From Group B. Peter GILMOUR (AUS), Ian WILLIAMS (GBR) and Philippe PRESTI (FRA) were the claimants, with GILMOUR the only one with a perfect score.
BRADY and his crew from the BMW Oracle Racing Team had a slight shock in their first match, against RICHARD, when they received a red flag penalty - one that they had to take immediately, for an infringement in the final seconds of the pre-start. They gybed and went to the left, into better pressure, and were only just behind RICHARD at the first mark.
RICHARD held his lead on the run and went around the right hand mark of the gate; BRADY went left and an intense tacking duel ensued in which RICHARD was penalised, but led around the weather mark the second time. The run progressed out to the right win with RICHARD trying to manoeuvre an opportunity to offload the penalty, but BRADY also knew the game and denied him. Then BRADY went past to win.
GILMOUR and his Professional Sailing Team (PST) had a tough match with PRESTI and another close one with Staffan LINDBERG (FIN) with the two boats just one length apart at the finish.
The highlight of the Group B round was a match between old rivals Ian WILLIAMS with his Pindar Sailing Team and Paolo CIAN (ITA). WILLIAMS wanted the left end of the start line, obtained it and started in a left hand shift. CIAN went right and hooked into the first wind change, a substantial right-hander, and led for three legs of the course. WILLIAMS had closed towards the final mark and then gybe-set and went left into better pressure and was able to beat CIAN to the line.
CIAN, with a crew from Team Shosholoza, was the master in the five flights of the repêchage, losing only once, and that to Sally BARKOW (USA), striking a blow with her all-women's team. Otherwise he experienced little trouble in despatching his other four opponents. By beating LINDBERG in their match, Alvaro MARINHO (POR) claimed the other quarter final place.
Gavin BRADY (USA) 5-0
Sebastien COL (FRA) 4-1
Mathieu RICHARD (FRA) 3-2
Bjorn HANSEN (SWE) 2-3
Eugeny NEUGODNIKOV (RUS) 1-4
Sally BARKOW (USA) 0-6
Peter GILMOUR (AUS) 5-0
Ian WILLIAMS (GBR) 4-1
Philippe PRESTI (FRA) 3-2
Paolo CIAN (ITA) 1-4
Alvaro MARINHO (POR) 1-4
Staffan LINDBERG (FIN) 1-4
Paolo CIAN 4-1
Alvaro MARINHO 3-2*
Staffan LINDBERG 3-2
Bjorn HANSEN 2-3
Eugeny NEUGODNIKOV 2-3
Sally BARKOW 1-4
* Marinho beat LINDBERG in their match and thus joins Cian in the quarter final.
ISAF Match Racing World Championship Standings
(After Stage 8)
|Pos||Skipper||Nation||ISAF World Match Race Ranking||Team||Pts|
|1||Mathieu RICHARD||FRA||2||Saba Sailing Team||78|
|2||Paolo CIAN||ITA||3||Team Viano Mercedes Benz||66|
|3||Ian WILLIAMS||GBR||1||Team Pindar||62|
|4||Bjorn HANSEN||SWE||9||Team Onico||49|
|5||Sébastien COL||FRA||4||Areva Challenge||47|
|6||Jesper BANK||DEN||15||United Internet Team Germany||45|
|8||Magnus HOLMBERG||SWE||99||Victory Challenge||40|
|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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