieu Richard’s Lunajets and Keith Swinton’s Team Alpari FX.

“It is great to get through in the top spot, but our thoughts are now on the Quarter Finals,” said Williams. “We have got to bring out our A-game.” This afternoon Williams picked to race Joachim Aschenbrenner in tomorrow’s Quarter Finals.

Ian Williams lead the Stena Match Cup qualifiers. Marstrand, 3 July 2014. Photo copyright Ian Roman / Alpari World Match Racing Tour

As to today’s big conditions, Williams said they had just been under control, although they suffered a twisted kite. “It wasn’t crazy, but it puts more emphasis on boat handling, setting the boat up well and getting it balanced. Boat speed differences become more marked in those conditions, so it was good to have a few old hands on board.” The DS37 can withstand being raced in 30 knots mainly due to their having large rudders.

Mathieu Richard made a late charge, winning his last three key matches against Robertson, Hansen and Swinton. The French team had a particularly action-packed match with Hansen: “It was a crazy match which we will remember for a while. We loved it – a dog fight with penalties, big luffs, a big fight, very physical on board and big engagement for everyone. It was very good racing.”

Fighting for their survival at Stena Match Cup Sweden today were the mid-fielders, Bjorn Hansen, David Gilmour, Phil Robertson, Nicolai Sehested. Robertson in particular had a disappointing day losing his last four matches.

Slipping through to the Quarter Finals was David Gilmour, the newbie Tour Card holder causing upset by beating Tour defending champion Taylor Canfield in the final match of the last flight. Proud father, Peter tweeted: “Nice work TG @TeamGilmour any more points is a waste of effort!”

Also through and keeping Swedish interests alive is Bjorn Hansen: “It was a fantastic day for sailing. I really enjoyed it, especially the second race when it really got up to 30 knots in the gusts and you started to get some waves coming in that you could surf on. All the people who came here, even if it was raining, really appreciated what they saw out there.”

Last year Hansen came back from the brink to claim the Stena Match Cup Sweden title, something he hopes to repeat this year.

Sadly the bottom six teams are now out of the competition. This includes the two match racing ‘legends’: Swede Magnus Holmberg and American three time ISAF Match Racing World Champion, Ed Baird, who finally lined up today with the American coming out on top.

Some of the younger sailors are also heading home. Nicolai Sehested and his Trefor Match Racing team will be returning to Denmark. “It has been a great week,” said Sehested. “It is always good fun racing in big wind. Today the game was on.” Sehested had a particular good race against Johnie Berntsson, where after much overtaking, his Swedish opponent ended up a penalty down and with his jib wrapped around the forestay.

Sehested grew up sailing on the DS37 yachts and is very experienced on them. “They are really good boats for racing in strong winds. They have big rudders, you can turn the boats wherever you want and there is no risk of wiping out on the downwind. They have plenty of control and power, so really good for racing in strong wind.”

In last place on two wins (against Ed Baird and Magnus Holmberg) was 26-year-old Swede Viktor Ogeman. “We didn’t do as well as we’d hoped,” he said. “We came here hoping to get into the quarters. We feel we’ve improved from two years ago but we had a lot of close matches and weren’t quite there.”

While the DS37s are difficult broach the young Swedish team managed it on their final downwind leg in their match against Aschenbrenner.

Final Results of Qualifying
Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar 12-1
Francesco Bruni (ITA) Luna Rossa 12-1
Mathieu Richard (FRA) LunaJets 8-5
Keith Swinton (AUS) Team Alpari FX 8-5
Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) Team Trifork 7.5-5
Taylor Canfield (ISV) USone 7-6
Björn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Sailing Team 6-7
David Gilmour (ASU) Team Gilmour 6-7
Phil Robertson (NZL) Waka Racing 6-7
Nicolai Sehested (DEN) Trefor Match Racing 6-7
Ed Baird (USA) Quantum Racing 4-9
Magnus Holmberg (SWE) Team Magnus Holmberg 3-10
Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Stena Sailing Team 2.5-10
Viktor Ogeman (SWE) Team Accure 2-11

