World Match Racing Tour - The Kings of Perth
On Day 4 of Match Race Germany, one of the quarter finals highlights was the
battle between the two Western Australian teams - YANMAR Racing and Mirsky
The silver haired veteran Peter Gilmour and his YANMAR Racing team were
confident they could overcome fellow Perth sailor Torvar Mirsky and his
Mirsky Racing Team. But Mirsky and crew were aiming to finish this encounter
as 'the Kings of Perth.'
Yasuhiro Yaji, YANMAR Racing's Pittman tells the story of the day's quarter
'In the first race we were at the pin. Torvar was to windward, about a
length ahead. We crossed behind them heading right, we were trading tacks,
then we got a nice right hand shift, while they were in softer conditions.
'We were three to fourth lengths ahead approaching the top mark, but the
wind was dropping. Torvar gybed simultaneously with us and rolled us. The
same thing had happened to the two lead boats ahead of us (in another
'Torvar had the inside overlap at the leeward mark and rounded just a length
in front. But he found a little pressure on the left and was two boat
lengths ahead at the top mark.
'Again we gybed at the same time but Torvar did well, he found pressure on
the left, and MRT gained three to four lengths. We came back at them but we
were still two boat lengths short at the finish.
'The day was warming and the wind was swinging left, but not as far and fast
as we thought it would.
'In the second race, at the start, we were both over the line. We came back
under spinnaker, we took the pin end and MRT the Committee end; it was an
even start. We found pressure on the right, albeit it very shifty. We gained
at the top mark, we gained thereafter and our mood was good as we crossed
the line to make it 1-1.
In race 3 we started on pin. Torvar was lifting and found more breeze. We
misjudged and split from them. It hurt us as Torvar found pressure and a ten
degree shift on the right. Suddenly we were three lengths behind.
'From then it was follow the leader. But then the mark was moved and the
sound signals were confusing; we went to the wrong mark. We protested but
our protest was denied.
'We were down 2-1, so it was 'do or die' for us in race 4.
'YANMAR Racing had quite a good start at the committee boat end; then a
little duel as we tacked up the very short course.
'We realised that the previous pairing, a couple of hundred metres ahead the
upwind boats were both on our side of the course and were throwing dirty air
on us. Mirsky and his crew were gaining ... gaining, and they were two boat
lengths ahead at top mark.
'The run, on this very short course did not allow us time to catch him. We
seemed slow, we missed a puff and lost a quarter of a boat length ... all
over' related the disappointed Yaji.
'Torvar and his crew sailed well in the shifty conditions. We had good boat
speed, but overall we are very disappointed with this result. Today we were
leading in three races, we had our chances to win, but we did not take them'
Nils Bjerkas agreed it was 'a tough day for us today. I think that we sailed
well a lot of the time, but not well enough. The conditions were very tricky
with light shifty winds and we were outsailed.'
Torvar Mirsky who turns 24 tomorrow said he was 'very pleased to win against
Peter. He has always been part of our learning, but we also wanted to report
back to Perth that we are now the number 1 Perth team!
'Peter has always guided me, and the team, through to professional match
racing. We have leaned a lot from him. He has been a mentor to us.'
Peter Gilmour concluded 'Torvar and team did a good job of just being
consistent; we led in three of the four races in the quarter finals and at
this level you cannot give up that opportunity and it is not like us. So
well done to them! The match racing world is going to continue to see a lot
of Torvar - he has a long and high profile career ahead of him.
'As for our YANMAR Racing team we are actually quite encouraged and if we
keep up the current gains, 11th in France now sixth in Germany, chances are
we will be in the winners circle soon!'
Quarter Final results
Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team vs Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing
Adam Minoprio (NZL) ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing vs Magnus Holmberg (SWE) Victory
Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar GRB vs Jesper Radich (DEN) Radich Sailing