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.
'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.'
'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.
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
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)
|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|
|8||Staffan LINDBERG||FIN||9||Alandia Sailing Team||37|
|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|
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