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19 August 2007, 08:34 am
Team Wibroe Show How It's Done
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Peter WIBROE, centre, in deep concentration as his crew record an excellent day's racing

Danish Open 2007
Copenhagen, Denmark

Recently crowned European Champions, Team Wibroe, took the ISAF Grade WC Danish Open by storm today.
With seven wins out of eight matches they easily lead the event in one of the strongest fields one could imagine.

A fine example of the superb sailing today was the duel between Peter WIBROE (DEN) and Ian WILLIAMS (GBR) of Team Pindar. In an exhibition of world class match racing WILLIAMS and WIBROE were at each others' throats from the moment they entered the pre-start area. WILLIAMS engineered a penalty on to WIBROE during the pre-start duelling and they were evenly matched all the way to the top mark. WILLIAMS tried to drive WIBROE further off the top mark in search of another penalty, he gave up and tacked for the mark, whilst WIBROE took the opportunity to gybe round and shed the penalty before rounding the mark. A move that cost him practically no time at all. WIBROE then found a band of pressure on the far side of the course and sailed past WILLIAMS on the downwind leg. They continued this aggressive sailing until the final downwind leg by which time WIBROE had clearly got the better of WILLIAMS and took the win.

In another demonstration of Team Wibroe's growing confidence was their pre-start duel with Staffan LINDBERG (FIN) of Alandia Sailing Team. The decisive moment came when both boats went head to wind at the pin end of the start line. LINDBERG was at the pin-end side, the gun went and they both sat waiting. WIBROE dropped the fore-sail and finally LINDBERG was forced to bear away, WIBROE followed and managed to squeeze over the line leaving LINDBERG to gybe round to make the start. After that there was no way back for LINDBERG and Team Wibroe took another scalp.

But the results may not do justice to the fantastic quality of match racing that the traditionally very knowledgeable crowd at the Danish Open have been treated to. Sten MOHR (DEN), recently back to the Tour from America's cup duty with BMW ORACLE Racing (along with five other crews from the Americas Cup, which underlines Team Wibroe's outstanding performance) gave a master class of his own. In flight 11, MOHR loaded his opponent Mathieu RICHARD (FRA) up with two penalties which soon turned into a black flag when RICHARD failed to start taking one of the penalties as soon as he could. 'I wanted to take my penalty earlier but from my point of view it was not possible with all the other boats around us. Otherwise I have no complaints about the penalties, they were completely correct,' says Frenchman RICHARD, 'The current was not bad today, in fact the conditions were perfect. We are still after a place in the semi final and with the tough competition, four wins out of seven still make it very realistic possibility.'

RICHARD's point is a good one, apart from Team Wibroe (and unfortunately Team Viltoft with no wins on the board) all the other teams seem to be evenly matched; tomorrows matches are really going to be worth watching as the crews fight for a semi final berth.

Racing is planned to resume at 09:15 tomorrow, instead of the scheduled 10:00, in order to make up for lost time due to the conditions encountered so far.

The racing can be followed live on the internet courtesy of the onboard tracking systems at www.tractrac.com/danishopen.

ISAF Match Racing World Championship Standings
(After Stage 9)

Pos

Skipper

Nation

ISAF World Match
Race Ranking

Team

Pts

1

Mathieu RICHARD

FRA

2

Saba Sailing Team

88

2

Ian WILLIAMS

GBR

1

Team Pindar

82

3

Paolo CIAN

ITA

3

Team Viano Mercedes Benz

74

4

Peter GILMOUR

AUS

40

PST

60

5

Sébastien COL

FRA

4

Areva Challenge

59

6

Bjorn HANSEN

SWE

5

Team Onico

49

7

Jesper BANK

DEN

15

United Internet Team Germany

45

8

Ed BAIRD

USA

27

Alinghi

40

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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