World Match Racing Tour.

ISAF Special Event

  • Qualifying Round - Flight 1 View all results
    M1 Joachim Aschenbrenner Aschenbrenner Racing Team 1 vs 0 Karol Jablonski Jablonski Sailing Team
    M2 Ian Williams GAC Pindar 1 vs 0 Matthew Jerwood Redline Racing
    M3 Johnie Berntsson Stena Sailing Team 1 vs 0 Nicolai Sehested Trefor Match Racing
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 2 View all results
    M4 Ian Williams GAC Pindar 0 vs 1 Karol Jablonski Jablonski Sailing Team
    M5 Johnie Berntsson Stena Sailing Team 1 vs 0 Matthew Jerwood Redline Racing
    M6 Joachim Aschenbrenner Aschenbrenner Racing Team 0 vs 1 Nicolai Sehested Trefor Match Racing
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 3 View all results
    M7 Karol Jablonski Jablonski Sailing Team 1 vs 0 Matthew Jerwood Redline Racing
    M8 Joachim Aschenbrenner Aschenbrenner Racing Team 0 vs 1 Johnie Berntsson Stena Sailing Team
    M9 Ian Williams GAC Pindar 0 vs 1 Nicolai Sehested Trefor Match Racing
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 4 View all results
    M10 Björn Hansen Nautiska Racing 1 vs 0 David Gilmour Team Gilmour
    M11 Eric Monnin Team SailBox 1 vs 0 Przemysław Tarnacki Energa Yacht Racing Team
    M12 Reuben Corbett Corbett Racing 1 vs 0 Sam Gilmour Neptune Racing
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 5 View all results
    M13 David Gilmour Team Gilmour 0 vs 1 Przemysław Tarnacki Energa Yacht Racing Team
    M14 Eric Monnin Team SailBox 1 vs 0 Reuben Corbett Corbett Racing
    M15 Björn Hansen Nautiska Racing 0 vs 1 Sam Gilmour Neptune Racing
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 6 View all results
    M16 David Gilmour Team Gilmour 1 vs 0 Reuben Corbett Corbett Racing
    M17 Björn Hansen Nautiska Racing 1 vs 0 Przemysław Tarnacki Energa Yacht Racing Team
    M18 Eric Monnin Team SailBox 1 vs 0 Sam Gilmour Neptune Racing
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 7 View all results
    M19 Przemysław Tarnacki Energa Yacht Racing Team 1 vs 0 Reuben Corbett Corbett Racing
    M20 David Gilmour Team Gilmour 0 vs 1 Sam Gilmour Neptune Racing
    M21 Björn Hansen Nautiska Racing 1 vs 0 Eric Monnin Team SailBox
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 8 View all results
    M22 Przemysław Tarnacki Energa Yacht Racing Team 1 vs 0 Sam Gilmour Neptune Racing
    M23 David Gilmour Team Gilmour 0 vs 1 Eric Monnin Team SailBox
    M24 Björn Hansen Nautiska Racing 1 vs 0 Reuben Corbett Corbett Racing
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 9 View all results
    M25 Joachim Aschenbrenner Aschenbrenner Racing Team 0 vs 1 Matthew Jerwood Redline Racing
    M26 Karol Jablonski Jablonski Sailing Team 1 vs 0 Nicolai Sehested Trefor Match Racing
    M27 Ian Williams GAC Pindar 1 vs 0 Johnie Berntsson Stena Sailing Team
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 10 View all results
    M28 Matthew Jerwood Redline Racing 1 vs 0 Nicolai Sehested Trefor Match Racing
    M29 Johnie Berntsson Stena Sailing Team 0 vs 1 Karol Jablonski Jablonski Sailing Team
    M30 Ian Williams GAC Pindar 1 vs 0 Joachim Aschenbrenner Aschenbrenner Racing Team
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 11 View all results
    M31 Björn Hansen Nautiska Racing 1 vs 0 Karol Jablonski Jablonski Sailing Team
    M32 Johnie Berntsson Stena Sailing Team 1 vs 0 Reuben Corbett Corbett Racing
    M33 Eric Monnin Team SailBox 0 vs 1 Nicolai Sehested Trefor Match Racing
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 12 View all results
    M34 Björn Hansen Nautiska Racing 1 vs 0 Johnie Berntsson Stena Sailing Team
    M35 Nicolai Sehested Trefor Match Racing 1 vs 0 Reuben Corbett Corbett Racing
    M36 Eric Monnin Team SailBox 0 vs 1 Karol Jablonski Jablonski Sailing Team
