High drama and Monsoon quarter final matches
The final six teams in the Monsoon Cup quarter final round were on the water
this morning racing their hearts out for the five remaining places in the
quarter final round.
None of eight teams racing in the final four matches were prepared to give
an inch at any stage of their matches.
The results are now in with the following skippers and boat pairings to go
forward into the quarter finals.
Paolo Cian (Team Shosholoza) on Astro (boat 1) to race Adam Minoprio (Black
Match Racing/ETNZ) to start on starboard on Ri-Yaz Heritage Resort and Spa
Torvar Mirsky (Mirsky Racing Team) on Richard Mille (boat 4) to race Magnus
Holmberg (Victory Challenge) to start on starboard on Tourism Malaysia (boat
Mathieu Richard (French Sailing Team/French Spirit) to start on starboard to
race Ian Williams (Bahrain Team Pindar).
Sebastien Col (French Sailing Team/K-Challenge) to race Peter Gilmour
As the race committee will be running two matches at a time the boat
allocation for the third and fourth pairings will be announced prior to the
start of their matches.
Richards choice of Williams as his opponent in the quarter finals is about
taking a calculated risk that he will be able to beat Williams and shut him
out of any chance of winning the 2008 ISAF World Match Racing Championship.
Williams is first on the world leader board with 92 points and Richard is
placed third with 77 points.
Williams did not seemed surprised by Richard's decision saying he would
probably made the same choice of opponent had he had the chance.
Cian, who was not required to race this morning, would not reveal his choice
of opponent until the round robin stage was complete. 'It is not
superstition. It is important information so I have got to hold it. There
are small differences even if the pairings are evened up. The boat can be a
Round Robin Review
In the Johnie Berntsson versus Ian Williams match, Williams dominated to
take out the match.
In the Adman Minoprio versus Magnus Holmberg match, Holmberg was in control
and had shut Minoprio out when he hit the pin. It appeared the vang was on
and Holmberg was fighting his rudder as he tried to bear away. Minoprio
ultimately won the match.
The drama was high in the Adam Mirsky versus Sebastien Col match. In the
pre-start the boats collided. The damage to Mirsky's boat was significant
enough the race committee abandoned the race. Chief Umpire Bill Edgerton
explained 'the Sailing Instructions requires us to have a hearing. There was
the issue of damage to one boat and a request for redress from both boats
due to the race abandonment. So we had two bits to the hearing. We addressed
the Rule 14 issue and all the testimony and were convinced the collision was
On the redress for abandonment, the race committee determined it was prudent
to abandon the race.
'There was significant damage to boat would could have caused the rig to
come down. It was entirely appropriate to abandon the race. The race now
needs to be sailed. The damage was on the starboard aft quarter very close
to the backstay attachment. The whole of the transom area over a distance of
about 40cm by 20cm is damaged. If that was damaged the rig could have come
The result of the rescheduled match was Mirsky beating Col to finish the
round robin stage with nine wins, equal to Paolo Cian.
Ben Ainslie went out against Mathieu Richard using all his skills. 'We had a
good start and we were in the lead. Basically we picked the wrong gate
giving Mathieu the other gate. We thought the one we went to was closer and
we thought it was in the tide and the way the wind shifting and it would be
the favoured end. But, in reality Mathieu had a bit more tide on his side
and he got a right hand shift and came back. It was pretty frustrating.'