Stage 2 Stena Match Cup Sweden, Alpari World Match Racing Tour – Quarter-Finals
Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar vs Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) Team Trifork
Francesco Bruni (ITA) Luna Rossa v David Gilmour (ASU) Team Gilmour
Mathieu Richard (FRA) LunaJets v Taylor Canfield (ISV) USone
Keith Swinton (AUS) Team Alpari FX v Björn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Sailing Team

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Luna Rossa on a roll at Stena Match Cup Sweden

Posted on 02 July 2014 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: ALPARI World Match Racing Tour] Currently leading the field, both on 10 points, are Ian Williams’ GAC Pindar and Francesco Bruni’s Luna Rossa teams. Already holding a three point margin over Team Alpari FX in third place, the British and Italian teams are definitely through. Equally the bottom four, including the ‘match racing legends’ American Ed Baird and local hero Magnus Holmberg, plus other Swedes Victor Ogeman and Johnie Berntsson, look set to be eliminated when Qualifying at this, the second event in the 2014 Alpari World Match Racing Tour, concludes tomorrow.

Racing on the fjord south of Marstrand island was held today in a light westerly breeze and yet more blistering sunshine, bringing spectators and corporate guests out in droves.

Star performer today was Bruni whose victims today included other Tour card holders Phil Robertson, Taylor Canfield and Mathieu Richard.

“It was harder today, in that a couple of times we were behind and we passed,” Bruni commented. This included defending Alpari World Match Racing Tour champion Taylor Canfield, who the Italian team passed after they managed to split from them on the second beat. As to why they are doing so well here, Bruni says he feels comfortable sailing the DS37. “I am really happy with how things are going. I always feel fast around the course. When we are ahead we extend and when we are behind we catch up. That makes you race much more relaxed and you just make less mistakes.”

At present three teams Bjorn Hansen, Mathieu Richard’s Lunajets and David Gilmour are all on five points, holding seventh to ninth positions.

Hansen, the defending champion at Stena Match Cup Sweden, remains the top placed of the four Swedish teams competing and now the only one still capable of making the Quarter Finals.

“We had four really exciting races today but unfortunately we lost three of them,” admitted Hansen. “But the four were more or less the top of the tree, so it was no shame to lose to them. We are now in a position where we must win the rest of our races, so that is tough.” Hansen faces Gilmour, Richard and Bruni tomorrow.

Phil Robertson on day of Stena Match Cup Sweden. Marstrand, 2 July 2014. Photo copyright Ian Roman / Alpari World Match Racing Tour

Australian David Gilmour, a new Tour Card holder for 2014, has a tough road ahead of him, for at present he is in ninth place, with heavyweight bouts against Bruni, Canfield and Hansen still to sail: “The starts are definitely not one of our strengths at the moment and we aren’t getting around the course that fast. And I am not 100% sure what is going wrong, so it is quite frustrating at the moment.”

This is Gilmour’s first time racing in Marstrand where he is living in the shadow of his father Peter, the ‘grand master’ of this event, who won it no less than seven times over its 20 year history. “I haven’t spoken to him about any of the boat handling side of things or the racing. I probably should,” Gilmour Jnr admitted.

An exciting prospect currently lying in fourth place and likely to make it through to the Quarter Finals is the youngest competitor at Stena Match Cup Sweden, Joachim Aschenbrenner. He today won three more races, losing one to Francesco Bruni. His most exciting was against Swede Johnie Berntsson, when penalties were awarded to both boats in a tense pre-start. During the race there were two lead changes with Aschenbrenner finally managing to rid himself of his penalty and get in front just before the finish.

Considering that the Danish skipper is just 20 years old, he is clearly a talent for the future and a Tour Card holder in waiting.

Having had a better day today, but whose prospect for Stena Match Cup Sweden now seems over was American three time Match Racing World Champion, Ed Baird. After having a poor opening two days, Baird and his all-star crew won their matches against Nicolai Sehested and Johnie Berntsson today.

“It was a nice change from yesterday when we lost all of our matches,” admitted Baird, who last regularly competed on the Tour in 2006, prior to the 32nd America’s Cup in which he helmed the winning boat, Alinghi. “A number of things that have been rough for us: The five of us had never sailed together before in a match race, although we sail bigger boats together. Unfortunately we had another event right before this so we arrived late, which limited our practice time. In the races there were just a lot of little things, we are just off the edge, but it is tons of fun coming here to do it.”

