Last chance to seize Monsoon quarter final berth
Preparation, focus, skill and sheer determination to succeed will deliver
the final five match racing teams into the Monsoon quarter-final group and
onto the pathway to world championship success.
In the most extraordinary of situations, the three top match racing teams on
the World Match Racing Tour are all log jammed at five wins each. Ian
Williams (Bahrain Team Pindar), Sebastien Col (K-Challenge) and Mathieu
Richard (French Spirit) have only one chance this morning to turn around
their fortunes and secure a quarter final berth.
The other teams holding their quarter final breath are Ben Ainslie (Team
Origin), Magnus Holmberg (Victory Challenge) and Peter Gilmour (Yanmar
Paolo Cian (Team Shosholoza), Torvar Mirsky (Mirsky Racing Team) and Adam
Minoprio (Black Match Racing) are through to the quarter final.
The final matches of the round robin stage are Johnie Berntsson (Berntsson
Sailing Team) against Williams, Mirsky against Col, Holmberg against
Minoprio, and Ainslie against Richard. Gilmour will sit out this round as
his team has completed all their matches.
Minoprio is the only skipper in today's matches who is not under pressure to
win. However, this does not mean Minoprio will be giving his opponent Col
any room to move. "We will be going flat out so he going to have to win the
One flight, four matches and then the top eight teams are into the quarter
Mathieu Richard said his team will be looking for the same spirit that
yesterday delivered them out of trouble and back into contention with four
magnificent wins. After a good night's rest the team is focusing on their
psychological preparation. "We will try to have the same spirit as we had
today. We have to be very concentrated to win the match."
If there is a tie on the results at the end of the round robin stage, the
race committee will review the previous results among the tied competitors
to calculate the tie-breaker.
Ian Williams summarised his take on the potential of a tie at the end of the
round robin series. "There are six of us tied on five. Gilmour doesn't have
a race so he is stuck on five. The other five of us, if we win, we go
through and if we lose we are in the mix and any of us can go out."
The forecast is currently for light north, north-east winds of six to nine
knots. More monsoonal downpours over-night and the morning has increased the
river outflow. The teams will be keeping a very close eye on the impact of
this flow across the course area.
Check out the live vision on www.sail.tv.
Asia's ESPN Star Sport will telecast live from 2pm to 6pm the Semi-Final
races. Highlights of today's racing will be telecast at 10.30pm. Other
broadcasters showing race day reports and highlights are: (check your local
guide for times.):
Eurosport - Europe
Sky New Zealand - NZ
Showtime Arabia - Middle East (Dubai)
Setanta - UK/Ireland
SuperSports Network TV - Germany
Eurosport Asia - Pacific
American 1 Sports TV - USA
Eurosport.com - International and China
Sports Max Caribe
Eurovision - Switzerland/U.K
BT Vision - UK
Viasat VOD - Europe
Al Jazeera - International
Moto TV - Egypt
Euro News - Europe
Watch the racing on the internet, http://www.sail.tv