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 13 View all results
    M37 Björn Hansen Nautiska Racing 1 vs 0 Nicolai Sehested Trefor Match Racing
    M38 Eric Monnin Team SailBox 0 vs 1 Johnie Berntsson Stena Sailing Team
    M39 Karol Jablonski Jablonski Sailing Team 1 vs 0 Reuben Corbett Corbett Racing
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 14 View all results
    M40 Matthew Jerwood Redline Racing 1 vs 0 Sam Gilmour Neptune Racing
    M41 David Gilmour Team Gilmour 0 vs 1 Joachim Aschenbrenner Aschenbrenner Racing Team
    M42 Ian Williams GAC Pindar 0 vs 1 Przemysław Tarnacki Energa Yacht Racing Team
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 15 View all results
    M43 Joachim Aschenbrenner Aschenbrenner Racing Team 1 vs 0 Sam Gilmour Neptune Racing
    M44 David Gilmour Team Gilmour 0 vs 1 Ian Williams GAC Pindar
    M45 Matthew Jerwood Redline Racing 1 vs 0 Przemysław Tarnacki Energa Yacht Racing Team
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 16 View all results
    M46 Ian Williams GAC Pindar 1 vs 0 Sam Gilmour Neptune Racing
    M47 Joachim Aschenbrenner Aschenbrenner Racing Team 1 vs 0 Przemysław Tarnacki Energa Yacht Racing Team
    M48 David Gilmour Team Gilmour 1 vs 0 Matthew Jerwood Redline Racing
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 17 View all results
    M49 Nicolai Sehested Trefor Match Racing 1 vs 0 Sam Gilmour Neptune Racing
    M50 Johnie Berntsson Stena Sailing Team 0 vs 1 Przemysław Tarnacki Energa Yacht Racing Team
    M51 David Gilmour Team Gilmour 0 vs 1 Karol Jablonski Jablonski Sailing Team
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 18 View all results
    M52 Nicolai Sehested Trefor Match Racing 1 vs 0 Przemysław Tarnacki Energa Yacht Racing Team
    M53 Karol Jablonski Jablonski Sailing Team 1 vs 0 Sam Gilmour Neptune Racing
    M54 David Gilmour Team Gilmour 0 vs 1 Johnie Berntsson Stena Sailing Team
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 19 View all results
    M55 Karol Jablonski Jablonski Sailing Team 1 vs 0 Przemysław Tarnacki Energa Yacht Racing Team
    M56 David Gilmour Team Gilmour 1 vs 0 Nicolai Sehested Trefor Match Racing
    M57 Johnie Berntsson Stena Sailing Team 1 vs 0 Sam Gilmour Neptune Racing
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 20 View all results
    M58 Eric Monnin Team SailBox 0 vs 0 Joachim Aschenbrenner Aschenbrenner Racing Team
    M59 Björn Hansen Nautiska Racing 0 vs 0 Matthew Jerwood Redline Racing
    M60 Ian Williams GAC Pindar 0 vs 0 Reuben Corbett Corbett Racing
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 21 View all results
    M61 Björn Hansen Nautiska Racing 0 vs 0 Joachim Aschenbrenner Aschenbrenner Racing Team
    M62 Eric Monnin Team SailBox 0 vs 0 Ian Williams GAC Pindar
    M63 Matthew Jerwood Redline Racing 0 vs 0 Reuben Corbett Corbett Racing
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 22 View all results
    M64 Eric Monnin Team SailBox 0 vs 0 Matthew Jerwood Redline Racing
    M65 Joachim Aschenbrenner Aschenbrenner Racing Team 0 vs 0 Reuben Corbett Corbett Racing
    M66 Björn Hansen Nautiska Racing 0 vs 0 Ian Williams GAC Pindar
Event Schedule
  • Wednesday, 29 July 10:00-18:00 Qualifying Sessions  18:30 Press conference  20:00 Social Events | Thursday, 30 July 10:00-18:00 Qualifying Sessions   18:30 Press Conference  20:00 Open Ceremony  20:30 Social Events | Friday, 31 July  10:00 -17:30 Semi Finals   17:30-18:00 VIP Pro/Am Race   18:30 Press conference   20:30 Social Events | Saturday, 1 August  10:00-14:00 Finals  15:00 Press conference   19:00 Prize Giving Ceremony – Energa Sopot Match Race   20:30 Closing Ceremony
  • Williams looking to fend off the marauding pack in Poland
    Williams looking to fend off the marauding pack in Poland

