Korea Match Cup Day 2 Round Robins - YANMAR Racing reports
Korea Match Cup 2010 is underway in Gyeonggi in South Korea. This event is
Stage 3 of the ISAF World Match Racing Tour.
Round Robins Day 2. The weather was sunny and hazy with no wind, so the day
proved to be a long waiting game for the 12 crews. The breeze came in at
around 3pm and YANMAR Racing began sailing at 5pm, in the third flight of
The first match for four times ISAF World Champion Peter Gilmour (AUS) and
his YANMAR Racing crew of Martin Berntsson, Cameron Dunn, Yasuhiro Yaji and
Thierry Douillard was against 2007 and 2008 World Match Racing Champion Ian
Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar.
YANMAR Racing bowman Berntsson reported 'Unfortunately it was a short one.
We were penalised in the first dial up and then received a second penalty in
a 'room to tack' situation on the first upwind. So after the second penalty
of the race it was very much game over for us.'
In the second match YANMAR Racing sailed against defending Korea Match Cup
Champion Paolo Cian's (ITA) Team Italia.
Berntsson continues. 'We did a good job in the pre-start but were just a
little too eager at the very last ... we were forced back and we started
just behind Cian.
'We kept close on the first upwind beat and rounded the top mark just one
boat length behind. However with good downwind trimming we established an
overlap half way down the first downwind leg and we were able to roll him
after the first gybe.
'And after a gybing dual close to the downwind mark we were able to start
the second upwind in front of him. When we established the lead, we covered
him carefully and we held on, although the second lap was very tight.
'So YANMAR Racing managed 1-1 today and have 2-3 overall.
'Our mistakes have proven painful but I think we are sailing well and
keeping the races close. We are looking for a positive result on the
scoreboard for Day 3 of the round robin series.'