The Adriatic Croatia International Club (ACI) and the Yacht Club Croatia (YCC) have welcomed the eleven skippers who will compete for the ACI Cup and vital points on the World Match Racing Tour.
Heading the list of entries is Australian Peter GILMOUR, who leads the World Tour with the high score of 48 points and tops the ISAF World Match Race Rankings. GILMOUR, who competed at the first ACI Cup in 1987, also is the event's all-time champion, having won five times. He won his fifth last year by defeating Frenchman Philippe PRESTI in an exciting final. A successful defence of the title would be his tenth career World Tour victory but PRESTI will be back again to avenge his defeat.
The World Tour's third ranked skipper, Staffan LINDBERG of Åland Islands, Finland trails eleven points behind GILMOUR and will be hoping to add more points to his tally. The other top skippers on the Tour leaderboard will not be in Croatia but there are four more sailors from the top ten of the ISAF World Match Race Rankings.
ACI Adris Match Race Cup Entrants
(Team - ISAF World Match Race Ranking)
After the conclusion of the ACI Cup the World Tour heads to Lake Constance in southwest Germany for the tenth anniversary ISAF Grade 1 Match Race Germany, from 1-5 June in Langenargen.
After Match Race Germany the World Tour concludes its seventh season at the ISAF Grade 1 Toscana Elba Cup - Trofeo Locman, from 11-16 July on Elba Island off the Tuscany region of Italy's west coast.
World Match Racing Tour Leaderboard
(After 5 of 8 Stages)
|2||Ben AINSLIE||GBR||32||Emirates Team New Zealand||45|
|3||Staffan LINDBERG||FIN||13||Alandia Sailing Team||37|
||NZL||14||Beau Geste Sailing Team||32|
|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
|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 H1 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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