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  • Hansen on the early charge at Energa Sopot Match Race
    Hansen on the early charge at Energa Sopot Match Race

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  • Jablonski Masters Blustery Conditions In Home Waters
    Jablonski Masters Blustery Conditions In Home Waters

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    Sopot, Poland (30th July 2015) Veteran Polish match racer and America’s Cup helmsman Karol Jablonski skilfully played the gusty conditions today to lead the twelve strong field of teams at the end of Day 2 of Qualifying at the 2015 Energa Sopot Match Race. The Sopot regatta is Stage 10 of the 2015 World Match Racing Tour and one of six World Championship level events on the ISAF sanctioned World Tour. Jablonski leads the field with an 9-2 [win-loss] scoreline with three flights remaining in Qualifying. The two Swedish skippers Björn Hansen (SWE) Nautiska Racing and Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team lie in joint second position with 7 wins each. Danish skipper Nicolai Sehested and his Trefor Match Racing team, competing in his first Tour event this year, sits just one point behind with 6 wins. Jablonski, 52, is the oldest skipper competing in the event (much to the delight of 48yr old Bjorn Hansen), but as a former ISAF Match Racing World Champion and America’s Cup skipper (not to mention a nine-time World Ice Yachting Champion), Jablonski revelled in the blustery conditions today to remain one of the favourites for the event. Blustery conditions today tested all 12 teams on Day 2 of Qualifying at the 2015 Energa Sopot Match Race © Robert Hajduk / WMRT “We had a tough day at the office but we are very happy with the result” commented Jablonski. “My team has done an incredible job here handling the boat in these tough conditions, and bringing us back whenever we have been behind. To sail so well in our home waters is also a great promotion for sailing in Poland, we need events like the Energa Sopot Match Race in Poland." As all of the teams struggled to keep their boats upright in gusts over 30knots, the spectators watching the racing from the end of the Molo Pier were treated to a fine display of toe to toe action by the teams. There she blows... gust hit over 30 knots during qualifying day 2 at the Energa Sopot Match Race © Robert Hajduk / WMRT But it was 25yr old Australian David Gilmour of Team Gilmour who was dealt the unfortunate gust of the day resulting in his mast snapping clean in two during a close downwind battle against defending ISAF World Champion Ian Williams (GBR), GAC Pindar. As the two teams headed to the finish line on the last leg of their race, a freak gust threw Williams’ boat into a Chinese gybe forcing his spinnaker to apparently clip the backstay of Gilmour’s boat. As Gilmour fought to keep his boat steady, the mast snapped above the spreaders and fell forward to the deck. Williams was able to right his boat and take the win as Gilmour limped his boat back to the marina. Mast down! Gilmour getting the clip from Williams © Robert Hajduk / WMRT "It was not a good day for us today, but it will definitely be memorable!" said David Gilmour. "We still don't really know what happened because it all happened very quickly. There was probably a twenty knot difference from behind Williams to when the puff hit the boat and there were some pretty high loads going through the boat" Unfortunately for Gilmour, he ended the day with a 3-8 score-line ending his competition along with brother Sam (2-9) and New Zealander Reuben Corbett (1-7). Racing resumes at 1000 tomorrow with slightly lighter 12-18 knot winds forecast from the West. 2015/16 World Match Racing TourWorld Championship Event - Energa Sopot Match RaceQUALIFYING RESULTS after Flight 19 1. Karol Jablonski (POL) Jablonski Sailing Team 9-22. Björn Hansen (SWE) Nautiska Racing 7-13. Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team 7-44. Nicolai Sehested (DEN) TREFOR Match Racing 6-55. Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar 5-36. Przemyslaw ‘Tara’ Tarnacki (POL) Energa Yacht Racing 5-67. Eric Monnin (SUI) Team SailBox 4-48. Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) Aschenbrenner Racing 4-49. Matt Jerwood (AUS) Redline Racing 4-4 (3.5)10. David Gilmour (AUS) Team Gilmour 3-811. Sam Gilmour (AUS) Neptune Racing 2-912. Reuben Corbett (NZL) Corbett Racing 1-7 FULL RESULTS HERE

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    Sopot, Poland (29th July 2015) – The World Match Racing Tour’s tenth stage of the 2015 season, the Energa Sopot Match Race – set sail today. The twelve competing teams finished the first half of Qualifying in a day of mixed and gusty conditions up to 25 knots. As racing finished for the day, Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Nautiska Racing topped the leaderboard with a confident 5-1 scoreline, ahead of national sailing hero and former America’s Cup helmsman Karol Jablonski on 4-2, and fellow Swede Johnie Berntson, also on 4-2. This is the 12th edition of the Sopot Match Race, this year sporting a new title sponsor, Polish energy company Energa. After last years blistering temperatures at the Polish seaside resort during the regatta, winds of up to 30knots are forecast for this weeks event with strong gusts testing the teams in their opening rounds today. Ian Williams reaching tipping point in one of his qualifying matches © Robert Hajduk / WMRT Defending Sopot Match Race Champion, Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar finished the day 3-2 after losing against his matches against Karol Jablonski, and then to Nicolai Sehested after an unexpected ‘man overboard’ incident at the second top mark which saw Williams’ tactician Chris Main falling in the water after a halyad came loose, allowing Sehested to increase his lead to the finish. Chris Main being pulled out by his GAC Pindar team mates © Robert Hajduk / WMRT Competing in his first Tour event of the 2015 season, Sehested had not realised what had happened as he crossed the line 2 minutes ahead. “I saw him [Williams] slow at the top mark in what appeared to be a problem but I had no idea one of his guys had fallen overboard. We were happy with our lead at the time so we just headed for the finish.” Nicolai Sehested (DEN) TREFOR Match Racing in action during qualifying at the Energa Sopot Match Race © Robert Hajduk / WMRT Competing in their first Tour event together and as separate teams, Gilmour brothers Sam and David also had the opportunity to meet in the same race during Flight 7. After a number of lead changes, elder brother David had an unfortunate broach on the last leg allowing his sibling to take the win. As Sam crossed the line, four time World Match Racing Champion and father Peter Gilmour posted a tweet from Australia exclaiming ‘Glad I am not there!’. Gilmour brothers goes against each other during qualifying at the Energa Sopot Match Race © Robert Hajduk / WMRT Tour Card Holders Joachim Acschenbrenner, DEN and Reuben Corbett, NZL both had disappointing days posting single wins, and Australia’s Matt Jerwood scored 2-3 (1.5). However with 11 flights still to complete before the semi-finals, there is plenty of opportunity for the teams to master the 34ft Diamant 3000 yachts with their IOR-style design, and regain points on the leaderboard. Racing continues at 1000 tomorrow. Stay up to date with the event as we bring live race action via Twitter on @wmrt_liverace and regular updates on @worldmrt from Sopot. Follow us on facebook.com/worldmatchracingtour to get the latest news, event updates, behind the scenes and information of Energa Sopot Match Race. 2015/16 World Match Racing TourWorld Championship Event - Energa Sopot Match RaceQUALIFYING RESULTS After Flight 11 1. Björn Hansen (SWE) Nautiska Racing 5-12. Karol Jablonski (POL) Jablonski Sailing Team 4-23. Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team 4-24. Eric Monnin (SUI) Team SailBox 4-25. Przemyslaw ‘Tara’ Tarnacki (POL) Energa Yacht Racing 3-26. Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar 3-27. Nicolai Sehested (DEN) TREFOR Match Racing 3-38. Sam Gilmour (AUS) Neptune Racing 2-39. Matt Jerwood (AUS) Redline Racing 2-3 (1.5)10. David Gilmour (AUS) Team Gilmour 1-411. Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) Aschenbrenner Racing 1-412. Reuben Corbett (NZL) Corbett Racing 1-5 FULL RESULTS HERE

