New ISAF World Rankings came out on 16 September 16 changes noted in that list also. Minoprio remained on top, but Mirsky leapfrogged into second place. Richard is third. Sébastien Col (FRA) and Damien Iehl (FRA) close out the top five at fourth and fifth. Ten of the top twelve skippers in the ISAF Open rankings will be racing in the Argo Group Gold Cup. Eight of these are the top eight on the World Tour.
Tour Rankings are posted on www.worldmatchracingtour.com and the ISAF World Match Race Rankings are on www.sailing.org/mrrankings.
The official programme for the 2009 Argo Group Gold Cup is now available online at www.bermudagoldcup.com. This 36 page, full colour programme contains a wealth of information from an historical snapshot of C. Sherman Hoyt, donor of the King Edward VII Gold Cup trophy to the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, to a layman's guide to match racing. It is available for viewing in Virtual Paper format or may be downloaded as a pdf file.
Many of the 24 teams sailing for the King Edward VII Gold Cup Trophy will be arriving in Bermuda for early registration on Sunday 4 October and the first shot at practice on Monday before the three-group round robin phase of the event starts on Tuesday 5 October. Teams that register on Monday will practice later in the afternoon.
In the round-robin phase, each of the three groups will have eight teams. Royal Bermuda Yacht Club race organizers and WMRT officials divide the teams based on rankings and other performance factors. If all goes well with the wind and weather, the top two from each group and the top two in another 'repechage' round-robin will move into the quarter finals on Friday.
On Saturday the going gets tougher as the top four teams match off in the semi finals and the fifth through eighth place teams battle for rank in the bottom four rungs of the money list.
On Sunday the petite finals come first, deciding third and fourth place between the losing semi finalists. Then the grand finale decides who takes first place, wins $50,000 and is the next champion of champions named on the King Edward VII Gold Cup Trophy. The other six skippers divide the remaining $30,000 of the $100,000 purse based on their position from third through eighth.
ISAF Match Racing World Championship Leaderboard
(Top eight teams after Stage 7 of 9)
1. Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team, 88 Points
2. Adam Minoprio (NZL) ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing, 86 Points
3. Mathieu Richard (FRA), French Match Racing Team, 72 Points
4. Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing, 71 Points
5. Ian Williams (GBR) Team Pindar, 70 Points
6. Damien Iehl (FRA) French Match Racing Team, 48 Points
7. Sébastien Col (FRA) French Match Racing Team, 41 Points
8. Ben Ainslie (GBR) Team Origin, 40 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.