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25 May 2006, 09:23 am
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ACI Adris Match Race Cup 2006

Five skippers are tied at 1-0 after one flight of racing was completed on day one of the 20th anniversary ISAF Grade 1 ACI Adris Match Race Cup, stage six of the 2005-2006 World Match Racing Tour.
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Paolo CIAN (ITA), Björn HANSEN (SWE), Ian WILLIAMS (GBR), Johnie BERNTSSON (SWE) and Staffan LINDBERG (FIN) won their matches against, respectively, Dario KLIBA (CRO), Mathieu RICHARD (FRA), Evgeniy NEUGODNIKOV (RUS), Philippe PRESTI (FRA) and Pierre-Antoine MORVAN (FRA).

The event's eleventh crew, led by defending ACI Cup Champion Peter GILMOUR (AUS), had a bye in the round.

Racing was postponed for the majority of the day due to heavy rains that sapped Rovinj of all wind. The rain let up in the middle of the day and the race committee sent the crews to the racecourse just off Rovinj Harbour, but the rain quickly returned and the postponement was reissued.

The teams finally returned to the water around 1630 for the lone flight, which was sailed in a shifty five knot easterly wind.


'We managed to stay relaxed for the better part of the day,' said WILLIAMS of Great Britain, whose looking to a good finish to score points and move into the World Tour's Championship 8. 'It was tough to get up for one race, but a win's a win and we'll take it.'

Racing is scheduled to resume today at 1000 local time.

ACI Adris Match Race Cup Standings

1. Johnie BERNTSSON (SWE), Team Semcon, 1-0
1. Paolo CIAN (ITA), Team Viano Mercedes Benz, 1-0
1. Björn HANSEN (SWE), Team Hansen, 1-0
1. Staffan LINDBERG (FIN), Alandia Sailing Team, 1-0
1. Ian WILLIAMS (GBR), Williams Sail Racing, 1-0
6. Peter GILMOUR (AUS), PST, 0-0
7. Dario KLIBA (CRO), Croatia One, 0-1
7. Pierre-Antoine MORVAN (FRA), Extreme Team Morbihan, 0-1
7. Evgeniy NEUGODNIKOV (RUS), Lord of the Sail, 0-1
7. Philippe PRESTI (FRA), Luna Rossa Challenge, 0-1
7. Mathieu RICHARD (FRA), Saba Sailing Team, 0-1

For all the news on the ACI Adris Match Race Cup CLICK HERE.

World Match Racing Tour Leaderboard
(After 5 of 8 Stages)

Pos Skipper Nation ISAF World
Match Race
Team Pts
1 Peter GILMOUR AUS 1 PST 48
2 Ben AINSLIE GBR 32 Emirates Team New Zealand 45
3 Staffan LINDBERG FIN 13 Alandia Sailing Team 37
4. Ed BAIRD USA 3 Alinghi 32
4. Gavin BRADY
NZL 14 Beau Geste Sailing Team 32
6 Peter HOLMBERG ISV 24 Alinghi 29
7. James SPITHILL AUS 2 Luna Rossa 25
7. Jesper BANK DEN 65 United Internet Team Germany 25
7. Dean BARKER NZL 12 Emirates Team New Zealand 25

World Match Racing Tour Schedule
(2005-2006 Season)

Stage Event Venue Date
Stage 1 PTPortugal Match Cup* Cascais, Portugal 19-24 July 2005
Stage 2 Danish Open* Copenhagen, Denmark 10-14 August 2005
Stage 3 St. Moritz Match Race* St. Moritz, Switzerland 16-21 August 2005
Stage 4 Monsoon Cup* Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia 29 November-4 December 2005
Stage 5 Brasil Sailing Cup Angra dos Reis, Brazil 14-19 March 2006
Stage 6 ACI Adris Match Race Cup Rovinj, Croatia 23-28 May 2006
Stage 7 Match Race Germany Langenargen, Germany 1-5 June 2006
Stage 8 Toscana Elba Cup Porto Azzurro, Elba Island, Italy 11-16 July 2006

* Originally contested as part of the Swedish Match Tour

The World Match Racing Tour is an ISAF Special Event. BMW is a Partner of the World Tour and the Official Car. World Tour sponsors include Sebago, the Official Footwear Supplier, Musto, the Official Clothing Supplier, and Travel Places, the Official Travel Partner.

For more information on the World Match Racing Tour, its competitors and events, visit the official World Tour website - World Match Racing Tour television programmes may be viewed on demand by clicking on the television icon on the home page of the website.

For all the news on the World Match Racing Tour CLICK HERE.

Sean MCNEILL (As Amended By ISAF). Image, The Croatia One match race team are aiming for glory on their home waters:© World Match Racing Tour
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