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    Sopot, Poland (30th July 2015) Veteran Polish match racer and America’s Cup helmsman Karol Jablonski skilfully played the gusty conditions today to lead the twelve strong field of teams at the end of Day 2 of Qualifying at the 2015 Energa Sopot Match Race. The Sopot regatta is Stage 10 of the 2015 World Match Racing Tour and one of six World Championship level events on the ISAF sanctioned World Tour. Jablonski leads the field with an 9-2 [win-loss] scoreline with three flights remaining in Qualifying. The two Swedish skippers Björn Hansen (SWE) Nautiska Racing and Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team lie in joint second position with 7 wins each. Danish skipper Nicolai Sehested and his Trefor Match Racing team, competing in his first Tour event this year, sits just one point behind with 6 wins. Jablonski, 52, is the oldest skipper competing in the event (much to the delight of 48yr old Bjorn Hansen), but as a former ISAF Match Racing World Champion and America’s Cup skipper (not to mention a nine-time World Ice Yachting Champion), Jablonski revelled in the blustery conditions today to remain one of the favourites for the event. Blustery conditions today tested all 12 teams on Day 2 of Qualifying at the 2015 Energa Sopot Match Race © Robert Hajduk / WMRT “We had a tough day at the office but we are very happy with the result” commented Jablonski. “My team has done an incredible job here handling the boat in these tough conditions, and bringing us back whenever we have been behind. To sail so well in our home waters is also a great promotion for sailing in Poland, we need events like the Energa Sopot Match Race in Poland." As all of the teams struggled to keep their boats upright in gusts over 30knots, the spectators watching the racing from the end of the Molo Pier were treated to a fine display of toe to toe action by the teams. There she blows... gust hit over 30 knots during qualifying day 2 at the Energa Sopot Match Race © Robert Hajduk / WMRT But it was 25yr old Australian David Gilmour of Team Gilmour who was dealt the unfortunate gust of the day resulting in his mast snapping clean in two during a close downwind battle against defending ISAF World Champion Ian Williams (GBR), GAC Pindar. As the two teams headed to the finish line on the last leg of their race, a freak gust threw Williams’ boat into a Chinese gybe forcing his spinnaker to apparently clip the backstay of Gilmour’s boat. As Gilmour fought to keep his boat steady, the mast snapped above the spreaders and fell forward to the deck. Williams was able to right his boat and take the win as Gilmour limped his boat back to the marina. Mast down! Gilmour getting the clip from Williams © Robert Hajduk / WMRT "It was not a good day for us today, but it will definitely be memorable!" said David Gilmour. "We still don't really know what happened because it all happened very quickly. There was probably a twenty knot difference from behind Williams to when the puff hit the boat and there were some pretty high loads going through the boat" Unfortunately for Gilmour, he ended the day with a 3-8 score-line ending his competition along with brother Sam (2-9) and New Zealander Reuben Corbett (1-7). Racing resumes at 1000 tomorrow with slightly lighter 12-18 knot winds forecast from the West. 2015/16 World Match Racing TourWorld Championship Event - Energa Sopot Match RaceQUALIFYING RESULTS after Flight 19 1. Karol Jablonski (POL) Jablonski Sailing Team 9-22. Björn Hansen (SWE) Nautiska Racing 7-13. Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team 7-44. Nicolai Sehested (DEN) TREFOR Match Racing 6-55. Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar 5-36. Przemyslaw ‘Tara’ Tarnacki (POL) Energa Yacht Racing 5-67. Eric Monnin (SUI) Team SailBox 4-48. Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) Aschenbrenner Racing 4-49. Matt Jerwood (AUS) Redline Racing 4-4 (3.5)10. David Gilmour (AUS) Team Gilmour 3-811. Sam Gilmour (AUS) Neptune Racing 2-912. Reuben Corbett (NZL) Corbett Racing 1-7 FULL RESULTS HERE

