Saturday, 19 July 2008
On board with Torvar Mirsky and crew (Australia). Image copyright Juerg Kaufmann (www.go4image.com)
Report by Juerg Kaufmann
The round robin of the Toyota Sopot Match Race 2008 Grade 1 has been completed. Eight teams advanced to quarter-final round robin. There is no surprise: Keith Swinton (AUS) is still the leader, with 3 points.
Counting down to the start, Mirsky vs. Lindberg. Image copyright Juerg Kaufmann (www.go4image.com)
The day started with perfect weather conditions. Later in the afternoon the wind dropped a bit but almost half of the quarterfinal races have been completed.
Mirsky (Australia) leads Ainslie (South Africa) upwind. Image copyright Juerg Kaufmann (www.go4image.com)
One of the lucky guys today is Staffan Lindberg who is back in the game.
“We were happy with today’s results. In the light and shifty conditions we belive we were sailing fast and managed to catch a few lucky breaks in our races against Mirsky and Lindberg. We are looking forward to finishing off the quarter-finals tomorrow” said Keith Swinton, the current leader of the regatta.
Close racing downwind on day three. Image copyright Juerg Kaufmann (www.go4image.com)
Adam Minoprio's BlackMatch - Emirates Team New Zealand crew are lying second in the quarter-final round robin.
Current results, after 6 flights of the quarter-finals (wins - races sailed):
1. Keith Swinton (AUS) 3 - 3
2. Adam Minoprio (NZ) 2 - 3
3. Peter Wibroe (DEN) 2 - 3
4. Staffan Lindberg (FIN) 2 - 3
5. Eric Monnin (SUI) 2 - 3
6. Ian Ainslie (RSA) 1 - 3
7. Torvar Mirsky (AUS) 0 - 3
8. Andrew Arbuzov (RUS) 0 - 3
Toyota Sopot Match Race 2008