The final four flights are due to get underway at 09.30 tomorrow. The weather is set to add a fresh complex to the event with stronger winds forecast.

Stage 2 Stena Match Cup Sweden, Alpari World Match Racing Tour – Results after Flight 20

Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar 10-1
Francesco Bruni (ITA) Luna Rossa 10-1
Keith Swinton (AUS) Team Alpari FX 7-3
Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) Team Trifork 6.5-3
Phil Robertson (NZL) Waka Racing 6-4
Taylor Canfield (ISV) USone 6-5
Mathieu Richard (FRA) LunaJets 5-5
David Gilmour (ASU) Team Gilmour 5-5
Björn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Sailing Team 5-5
Nicolai Sehested (DEN) Trefor Match Racing 4-7
Magnus Holmberg (SWE) Team Magnus Holmberg 3-8
Ed Baird (USA) Quantum Racing 3-9
Viktor Ogeman (SWE) Team Accure 2-9
Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Stena Sailing Team 1.5-9

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Luna Rossa wins the first event of the GC32 European Tour

Posted on 01 June 2014 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Luna Rossa] Team Luna Rossa wins the GC32 Austria Cup, the first event of the GC32 European Tour and dedicates its victory to Valentin Mankin, one of the greatest representatives of the international sailing.

Very light and shifty winds characterized the GC32 Austria Cup; despite the weather, the teams flew on the water with only 8 knots of wind thanks to the latest changes made to the Class that introduced the L-foil in place of the previous daggerboards.

The eight competing teams alternated onboard of the four GC32 boats provided by the organizers of the event. Team Luna Rossa won the qualifying races of the first four days, after which the crews were divided into Gold and Silver fleets and the score was reset. Luna Rossa won the three races of the Gold fleet, thus winning the first event of the GC32 European Tour.

Luna Rossa finished in first place 10 of the 13 races sailed, beating, among the others, its direct opponent: AEZ Sailing Team with the Australian Tom Slingsby, strategist of Oracle Team USA during the 34th America’s Cup.

Luna Rossa wins the first ever GC32 event. Gmunden, 1 June 2014. Photo copyright Sander van der Borch

Chris Draper, helmsman of Luna Rossa, commented: “We are very happy with the result, the average speed at which we sailed and the boat handling. The GC32s are very challenging full foiling catamarans, especially from a physical point of view. The speed is remarkable: with only 10 knots of breeze, we exceeded 30 knots of speed. This event was a great workout in view of the 35th America’s Cup; we have measure ourselves against competitive teams on short race courses, on catamarans that are similar, in some respects, to the America’s Cup Class boats. This victory is a confirmation of the good work that the team is doing in Cagliari.”

Francesco Bruni, tactician on Luna Rossa, added: “We want to dedicate this victory to Valentin Mankin, who in recent years has fought bravely against his desease. Valentin was one of the greatest representatives that the sport of sailing has ever known: three golds and one silver medal at the Olympics in different classes, as well as coach of the Italian Sailing Federation since 1991. A keen sailor and an exceptional man who was my coach for several years, from whom I learned a lot. An eternal embrace to a great man to whom I owe so much.”

In Austria team Luna Rossa consisted of: Chris Draper (helmsman), Francesco Bruni (tactician/mainsail trimmer), Adam Minoprio (tailer), Emanuele Marino (bowman) and Pietro Sibello (coach).

Luna Rossa will be back racing from June 5th to June 9th in Langenargen, Germany, for the Match Race Germany, the first stage of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour 2014.

Luna Rossa wins the first ever GC32 event. Gmunden, 1 June 2014. Photo copyright Sander van der Borch

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Traunsee trials and tribulations on day three of GC32 Austria Cup

Posted on 30 May 2014 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: GC32] The forecast was never looking too flash for day 3 of the GC32 Austria Cup, and the thick fog and drizzle settling in over Lake Traunsee didn’t bode well for racing on Friday. Fortunately Race Officer Stefan Boxkandel somehow was able to get four races in despite wind speeds that barely exceeded 5 knots all day.

