CIAN and his Team Shosholoza crew Pierluigi FORNELLI (ITA), Santino BRIZZI (ITA), Pierluigi FELIO (ITA) and Pietro MANTOVANI (ITA) finished with a 13 -5 record and won Euro 4,800 of the Euro 20,000 prize purse.
Shifty conditions with gusty 10 to 15 knot winds challenged the finalists and were significant in the tight races that were displayed. However, it was a tacking duel in both races that allowed CIAN to display his skill as an America's Cup helmsman. 'My team has done a good job in learning the legs, the shifts, the path and the boat. Every match racer has his own story and every stage of the match makes a difference,' said the Italian skipper.
RICHARD had a sound performance overall, winning almost every race going in to the final, but it was CIAN's team who were superior on the day. 'My team is a little stronger and I feel this was an advantage in dealing with the ever changing wind conditions,' said CIAN.
RICHARD congratulated his opponent and praised his team mates for all their hard work. 'It has been a busy couple of weeks having come straight from LA where we won the Congressional Cup to here and coming second, we are thrilled with our achievements,' said RICHARD.
Despite coming second, RICHARD has earned enough points to secure the number one spot on the World Match Racing Tour leaderboard. He currently leads with 70 points. He is closely followed by CIAN with 66 points, whilst the #1 in the ISAF World Match Race Rankings, Ian WILLIAMS, slips in to third place with 62 points.
The petit-final saw Staffan LINDBERG (FIN) of Alandia Sailing Team take on Eugeniy NEUGODNIKOV's (RUS) team Lord of the Sail. 'It was simply not my day,' said NEUGODNIKOV who lost both his races to take the fourth spot and a prize fund of Euro 2,000.
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 7)
|1||Mathieu RICHARD||FRA||2||Saba Sailing Team||70|
|2||Paolo CIAN||ITA||5||Team Viano Mercedes Benz||66|
|3||Ian WILLIAMS||GBR||1||Team Pindar||62|
|4||Jesper BANK||DEN||11||United Internet Team Germany||45|
|5||Sébastien COL||FRA||3||Areva Challenge||41|
|8||Staffan LINDBERG||FIN||9||Alandia Sailing Team||37|
|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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