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6 September 2009, 10:48 pm
Minoprio Crowned King Of The Mountain
Adam Minoprio hunts down Torvar Mirsky in the final of the St Moritz Match Race
Adam Minoprio hunts down Torvar Mirsky in the final of the St Moritz Match Race

St Moritz Match Race 2009
St Moritz Match Race, Switzerland

New Zealand's Adam Minoprio and his ETNZ/BlackMatch team took the title at the St Moritz Match Race, a win which also moves them top of the 2009 World Match Racing Tour standings.
The last day of St. Moritz Match Race proved to be a tricky one for both the organisers and the competitors. The northerly breeze was blowing very inconsistently, forcing the Race Committee to cancel many start procedures during the final series between Adam Minoprio (NZL) and Torvar Mirsky (AUS

The final race eventually took place in good conditions allowing the Kiwi sailor - #1 in the ISAF World Ranking and now once again leader of the World Tour - to beat his Australian opponent and to grab the title of King of the Mountain 2009. The two previous races took place in a very light and shifty breeze.

The "counter-performer" of the day is Philippe Presti (FRA), who lost the petit final to Ian Williams (GBR). The French skipper was unsurprisingly quite disappointed by the outcome of the regatta. He was stalled at the start of the last race leaving Williams to sail away and never managed to get back into the race. Presti nevertheless left St Moritz with a smile he seemed to have come to terms with the disappointment of this last race.

Mathieu Richard (FRA), King of the Mountain in 2008 wasn't very happy either with his performance as he was eliminated before the quarter-finals.

Minoprio, the winner of the title and new King of the Mountain joins a prestigious list of winners that includes US skippers Mark Mendelblatt (2003 and 2004) and Ed Baird (2005), Italian Paolo Cian (2006), Williams (2007) and Richard (2008). Minoprio becomes the sixth different winner in six years to claim the trophy.

Minoprio also takes back the lead of the Tour, whose winner is crowned the ISAF Match Racing World Champion. The Kiwi skippers leaps into a 12-point lead over Mirsky, with Frenchman Mathieu Richard dropping to third. The next event on the Tour is the Danish Open starting on the 10 September.

They said:

Christian Scherrer President of the Organising Committee: "I am really pleased with this event, the weather was great and it was a real pleasure to organise it although I am looking forward to racing again, it's sometimes less tiring… The seventh edition of St. Moritz Match Race is a real success and it couldn't have happened without our partners and sponsors, I want to thank them with all my heart."

Adam Minoprio: "It was very difficult to get back into winning mode after loosing the second race of the finals that could have brought us the title. The guys did a great job considering how hard and irregular the conditions were. We managed to consolidate our lead during the last run of the final race, we are obviously very happy with this victory."

Ian Williams: "We would have loved to make it to the Final and we are obviously disappointed. However, winning the Petit Final and finishing on the podium is a good thing. We needed a good night's sleep to digest yesterday's poor performance. We got back on the water full of motivation this morning which helped us a lot."

Final Standings

1. Adam Minoprio (NZL), ETNZ/BlackMatch
2. Torvar Mirsky (AUS), Mirsky Racing Team
3. Ian Williams (GBR), Team Pindar
4. Philippe Presti (FRA), French Match Racing Team
5. Francesco Bruni (ITA), Team Joe Fly Match Race
6. Sébastien Col (FRA), French Match Racing Team
7. Peter Gilmour (AUS), YANMAR Racing
8. Mathieu Richard (FRA), French Match Racing Team
9. Johnie Berntsson (SWE), Berntsson Sailing Team
10. Bjorn Hansen (SWE), Onboard Sailing Team
11. Álvaro Marinho (POR), Seth Sailing Team
12 . Eric Monnin (SUI), Swiss Match Race Team

Results

Final


Adam Minoprio (NZL) d Torvar Mirsky (AUS) 2-1

Petit Final

Ian Williams (GBR) d Philippe Presti, (FRA) 2-1

Semi Finals

Adam Minoprio (NZL) d Ian Williams (GBR) 3-0
Torvar Mirsky (AUS) d Philippe Presti, (FRA) 3-1

Quarter Finals

Philippe Presti (FRA) d Francesco Bruni (ITA), 3-0
Ian Williams (GBR) d Sébastien Col (FRA), 3-1
Adam Minoprio (NZL) d Peter Gilmour (AUS), 3-0

Round Robin

1. Torvar Mirsky (AUS), Mirsky Racing Team, 8
2. Francesco Bruni (ITA), Team Joe Fly Match Race, 8
3 . Ian Williams (GBR), Team Pindar, 7,5
4. Philippe Presti (FRA), French Match Racing Team, 7
5. Sébastien Col (FRA), French Match Racing Team, 6
6. Peter Gilmour (AUS), YANMAR Racing, 6
7. Adam Minoprio (NZL), ETNZ/BlackMatch, 5
8. Mathieu Richard (FRA), French Match Racing Team, 5
9. Johnie Berntsson (SWE), Berntsson Sailing Team, 4
10. Bjorn Hansen (SWE), Onboard Sailing Team, 3
11. Álvaro Marinho (POR), Seth Sailing Team, 3
12 . Eric Monnin (SUI) Swiss Match Race Team, 2

ISAF Match Racing World Championship Leaderboard
(Top eight teams after Stage 5 of 10)

1. Mathieu Richard (FRA), French Match Racing Team, 68 points
2. Adam Minoprio (NZL), ETNZ/BlackMatch, 61 points
3. Peter Gilmour (AUS), YANMAR Racing, 56 points
4. Torvar Mirsky (AUS), Mirsky Racing Team, 54 points
5. Ian Williams (GBR), Bahrain Team Pindar, 49 points
6. Damien Iehl (FRA), French Match Racing Team, 44 points
7. Ben Ainslie (GBR), Team Origin, 40 points
8. Sébastien Col (FRA), French Match Racing Team / K-Challenge, 33 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.

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