Mirsky Racing Team cruise into semifinals of Open de España
With fickle winds MRT hit the water this morning with 3 races remaining in the round robin. They dominated the prestart to win the first two races.
The third race of the day saw MRT face Frenchman Damien Iehl. MRT lost the prestart but attacked up the first windward leg to force a penalty on Iehl at the top mark. MRT remained on the Frenchman’s tail all around the course until Iehl luffed MRT around the finish mark, rather than sailing directly to the finish as required. An unorthodox call saw MRT awarded a penalty and the match was given to Iehl.
After the race with Iehl, MRT was placed 2nd in the round robin, meaning they would face Michele Perris of Monaco in the quarter final.
MRT regained their composure and went to defeat Perris 3-0 to advance to the semi final.
Tomorrow MRT will race the semi final against an opponent still to be decided.
MRT Torvar Mirsky def Michele Perris 3-0
Damien Iehl def. Ian Ainslie 3-1
PA Morvan def. Manu Weiller 3-1
Bjorn Hansen def. Peter Wibroe 3-1
9th Mads Ebler
10th Alvaro Marinho
11th William Tiller
12th Eugeny Neugodnikov
The day's only glitch for Torvar Mirsky and his team. Damien Iehl gets them a penalty a few meters before the finish line of the last race of the round robins. Calpe, 30 April 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing