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WILLIAMS Perfect Into The Final
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Ian WILLIAMS will line up in the final in St Moritz

St Moritz Match Race 2007
St Moritz, Switzerland

World Match Racing Tour leader Ian WILLIAMS (GBR) is putting in an impressive, and efficient, performance at the ISAF Grade WC St Moritz Match Race.
WILLIAMS is a perfect 9-0 and has sailed the minimum number of races necessary in qualifying for the Final. He'll meet two-time St Moritz champion Mark MENDELBLATT (USA) for the 'King of the Mountain' title on Sunday.

It was a busy day on Lake St Moritz with the Race Committee anxious to take advantage of the good wind and sunny skies. The sun brought the spectators out in force and the grandstand, along with a good portion of the shoreline, was crowded with interested match racing fans.

In one of the semi-finals, WILLIAMS was able to get the better of Swiss crowd favourite Eric MONNIN on the start line, and in both matches he preserved that early advantage around the race course.

'We had really good starts and good speed,'

said WILLIAMS, explaining the success of Team Pindar today. 'That was the key to those races, but Eric really put pressure on us downwind. We needed to keep batting him back. But it's great for us to be in the final.'

In the other semi-final, MENDELBLATT also earned his wins over defending St Moritz champion Paolo CIAN (ITA) in the pre-starts. In the first match, he was able to luff up and just squeeze in at the pin end of the starting line. As a bonus, this manoeuvre forced CIAN over the starting line early. By the time the Italian had re-started, MENDELBLATT was in control.

In the second match, a pre-start penalty to CIAN just before the gun fired put the American in control and he held on to sweep the semi-final 2-0. Following the race, MENDELBLATT said he's excited about the challenge of meeting WILLIAMS for the title.

'We love sailing here. It seems to suit us pretty well,'

he said. 'But Ian is #1 in the world and he's always a tough race. I'm expecting nothing less than a really hard battle from him. I don't think he's going to be easy to beat at all.'

Earlier, MENDELBLATT had to recover from a rare 'black flag' penalty to emerge from his quarter-final against Sébastien COL (FRA). MENDELBLATT was penalized three times in the pre-start and thus disqualified from that race. He recovered quickly however to win the next match and advance to the semi-final.

COL would beat Swiss sailor Matthias RENKER in the battle for seventh place. In the sail-off for fifth and sixth, Mathieu RICHARD (FRA) beat Peter EVANS (NZL) who was subbing on the Alinghi team for the injured Jochen SCHUEMANN.

Results

Semi- Final

Ian WILLIAMS (GBR) d. Eric MONNIN (SUI), 2-0
Mark MENDELBLATT (USA) d. Paolo CIAN (ITA), 2-0

Quarter-Final

Paolo CIAN (ITA) d. Mathieu RICHARD (FRA), 3-1
Mark MENDELBLATT (USA) d. Sebastien COL (FRA), 3-1
Ian WILLIAMS (GBR) d. Matthias RENKER (SUI), 2-0
Eric MONNIN (SUI) vs. Jochen SCHUEMANN (GER)/Peter EVANS (NZL), 2-0

Repechage

1. Mathieu RICHARD (FRA), 4-1
2. Matthias RENKER (SUI), 3-2
3. Michael HESTBEK (GER), 3-2
4. Matteo SIMONCELLI (ITA), 2-3
5. Staffan LINDBERG (FIN), 2-3
6. Evgeny NEUGODNIKOV (RUS), 1-4

Group A

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

Group B

1. Paolo CIAN (ITA), 4-1
2. Eric MONNIN (SUI), 3-2
3. Mark MENDELBLATT (USA), 3-2
4. Staffan LINDBERG (FIN), 2-3
5. Matthias RENKER (SUI), 2-3
6. 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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