Peter GILMOUR and his PST crew earned nearly $120,000 in prize money between the event and the World Tour, including a new BMW X3, and gold medals from ISAF. Last season the team won nearly $180,000 at the final event.
'I felt on the money today,' said the 46 year old GILMOUR.
GILMOUR clinched his third consecutive Tour Championship and fourth ISAF Worlds last month at the ISAF Grade 1 Match Race Germany. The World Tour and ISAF joined forces earlier this year to award the two championships in conjunction. Besides winning the past two Tour championships, GILMOUR previously won the ISAF Worlds in 1990, 1997 and 1998.
'The decision was taken unanimously that the World Championship should be a Tour Championship,' said Nucci Novi CEPPELLINI, ISAF Vice-President from Italy. 'A Tour can define a champion better.'
On Elba Island, GILMOUR said he had been struggling all week with a sore back, which left him out of sorts on Saturday when he was nearly upended in the semi-final round. But a night of rest and trademark superb boat handling from his long time crew helped right his ship.
WILLIAMS, 29, had been the star of the week, putting forth his best effort in his first year on the Tour. He won the round robin with a 12-2 record, including two victories over GILMOUR, breezed through the semis and believed he could beat GILMOUR. In the end, he learned the value of experience.
'The way he approaches the final, you have to be significantly better to finish him off,' said WILLIAMS. 'His experience allows him to get the best of what he's got.'
WILLIAMS had little to be ashamed of. His second place finish, coupled with Staffan LINDBERG (FIN) placing fourth, meant that Williams Sail Racing finished second in the World Championship for the year. He entered the regatta in fifth place, six points behind LINDBERG, but wound up two points ahead of his Finnish rival.
'That was our goal coming in, to get the silver medal,' WILLIAMS said. 'Second's not bad in your first full year on the Tour.'
LINDBERG and his Alandia Sailing Team dropped to third overall in the world championship, but won $12,500 from the Tour and bronze medals from ISAF. The Finn has been having troubles with crew consistency, which he intends to sort out for next year. He finished fourth in the regatta and won 9,000€ (approx. $11,000).
Cameron DUNN (NZL), Mascalzone Latino - Capitalia Team, placed third in the event after winning the petite-final 2-0 over LINDBERG. DUNN, sailing in just his tenth match race regatta as a skipper, finished with a 16-7 record and won 10,000€ (approx. $12,600) of the event prize purse.
The rest of the World Championship was filled by skippers who did not compete at Elba.
American BAIRD, a helmsman for Alinghi and last year's Tour runner up, won a three way tie for sixth. BAIRD finished with 32 points and placed sixth ahead of Gavin BRADY, the New Zealand skipper of the Beau Geste Sailing Team, and Frenchman Thierry PEPONNET, a member of Areva Challenge.
Locman Cup - Elba Island Results
1. Ian WILLIAMS (GBR), Williams Sail Racing, 12-2
2. Peter GILMOUR (AUS), PST, 12-2
3. Cameron DUNN (NZL), Mascalzone Latino - Capitalia Team, 10-4
4. Staffan LINDBERG (FIN), Alandia Sailing Team, 6.5-7
5. Ian AINSLIE (RSA), Team Shosholoza, 5-9
6. Thierry PEPONNET (FRA), Areva Challenge, 5-9
7. Pierre MAS (FRA), China Team, 3-11
8. Giovanni SEGNINI (ITA), Locman Sailing Team, 2-12
Locman Cup - Elba Island Final Standings
1. Peter GILMOUR (AUS), PST
2. Ian WILLIAMS (GBR), Williams Sail Racing
3. Cameron DUNN (NZL), Mascalzone Latino - Capitalia
4. Staffan LINDBERG (FIN), Alandia Sailing Team
5. Ian AINSLIE (RSA), Team Shosholoza
6. Thierry PEPONNET (FRA), Areva Challenge
7. Pierre MAS (FRA), China Team
8. Giovanni SEGNINI (ITA), Locman Sailing Team
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World Match Racing Tour Leaderboard
(After 8 of 8 Stages)
|GBR||5||Williams Sail Racing||63|
|FIN||12||Alandia Sailing Team||61|
|4||Jesper BANK||DEN||54||United Internet Team Germany||45|
|5||Ben AINSLIE||GBR||22||Emirates Team New Zealand||45|
|7||Gavin BRADY||NZL||36||Beau Geste Sailing Team||32|
|8||Thierry PEPONNET||FRA||75||Areva Challenge||32|
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 Adris Match Race Cup||Rovinj, Croatia||23-28 May 2006|
|Stage 7||Match Race Germany||Langenargen, Germany||1-5 June 2006|
|Stage 8||Locman Cup - Elba Island||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. Skippers earn points towards the World Championship at the nine events of the World Tour and the highest scoring skipper at the end of the season is the ISAF Match Racing World Champion. The World Champion wins a BMW X3 3.0i from World Tour partner BMW AG and a $30,000 cash bonus from the World Tour.
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