Saturday, September 12, 2009

BlackMatch look ahead after failure in Denmark

Hi all from BlackMatch,

Another very tough day of sailing and with the dubious task of winning all of our matches to qualify, a loss in our opening match against Mathieu Richard spelled the end for Blackmatch, as we bowed out of the 2009 Danish Open. After such a great fight back last week, the tough format with only the top 4 teams progressing simply did not allow for a slow start to the regatta and this did not help our cause. We also had a loss to fellow Kiwi Phil Robertson who had an excellent day and took a well deserved victory after winning the start and sailing a great race to extend away. In our other races we had wins against Sebastian Col and Torvar Mirsky but it was too little too late.

We are currently 1 nil up against Damien Iehl in a battle for the 7th and 8th positions and although minor placings it would be great to take out the French world number 6 in the first to 2 wins match up.

BlackMatch would like to congratulate the top four teams Peter Gilmour, Torvar Mirsky, Jes Gram Hansen and Matius Rahm and we look forward to seeing who will come out the victor. We are now looking forward to the Argo Group Gold Cup in Bermuda which is the penultamate event on the tour and a result here will put us in an excellent position for a shot at taking out the World Match Racing Tour.

A big thank you to our sponsor Fedex Express and also to the support received from Emirates Team New Zealand and our yacht club the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.

Adam Minoprio, the world's number one match racer, bows out of the Danish Open. Aarhus, 12 September 2009. Photo copyright Per Heegaard

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