Large tacking and gybing angles, poor visibility, and lulls with no wind at all challenged crews, race committee, and spectators, and highlighted the dedication by each of the crew to work their boat to the finish line. Some were caught some off guard, some played new tactical angles, and extreme sides of the course paid at different times. Welcome to light air racing on Austria’s deepest lake!

Today’s clean sweep went to America’s Cup team Luna Rossa Challenge, with skipper Chris Draper taking his own advice from yesterday, finishing the day with 3 race wins out of 3 races. Francesco “Checcho” Bruni showed why he is Italy’s most famous sailor, his eagle eyes managing to spot and judge the zephyrs well in advance. Bruni’s tactical calls helped Draper position himself in exactly the right position in his first showdowns all week against America’s Cup winner Tom Slingsby aboard Team AEZ; Luna Rossa won both matches against the Australian superstar and his part-Austrian crew. “We were definitely a little bit lucky with the breeze but I think we proved that these boats are extremely close in performance,” said Bruni. “It was also a luxury in the light air to be able to make some decisions for the team rather than just pulling rope all the time like in the heavy air!”

Day three of GC32 Austria Cup. Gmunden, 30 May 2014. Photo copyright Sander van der Borch

Denmark’s Jes Gram-Hansen’s Team Sail Racing also had a solid day, grabbing their first win of the regatta in the day’s first race in extremely light and patchy conditions. They were first to unfurl their gennaker at the start, giving them a jump over C3R, AEZ and RSM DTM Hungary. After a few close battles and with the left hand side of the beat paying dividends Hansen pulled a bigger lead on the pack for their first victory.

Having been handed a penalty in race one for dropping their gennaker, Slingsby’s AEZ Sailing were on the back foot, and gave away their early advantage to Team Sail Racing and C3R. The ultra-light conditions and long postponements seemed to work against the Australian prodigy and his crew; wherever they went, it seemed the wind went the opposite. Punchy starts, combined with their skill and ability to drive the boat low and fast downwind certainly helped, but it wasn’t quite enough to top the podium in any of their 3 races today.

Not quite finding their fast gear was Paul Campbell-James C3R. After a convincing day yesterday, today wasn’t destined to be theirs. “We weren’t lucky today but we certainly didn’t do ourselves any favors either, with weak starts and not the best positioning down the course,” said James. On a positive note, C3R bowman Nick Hutton was the first to drop the jib on a downwind leg, showing the way to the rest of the fleet who soon followed. “There’s no doubt it’s fast to open up the slot in under 5 knots,” said Campbell-James, who says it’s very exciting to learn a new boat with new features. “Sailing boats like this makes us all better sailors, and it’s a good time as well.”

Fresh from their two victories on day 2, Swiss Star Olympian Flavio Marazzi’s Armin Strom Racing had everything to fight for today, and they didn’t disappoint. While they didn’t top the podium, they continues to march up the learning curve today, beating Slingsby once and passing boats during both races – a huge confidence boost for him and his crew. Aussie tactician and main trimmer Keith Swinton said the team is in good spirits despite a long and hard day on the water. “Light or heavy, win or lose, the fact is that this is just awesome racing and we’re having a great time.”

Day three of GC32 Austria Cup. Gmunden, 30 May 2014. Photo copyright Sander van der Borch

Both Seb Col Racing and RSM DTM Hungary picked up a third and a fourth in their respective races before the first postponement of the day and they were perhaps fortunate enough not to face the super light conditions towards the end of the day. The fleets are tough and whilst friends on shore, there are no friends on the water, with each crew is looking to get the edge on their competition, and some getting there quicker than others.

It was another tough day for Spax Solutions, with GC32 creator and Class founder Laurent Lenne close to glory at moments – but not quite closing the deal. “A few inches and a last place would have been a huge pass and second place!” said Lenne. While deep in the fleet on points, Lenne is surely revelling in the knowledge that his vision has become one of the most exciting sailing boats on the planet. “I just hope the rest of the guys and girls are having as much fun as I am, because this boat is something special,” said Lenne.

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Photo gallery: First day of racing at GC32 Austria Cup

Posted on 29 May 2014 by Valencia Sailing

The first ever fleet race with fully foiling catamarans took place on Wednesday, May 28th in Gmunden. This season’s opening event of the GC32 circuit got underway with a number of America’s Cup teams and sailors battling it out on the waters of the Austrian lake. Top photographer Sander van der Borch was there to capture the action although we would have liked event organizers to issue a press release in order to know what actually happpened!

