Swedish America's Cup skipper Magnus Holmberg and his Team StoraEnso match race crew are undefeated following the first day of the Swedish Match Tour's Danish Open 2001 in Skovshoved, Denmark, just north of Copenhagen.
Holmberg, Swedish Match Tour Year 2 Champion and skipper of the Victory Challenge for the 2003 America's Cup, posted a record of four wins and zero defeats in idyllic, atypical Scandinavian sailing conditions; bright sunshine, warm temperatures and moderate winds; to lead Group A.
"We won two of our starts today and were even in the other two allowing us to protect the right side. That was the difference for us today," said Holmberg. "It's early in the regatta and teams are still adjusting to the boats. I think you'll see much more aggressive sailing tomorrow."
Among the notches in Holmberg's belt on Day One were representatives from the OneWorld, Le Defi and GBR America's Cup challenges as well as Henrick Jensen of Denmark, the 23rd ranked match racer on the ISAF World Match Race Rankings. Go to: www.sailing.org/matchrace/mrranking.asp.
Local favorite Jesper Bank, Holmberg's Victory Challenge teammate who is skippering his own crew at the regatta, registered three wins on the day to sit right behind Holmberg in the Group A standings.
In Group B action Gavin Brady of the Prada Challenge and Morten Henriksen of the illbruck Challenge set the pace with four wins and one loss apiece. Local skipper Jes Gram-Hansen is one win back. Brady and Henriksen face each other in Friday's action.
The day's pleasant weather drew strong crowds who descended on the Match Race Center grounds just north of Copenhagen to watch skippers representing seven America's Cup syndicates battle it out on Skovshoved Harbor.
The Danish Open 2001 continues Friday morning with the completion of round robin competition.
GROUP A STANDINGS
Skipper Wins Losses
Magnus Holmberg (SWE/Team Stora Enso) 4 0
Jesper Bank (Victory Challenge) 3 1
Lars Nordbjerg (DEN) 3 1
Peter Holmberg (Oracle Racing) 2 2
Ben Ainslie (USA/Team Pizza La) 1 3
Andy Beadsworth (GBR Challenge) 1 3
Sebastien Destramau (Le Defi Challenge) 1 3
Henrik Jensen (DEN) 1 3
GROUP B STANDINGS
Morten Henriksen (illbruck Challenge) 4 1
Gavin Brady (Prada Challenge) 4 1
Jesper Radich (DEN/Team Steff Houlberg) 4 1
Jes Gram-Hansen (DEN/Team Hotel Marienlyst) 3 2
Chris Law (Great Britain) 2 3
Murray Jones (Alinghi Challenge) 1 4
Johnie Berntsson (SWE) 1 4
Jesper Feldt (DEN) 1 4