This year the World Tour champion will also be recognized as the ISAF Match Racing World Champion. The champion will win a BMW X3 3.0i from World Tour partner BMW AG and a $30,000 bonus from the World Tour.
GILMOUR had not raced since winning the Monsoon Cup last December. 'I was a little rusty,' he said. 'My starts were rough, my time and distance weren't down pat. But I started nice today [the last day] and won all the starts.'
GILMOUR missed a chance for his tenth career World Tour victory in Croatia, but will give it another go next week at the ISAF Grade 1 Match Race Germany, where he is the reigning champion.
Ben AINSLIE (GBR), a helmsman for Emirates Team New Zealand, remained second with 45 points after not competing in Croatia.
Staffan LINDBERG of Finland, the skipper of the Alandia Sailing Team, raced in Croatia but placed tenth and failed to add points to his score. He remains third in the standings with 37 points.
It was LINDBERG's second poor showing at a World Tour event, following on the heels of his ninth in Brazil last March. He feels he has been sailing too much and is rotating too many crewmembers, resulting in a lack of consistency. LINDBERG is thinking about scaling back his schedule for the second half of the year and concentrating on a core crew.
Ed BAIRD (USA) of Alinghi, Gavin BRADY (NZL) of the Beau Geste Sailing Team, and Peter HOLMBERG (ISV) of Alinghi, did not race in Croatia. They remain fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively, with 32, 32 and 29 points.
Ian WILLIAMS (GBR) of Williams Sail Racing, makes his debut in the Championship 8 after placing sixth place in Croatia. He has 28 points and is placed seventh on the leaderboard.
Following WILLIAMS there is a five way log jam for eighth at 25 points. The group includes United Internet Team Germany skipper Jesper BANK (DEN), Dean BARKER (NZL) of Emirates Team New Zealand, Johnie BERNTSSON (SWE) of Team Semcon, Bjorn HANSEN (SWE) of Team Apport.net, and 2005 ISAF Match Racing World Champion James SPITHILL (AUS) of Luna Rossa Challenge.
BERNTSSON and HANSEN both raced in Croatia. BERNTSSON, sailing his sixth World Tour event, won for the 25 points. HANSEN added ten points to his score by placing fifth. HANSEN also placed third at the Monsoon Cup last December in Malaysia.
World Match Racing Tour Leaderboard
(After 6 of 8 Stages)
|2||Ben AINSLIE||GBR||32||Emirates Team New Zealand||45|
|3||Staffan LINDBERG||FIN||13||Alandia Sailing Team||37|
|4||Gavin BRADY||NZL||14||Beau Geste Sailing Team||32|
|7||Ian WILLIAMS||GBR||6||Williams Sail Racing||28|
|8||James SPITHILL||AUS||2||Luna Rossa||25|
|8||Jesper BANK||DEN||65||United Internet Team Germany||25|
|8||Dean BARKER||NZL||12||Emirates Team New Zealand||25|
|8||Johnie BERNTSSON||SWE||20||Team Semcon||25|
|8||Björn HANSEN||SWE||11||Team Apport.net||25|
World Match Racing Tour Schedule
|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
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