Mirsky Racing Team take on France
[Source: Mirsky Racing Team] Mirsky Racing Team went into the day knowing they were one win away from a guaranteed top 4 placing and a semi final berth.
Facing the French Match Racing Team (Phillip Presti) in the moderate Portuguese sea breeze, MRT dominated the prestart and rounded the first top mark with a 5 boat length lead.
MRT displayed strong crew work to defend and even extend their lead to sail to victory over the French veteran.
"Although on paper, our last 2 regattas results have not been so great, we did learn a lot and we are now putting those lessons into practice. We are sailing quite well and are happy with our progress and really look forward to the semis", said MRT helmsman Torvar Mirsky after their morning quarterfinal victory.
The victory early in the day allowed MRT to sit back and watch the other quarterfinals battle it out a much sought after semi final place.
Once the quarterfinals were completed MRT were paired up to race the other French Match Racing Team skipper Mathieu Richard in the semi finals.
The breeze shut down and the competitors were not able to start the semi's.
The semi final races will be held tomorrow morning followed immediately by the finals to decide the 2009 Troia Match Cup champion.