Friday, September 18, 2009

Mirsky Racing Team tops WMRT leaderboard; 2nd on ISAF rankings

[Source: Mirsky Racing Team] MRT had a strong start to the season with a 3rd place in the Marseille Match Race followed by two disappointing results in both Germany and Korea. They bounced back at the Portugal Match Cup however, and MRT secured their first World Tour victory.

"That win was amazing, we had been working towards it for such a long time and it was such a good feeling to finally get our first win on the Tour" said tactician Kyle Langford.

The next event, Match Cup Sweden saw MRT fasttrack to the quarterfinals, only to be knocked out by Frenchman Sebastian Col as he went through to make it to the final.

Torvar Mirsky finishes second in Danish Open and becomes the new leader of the World Match Racing Tour. Aarhus, 12 September 2009. Photo copyright Per Heegaard

Hungry for a good performance after a two month break, MRT were keen to show their enthusiasm as they came out to win the round robin in the Swiss Alps and again fasttracked a stage of the competition.

Keen to avenge their loss in Sweden they defeated another Frenchman, Philipe Presti to make their second final of the year. Unfortunately the rematch of the Portugal final against the young Kiwi's of BlackMatch Racing didnt go their way, and they placed second.

Only days later in Denmark and down a crew member, the guys put in another solid performance to finish second and for the first time lead the World Match Racing Tour.

A star studded line up saw Mascalzone Latino's helmsman Jes Gram Hansen clinch victory over the youngest team on the tour with an average age of 23 years old, more than 20 years younger than that of Australian yachting legend, Peter Gilmours crew.

In the past four World Match Racing Tour events MRT has made three finals and go into the next event, the Bermuda Gold Cup as one of the favourites.

"A good result in Bermuda will help us as we go into the final event in Malaysia. The points at the top of the leaderboard are so tight so the Monsoon Cup is really going to be an exciting finale of the 2009 World Tour" Mirsky went on to say.

Always a tricky event, Bermuda has 24 teams and always sees new teams rise up and knock out some of the heavy weight teams which will no doubtably make the finale in Malaysia one to watch out for.

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