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25 June 2011, 08:21 am
Five Way Fight For Quarter Final Places At Portimao Match Cup
Portimao Match Cup
Action from qualifying in Portimao

World Match Racing Tour 2011
Portimao, Portugal

A five-team showdown is shaping up at the Portimão Portugal Match Cup going into the final Qualifying Session on Saturday.
In order to ensure progress to the Quarter Finals, World Match Racing Tour skippers must reach at least six points during qualifying - but with just five races sailed today in fickle winds in the waters off Portimão, five Tour Card Holders have not yet made that tally.

Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team and Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team booked their places in the Quarter Finals with respective wins over Olli-Pekka Lumijärvi (FIN) Siragusawa Sailing Team and Álvaro Marinho (POR) Seth Sailing Team. They join Torvar Torvay Mirsky (AUS) The Wave Muscat and Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar in the next stage of the event.

Marinho's defeat at the hands of Bruni ended his chances of progressing to the next stage, and he joins Lumijarvi and Reuben Corbett (NZL) AON Racing who are going home from the event with respective scores of 2-9 and 3-8.

Out of the six sailors who will race on Saturday, only Mirsky is safe. For the remaining skippers their fates hang in the balance and could go either way, depending on their results on Saturday.

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 Quarter Finals live between 15:00 and 17:00 local time (GMT+1). The Today Show will then wrap up the day from 21:00.

Standings after the second Qualifying Session:
Torvay Mirsky (AUS) The Wave Muscat 7-1
Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar 7-4
Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team 6.5-4
Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team 6-5
Damien Iehl (FRA) French Match Racing Team 5-3
Jesper Radich (DEN) Adrian Lee & Partners 5-3
Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing 4-4
Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Mekonomen Sailing Team 4-4
Francesco Bruni(ITA) Bruni Racing 4-4
Álvaro Marinho (POR) Seth Sailing Team 3-8
Reuben Corbett (NZL) Aon Racing Team 3-8
Olli-Pekka Lumijärvi (FIN) Siragusawa Sailing Team 2-9
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