Thursday, December 03, 2009

Monsoon Cup - Day 2 - Flight 13: Ainslie leads with 7 points; Robertson on "steroids" upsets world match racing order

[Sorry but there are no photos from that flight] The last flight of the day had two clear protagonists; Ben Ainslie and Phil Robertson, the former for leading the round robin with 7 points and the latter for continuously upsetting the world's match racing order.

Ben Ainslie had to race against Malaysia's match racing champion, something of a formality for a 4-time Olympic medalist. After his easy victory, the skipper of Team Origin and his crew are now sitting on the top of the leaderborad with 7 wins and 2 losses and have surely set their eyes on Friday's quarterfinals.

Yet, the flight's, and day's, big protagonist is Phil Robertson and his WAKA racing team. The team of young kiwis was on some kind of match racing "steroids" today, winning all 5 of their races. The last one to fall was Sweden's Magnus Holmberg who got a penalty at the prestart and despite leading throughout the race he didn't build a margin big enough to offload the penalty and win the race.

WAKA Racing came to Kuala Terengganu being considered one of the teams that probably wouldn't make it to the semifinals and they are currently sitting on 2nd place together with Mathieu Richard, one point behind Ainslie.

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At 8:08 PM, Anonymous grantd said...

I am very sorry to say that all this is SO MUCH BORING!!! match racing, I mean

At 2:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice to see the young Kiwi's on fire!! Nice also seeing something positive vs the ugliness that is the America's Cup at the moment.

At 3:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are right grantd, boring from all points of you. Really curious to check how the new WMRT investors think about all their funds spent in a boring just discovered on the web about a new world series tour called 1v1 Match Racing that seems will make a revolution in the match racing contest in terms of boats, spectators and global attraction toward this sport. Anyway...let hope to see good sailing stuff in the future and enjoy match racing more and more


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