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26 June 2011, 10:29 am
Top Seed Mirsky Falls to Berntsson in Quarter Final Shake-Up At Portimao Match Cup
Portimao Match Cup
Ian Williams defeats Bjorn Hansen in their quarter final

World Match Racing Tour 2011
Portimao, Portugal

Johnie Berntsson pulled off a dramatic comeback against Torvar Mirsky to claim a place in the Semi Finals of the Portimão Portugal Match Cup.
Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team fought back from 2-0 down against Torvay Mirsky (AUS) The Wave Muscat, the top ranked skipper in Qualifying, to win 3-2 and send Mirsky home.

Berntsson said: "To be picked by Torvar for the Quarter Finals and then come back from 2-0 down to win is a great thing and the team did an amazing job. The competition is so strong on the Tour and it just goes to show that anyone can beat anyone on their day."

Mirsky added: "Johnie did a great job out there today beating us in the starts of the last three races and that was the key to him winning. We're feeling down after leading from qualifying and now we're going home but that's racing and we will come back stronger at the next event in Sweden."

Current World Match Racing Tour leader Francesco Bruni (ITA) Bruni Racing joins Berntsson in the Semi Finals beating Jesper Radich (DEN) Adrian Lee & Partners 3-1. Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team takes the fourth and final place in the Semi Finals defeating Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing 2-0 in a shortened Quarter Final match. Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar earlier saw off a challenge from Bjorn Hansen(SWE) Mekonomen Sailing Team winning 3-1.

Go to www.wmrt.com for The Morning Show with Hannah White for a preview of the day's matches. You can then catch all the action from the Semi Finals live between 15:00 and 17:00 local time (GMT+1). The Today Show will then wrap up the day from 21:00.

Quarter Final results:
Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar beat Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Mekonomen Sailing Team 3-1
Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team beat Torvay Mirsky (AUS) The Wave Muscat 3-2
Francesco Bruni (ITA) Bruni Racing beat Jesper Radich (DEN) Adrian Lee & Partners 3-1
Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team beat Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing 2-0

2011 ISAF World Match Racing Tour Standings (After Stage 3):
1 Francesco Bruni (ITA) Bruni Racing - 59pts
2 Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing - 48pts
3 Damien Iehl (FRA) French Match Racing Team - 41pts
4 Torvay Mirsky (AUS) The Wave Muscat - 31pts
5 Jesper Radich (DEN) Adrian Lee & Partners - 28pts
6 Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Mekonomen Sailing Team - 27pts
7 Philip Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing - 27pts
8 Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team - 24pts
9 Bertrand Pacé (FRA) Aleph Sailing Team - 22pts
10 Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar - 21pts

Communications Department World Match Racing Tour
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