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25 June 2010, 10:19 am
Minoprio Consolidates Lead at the Portimão Portugal Match Cup
Francesco Bruni takes on Magnus Holmberg
Francesco Bruni takes on Magnus Holmberg at the Portugal Match Cup

Portimao Portugal Match Cup 2010
Portimao, Portugal

Day two in Portimão changed the fortunes of some of the top teams at the Portugal Match Cup but the 2009 World Champion Adam Minoprio maintains his lead with clean scorecard.
It was another sunny day with the afternoon wind stabilising later than the first day, swinging right into position from the West and generated some waves.

Some surpising scenarios played out as Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team lost 2 matches in a row and now sits at 3-2, with Francesco Bruni (ITA) also finishing on 3-2 having been beaten by Magnus Holmberg (SWE) Victory Challenge with Bruni having a half point deducted after a collision that resulted in damage. Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team and Adam Minoprio (NZL) ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing, the youngest Tour seeds, sit in the most comfortable positions at 4-1 and 4-0 respectively. Minoprio is still the only unbeaten skipper in Stage 4's Round Robin.

Richard commented on his couple of losses, "We are still at the beginning of the regatta, we take it match after match. Today we were waiting a long time to get out racing, we had a good first match against Manuel Weiller (ESP) Team Iberdrola and after that we had two bad starts with a big timing mistake in the match against Bruni. With Mirsky we had a problem with a sheet, basically we gave it to him. It's difficult to then come back and not make any more mistakes, that's the game of match racing. One mistake is enough to change a match especially if your competitor is sailing well, but at the moment there is still everything to play for."

Bruni was not impressed with his performance, lamenting after a long day, "We lost 2 and we won 1 against Richard, but we also get half a point taken off. There was a collision with Holmberg which was the most disappointing match, we didn't have a good start but we kept close to them right up to the last mark, almost bow to bow. There was a first penalty on us but we only just touched and then moments later we had a second contact between our bow and their stern, it felt soft, but apparently there is 3 hours of work required to repair the damage so we have the half point taken off."

Day 2: Current Round Robin Standings

Adam Minoprio (NZL) ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing - 4-0
Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team - 4-1
Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar - 3-1
Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing* - 3-1
Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team - 3-2
Francesco Bruni (ITA) Azzurra* - 3-2
Magnus Holmberg (SWE) Victory Challenge* - 2-3
Bertrand Pacé (FRA) Aleph Sailing Team - 1-3
Álvaro Marinho (POR) Seth Sailing Team - 1-3
Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Global Team - 1-4
Manuel Weiller (ESP) Team Iberdrola - 2-3
Eugeniy Neugodnikov (RUS) Team Synergy - 0-4

* Deducted 0.5 point for damage

2010 ISAF World Match Racing Tour Standings (After Event 3 of 10)
1 Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team 65 Points
2 Adam Minoprio (NZL) BlackMatch Racing 39 Points
3 Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar 30 Points
4 Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team 28 Points
5 Francesco Bruni (ITA) Azzurra 23 Points
6 Ben Ainslie (GBR) TEAMORIGIN 20 Points
- Jesper Radich (SWE) Radich Racing Team 20 Points
8 Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing 18 Points
9 Paolo Cian (ITA) Team Italia 16 Points
10 Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Gill Global Team 15 Points

Event Website - http://www.portugalmatchcup.com/

The winner of the annual World Match Racing Tour is crowned as ISAF Match Racing World Champion. Find out more at www.sailing.org/matchworlds.

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