NEUGODNIKOV, looked like an experienced hand in his first race as it was a forgone conclusion when he crossed the finish line with CIAN questioning whether he was actually in the race. He then went on to win a further four races and secured his spot in the semi-finals along with world #2 Mathieu RICHARD (FRA), CIAN and Staffan LINDBERG (FIN).
Unfortunately NEUGODNIKOV was unable to maintain his winning form in the first two races against CIAN in the semis. 'I was concentrating on my teams work rather than my opposition' said NEUGODNIKOV. Although CIAN's experienced crew remain undefeated in the semis there is still all to play for. CIAN praised NEUGODNIKOV and said, 'They are a strong team and we must keep fighting.'
It was a similar story for RICHARD and LINDBERG with the Frenchman securing two wins. 'We had an excellent day and of course we are always happy when everything is going so well. Our crew work is great and we hope it continues tomorrow,' said RICHARD. LINDBERG remains positive and said, 'We have been thriving under pressure for the whole of this regatta and we are looking forward to stepping it up a gear.'
It was a disappointing day for Germany's Markus WIESER, who only managed to secure two wins and place seventh overall. 'We are very disappointed, we had some tactical errors in our starts and we were simply not fast enough. This is what happens when you do not compete on the Tour regularly, you simply lack consistency which has been demonstrated by myself,' said WIESER. Sébastien COL (FRA), Michael HESTBEAK (DEN) and Eric MONNIN (SUI) all joined WIESER in the bottom half of the leaderboard.
Quarter-Final Round Standings
1. Mathieu RICHARD * (FRA), Saba Sailing Team, 6-1
2. Eugeniy NEUGODNIKOV* (RUS), Lord of the Sail, 5-2
3. Paolo CIAN* (ITA), Shosholoza, 4-3
4. Staffan LINDBERG* (FIN), Alandia Sailing Team, 4-3
5. Michael HESTBEAK (DEN), 4-3
6. Sébastien COL (FRA), Areva Challenge 3-4
7. Markus WIESER (GER), 2-5
8. Eric MONNIN (SUI), 0-7
*Advances to Semi-Final Round
Round Robin Standings
ISAF Match Racing World Championship Standings
(After Stage 6)
|1||Ian WILLIAMS||GBR||4||Team Pindar||62|
|2||Mathieu RICHARD||FRA||6||Saba Sailing Team||50|
|3||Jesper BANK||DEN||57||United Internet Team Germ||45|
|4||Paolo CIAN||ITA||2||Team Viano Mercedes Benz||41|
|8||Sébastien COL||FRA||1||Areva Challenge||33|
World Match Racing Tour Schedule
|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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