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WILLIAMS And CIAN Show The Way
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St Moritz Match Race 2007
St Moritz, Switzerland

Ian WILLIAMS (GBR) and Paolo CIAN (ITA) showed the way at the ISAF Grade WC St Moritz Match Race on Wednesday. WILLIAMS sailed to a perfect 5-0 record in winning his group round robin while CIAN was close behind, claiming his group with a 4-1 scoreline.
It was an ideal day for racing in St Moritz, with bright, sunny skies, warm temperatures and a tricky, gusty breeze, making for challenging racing. A large crowd gathered along the shoreline of Lake St Moritz, congregating at the grandstand built over the water, just meters from the starting line, enjoying live commentary about the racing. The 12 teams were split into two groups of six, with each group scheduled to sail a full round robin on Wednesday.

Group A was first on the water, and following a short postponement racing was soon underway in a building, shifty breeze. WILLIAMS, who said before racing began that it was important not to take any single result too seriously, due to the vagaries of the conditions, showed he needn't have worried. He sailed all but flawlessly, demonstrating good boat speed and handling and strong match racing skills en route to his perfect day.

Also performing well in Group A was Sébastien COL (FRA), who sits on a 4-1 record, his only blemish being a close loss to WILLIAMS. And just behind was Peter EVANS (NZL) at 3-2, filling in admirably for the injured Jochen SCHUEMANN (GER). Those top three teams in Group A qualify directly for the quarter-final.

Qualifying in Group B, along with winner CIAN, was another substitute sailor, Cameron DUNN (NZL), who is replacing Mark MENDELBLATT (USA). DUNN and Eric MONNIN (SUI) sailed to 3-2 records in the round robin in Group B, to move into the quarter-final.

'Cameron did a fantastic job, starting the boat really well today, which meant we were always there at the top mark, able to attack down the run,'

said Ed SMYTH (USA), who was working the middle of the boat for DUNN today. 'We had a bit of luck go our way as well, which you need - this is a tough venue!'

The bottom half of each group, the remaining six teams, will now try their luck in the repechage tomorrow. These six will say a further round robin, with the top two advancing to the quarter-finals.

Sailors in the repechage round from Group A include Evgeny NEUGODNIKOV (RUS) on a 2-3 record, Michael HESTBEK (DEN) at 1-4 and Matteo SIMONCELLI (ITA) with no wins and five losses. Group B is contributing Staffan LINDBERG (FIN) and Matthias RENKER (SUI), both on 2-3 records along with Mathieu RICHARD (FRA) at 1-4.

Along with a full day for the sailors, the umpires were certainly kept busy on Wednesday, with over a dozen penalties handed out over the 30 matches - just about one in every other race.

Racing is scheduled to resume on Thursday at 11:00.

Results

Group A

Ian WILLIAMS (GBR), 5-0
Sebastien COL (FRA), 4-1
Jochen SCHUEMANN (GER), 3-2
Evgeny NEUGODNIKOV (RUS), 2-3
Michael HESTBEK (DEN), 1-4
Matteo SIMONCELLI (ITA), 0-5

Group B

Paolo CIAN (ITA), 4-1
Eric MONNIN (SUI), 3-2
Mark MENDELBLATT (USA), 3-2
Staffan LINDBERG (FIN), 2-3
Matthias RENKER (SUI), 2-3
Mathieu RICHARD (FRA), 1-4

ISAF Match Racing World Championship Standings

Pos

Skipper

Nation

ISAF World Match
Race Ranking

Team

Pts

1

Ian WILLIAMS

GBR

1

Team Pindar

97

2

Mathieu RICHARD

FRA

2

Saba Sailing Team

88

3

Paolo CIAN

ITA

3

Team Viano Mercedes Benz

74

4

Sébastien COL

FRA

4

Areva Challenge

71

5

Peter GILMOUR

AUS

40

PST

60

6

Bjorn HANSEN

SWE

5

Team Apport.net

59

7

Jesper BANK

DEN

15

United Internet Team Germany

53

8

Ed BAIRD

USA

27

Alinghi

40

World Match Racing Tour Schedule

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.

(2006-2007 Season) (After Stage 10)
Kirsten Bollinger (As Amended By ISAF)
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