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    Sopot, Poland (29th July 2015) – The World Match Racing Tour’s tenth stage of the 2015 season, the Energa Sopot Match Race – set sail today. The twelve competing teams finished the first half of Qualifying in a day of mixed and gusty conditions up to 25 knots. As racing finished for the day, Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Nautiska Racing topped the leaderboard with a confident 5-1 scoreline, ahead of national sailing hero and former America’s Cup helmsman Karol Jablonski on 4-2, and fellow Swede Johnie Berntson, also on 4-2. This is the 12th edition of the Sopot Match Race, this year sporting a new title sponsor, Polish energy company Energa. After last years blistering temperatures at the Polish seaside resort during the regatta, winds of up to 30knots are forecast for this weeks event with strong gusts testing the teams in their opening rounds today. Ian Williams reaching tipping point in one of his qualifying matches © Robert Hajduk / WMRT Defending Sopot Match Race Champion, Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar finished the day 3-2 after losing against his matches against Karol Jablonski, and then to Nicolai Sehested after an unexpected ‘man overboard’ incident at the second top mark which saw Williams’ tactician Chris Main falling in the water after a halyad came loose, allowing Sehested to increase his lead to the finish. Chris Main being pulled out by his GAC Pindar team mates © Robert Hajduk / WMRT Competing in his first Tour event of the 2015 season, Sehested had not realised what had happened as he crossed the line 2 minutes ahead. “I saw him [Williams] slow at the top mark in what appeared to be a problem but I had no idea one of his guys had fallen overboard. We were happy with our lead at the time so we just headed for the finish.” Nicolai Sehested (DEN) TREFOR Match Racing in action during qualifying at the Energa Sopot Match Race © Robert Hajduk / WMRT Competing in their first Tour event together and as separate teams, Gilmour brothers Sam and David also had the opportunity to meet in the same race during Flight 7. After a number of lead changes, elder brother David had an unfortunate broach on the last leg allowing his sibling to take the win. As Sam crossed the line, four time World Match Racing Champion and father Peter Gilmour posted a tweet from Australia exclaiming ‘Glad I am not there!’. Gilmour brothers goes against each other during qualifying at the Energa Sopot Match Race © Robert Hajduk / WMRT Tour Card Holders Joachim Acschenbrenner, DEN and Reuben Corbett, NZL both had disappointing days posting single wins, and Australia’s Matt Jerwood scored 2-3 (1.5). However with 11 flights still to complete before the semi-finals, there is plenty of opportunity for the teams to master the 34ft Diamant 3000 yachts with their IOR-style design, and regain points on the leaderboard. Racing continues at 1000 tomorrow. Stay up to date with the event as we bring live race action via Twitter on @wmrt_liverace and regular updates on @worldmrt from Sopot. Follow us on facebook.com/worldmatchracingtour to get the latest news, event updates, behind the scenes and information of Energa Sopot Match Race. 2015/16 World Match Racing TourWorld Championship Event - Energa Sopot Match RaceQUALIFYING RESULTS After Flight 11 1. Björn Hansen (SWE) Nautiska Racing 5-12. Karol Jablonski (POL) Jablonski Sailing Team 4-23. Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team 4-24. Eric Monnin (SUI) Team SailBox 4-25. Przemyslaw ‘Tara’ Tarnacki (POL) Energa Yacht Racing 3-26. Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar 3-27. Nicolai Sehested (DEN) TREFOR Match Racing 3-38. Sam Gilmour (AUS) Neptune Racing 2-39. Matt Jerwood (AUS) Redline Racing 2-3 (1.5)10. David Gilmour (AUS) Team Gilmour 1-411. Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) Aschenbrenner Racing 1-412. Reuben Corbett (NZL) Corbett Racing 1-5 FULL RESULTS HERE

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    London, UK (7th Nov 2014): With some downtime now on the cards for Team Alpari FX, the boys are embarking on a new challenge for the hairiest month of the year…Movember. For the 30 days of November, men around the world are taking action by changing their appearance through the growth of a new moustache, and Team Alpari FX is on board for the prickly journey ahead. Movember is more than just an excuse to grow a fine piece of ‘moustachery’, it’s about sparking conversations while raising funds and awareness for prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men’s mental health. It’s about having fun and ‘doing good’, and at the same time an excuse to laugh at newly acquired facial hair (or lack of)! Movember is the leading global organisation committed to changing the face of men’s health and thanks to the support of more than four million participants worldwide, they have raised $580 million and funded 800 programs in 21 countries. A clean shave Skipper Keith Swinton and his fellow Australian Mo Bros – Ricky McGarvie, Ben Lamb, Tudur Owen and Ted Hackney – start their Mo-growing journey with a clean-shaven face. To show your support and find out more visit Team Alpari FX Movember and follow the team’s progress on Twitter @TeamAlpariFX

