Denmark's Jesper RADICH overcame a 0-2 deficit to local hero Magnus HOLMBERG of Team StoraEnso to rally back for a 3-2 win to advance to the quarterfinals of the ISAF Grade 1 Swedish Match Cup.
"(Down 0-2) I changed my game plan, it wasn't the crew, it was my mistakes,"
confessed Radich. "I decided to get to the line earlier to make it much more aggressive with sharp maneuvers. That's what the America's Cup guys do, and what we needed to do today."
Also advancing to the quarterfinals are US Virgin Islander Peter HOLMBERG of Pelle Petterson Yachting , Australia's Peter GILMOUR of Team Pizza-La, a five-time winner of the Swedish Match Cup, 2002 ISAF World Champion Poland's Karol JABLONSKI, Denmark's Jesper BANK, former helmsman of the Victory Challenge and Great Britain's Chris LAW of "The Outlaws." They are joined by Spithill, former helmsman of the OneWorld Challenge, and Sweden's Mattias RAHM of Team Stena Bulk, who previously advanced as top finishers in their respective groups.
Peter HOLMBERG and his crew had the shortest day of any of the 12 teams out on the water, winning their battle with Italy's Paolo CIAN of the Riviera di Rimini Sailing Team 3-0.
"It was definitely tricky out there today with the direction the wind was coming in,"
said Holmberg. "I'm fortunate to have some very good crew sailing with me this week and that can make the difference."
Meanwhile, Gilmour won his first match against Finland's Staffan LINDBERG then dropped the next two, putting his back against the wall and his chances of advancing in jeopardy, before fighting back to win the final two matches to advance in a taut thriller.
Jablonski also found himself in a tight five-match affair against local skipper Johnnie Berntsson, while Bank and Law advanced on 3-1 scores against their opponents Great Britain's Andy Beadsworth of Team Henri Llyod and Sweden's Mikael Lindqvist, respectively.
Quarterfinal pairings (first-to-two points):
Spithill vs. Jablonski
Gilmour vs. P. Holmberg
Rahm vs. Bank
Law vs. Radich