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4 December 2005, 09:21 am
Gilmour Wins
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Monsoon Cup 2005
Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia

Peter GILMOUR has won the inaugural ISAF Grade 1 Monsoon Cup. He won the third flight against Russell COUTTS to claim a 2-1 victory. GILMOUR got a penalty on COUTTS in the pre-start when COUTTS tried to jibe across his bow but didn't complete the maneuver in time.
COUTTS led onto the racecourse, but GILMOUR gained the lead halfway up the first leg. The pair rounded the second leeward mark overlapped, with GILMOUR inside. With the wind skewed slightly right he was able to extend away while COUTTS was forced to follow for a bit.

The blow by blow account from Rob KOTHE:

'COUTTS chased GILMOUR deep into the box, with GILMOUR favouring the left hand side. A yellow flag, a penalty on Peter GILMOUR.

At the gun, COUTTS to leeward, just ahead. GILMOUR crosses behind COUTTS. On the second cross COUTTS forced GILMOUR to tack away. Now on the lay line COUTTS leads around the first mark. Down the run GILMOUR is attempting to roll over the top, with COUTTS' kite starting to flutter. COUTTS has gybed away and is tidy around the mark. GILMOUR a length back, with a penalty outstanding

Split tacks and a sensation as big gain for GILMOUR, now well through his rival, probably three boat lengths clear, as COUTTS shoots the mark, with strong current sweeping his boat towards the mark.

GILMOUR has maintained his lead up the next leg, now on the run, GILMOUR has his penalty to do, as he approaches the finish line. Any second GILMOUR is expected to drop his kite and spin. There is probably only five lengths between the boats. This is very tight.

GILMOUR just short of the line and with perfect execution has completed his 360 penalty and has crossed half a length ahead of COUTTS.

A popular first win with the big Malaysian crowd who recognize the enormous commitment from GILMOUR, who has been a key player in the foundation of this inaugural Monsoon Cup.

Race 2 into the starting box, two minutes to go. COUTTS on the right. He tacks away. Split tack start. A small duck from GILMOUR behind COUTTS, as he heads right.

GILMOUR is on the right. COUTTS right on the edge of the island. Now heading towards the cross, COUTTS has gained and will be clear ahead at the top mark, clean on the layline. GILMOUR, squeezes on the mark, but it cost him a boat length. Now down the run, COUTTS is sounding more confident, three boat lengths ahead at the bottom mark.

COUTTS covers as GILMOUR tacks and then does it again as the Australian goes back again.

COUTTS on the top mark, nice around and a clean hoist, GILMOUR has closed up and is now only three boat lengths back.

COUTTS has a nice line of pressure, on the right, closing on the bottom mark. GILMOUR is calm behind. There is another lap to go.

GILMOUR tacks, COUTTS covers, then back again. COUTTS covered in spite of a lift.

COUTTS round the top mark for the last time. three boat lengths ahead of GILMOUR. GILMOUR is closing the gap, with a puff, GILMOUR has speed.

COUTTS wins by 7 seconds. Now its 1-1

Race 3 on the box, a blue flag against COUTTS, a penalty against him. GILMOUR has sailed right keeping clear. GILMOUR crosses a length ahead, lamps on COUTTS who tacks away.

GILMOUR round the top mark, two lengths ahead with COUTTS still to do his penalty. GILMOUR goes right, COUTTS left.

GILMOUR is looking fast, COUTTS gybes first as they approach the mark. GILMOUR covers and rounds the mark, two lengths ahead still.

A shift two the right, COUTTS tacks, GILMOUR covers. COUTTS has gained, but GILMOUR is still ahead, That penalty is proving costly.

GILMOUR has his foot on COUTTS' neck. COUTTS has to attack and force a counter penalty.

They have closed up, GILMOUR cannot cross, GILMOUR has the inside. COUTTS breaks right again. Now up the last beat. GILMOUR is well clear, he lamps on Coutts who is forced away again. Gilmour is just under the port lay. COUTTS is going for pressure on the right.

GILMOUR is round the top mark, clean hoist, three lengths back to COUTTS, still a penalty behind.

GILMOUR just has to remain mistake free down the last run, in the last race in the 2005 Monsoon Cup.

Peter GILMOUR, is 12 boat lengths from the finish, COUTTS is four lengths behind.

Its over. Peter GILMOUR has won the Monsoon Cup!!'

Peter says from the boat 'This is fantastic. I can't believe it, the boys did a great job.'

Russell COUTTS added,'They were a little sharper, we made a couple of errors, we were out of phase a couple of times. '

GILMOUR won the 2003-'04 Swedish Match Tour championship with 150 points, a Tour record. His Pizza-La Sailing Team (Rod DAWSON, Mike MOTTL, Kazuhiko SOFUKU and Yasuhiro YAJI) finished with four 1sts and two 2nds in their final scoreline, also a Tour record.

Swedish Match Tour Results

2003-'04 - Tour Champion

2000-'01- 6th Overall

2000 - 4th Overall

America's Cup Affiliation

OneWorld Challenge - Skipper, 3rd place Louis Vuitton Cup 2003

Nippon Challenge - Skipper, 4th place Louis Vuitton Cup 2000

Nippon Challenge - Coach, 4th place Louis Vuitton Cup 1995

Spirit of Australia - Helmsman, 6th place Louis Vuitton Cup 1992

Kookaburra Syndicate - Helmsman, lost America's Cup to Dennis Conner's Stars & Stripes

Three-time ISAF Match Racing World Champion (1990, '97, '98)

GILMOUR is one of the most respected and feared competitors on the Swedish Match Tour. He is a three-time World Champion of Match Race Sailing and one of the most knowledgeable skippers on the Tour. He was shortlisted for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards in November 2005.

Rob Kothe (As Amended by ISAF), Image: Peter Gilmour ©
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