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22 June 2009, 10:33 am
MIRSKY Scores First World Tour Victory At Troia Portugal Match Cup
A jubilent Torvar MIRSKY celebrates his first Tour win at Troia Portugal Match Cup
A jubilent Torvar MIRSKY celebrates his first Tour win at Troia Portugal Match Cup

Troia Portugal Match Cup 2009
Troia, Portugal

In only their second full season on the World Match Racing Tour, Australia's Torvar MIRSKY and his Mirsky Racing Team of Kinley FOWLER, Kyle LANGFORD, Tudur OWEN, and Graeme SPENCE have claimed their first win at the Troia Portugal Match Cup.
Victory here for the 24 year old skipper Torvar MIRSKY puts him in company with other world-famous match racing legends who have been champions at this event, including Peter GILMOUR (AUS), Chris DICKSON (NZL), Peter HOLMBERG (ISV), and Ed BAIRD (USA). And for their efforts, MIRSKY and team have won 10,000 Euros of the 50,000 Euro prize money purse.

"It's been six years in the making, but we're finally here," said an exuberant MIRSKY. "So many times we've been so close, but just unable to get through, and today everything just came together for us. I'm still a bit stunned we're here!"

MIRSKY took his fellow antipodean Adam MINOPRIO (NZL) and his Emirates Team New Zealand/BlackMatch team in just two matches of the first-to-two point final, displaying a smooth sailing style and impeccable sense of timing both in the pre-starts and around the track. It is this same style that also in only two matches got him past Mathieu RICHARD (FRA) and his French Match Racing Team in the first-to-two point semi-final.

Mirsky Racing Team was not on fire throughout the entire event, however, as they barely qualified to the quarter-finals on a 6-6 win-loss record in the round robin. That all changed yesterday, however, as they went on to win all but one match in the quarter-final, semi-final, and final rounds.

And while the first match of the final was decided fairly early in the game as MIRSKY took and extended on his winning start, the second match was far from easy. At the top mark the Kiwis were at the mark zone on the left, and attempted to force out the Aussies from claiming room with a hard luff. Amidst a heated exchange and calls for room, MIRSKY managed to slip inside and around the mark in the lead, which he kept throughout the match to the finish.

"We enjoy a good rivalry with Adam and his team," said MIRSKY, "and actually trained with him over the past week in Valencia. He's been doing so well lately, we needed this win just to slow him down!"

Indeed, in the overall World Championship leaderboard MINOPRIO's runner-up finish here has earned him another 20 points to maintain a healthy 12-point lead. And on the strength of his exciting 2-1 win over RICHARD here in the petite-finals, reigning World Champion Ian WILLIAMS (GBR) and his Bahrain Team Pindar have jumped up to the runner-up position, but only a point over RICHARD. And MIRSKY has vaulted 25 points ahead to go from eighth to fourth.

Final Standings

1. Torvar MIRSKY (AUS), Mirsky Racing
2. Adam MINOPRIO (NZL), ETNZ/BlackMatch
3. Ian WILLIAMS (GBR), Bahrain Team Pindar
4. Mathieu RICHARD (FRA), French Match Racing Team
5. Philippe PRESTI (FRA), French Match Racing Team
6. Peter GILMOUR (AUS), YANMAR Racing
7. Sébastien COL (FRA), French Match Racing Team/K-Challenge
8. Bjorn HANSEN (SWE), Team Onboard
9. Phil ROBERTSON (NZL), WAKA Racing
10. Álvaro MARINHO (POR), Seth Sailing Team
11. Ian AINSLIE (RSA), Team Proximo
12. Andrew ARBUZOV (RUS)

Results

Final


Torvar MIRSKY (AUS) d. Adam MINOPRIO (NZL), 2-0

Petit-Final

Ian WILLIAMS (GBR) d. Mathieu RICHARD (FRA), 2-1

Semi-Finals

Torvar MIRSKY (AUS) d. Mathieu RICHARD (FRA), 2-0
Adam MINOPRIO (NZL) d. Ian WILLIAMS (GBR), 2-1

Quarter-Finals

Philippe PRESTI (FRA) vs. Torvar MIRSKY (AUS), 1-3
Mathieu RICHARD (FRA) vs. Bjorn HANSEN (SWE), 3-1
Peter GILMOUR (AUS) vs. Adam MINOPRIO (NZL) 2-3
Sébastien COL (FRA) vs. Ian WILLIAMS (GBR) 1-3

Round Robin Results

1. Philippe PRESTI (FRA), French Match Racing Team
2. Mathieu RICHARD (FRA), French Match Racing Team
3. Peter GILMOUR (AUS), YANMAR Racing
4. Ian WILLIAMS (GBR), Bahrain Team Pindar
5. Adam MINOPRIO (NZL), ETNZ/BlackMatch
6. Sébastien COL (FRA), French Match Racing Team/K-Challenge
7. Torvar MIRSKY (AUS), Mirsky Racing
8. Bjorn HANSEN (SWE), Team Onboard
9. Phil ROBERTSON (NZL), WAKA Racing
10. Álvaro MARINHO (POR), Seth Sailing Team
11. Ian AINSLIE (RSA), Team Proximo
12. Andrew ARBUZOV (RUS)

ISAF Match Racing World Championship Leaderboard
(Top eight teams after Stage 4 of 10)

1. Adam MINOPRIO (NZL), ETNZ/BlackMatch, 61 points
2. Ian WILLIAMS (GBR), Bahrain Team Pindar, 49 points
3. Mathieu RICHARD (FRA), French Match Racing Team, 48 points
4. Torvar MIRSKY (AUS), Mirsky Racing Team, 46 points
5. Ben AINSLIE (GBR), Team Origin, 40 points
6. Damien IEHL (FRA), French Match Racing Team, 32 points
7. Paolo CIAN (ITA), Shosholoza Team, 31 points
8. Peter GILMOUR (AUS), YANMAR Racing, 31 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.

Dobbs Davis
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