Swedish David topples Aussie Goliath in five race marathon

GKSS Match Cup Sweden

Marstrand, Sweden GKSS Match Cup Sweden is renowned for drawing out performances from local sailors, fired up by crowds cheering them on from the perimeter of Marstrand Arena. This occurred today when Nicklas Dackhammar's ESSIQ Racing Team, 15th on the World Match Racing Tour leaderboard, overcame Australian Matt Jerwood's Redline Racing 5th placed team in a five race marathon. The southerly wind veered west mid-afternoon and there were large holes across the course, with wind speeds of 4- 14 knots. Aboard their high performance M32 catamarans, Dackhammar won race one, then in the second Jerwood prevailed after three lead changes.
Jerwood planted a pre-start penalty on his opponent taking it to match point but then the young Swede bounced back the level the score. The final race seemed to all be over when Dackhammar copped another pre-start penalty. Advantage Australia.
However "there were puffy conditions. It was getting quite light and we thought that would favour us, sailing upwind with the gennaker," explained Dackhammar. "We tried to avoid the light patches and make good manoeuvres sailing fast all the time."
Swedish fans were euphoric when their underdogs eventually pulled ahead, to win the decider and a Quarter Finals place. On board there were hugs all round. "It was a relief," admitted Dackhammar.
"The World Match Racing Tour is a top level competition and coming to our city in our country – this is the event we most want to win. We knew it would be tough against Jerwood. They were second in Australia and were third here last year. This shows that we can go all the way."
Jerwood was gracious in defeat: "We weren't good enough today. All day we were struggling in the lighter airs while Nick is really quick. We can't keep up with him in those conditions."
Elsewhere in the Super 16 Knockout round, Pieter-Jan Postma went 3-1 up against match racing veteran Torvar Mirsky while there were 3-0 wins for David Gilmour against Sally Barkow's all-female Team Magenta 32 crew and in Chris Steele's race against another popular Swedish skipper, Johnie Berntsson and his FLUX Team.
Spindrift racing skipper Yann Guichard was also on fire, albeit in slightly unorthodox fashion. He lost all his starts against Sam Gilmour, but in all three races came from behind to take the lead.
"It was really tight racing," said Guichard. "We made a couple of mistakes during the pre-starts, but after that we sailed very well. Our tactics were perfect and our manoeuvres as well. Sometimes you wake up in the morning and you can't put a foot wrong." As to losing the starts, Guichard attributed this to mis-communication on board.
With Sam Gilmour out, one Gilmour remains in the competition in elder brother David. "Today was quite difficult because it was more shifty with the wind coming over land," he said.
Gilmour also took some match racing to two time Women's Match Racing World Champion, Sally Barkow. This included a massive final race dial-down coming into the top mark that left Team Magenta 32 floundering.
"Dial-downs don't generally work in catamarans and we had planning on not doing one but we thought it was the right spot under the rocks where there wasn't so much wind and Sally had to do quite a big turn to go behind us and there wasn't much wind for them to accelerate," Gilmour explained.
Another star performer was young Sydney sailor Harry Price, who breezed through his Qualifying Sail Off to get the final berth in the Super 16. First he dispatched Switzerland's Eric Monnin and then lined up against his fellow Sydney match racer Evan Walker, who again was unable to make an impression on Price, despite planting a pre-start penalty on him.
"We knew we were strong around the course and in the pre-starts and used that to our advantage," said Price. "We have done a lot of monohull match racing in Australia and elsewhere but we've only started in the cats this year. Yesterday was the first time we'd ever been fleet racing in them!"
Tomorrow the remainder of the Super 16 Knockout series will be sailed to determine the rest of the Quarter Finalists.

Qualifying sail off – results

– Harry Price (AUS) Down Under Racing 2-0 Eric Monnin (SUI) Albert Riele Swiss Team
– Harry Price (AUS) Down Under Racing 2-0 Evan Walker (AUS) KA Match

Super 16 knockout – results

– Yann Guichard (FRA) Spindrift racing 3-0 Sam Gilmour (AUS) Neptune Racing
– David Gilmour (AUS) Team Gilmour 3-0 Sally Barkow (USA) Magenta 32
– Pieter-Jan Postma (NED) Sailing Team NL 3-1 Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team
– Nicklas Dackhammar (SWE) ESSIQ Racing 3-2 Matt Jerwood (AUS) Redline Racing
– Chris Steele (NZL) 36 Below Racing 3-0 Johnie Berntsson (SWE) FLUX Team E-mail this page Print this pageOriginal Article


Inshore shuffle at ORC Worlds

ORC Worlds

Trieste, Italy First two inshore races held in light winds, yet race results are tight with new series leaders in two classes The start of inshore racing on the third day of the ORC Worlds Trieste 2017 saw another day of light air – 6-8 knots from the southwest – but racing was nonetheless close in corrected time.
Two races on windward-leeward courses were completed, with a shortened course in the second race, and new series leaders have emerged in two of the three classes.
Maurizio Poser's Swan 42 Sheraa Yacht Club Hannibal seems to have chosen the right strategy in being the slowest rated boat in Class A because the are sailing extremely well and have extended their lead in the standings on the strength of their 3-1 finishing record today.
Their two closest rivals in second and third place – Sandro Paniccia's Scuderia 50 Altair 3 and Vincenzo Onerato's Cookson 50 Mascalzone Latino – are 9 and 11 points behind, respectively.
The Class A reigning World Champion – Vadim Yakimenko's TP52 Freccia Rossa – was given a scoring penalty for Races 1 & 2 from the Jury for a small safety equipment issue discovered after sailing, but remains in contention in 4th place.
In Class B Diego Zanco's X-41 Nube from Croatia had solid finishes of 3-3 today to jump to the top of standings, helped in part by yesterday's series leader – Sergey Kolesnikov's X-41 Technonicol from Russia – suffered a 50-point black flag penalty for being over early at the start, a testament to the aggressiveness of the starts in this class.
Nube enjoys now a healthy 21-point lead over one of the pre-event favorites, second-placed Massimo de Campo's Swan 42 Selene Alifax, who in turn is only one point ahead of Nadia Canalaz's M45 Horus Tempus Fugit. Once the event's scoreboard reaches 7 races each team may drop their worst score, so this will give Technonicol a chance to come back into the top ranks.
In Class C the racing was especially close, with two teams in the top ranks having to share points for third place. On scores of 5-3 in Races 3 and 4, Alessio Querin's Farr 30 Mummy One-Lab Met jumped to the top of the leaderboard with a 7.5-point lead over Michael Mollmann's X37 Hansen from Denmark and another Farr 30, Giacomo and Franco Loro Piana's Sease.
They are 10.5 points ahead of the next nearest rival, Giuseppe Giuffre's Italia 9.98 Low Noise II, Class C World Champion in 2014 and 2015. The leader after the first two offshore races,
Aivar Tuulberg's Arcona 340 Katariina II, the reigning ORC Class C European Champion, had a tough day on scores of 20 and 16, forcing him off the top of the standings.
Notable for the day in Class C was Cesare Brennan's modified Melges 32 Airis, who had the best inshore race record of 3-1. If this veteran team continues to sail well and when discards will be allowed (possibly Friday), watch for them to vault up the standings when their 46th in Race 2 is dropped.
Racing resumes today in the Gulf of Trieste, with another two inshore races planned.
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