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    Hamilton, Bermuda (24th Oct 2014): For the first time since 2003, Bermuda has been struck by hurricane strength winds not once but twice in the last fortnight. Yet remarkably over this period the mid-Atlantic British Overseas Territory has managed to lay on not just this week’s Argo Group Gold Cup, but last week hosted the world’s top golfers at the PGA Grand Slam. Being on the track of north Atlantic hurricanes means that the islanders have had to adapt over the years and for example a stringent set of building regulations help minimise the inevitable carnage when 100+ mph winds strike. Thanks to efforts of the National Hurricane Centre in the USA, hurricanes are not only tracked but great effort goes into projecting their track. After devastating several Caribbean islands, it was known several days in advance that Tropical Storm Fay and last Friday’s Hurricane Gonzalo were likely to strike Bermuda, so anticipating Gonzalo the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club delayed the start of the Argo Group Gold Cup by a day. Trees were uprooted by the effects of Hurricane Gonzalo Once Gonzalo passed they held a meeting to assess their situation. “If we had 95% of the island without electricity, then we’d have had a problem,” admits event Chairman Brian Billings. In the event only half the island lost power, one damaged International One Design was replaced and the devastation at the airport was such that it was operational again within 24 hours. “After numerous phone calls, we said ‘yes, we’re on’,” says Billings. Hurricane Gonzalo was vicious. Leaving the Caribbean it was rated as a Category 2 hurricane (83-95 knots) but hitting warm open water it built to a Cat 4 (113-136 knots) before downgrading marginally to a Cat 3 just before hitting Bermuda. Argo Group Gold Cup Event Chairman Brian Billings According to Billings, Gonzalo’s slow pace made it a ‘long storm’ with winds already up to storm force by 0700 local time on Friday and still honking by 1100 the next day. “In between my barograph took a very slow spin down and it went down to 27.5 [931mB] and then there was a little bit of a horizontal line and then she slowly came back up again…” This was in stark contrast to Hurricane Emily which came and went within just four hours. Strangest was the eye of the hurricane, continues Billings: “It was huge – it took an hour to pass. It was flat calm, very eerie and very misty – it was kind of weird. Then all of a sudden – womp – the eye wall hit and it came in with a vengeance, like someone threw a bucket of iced water at you unexpectedly.” Damages caused by Hurricane Gonzalo When Gonzalo struck Billings says the most wind he saw was 130mph while he was at home, however this was at sea level and it was stronger on higher ground. Despite this the devastation caused was surprisingly slight. This was partly thanks to Tropical Storm Fay having swept through a week earlier with winds of 110+mph. “When Fay hit we hadn’t had any major wind storm for quite a while, so the branches were heavy and we had a very wet August so there was a lot of foliage all over the place and the trees were all laden with flowers and buds, which added extra weight to them,” Billings continues. “So Fay took out of a lot of trees, and the clean up was longer than it was for Gonzalo - the roads were blocked for almost two days. Without that there could have been a lot more damage and the infrastructure could have suffered much more when Gonzalo hit.” Damages caused by Hurricane Gonzalo Through sheer luck, the timing of the two storms could not have been better. Fay hit leaving just enough time for the golf course at Port Royal to be cleaned up ready for the PGA Grand Slam, despite vast tree damage. “You wouldn’t have known it had happened - they got the course in great shape real fast,” says Billings. “Bermuda is very resilient and has a capability and the attitude to bounce back. People just jump in and help neighbours and we have our Bermuda regiment which helps.” During hurricanes, usually as devastating as the wind is the storm surge, the massive volume of water blown along ahead of the system. However this did not affect Bermuda. Billings explains: “They were forecasting 35-45ft seas outside of the reef line on the South Shore, but there is the reef that slows it down, so we don’t get a storm surge from there. If it goes from the north then it can come into the Great Sound, then it comes into the Harbour and has no place to go. That happened during Emily.” According to Billings hurricanes strike Bermuda once every 10 years. So having two in the space of a week means statistically they should be free of them for some years to come. Good news for the Argo Group Gold Cup in years to come hopefully.

