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16 May 2005, 09:32 am
GILMOUR Leads Four To Semi Finals
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Match Race Germany 2005
LANGENARGEN, Germany

ISAF World Match Race Rankings' number two and last year's champion, Peter GILMOUR (AUS) won the Quarter Final Round at the ISAF Grade 1 Match Race Germany to take his place in today's semi finals. He is joined by ISAF World Match Race Rankings' number one, Ed BAIRD (USA), Olympic gold medallist, Jesper BANK (DEN) and last year's runner up, Bertrand PACÉ (FRA).
GILMOUR, of Pizza-La Sailing Team (AUS), won the Quarter Final Round with a 6-1 record and will meet PACÉ, of BMW Oracle Racing (USA), in one semi final match. It is a rematch of last year's Match Race Germany final, which GILMOUR won 3-2.

ISAF World Match Race Rankings' number one, BAIRD, of Team Alinghi (USA), will square off against BANK, of United Internet Team Germany, in the other semi final match. BANK and BAIRD each finished the quarter finals with a 5-2 record, but BANK defeated BAIRD in flight nine to win the tiebreaker.

PACÉ just barely advanced to the semis. He finished the quarter finals in a three-way tie that had more permutations than the weather on Lake Constance.

PACÉ tied with Ben AINSLIE (GBR), of Emirates Team New Zealand, and Sten MOHR (DEN), each at 3-4. The first tiebreaker is head-to-head competition, but that did not resolve it because they beat each other at least once.

The next tiebreaker pits each skipper against the winner of the round. GILMOUR beat all three, so that did not solve it. The next tiebreaker pits each skipper against the runner-up of the round. BANK beat all three, so that did not solve it.

In the end, it was PACÉ's victory over BAIRD in yesterday's flight seven that put him in the semi finals.

'When I docked at the end of the day I thought I'd change my plane ticket to leave tomorrow morning,' the Frenchman said.

Skippers eliminated from advancing include AINSLIE, MOHR, Ian WILLIAMS (GBR) and Staffan LINDBERG (FIN). AINSLIE won the head-to-head tiebreaker with MOHR for fifth and sixth. WILLIAMS placed seventh with a 2-5 record, while LINDBERG finished eighth with a 1-6 mark.

Yesterday's racing again was beset by fluky winds. Racing was interspersed with several long postponements as the wind came and went. When it blew, it was mostly from the northwest, and the strength ranged from zero to ten knots.

GILMOUR is in the enviable position of being atop the leaderboard. If the regatta has to be decided on a countback due to problems completing the next two rounds, he can win his second straight Match Race Germany.

'That was in the back of our mind,' GILMOUR said. 'We tried hard to win the round robin. We just want to keep improving our sailing.'

Sean McNeill (As Amended By ISAF). Image, The quarter final match between BAIRD and AINSLIE:© Dirk Holstein/holsteinmedia.de
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