Adam Minoprio reaches finals at Asian Match Racing Championship
The up-and-coming young Kiwi match racer Adam Minoprio (ranked 29th in Match Racing) is currently racing in the Asian Match Racing Championship. He has reached the finals where he will have to face Neil Semple from Thailand. Here is his report from the races:
Hello again from BlackMatch in Malaysia ,
Today was again in sailed in near perfect conditions. The race committee did an outstanding job, managing to finish the round robin and also the semi finals in a 12 knot sea breeze.
We finished the round robin on top with a perfect score card, this gave us the advantage of choosing our opponent to race in the Semi final. It is often the case that you would choose the perceived weakest opponent or lowest qualifier to race in the semis, but today we choose to race our nearest competitor, Martin Kaye who was representing Hong Kong. Our reason for choosing the toughest opposition was simple, today promised stable sea breeze conditions that ensured fair racing, whereas tomorrow might have delivered more fickle conditions and a bigger risk of losing against such a tough competitor.
They don't call this the Monsoon Cup Qualifier for nothing and with ominous black clouds looming in the distance we managed to take out the semi final 3-0 and get back to into the shelter of the yacht club, before the rain started.
The other semi final was shaping up to be a lot closer and we watched with interest as James Cole (Singapore) and Neil Semple (Thailand) had a close battle for the last berth in the final. Neil Semple eventually emerged as the victor with a 3-1 scorecard.
As the Monsoon embarked on us the breeze spun around 180 degrees and the course was reset for an exhibition match race with BlackMatch taking on 3 time World Match Racing Champion, Peter Gimour. We managed to take the victory in a closely fought and entertaining match.
We are looking forward to the best of five final which begins tomorrow morning, and once again thanks for all the support, especially to Ross Munro and Line 7, John Brown from Waiwera Infinity and the RNZYS.
The up-and-coming Adam Minoprio racing to victory against Cameron Dunn in the 2006 Open España. Calpe, 8 September 2006. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing