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13 June 2004, 05:24 pm
Gilmour Cleans Up
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Match Race Germany
Lake Constance

Peter GILMOUR and the Pizza-La Sailing Team gained a measure of revenge today with a thorough victory over Bertrand PACE's French crew in the final of the ISAF Grade 1, Match Race Germany.
Gilmour and the Pizza-La crew, including Mike Mottl (AUS), Kazuhiko SOFUKU (JPN), Yasuhiro YAJI (JPN) and local German sailor Carsten KEMMLING, defeated Pacé and crewmembers Benoit BRIAND (FRA), Thierry FOUCHIER (FRA), Fabrice LEVET (FRA) and German Claas de JONG, 3-2, to claim the ninth annual event sailed on Lake Constance in southern Germany.

After losing to Pacé in Croatia two weeks ago, Gilmour came to Germany with a vengeance, and left with a slew of accolades.

By becoming the first skipper to win 10 straight races at Match Race Germany, he won a Mercedes Benz SLK 200 roadster valued at Euro 40,000 (approximately $48,000). And the Pizza-La crew won Euro 4,800 (approximately $5,700) in prize money.

"We also have a bit of humility," said Gilmour, 44, from Perth, Western Australia. "It was a fabulous week."

Pacé was clearly disappointed about losing, but knew it'd be difficult to beat Gilmour a second consecutive time.

"I couldn't get out of being the port-tack boat in the pre-start," said Pacé, 42. "He kept pushing us into trouble. Peter and his crew were clearly the better team today."

In the Petit Final, Gavin BRADY's BMW Oracle Racing crew (Dirk de RIDDER, Sean CLARKSON, Brad WEBB, Andreas JOHN) defeated Jes Gram-Hansen's Team Denmark (Rasmus KOSTNER, Christian KAMP, Michael ARNHILD, Henning SOHM) 3-1 to capture third, and place Team Denmark fourth.

"We won three starts and he won one, and that was the difference," said Brady, 30, the helmsman for America's Cup challenger BMW Oracle Racing.

"Once we got up 2-0, we were able to change our strategy a bit and put more pressure on (Gram-Hansen) to sail a perfect race. We wanted to make it hard for him to execute," said Brady.

Gram-Hansen expressed more disappointment today than yesterday, when he lost the one race showdown with Gilmour for the Mercedes Benz.

"Gilmour should've won that race, we never expected to," said Gram-Hansen, 32. "I made some slight errors in timing. They were about 2 or 3 seconds, but it's the difference between good and very good."
Sean McNeill (As Amended By ISAF News Editor)
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