Mirsky Racing Team blitzes the Portugal Match Cup
[Source: Mirsky Racing Team] It seems to have been a long time coming, but the Mirsky Racing Team blasted through the final stages of the Troia Portugal Match Cup yesterday to take out the title 2-0 over ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing of New Zealand. After being picked by the top qualifier, Mathieu Richard of the French Match Racing Team for their semi final showdown, MRT came into the day with all guns blazing - taking the French team down in the first 2 races, and qualifying for the finals.
Adam Minoprio of ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing also qualified, taking down current World Champions Bahrain Team Pindar in the third and final race of their semi final series, giving MRT the final they had been hanging out for. "We have a great rivalry with Adam and his team" said Torvar, "and both our teams have wanted to race off in a Tour final for a while now, so it was really a dream come true to get to race them and take them down!"
Mirsky Racing Team blitzes the Portugal Match Cup. Troia, 21 June 2009. Photo copyright Wander Roberto
Although the scorecard doesn't show it, the racing was incredibly tight, with both teams throwing everything they had at it. The second race saw ETNZ/BlacMatch Racing come off the line with a slight advantage, but MRT maintained the starboard advantage, and managed to squeeze ahead at the first top mark with the kiwis snapping at their heels. "On the final downwind, we were making some big gains", said Dave Swete of ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing, "we knew we didn't have enough to win it, but it was good fun to give the guys a scare."
This is the first World Match Racing Tour win for the young Aussies, but with Match Cup Sweden coming up next week in their favoured boats - the DS37's, it could be just the first of many.
MRT proudly supported by Line7, Harken and the Royal Perth Yacht Club.