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4 July 2007, 09:15 am
Rain Fails To Dampen First Day's Action
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Match Cup Sweden 2007
Marstrand, Sweden

In a day of challenges produced by light, patchy winds and intermittent rain showers, Gavin BRADY (NZL) and his team from Oracle Racing and Jesper RADICH (DEN) from Desafio Espanol managed to emerge with unbeaten records in the first day of racing at the ISAF Grade WC Match Cup Sweden, stage 8 of the World Match Racing Tour.
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The two are ahead on three and four wins each to lead their respective groups of eight in the first day of round robin racing.

Both BRADY and RADICH are recent veterans of the Louis Vuitton Cup Semi Final round in Valencia, but their America's Cup programmes have kept them too busy from being recently active on the World Tour. However, both are pleased to be back in battle against some of the world's best here in Marstrand.

Back On The Tour

'It's great to be back racing on the Tour,' said BRADY, who continues to train Oracle syndicate head Larry ELLISON (USA) in match race sailing. 'We intend to use the Tour events to learn about the latest moves and interpretations in the rules, and bring them back to practice with Larry in San Francisco on the two SM40's we've been training with there.'

About Tuesday's morning session's racing, BRADY said, 'Today was a real mixed bag for us: we led in the first race from start to finish, changed leads twice in the second, and were behind and then caught up and passed on the last leg in the last.' About the DS 37s used in the competition here, he said, 'These boats are highly manoeuvrable, especially compared to America's Cup boats, so this has been a real eye-opener for us coming from Valencia. There are things you'd never dream of doing in a Cup boat that are no problem here.'

Having competed as a skipper at last October's Allianz Cup, would ELLISON make another appearance at a Tour event? 'I think he would be keen,' said BRADY. 'He really loves sailing in San Francisco, and had a lot of fun at the Allianz Cup.'

Oracle Racing's Future

'We're not sure right now about Oracle Racing's future interest in the America's Cup,' BRADY continued, 'That will depend on many things we just don't know right now, but Larry does really love the event despite our obvious disappointment in the results for us. In the meantime our intent is to keep working on our match racing skills, as we saw that slip as a team in Valencia.'

RADICH's impressive record of four wins in the afternoon session was achieved through mastery of the boats - DS 37s are used in many events both here in Sweden and in his native Denmark - but also through just solid sailing skill. 'More than just the start, the shifty breeze made it really important to get the first shift. I think we did that pretty well today, just staying on top of the shifts and finding the pressure,' he said. RADICH said his toughest match was against one of the three women's team competing here for the first time in an Open event.

'Our match against Claire LEROY [(FRA)] was really scary, as there was a 40-degree shift that put her in front for a while,' he said. 'But we hung in there and were able to get past.' He has only two team members he has been with recently in Valencia, with the other two being Danes from his local club. 'Even though we have not sailed together as a group, everyone is sailing together well. This is really important for me, as I've not been in a DS 37 in two years!'

Round robin racing resumes on Wednesday, with Group B racing three flights in the morning, followed by Group A racing four flights in the afternoon.

Results

Group A

1. Gavin BRADY (NZL), 3-0
2. Mattias RAHM (SWE), 2-1
3. Simon MINOPRIO (NZL), 2-1
4. Torvar MIRSKY (AUS), 1-2
5. Jenny AXHEDE (SWE), 1-2
6. Bjorn HANSEN (SWE), 1-2
7. Evgeniy NEUGODNIKOV (RUS), 1-2
8. Ian WILLIAMS (GBR), 0-3

Group B

1. Jesper RADICH (DEN), 4-0
2. Magnus HOLMBERG (SWE), 3-1
3. Sebastien COL (FRA), 3-1
4. Mathieu RICHARD (FRA), 2-2
5. Johnie BERNTSSON (SWE), 2-2
6. Claire LEROY (FRA), 1-3
7. Malin MILLBOURN (SWE), 1-3
8. Eric MONNIN (SUI), 0-4

ISAF Match Racing World Championship Standings
(After Stage 7)

Pos Skipper Nation ISAF World
Match Race
Ranking
Team Pts
1 Mathieu RICHARD FRA 2 Saba Sailing Team 70
2 Paolo CIAN ITA 5 Team Viano Mercedes Benz 66
3 Ian WILLIAMS GBR 1 Team Pindar 62
4 Jesper BANK DEN 11 United Internet Team Germany 45
5 Sébastien COL FRA 3 Areva Challenge 41
6 Ed BAIRD USA 24 Alinghi 40
7 Peter HOLMBERG ISV 28 Alinghi 37
8 Staffan LINDBERG FIN 9 Alandia Sailing Team 37
World Match Racing Tour Schedule
(2006-2007 Season)
Stage Event Venue Date
Stage 1 Portugal Match Cup Cascais, Portugal 18-23 July 2006
Stage 2 Danish Open Copenhagen, Denmark 9-13 August 2006
Stage 3 St. Moritz Match Race St Moritz, Switzerland 15-20 August 2006
Stage 4 Bermuda Gold Cup Hamilton, Bermuda 10-15 October 2006
Stage 5 Allianz Cup San Francisco, USA 24-29 October
Stage 6 Monsoon Cup Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia 28 November-3 December 2006
Stage 7 Match Race Germany Langenargen, Germany 23-28 May 2007
Stage 8 GKSS Match Race Marstrand, Sweden 2-8 July 2007
Stage 9 Portugal Match Cup Cascais, Portugal 24-25 July 2007
Stage 10 Danish Open Copenhagen, Denmark 8-12 August 2007
Stage 11 St. Moritz Match Race St Moritz, Switzerland 14-19 August 2007
Stage 12 Latium Match Cup Fiumicino, Italy 11-16 September 2007
Stage 13 Locman Cup - Elba Island Porto Azzurro, Elba Island, Italy 25-30 September 2007
Stage 14 Bermuda Gold Cup Hamilton, Bermuda 9-14 October 2007
Stage 15 Brasil Sailing Cup Angra dos Reis, Brazil 23-28 October 2007
Stage 16 Monsoon Cup Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia 28 November-2 December 2007

The World Match Racing Tour is an ISAF Special Event. Skippers earn points towards the World Championship at the nine events of the World Tour and the highest scoring skipper at the end of the season is the ISAF Match Racing World Champion.

The World Tour Partner and Official Car is BMW AG (Munich, Germany). World Tour sponsors include Sebago (Rockford, USA), the Official Footwear Supplier, Travel Places (West Sussex, Great Britain), the Official Travel Partner and Wedgwood (Cheshire, Great Britain) the Official Trophy Supplier.

For more information on the World Match Racing Tour, its competitors and events, visit the official World Tour website - www.WorldMatchRacingTour.com. World Match Racing Tour television programmes may be viewed on demand by clicking on the television icon on the home page of the website.

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Yvonne Reid (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Malin MILLBOURNE vs Seb COL on day one of Match Cup Sweden:© Dan Ljungsvik dan@ljungsvik.com
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