William Tiller and his Full Metal Jacket Racing Team will join the world’s best skippers in September at Match Race France, the seventh stage of the 2012 Alpari World Match Racing Tour
William Tiller (NZ) Full Metal Jacket Racing has booked his place at Match Race France in Marseille - the seventh stage of the 2012 Alpari World Match Racing Tour - on 24 to 29 September 2012 after winning the international match race, Sails of White Nights/Congress Palace Cup in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Tiller overcame Russian finalist Vladimir Lipavsky with a commanding 3-0 scoreline, saying: “St. Petersburg has been great, the city and unique water areas are beautiful and the competition well-organized. I’d come here again and again”.
In the event’s opening exchanges, Tiller stayed in the background whilst it was the local Russian yachtsmen who started as central figures. After the first day’s racing, three-time winner of the St. Petersburg regatta, Andrey Arbuzov, had amassed four victories from his first five duels but ultimately it wasn’t enough to top the qualifying table. Arbuzov’s longstanding Yekaterinburg rival, Sergey Musikhin, took the spotlight as he won the round robin.
Following the qualification round a close battle between Arbuzov and Tiller took the full five flights to decide a winner, and it was the Kiwi who progressed after Arbuzov “lost a meter at the finish gate in the fifth race”. Tiller also beat compatriot Reuben Corbett (NZ) in their Semi-Final on his way to taking the event crown.
Saint Petersburg will now look forward to hosting the EUROSAF Match Racing, European Open Championship 2013, which will see an array of international teams competing at the Neva aquatic area.
William Tiller and his Full Metal Jacket Racing Team will join the world’s best skippers in September at Match Race France, the seventh stage of the 2012 Alpari World Match Racing Tour.
The international match race Sails of White Nights/Congress Palace Cup final standings:
1 William Tiller (NZL)
2 Vladimir Lipavsky (RUS)
3 Reuben Corbett (NZL)
4 Sergey Musikhin (RUS)
5 Staffan Lindberg (FIN)
6 Stratis Andreadis (GRE)
7 Sam Pearson (GBR)
8 Andrew Arbuzov (RUS)
9 Alexey Stupka (RUS)
10 Marek Stanczyk (POL)
11 Nikolay Korolev (RUS)
12 Robbie Allam (GBR)