Opening day of the GC32 Austria Cup. Gmunden, 28 May 2014. Photo copyright Sander van der Borch

Opening day of the GC32 Austria Cup. Gmunden, 28 May 2014. Photo copyright Sander van der Borch

Opening day of the GC32 Austria Cup. Gmunden, 28 May 2014. Photo copyright Sander van der Borch

Opening day of the GC32 Austria Cup. Gmunden, 28 May 2014. Photo copyright Sander van der Borch

Opening day of the GC32 Austria Cup. Gmunden, 28 May 2014. Photo copyright Sander van der Borch

Opening day of the GC32 Austria Cup. Gmunden, 28 May 2014. Photo copyright Sander van der Borch

Opening day of the GC32 Austria Cup. Gmunden, 28 May 2014. Photo copyright Sander van der Borch

Opening day of the GC32 Austria Cup. Gmunden, 28 May 2014. Photo copyright Sander van der Borch

Opening day of the GC32 Austria Cup. Gmunden, 28 May 2014. Photo copyright Sander van der Borch

Opening day of the GC32 Austria Cup. Gmunden, 28 May 2014. Photo copyright Sander van der Borch

Opening day of the GC32 Austria Cup. Gmunden, 28 May 2014. Photo copyright Sander van der Borch

Opening day of the GC32 Austria Cup. Gmunden, 28 May 2014. Photo copyright Sander van der Borch

Opening day of the GC32 Austria Cup. Gmunden, 28 May 2014. Photo copyright Sander van der Borch

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Photo sequence: Luna Rossa does the first full foiling gybe on a GC32 catamaran

Posted on 27 May 2014 by Valencia Sailing

The 35th America’s might be years away and its Protocol is still weeks from being published but Patrizio Bertelli’s team isn’t wasting any time. Luna Rossa is now active in the GC32 circuit and carried out the first ever full foiling gybe while practicing for the upcoming GC32 Austria Cup on lake Traunsee. In its first participation in the GC32 circuit, Luna Rossa consists of Emanuele Marino (bowman), Pietro Sibello (coach), Chris Draper (helmsman), Adam Minoprio (tailer) and Francesco Bruni (tactician/ mainsail trimmer). Dutch photographer Sander van der Borch was there and captured the whole sequence:

Luna Rossa carries out the first ever full foiling gybe on a GC32. Traunsee, 26 May 2014. Photo copyright Sander van der Borch / GC32

Luna Rossa carries out the first ever full foiling gybe on a GC32. Traunsee, 26 May 2014. Photo copyright Sander van der Borch / GC32

Luna Rossa carries out the first ever full foiling gybe on a GC32. Traunsee, 26 May 2014. Photo copyright Sander van der Borch / GC32

Luna Rossa carries out the first ever full foiling gybe on a GC32. Traunsee, 26 May 2014. Photo copyright Sander van der Borch / GC32

Luna Rossa carries out the first ever full foiling gybe on a GC32. Traunsee, 26 May 2014. Photo copyright Sander van der Borch / GC32

Luna Rossa carries out the first ever full foiling gybe on a GC32. Traunsee, 26 May 2014. Photo copyright Sander van der Borch / GC32

Luna Rossa carries out the first ever full foiling gybe on a GC32. Traunsee, 26 May 2014. Photo copyright Sander van der Borch / GC32

Luna Rossa carries out the first ever full foiling gybe on a GC32. Traunsee, 26 May 2014. Photo copyright Sander van der Borch / GC32

Luna Rossa carries out the first ever full foiling gybe on a GC32. Traunsee, 26 May 2014. Photo copyright Sander van der Borch / GC32

Luna Rossa carries out the first ever full foiling gybe on a GC32. Traunsee, 26 May 2014. Photo copyright Sander van der Borch / GC32

Luna Rossa carries out the first ever full foiling gybe on a GC32. Traunsee, 26 May 2014. Photo copyright Sander van der Borch / GC32

Luna Rossa carries out the first ever full foiling gybe on a GC32. Traunsee, 26 May 2014. Photo copyright Sander van der Borch / GC32

