Sunday, September 4, 2011

Mirsky Moves Mountains in St Moritz

Australia's Torvar Mirsky has conquered the French and taken out the St Moritz Match Race, the sixth regatta in the 2011 World Match Racing Series.
Photo: Chris Davies/WMRT
Returning to his match racing roots paid of for the tenacious Aussie who has bounced back stronger than ever after the disappointment of not competing in the America's Cup World Series in Cascais last month when his Italian syndicate was forced to withdraw due to funding issues.

Mirsky and his crew defeated Pierre-Antoine Morvan's Extreme Team Morbihan in the final and Ian Williams finished in third place to move up into first position in the overall Championship standings.

A count back decided both the final and petit final on Lake St. Moritz. The Maloja breeze had been like clockwork all week except on the final day when the heavy cloud cover and showers rain created much lighter conditions. The continual wind shifts  made racing impossible and after a series of race abandonments, the Race Committee decided to end racing with no races completed in either the final or petit final.

Mirsky’s win is his first since the Portimao Portugal Match Cup in 2009 and gives his 2011 Championship quest a timely boost. Now sitting in third place overall.

“We’d have liked to race the final and win the proper way but we’re happy to take the win so life is pretty good," Mirsky said.

“My career has been a bit of a rollercoaster this year so to get back out there and show people what we can do is the best thing. I’m so happy with our team and the way we performed this week, it really couldn’t have gone better. This is only our second win so we’re happy and it gives us a good boost moving forward to the rest of the Tour.”

It was a frustrating conclusion for Pierre-Antoine Morvan who entered the final on the back of six consecutive wins.

“We had nothing to lose heading out there today so we obviously would have preferred to race but the weather can really affect things and it’s not fair to race a final in those conditions so it was the right decision," Morvan said.

“We are very happy to finish second. If you said to me at the start of the week that we would finish second I wouldn’t have believed you. We are looking forward to racing in more Tour events and to racing Torvar in the future.”

Williams dominated all week and despite copping a 3-0 whitewash against Morvan in the semi-finals. was content with a third place and the Championship lead.

“We came to win but we always said from the start that looking at the points we only needed to get to the podium to put ourselves in a good position on the Tour overall. Bruni not making the cut was really an added bonus and helped push us to the top. We’re pretty consistent having finished on the podium in the past three events that we’ve competed in and will try and do the same in Bermuda. The pressure is really on the likes of Hansen, Mirsky and Bruni now."

The race for the 2011 ISAF Match Racing World Championship continues at the Argo group Gold Cup in Bermuda between 3-9 October, 2011.

Result from the Final:

Torvar Mirsky (AUS) The Wave Muscat beat Pierre-Antoine Morvan (FRA) Extreme Team Morbihan

Result from the Petit Final:

Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar beat Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Mekonomen Sailing Team

Overall Championship Standings – after six stages:

1 Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar – 90pts
2 Francesco Bruni (ITA) Bruni Racing – 89pts
3 Torvar Mirsky (AUS) The Wave Muscat – 84pts
4 Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing – 74pts
5 Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Mekonomen Sailing Team – 73pts
6 Damien Iehl (FRA) French Match Racing Team – 67pts
7 Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team – 63pts
8 Jesper Radich (DEN) Adrian Lee & Partners – 61pts
9 Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team – 48pts
10 Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing – 43pts

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