In winning the World Championship GILMOUR, the 46 year old from Perth, Western Australia, won a BMW X3 3.0i, from Tour partner BMW AG, and a $30,000 bonus from the World Tour.
The World Tour and ISAF recently joined forces to award the Match Racing World Championship together with the Tour Championship. Besides winning the past two Tour Championships, GILMOUR previously won the ISAF Worlds in 1990, 1997 and 1998.
'The thing that's significant about this year is the merger between the World Tour and ISAF,' said GILMOUR. 'The fact that not only does this represent the Tour Championship but also an ISAF Worlds is exciting.'
'Many congratulations on claiming the inaugural World Championship title and your continued dominance of the World Match Racing Tour,' said ISAF President Göran PETERSSON (SWE). 'The skill and teamwork of the PST are demonstrated yet again by your supremacy throughout the World Tour events.'
GILMOUR won the 2003-2004 World Tour Championship (then the Swedish Match Tour) going away. He set records for most cumulative points, most total points and margin of victory, among others.
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'They've been three very different championships,' said GILMOUR. 'This one is unusual for winning with the least amount of points possible.'
GILMOUR leads the Tour standings with 63 points, which could increase to 88 or 83 points depending on whether he finishes first or second in today's Match Race Germany final. There is one stage still remaining on the Tour, the ISAF Grade 1 Toscana Elba Cup from 11-19 July, so he has the chance to surpass 100 points for the third straight year.
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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