The blow by blow account from Rob KOTHE:
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
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.
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.
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 wins by 7 seconds. Now its 1-1
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 just has to remain mistake free down the last run, in the last race in the 2005 Monsoon Cup.
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.