Saturday, September 15, 2007

James Spithill beats Peter Gilmour at Latium Match Cup

[Source: World Match Racing Tour] James Spithill dominated the race course on Friday at the Latium Match Cup, Stage 12 of the World Match Racing Tour. It was a long day for competitors starting with the Repechage sail off and ending at sunset with the completion of the Quarter Finals.

In the first race of the sail off Ian Williams took on Mathieu Richard in a match that saw Richard receive an immediate penalty at the leeward mark and then a second penalty for not taking the first one quick enough. Richard fought back to lead down the final run but couldn’t engineer the penalty he needed allowing Williams to slide by. Richard then faced current World Tour Champion Peter Gilmour of PST in the ‘double chance’ sail off but Gilmour overpowered Richard and took the final place in the Quarter Final.

Both Team Shosholaza entrants, Paolo Cian and Ian Anslie had a short sharp Quarter Final and were defeated 3-0 and 3.5 – 0 by Sten Mohr of Rudy Project and Magnus Holmberg of Victory Challenge respectively.

Sebastien Col and Ian Williams fought it out in a five matches. Williams went ahead with a 2-1 score but Col fought back to even up the match. As daylight hours drew to a close it was Col that controlled the match and secured the win.

James Spithill and Peter Gilmour squared up in the fourth Quarter Final and it was Spithill that showed his mentor the way home defeating the three times World Champion 3-0. Spithill said “As usual it’s full fireworks against Gillie with collisions, penalties, ripped spinnakers and a whole load of shouting. Kind of a usual day in the life of Spithill vs Gilmour.” He went on to say that “The 3-0 score line doesn’t reflect how close it was. It could have gone either way and we just found a little luck too. It was a pretty tough day”

Quarter Final Results

Sebastien Col Areva Challenge defeated Ian Williams Team Pindar 3-2
Magnus Holmberg Victory Challenge defeated Ian Ainslie Shosholoza 3-0
Sten Mohr Rudy Project Sailing Team defeated Paolo Cian Shosholoza 3-0

Saturday sees the Semi Finals commence:

Sebastien Col vs Magnus Holmberg
James Spithill vs Sten Mohr

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