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5 June 2006, 08:22 am
GILMOUR Clinches Third Tour And Fourth World Title
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World Match Racing Tour

Peter GILMOUR (AUS) clinched his third consecutive World Match Racing Tour Championship and fourth ISAF Match Racing World Championship by advancing to the final round of the ISAF Grade 1 Match Race Germany, stage seven of eight in the 2005-2006 season.
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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.'

Three In A Row

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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Four-time World Champion Peter
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He followed it up last year with a thrilling, come from behind victory. Down 23 points halfway through the season, GILMOUR won three of the last four stages and sealed the championship in the quarter-final round of the final stage.

'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.

GILMOUR secured the title by winning his Match Race Germany semi-final match against Ian WILLIAMS (GBR).

World Match Racing Tour Leaderboard
(After 6 of 8 Stages)

Pos Skipper Nation ISAF World
Match Race
Team Pts
1 Peter GILMOUR AUS 1 PST 63
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 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 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, Four time World Champion Peter GILMOUR:© Richard WALCH/World Match Racing Tour
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