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    London, UK (14th Nov 2014): The discipline of Match Racing is considered the most combative and strategic form of sailing. With just two boats pit against each other on the race course in identical boats, match racing is about the pure skill of the skipper and the agile performance of his or her team. The ability to make quick decisions and outwit your opponent - every move counts. All rules decisions are made by on-water umpires selected by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF). This concept was developed by the match racing community and has been long used in the America’s Cup to provide instant decisions to the teams and avoid long protest hearings after racing. Think it’s an easy job? In a new series of ‘You’re the Umpire!’, we take a look at some of the difficult calls the umpires have to make. Would you make the same decisions? 2014 Dutch Match Cup  - Williams vs Hansen In this tense pre-start during Qualifying at the 2014 Dutch Match Cup, both Bjorn Hansen of Hansen Sailing Team and Ian Williams of GAC Pindar fight for position as the clock counts down to the start. In the final seconds before the start, Williams makes an arguably aggressive manoeuvre diving for a gap between Hansen and the committee boat resulting in a collision with both Hansen and the committee boat. Who was in the right and who was in the wrong? And what decision did the Umpires make? In the 4 minute pre-start, both teams fight for the upper hand crossing tacks and trying to move into the best position. Teamwork is key at this point to execute fast manoeuvres in the small pre-start area  Hansen (sailing boat 3) positions himself to leeward and in a right of way position over Williams (boat 5) to make it difficult for Williams to start close to the starting vessel Williams turns towards the start line. He has no right to room between Hansen and the starting vessel because under the rules he cannot call for room when approaching the line to start  The questions here are whether there is room for Williams to fit in the gap between Hansen and the committee boat. And if Hansen subsequently heads up and 'shuts the door’ on Williams, has Williams been given the opportunity to go somewhere other than into the rapidly closing gap. Hansen, as the [leeward] right of way boat, is obliged under rule 16 to give room to the other boat to keep clear as he changes course.  At this point the Umpires have a number of options they can take; Call 1: If there is room for Williams between Hansen and the committee boat, and Hansen simply ‘shuts the door’ without giving Williams any room to keep clear - Penalty to Hansen for breaking rule 16. Call 2: If there is room for Williams between Hansen and the committee boat, and Williams had the room to dip behind Hansen’s stern or tack out to the right of the committee boat as the gap closed but chose not to, then Penalty to Williams for not keeping clear of Hansen. Call 3: If there is no room for Williams no matter what Hansen’s actions then Penalty to Williams for not keeping clear. Call 4: If you give the penalty to Williams and decide he gained an advantage compared to where he would have ended up if he’d bailed out, then hand him a second 'umpire initiated’ Penalty. The Final Umpires Decision: The umpires decided that Williams was in the wrong and he received two penalties, one for not keeping clear of Hansen, and one for gaining an advantage through breaking a rule. Would you have made the same decision? Share your comments on our Facebook post here

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    London, UK - 14 May 2012: Several rule changes have been confirmed for the 2012 Alpari World Match Racing Tour, coming into effect at the first event of the season, Match Race Germany in Langenargen on May 23 – 28. The Racing Rules have been amended in order to continue the positioning of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour (AWMRT) as the most compelling, competitive and pioneering action on the water. Craig Mitchell, Alpari World Match Racing Tour, Tour Director, expects the alterations to have a positive effect on the Tour, as well as match racing in general: “Match racing has evolved to the point where we currently have a great set of rules, producing some fantastic sporting action, as we saw quite clearly in the 2011 series. “Nothing major has changed in the past few years and we are enthusiastic in our responsibility to keep developing the rules to challenge our world class athletes and create the best possible spectacle we can.”

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    Langenargen, Germany (9th June 2014): Downunder, where chief umpire Bill Edgerton comes from, there’s a children’s character called Blinky Bill, a laid-back cuddly cartoon Koala. But if the sailors on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour think they can pull the blinkers over their on-the-water officials, they’ve got another thing coming. Edgerton (known to some as Complicated Bill) and his colleagues are wise to their mischievous tricks. Most of the boats used on the Alpari World Match Race Tour are tiller-steered, but at Match Race Germany, the Bavaria 40 keelboat is equipped with a wheel. This offers the cheekier skippers a new opportunity to pull the wool over the eyes of the umpires. Just as professional footballers are prone to tripping over a blade of grass on the edge of the penalty box, sailors are not immune to similar forms of dyspraxia. Tight situations sometimes tempt sailors into the dark art of dissimulation. But Complicated Bill is on to them: “They're playing to the umpires! They're trying to gain an advantage, and it's a game between us and them. “They're always trying to show that they're doing what they need to stay out of trouble, and we're always looking to see that they're doing enough. So, they can exaggerate the drama of the situation and make it look as though it's more dramatic than it is in reality. But it's not as bad as a dive in football. “When you need to keep clear, you have to turn the boat, and if you're not close enough or not watching closely, they can slide their hands over the top of the wheel without actually turning it, saying, ‘Look, I'm going as hard as I can!’” Little beknown to the offending skipper, Edgerton is looking further down - below the waterline - for evidence of whether or not they’re really trying. “Actually if you're looking at the rudder you see there's no turning of the rudder whatsoever. It's up to us to try and satisfy ourselves if they are really doing everything they can, or if they're just playing a game.”news88.net http://www.europosud.ua http://motioncrisp.wordpress.comevakuator-servis.com/http://www.galid.com/

