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7 December 2008, 06:20 pm
GILMOUR Steals The Show To Win 2008 Monsoon Cup
Peter GILMOUR celebrates after winning the 2008 Monsoon Cup
Peter GILMOUR celebrates after winning the 2008 Monsoon Cup

Monsoon Cup 2008
Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia

King of the Monsoon Cup for the second time is Peter GILMOUR and his Yanmar Racing team as the Australian skipper defeated Kiwi young gun Adam MINOPRIO in the final today.
Challenged on every part of the race course through four very tough races, Peter GILMOUR (AUS) and his team of Yasuhiro YAJI, Rod DAWSON, Thierry DOUILLARD and Kazuhiko SOFUKU, are deserved winners of the 2008 Monsoon Cup.

Adam MINOPRIO (NZL) came back from 2-0 down in his semi-final against the newly crowned 2008 ISAF Match Racing World Champion Ian WILLIAMS (GBR) to win 3-2 and earn his place in the final. However the young New Zealander met his match in four-time ISAF Match Racing World Champion GILMOUR, with the veteran Australian skipper winning the match 3-1.
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After several months of leading the Monsoon Cup event management team, GILMOUR then had to turn around and focus his energies on the competition. It is a testament to the skills of this sailor that he was able to make the seamless move from Race Advisor to successful skipper.

"I feel very elated," GILMOUR said. "It has been a long few months for us to pull the event together and then the deck was pretty well stacked against me for doing well here. I have tremendous crew here, which kept me concentrating, kept me sailing. They are not too hard on me when I make basic mistakes like running into committee boats and just keep me rolling along.

"Clearly we were very lucky to be in the final. We probably did not deserve to be on the race course, but here we are and we won the final.

"The result is great for 2009. We look forward to going on the Tour and being a part of all that. It is very exciting."

GILMOUR had a tough trip to the top, finishing tied on five match wins with Sébastien COL (FRA), Magnus HOLMBERG (SWE) and Ben AINSLIE (GBR) at the end of the round robin series. On a countback GILMOUR went through to the quarter-finals where he raced COL, winning his semi-final place after five hard and at times, controversial matches.

The semi-final for GILMOUR was an extraordinary situation where his opponent was 22-year-old Torvar MIRSKY (AUS), a one-time match racing student of GILMOUR's. It was a battle of wits; skill and experience which saw GILMOUR dominate the matches to win 3-0.

In the petit-final, MIRSKY and recently anointed World Champion, took to the water to redress their semi-final losses as they both refocused and looked to finish third in the event. A tough battle between the two with MIRSKY dominating both matches to take out third place Monsoon Cup honours.

2008 ISAF Match Racing World Championship

The Monsoon Cup was the final stage of the 2008 World Match Racing Tour and the deciding event in the battle for the 2008 ISAF Match Racing World Championship Trophy. Reigning World Champion WILLIAMS and his Bahrain Team Pindar took out the 2008 ISAF Match Racing World Championship ahead of COL of French Match Racing Team/K-Challenge in second place and Mathieu RICHARD (FRA) of French Match Racing Team/French Spirit in third.

Commenting on his victory, WILLIAMS said: "We're absolutely delighted to win the championship again. It's the culmination of a lot of hard work and great teamwork. Yesterday, when the pressure was on in the quarter-finals against Mathieu [RICHARD], I really felt we really sailed like World Champions. It's been a fantastic season and we're looking forward to defending our title again in 2009."

Overall Results

1. Peter GILMOUR (AUS), Yanmar Racing
2. Adam MINOPRIO (NZL), ETNZ/Black Match Racing
3. Torvar MIRSKY (AUS), Mirsky Racing Team
4. Ian WILLIAMS (GBR), Bahrain Team Pindar
5. Paolo CIAN (ITA), Team Shosholoza
6. Sébastien COL (FRA), French Match Racing Team / K-Challenge
7. Magnus HOLMBERG (SWE), Victory Challenge
8. Mathieu RICHARD (FRA), French Match Racing Team / French Spirit
9. Ben AINSLIE (GBR), Team Origin
10. Keith SWINTON (AUS), Black Swan Racing
11. Johnie BERNTSSON (SWE), Berntsson Sailing Team
12. Nurul Ain MD ISA (MAS), Perak Sailing Team

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Peter GILMOUR (AUS) d. Adam MINOPRIO (NZL), 3-1


Torvar MIRSKY (AUS) d. Ian WILLIAMS (GBR), 2-0


Peter GILMOUR (AUS) d. Torvar MIRSKY (AUS), 3-0


Adam MINOPRIO (NZL) d. Paolo CIAN (ITA), 3-1
Torvar MIRSKY (AUS) d. Magnus HOLMBERG (SWE), 3-0
Ian WILLIAMS (GBR) d. Mathieu RICHARD (FRA), 3-0
Peter GILMOUR (AUS) d. Sébastien COL (FRA), 3-2

Round Robin

Paolo CIAN (ITA), Team Shosholoza, 9-2
Torvar MIRSKY (AUS), Mirsky Racing Team, 9-2
Adam MINOPRIO (NZL), Black Match Racing / ETNZ, 8-3
Mathieu RICHARD (FRA), French Match Racing Team / French Spirit, 6-5
Ian WILLIAMS (GBR), Bahrain Team Pindar, 6-5
Sébastien COL (FRA), French Match Racing Team / K-Challenge, 5-6
Magnus HOLMBERG (SWE), Victory Challenge, 5-5*
Peter GILMOUR (AUS), Yanmar Racing Team, 5-6
Keith SWINTON (AUS), Black Swan Racing, 4-7
Johnie BERNTSSON (SWE), Berntsson Sailing Team, 3-8
Nurul Ain MD ISA (MAS), Perak Sailing Team, 0-11

* 1 Point deducted for damage

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World Match Racing Tour Leaderboard
(Top ten teams after Stage 8 of 9)

1. Ian WILLIAMS (GBR), Team Pindar, 92 points
2. Sébastien COL (FRA), French Match Racing Team/K-Challenge, 88
3. Mathieu RICHARD (FRA), French Match Racing Team/ French Team Spirit, 77
4. Adam MINOPRIO (NZL), ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing Team, 53
4. Torvar MIRSKY (AUS), Mirsky Racing Team, 53
6. Magnus HOLMBERG (SWE), Victory Challenge, 51
7. Mattias RAHM (SWE), Stena Bulk Sailing Team, 46
8. Paolo CIAN (ITA), Team Shosholoza, 43
9. Bjorn HANSEN (SWE), Alandia Sailing Team, 40
9. Johnie BERNTSSON (SWE), Berntsson Sailing Team, 40

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