Luna Rossa carries out the first ever full foiling gybe on a GC32. Traunsee, 26 May 2014. Photo copyright Sander van der Borch / GC32

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Luna Rossa takes part in the first event of the GC32 European Tour

Posted on 27 May 2014 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Luna Rossa Challenge] The Luna Rossa team, consisting of Chris Draper (helmsman), Francesco Bruni (tactician/ mainsail trimmer), Adam Minoprio (tailer), Emanuele Marino (bowman) and Pietro Sibello (coach) will participate in the first stage of the GC32 European Tour in Gmunden on Lake Traunsee, in Austria.

For five days, starting from tomorrow May 28th through June 1st, the Luna Rossa team will race against 7 other teams with some of the best sailors in the world, including Australian Tom Slingsby, strategist on Oracle Team USA during the 34th America’s Cup.

The teams will alternate onboard of the four GC32 boats provided by the organizers of the event and will compete in the fleet races. On the final day (Sunday June 1st) the top four teams in the ranking will compete in a series of match races to determine the winner of the event.
Francesco Bruni said: “The GC32 catamarans, following the latest changes to the class, are now equipped with foils and can “fly” on the water in only 8 knots of wind. These boats are very interesting and, at present, are the ones that most resemble the America’s Cup class boats. To sail with one-design catamarans, full foiling and on a short race course is a great workout for us in view of the 35th America’s Cup.”

Team Luna Rossa has been training in Gmunden for a few days and, last weekend, participated in the Godspeed Sailing Festival. The event involved over 100 boats belonging to different classes; the GC32 sailed by team Luna Rossa was the fastest boat, reaching a speed of over 35 knots.

From left to right, the Luna Rossa crew in Austria. Emanuele Marino (bowman), Pietro Sibello (coach), Chris Draper (helmsman), Adam Minoprio (tailer) and Francesco Bruni (tactician/ mainsail trimmer). Photo copyright Sander van der Borch

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Taylor Canfield consolidates World #1 spot in Match Racing Rankings

Posted on 17 April 2014 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: ISAF] Taylor Canfield (ISV) retained World #1 in the Open Rankings having overcome World #2 Ian Williams (GBR) in the final of the ISAF Grade 1 Congressional Cup in Long Beach, California, USA.

A best of three final was raced to decide the 50th Congressional Cup Champion, with one win a piece it was all to play for going into the last race. During the pre-start a loud crunching noise indicated a collision between boats and the fortunes of fate swung to Canfield in the last minute.

First he noticed the six-inch chunk missing from the transom behind his feet, then he reached for the protest flag and moments later saw the on-water umpires affirm his protest with a blue flag, matching Williams’ ID for that race.

Canfield stayed out of trouble to take the honours and extend his advantage at World #1.

Taylor Canfield extends his grip on the #1 spot at the match racing rankings. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / www.vsail.info

The top five remain as per usual in the Open Rankings but further down there is significant movement following a busy period of match racing regattas.

Francesco Bruni (ITA) is one of the month’s biggest movers having climbed 54 places to World #48. The former World #1 only counts five regattas to his name and having finished third at the ISAF Grade 1 Congressional Cup the Italian was significantly promoted back in the top 50.

The Italian will sail on the 2014 Alpari World Match Racing Tour and will look to work his way back to the top as the tour unfolds.

Croatia’s Tomislav Basic moved up from World #31 to World #21 after he won the ISAF Grade 3 Slovenian National Open Match Race Championships in Izola, Slovenia. The Croatian counts eight regattas to his points total and of those eight he has won six. His personal best ranking of World #10 came in February 2000.

Having won the ISAF Grade 3 Match Race Thailand Championship Maximilian Soh (SIN) moved to a personal best ranking of World #36. The Singaporean is on a run of seven straight victories at Grade 3 and 5 regattas and has been rewarded having previously sat at World #50.

Korea’s Gunwoo Park has broken into the top 100 for the first time in his career following a third at the Match Race Thailand Championship. Park counts six regattas to his points total and climbs from World #107 to World #66.

With several ISAF Grade 3, 4 and 5 regattas taking place in the latter part of February, all throughout March and the early part of April further movement is visible in the April release.

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