CIAN won Stage 3, the ISAF Grade WC St. Moritz Match Race, in August for his first World Tour victory. Yesteray he defeated Larry ELLISON (USA), Brian ANGEL (USA), Cameron DUNN (NZL) and Jesper BANK (DEN) in light winds for his undefeated record.
'We are pretty happy,' said CIAN, the 39 year old from Naples, Italy. 'It's too early to say anything, but today, light breeze, I think we had a couple of good starts and my team did an incredible job speedwise upwind and downwind. So we were able to get 4 points from four races. That is a good way to start. We look forward to get another point tomorrow because, as far as I see in the other group, you come through the first stage with 5 points.'
Group B is scheduled to resume its round this afternoon around 13:30. The racing will be broadcast live on the Internet at www.sail.tv beginning around 20:30 UTC.
After CIAN there is a tie for second, at 3-1, between old foes Ed BAIRD (USA) of Alinghi and Peter GILMOUR (AUS) of PST. GILMOUR staged a furious comeback against BAIRD two years' ago to win the 2004-05 Tour championship. They are scheduled to meet in flight 6. On Thursday it was BAIRD who came from behind in two races to snatch victory.
'We don't really enjoy being behind, but it was fun to get back in front,' said BAIRD. 'One of the key's in match racing is if you are behind just to stay very close and try to keep the pressure on the guys in front. We had two races we were basically overlapped after the hoist at the weather mark and it fell our way in the end. It was close.'
The wind conditions were light for day two of the $100,000 regatta. The wind blew from the northeast for most of the day around 6 knots. It would build to 8 knots at times, but also drop to 4 knots or less.
|Larry ELLISON had a tough start
on his first World Tour event
© Allianz Cup/Bob GRIESER
'Someone said yesterday that when you get your nose downwind into the current it's strange apparent wind angles,' said GILMOUR, 46, the reigning ISAF Match Racing World Champion. 'I was trying to imagine what they were saying but it's not until you get out there and actually do it and feel the boat downwind and the apparent breeze in the strong current, the sort of changes to those angles. It was quite challenging.'
BANK, skipper of United Internet Team Germany, and ISAF Nations Cup winner Mathieu RICHARD (FRA), the 30 year old skipper of Saba Sailing Team, are tied at 2-2. Cameron DUNN (NZL) of Mascalzone Latino - Capitalia is sixth at 1-3 and tied with Brian ANGEL (USA).
Larry ELLISON (USA), CEO of Oracle, the world's largest enterprise software company, and a member of the BMW ORACLE Racing afterguard, completes the round at 0-4. He is competing in his first World Tour event as a skipper. In the past three years he has won the Owner/Driver series at the Moët Cup and UBS Trophy, both America's Cup Class regattas. He is also a five-time maxi yacht champion.
According to tactician Gavin BRADY (NZL), ELLISON had trouble in the day's light winds.
'We've spent a couple weeks out there getting used to the conditions and of course the conditions when you're training never seem to be the same when you do the event,' said BRADY. 'I think the lightest breeze we had was 15 knots the last two weeks, so its' a bit of a shock to the system to sail in 6 or 7 knots.
'We made a couple little mistakes, in the start mostly, and paid the price for it,' BRADY continued. 'On the positive side I think we were only one mistake away from winning a couple of those races. It wasn't like we were out there making up the numbers. So I think Larry is happy with that and we know we can tighten it up a little more.'
Friday's schedule calls for a Pro-Am regatta in the morning, beginning at 10:00. Group B racing is scheduled to resume around 13:30 and, time permitting, the Race Committee would also like to start the repechage round on Friday afternoon.
Allianz Cup Results
Round Robin Standings
(After 7 of 7 flights)
1. Ian WILLIAMS (GBR), Team Pindar, 5-2
2. Peter HOLMBERG (ISV), Alinghi, 5-2
3. Ben AINSLIE (GBR), Emirates Team New Zealand, 5-2
4. Chris DICKSON (NZL), BMW ORACLE Racing, 4-3
5. Johnie BERNTSSON (SWE), Berntsson Sailing Team, 4-3
6. Staffan LINDBERG (FIN), Alandia Sailing Team, 2-5
7. Chris PERKINS (USA), Team St Francis Yacht Club, 2-5
8. Björn HANSEN (SWE), Team Apport.net, 1-6
(After 4 of 7 flights)
1. Paolo CIAN (ITA), Team Viano Mercedes Benz - Shosholoza, 4-0
2. Peter GILMOUR (AUS), PST, 3-1
2. Ed BAIRD (USA), Alinghi, 3-1
4. Jesper BANK (DEN), United Internet Team Germany, 2-2
4. Mathieu RICHARD (FRA), Saba Sailing Team, 2-2
6. Cameron DUNN (NZL), Mascalzone Latino - Capitalia, 1-3
6. Brian ANGEL (USA), King Harbour Match Race, 1-3
8. Larry ELLISON (USA), BMW ORACLE Racing, 0-4
|1||Ian WILLIAMS||GBR||4||Williams Sail Racing||35|
|2||Mathieu RICHARD||FRA||6||Saba Sailing Team||30|
|4||Jes GRAM-HANSEN||DEN||24||Mascalzone Latino - Capitalia||27|
|5||Paolo CIAN||ITA||2||Team Viano Mercedes Benz||25|
|5||Chris DICKSON||NZL||5||BMW ORACLE Racing||25|
|7||Staffan LINDBERG||FIN||9||Alandia Sailing Team||16|
|8||Jesper BANK||DEN||57||United Internet Team Germany||20|
|8||Magnus HOLMBERG||SWE||42||Victory Challenge||20|
World Match Racing Tour Schedule
|Stage 1||Portugal Match Cup||Cascais, Portugal||18-23 July 2006|
|Stage 2||Danish Open||Copenhagen, Denmark||9-13 August 2006|
|Stage 3||St. Moritz Match Race||St. Moritz, Switzerland||15-20 August 2006|
|Stage 4||Bermuda Gold Cup||Hamilton, Bermuda||10-15 October 2006|
|Stage 5||Allianz Cup||San Francisco, USA||24-29 October|
|Stage 6||Monsoon Cup||Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia||28 November-3 December 2006|
|Stage 7||Match Race Germany||Langenargen, Germany||23-28 May 2007|
|Stage 8||Portugal Match Cup||Cascais, Portugal||July 2007|
|Stage 9||Danish Open||Copenhagen, Denmark||August 2007|
|Stage 10||St Moritz Match Race||St. Moritz, Switzerland||August 2007|
|Stage 11||ACI Adris Match Race Cup||Rovinj, Croatia||September 2007|
|Stage 12||Locman Cup - Elba Island||Porto Azzurro, Elba Island, Italy||September 2007|
|Stage 13||Brasil Sailing Cup||Angra dos Reis, Brazil||October 2007|
|Stage 14||Bermuda Gold Cup||Hamilton, Bermuda||October 2007|
|Stage 15||Monsoon Cup||Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia||20 November-2 December 2007|
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