New Zealand skipper Adam Minoprio and his ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing team are back at the front of the race for the 2009 ISAF Match Racing World Championship title, thanks to their win at stage six of the World Tour in St Mortiz.
The 24 year old Adam Minoprio
(NZL) won the St Moritz Match Race after losing only one race in the knock-out stages of the competition. The sixth stop on the nine-event World Match Racing Tour, saw the Kiwi skipper knock out past Tour Champion Peter Gilmour
(AUS) 3-0 in the quarter finals followed by defending World Champion Ian Williams
(GBR) 3-0 in the semi-finals, and then out gunning Torvar Mirsky
(AUS) 2-1 in the final to win the event.
Second place Mirsky jumped straight to the semi final thanks to his victory in the opening round robin series. There he had the right to choose his opponent, where he defeated Philippe Presti
(FRA). Presti later had to settle for fourth place after loosing the petit final to Williams.
Minoprio's victory gives him back the lead of the Tour on 86 points, leapfrogging Mathieu Richard
(FRA) and also taking a 12-point lead over Mirsky who moves up to second place on 74. Frenchman Richard, who has now dropped to third having failed to advance beyond the round robin series at the St Moritz Match Race, still remains in a strong position with 68 points.
Winding up the momentum is current 2007 and 2008 World Champion Williams and his Team Pindar who now takes fourth place with 64 points, after a strong finish in St Moritz, just sneaking ahead of Gilmour's YANMAR Racing on 62.
Both Damien Iehl
(FRA) and Sébastien Col
(FRA) will be looking for top three finishes at the Danish Open, to keep their Championship hopes alive and as a past winner of the Danish Open, Col will have high expectations.
The Danish Open runs from 10-13 September.
ISAF Match Racing World Championship Leaderboard
(Top eight teams after Stage 6 of 9)
1. Adam Minoprio (NZL), ETNZ/BlackMatch, 86 points
2. Torvar Mirsky (AUS), Mirsky Racing Team, 74 points
3. Mathieu Richard (FRA), French Match Racing Team, 68 points
4. Ian Williams (GBR), Bahrain Team Pindar, 64 points
5. Peter Gilmour (AUS), YANMAR Racing, 62 points
6. Damien Iehl (FRA), French Match Racing Team, 44 points
7. Sébastien Col (FRA), French Match Racing Team / K-Challenge, 41 points
8. Ben Ainslie (GBR), Team Origin, 40 points
The winner of the annual World Match Racing Tour is crowned as ISAF Match Racing World Champion. Find out more at www.sailing.org/matchworlds.