'Today was a very, very tight series,' said GILMOUR. 'We could sense from the crowd every time Magnus got ahead or did something clever and pushed us behind; you're a very partisan crowd. It's a pleasure to be out there… As sailors we enjoy seeing people come down and watch the sport.'
Another large crowd numbering between 30,000 and 35,000 turned out for the sixth and final day of the twelfth Swedish Match Cup. They were treated to more fantastic match racing. Like Saturday's quarter final round, the semi finals and final went the distance before the winner was determined.
The sailors all agreed that they had never been to a match racing regatta where that had happened before.
'I think that both teams sailed really well in the final,' said HOLMBERG, the skipper of Sweden's America's Cup syndicate. 'We were talking afterwards that we shouldn't be too depressed about the result. The boys did a fantastic job. Another team sailed a little bit better. It wasn't any major things we should've done differently. There were slight things, but I think we sailed really well and Peter and his team sailed just a bit better.'
In finishing second, HOLMBERG was the highest placed of any of the America's Cup teams in the event.
'We were the best America's Cup team,' he said. 'We don't have to fear anyone on sailing skill.'
GILMOUR and HOLMBERG advanced to the final after winning their semi final matches 3-2. GILMOUR beat Dean BARKER (NZL), of Emirates Team New Zealand, and HOLMBERG defeated Peter HOLMBERG (ISV), of Alinghi (SUI).
In the petite final, BARKER defeated Peter HOLMBERG 2-0.
Ed BAIRD (USA), of Alinghi, placed fifth overall, a result which looks likely to keep the back to back World Championship behind GILMOUR in the ISAF World Match Race Rankings. In the clash of the top two Ranked sailors, GILMOUR beat him 2-1 in Saturday's quarter finals.
On the next release of the Rankings on 13 July the top eleven sailors will receive invites to the ISAF Match Racing World Championship (the ten highest placed sailors plus defending champion Ed BAIRD Ranked at number two) being held in Calpe, Spain from 12-17 September. Of the sailors who had a chance to enter that top eleven, only Bertrand PACÉ (FRA), at number 16 in the Rankings, finished within the top eight.
Peter GILMOUR (AUS) d. Magnus HOLMBERG (SWE), 3-2
Dean BARKER (NZL) d. Peter HOLMBERG (ISV), 2-0
Peter GILMOUR (AUS) d. Dean BARKER (NZL), 3-2
Magnus HOLMBERG (SWE) d. Peter HOLMBERG (ISV), 3-2
5th - 8th Places
Russell COUTTS (NZL) d. Kelvin HARRAP (NZL)
Ed BAIRD (USA) d. Bertrand PACÉ (FRA)
Ed BAIRD (USA) d. Russell COUTTS (NZL)
Bertrand PACÉ (FRA) d. Kelvin HARRAP (NZL)
1. Peter GILMOUR (AUS), Pizza-La Sailing Team (AUS)
2. Magnus HOLMBERG (SWE), Victory Challenge (SWE)
3. Dean BARKER (NZL), Emirates Team New Zealand
4. Peter HOLMBERG (ISV), Alinghi (SUI)
5. Ed BAIRD (USA), Alinghi (SUI)
6. Russell COUTTS (NZL), Coutts Racing
7. Bertrand PACÉ (FRA), BMW Oracle Racing (USA)
8. Kelvin HARRAP (NZL), Emirates Team New Zealand
9. Johnie BERNTSSON (SWE)
10. Jesper RADICH (DEN)
11. Björn HANSEN (SWE)
12. Philippe PRESTI (FRA), Luna Rossa Challenge (ITA)
13. Lars NORDBJERG (DEN)
14. Ian WILLIAMS (GBR)
15. Staffan LINDBERG (FIN)
15. Iain PERCY (GBR), +39 Challenge (ITA)