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    Langenargen, Germany (8th June 2014): Being a professional sailor isn’t just about being able to sail a boat fast, it’s about conducting yourself in a professional manner in every respect. It’s what you do off the water that counts too, such as negotiating with commercial partners who can help fund the costs of competing on a global circuit. French skipper Mathieu Richard has shown a useful knack of being able to sign a sponsor who can help his team perform on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. Last year, despite lacking a Tour Card, Richard succeeded in finding a sponsor in GEFCO who helped him compete on a number of events as a Wild Card holder. Victory at the Korea Match Cup and some other great performances were sufficient to get him back into this year’s circuit as one of the eight Tour Card holders. “It's a great feeling to be back as a Tour Card holder, because the last time was in 2011. We managed to get a new sponsorship with LunaJets, so they are following us for this season. I'm very excited and very glad to be on the Tour with my team, which is the same team pretty much as last year.” LunaJets, a private jet brokerage based in Geneva, already supported Richard on the RC44 circuit. “When I asked them if they wanted to go on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, they immediately said yes, so they are very excited to be on the circuit with us. We hope we can repay their faith in us. They are very sensitive to the fact that it's a World Championship and we are a very high level team and we are fighting for the victory, for the title. They like this very much.” Richard has a very diverse background in racing, with world championship wins as a tactician in keelboats like the Mumm 30 and fast multihulls the ORMA 60 offshore trimarans. He has won the offshore challenge, the Tour de France a la Voile, four times, but in the past decade he has increasingly focused on match racing. Victory at the European Match Racing Championship in 2004 showed what he could do, and since then he has finished runner-up in the Tour in 2007. He has been a world force in match racing ever since. Richard attributes his success to having raced with a core of friends for a very long time. “I started match racing with Greg, my tactician, more than 15 years ago, so it's really been a while. Then Thierry and Olivier have been with me for eight or nine years. Francois Verdier, the bowman, started with me two years ago and Pascal Rambeau, the same.” While he’s competing in a combative part of the sport, Richard maintains a placid demeanour. “I am not sure I am very aggressive, definitely some are more so, like Bjorn Hansen; even the young guys, Robertson, Swinton, they like to be aggressive. It is not in my nature to be so aggressive. I try to stay smooth on the course to keep the boat fast and we also have good skills in terms of tactics on board with Greg as tactician. It's difficult to say just one good point about the team, we have a lot of skills and I think we are pretty strong in all parts of the game.” Aged 38, he is one of the older skippers on the Tour, but with many good years remaining, and with as much enthusiasm for the sport as ever, he says. “Obviously you haven't got the same spirit when you are 20 as when you are 38. When you are 20 you are starting out, and you are probably a bit fresher and looking at racing with, I wouldn't say more enthusiasm, but you discover everything for the first time. When you get a bit more experienced you know how it works, it's a bit different. You can bet on your experience to beat the others - and that's what we are trying to do.” But is there a danger of relying on experience too much, of not trying new ideas any more? “Not really, because sailing is a game in which you always try to improve every day. Even if I started match racing 15 years ago, I am always trying to improve and thinking about the moves, the start, the trimming etc. You are never satisfied with your level. It's about trying to improve all the time. Experience is a good asset, but you have to always be looking for new tricks.”http://online.casinocity.com evakuator-servis.com http://europosud.uawww.evakuator-servis.comhttp://goodportal.com.ua/

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    London, UK (9th Oct 2014): The German National Match Racing Championship kicks off today at the Constance Yacht Club, Langenargen Germany. Nine of Germany’s best match racing teams will go head to head in the hope of gaining an invite to next year’s Alpari World Match Racing Tour Championship event, Match Race Germany. The German National Match Race Championships will be sailed in Blu26 boats with a 4 person crew on picturesque Lake Constance in Germany. Felix Oehmes, who is one of the best ranked sailors in Germany, has his eyes on winning this year’s event. Oehmes of Hamburg Match Race Team who sailed alongside Carsten Kemmling at Match Race Germany this year, has gained much match racing experience against top sailors from the Alpari Tour and will have a few tricks up his sleeves in the competition. However, more experienced match racers Lars Hueckstedt of Heizkörper Sailing Team and Adrian Maier-Ring, helmsman for Innotio Match Race Team will be among the other contenders looking for the win this weekend. The winner of Qualifying will proceed straight to the Semi Finals. The next 6 teams will compete in Quarter Final knockouts before advancing to Semi Finals and Finals which are scheduled for Saturday 11 October. German National Match Race Championships Felix Oehme-NRV Match Race TeamLars Hueckstaedt-Heizkörper Sailing TeamAdrian Maier-Ring-Innotio Match Race Team IFlorian Haufe-Haufe Racing TeamJens Hartwig-Hartwig Match TeamChi Trung Huynh-ASV Matchrace Team Mathias Rebholz-Team Up!Felix Schrimper-Innotio Match Race Team II Tino Ellegast-Team Ellegast

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    London, UK (20th June 2014): The Batavia Sailing Center today selected the Batavia Regatta, which will run over 23 - 24 August 2014 at the Bataviahaven of Lelystad, Holland, as the official Qualifying event for the Dutch Match Cup 2014. The Batavia Sailing Center is the organiser of the Dutch Match Cup the recently announced Stage of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. For teams wishing to race in the Dutch Match Cup two Qualification places are available. Both the winner and the runner up of the Batavia Regatta will receive an invite to the Dutch Match Cup which will be held between 24-28 September this year. The Dutch Match Cup and the Batavia Regatta will be sailed in MaxFun 25 boats with the race area directly in front of the port of Bataviahaven, very close to the shore, offering fantastic opportunities for spectators to enjoy the action. The organization of the Dutch Match Cup has two further Wild Card invites which will be decided upon later in the year. Batavia Regatta The Batavia Regatta will be an ISAF Grade 3 match racing event. Further information about invites to the Batavia Regatta and the NoRcan be found at www.dutchmatchcup.nl/qualifier/jobtalk.jp http://www.budmag.ua http://www.progressive.uawww.dxtranse.com.ua/europosud.ua/

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