Friday, 1 August 2008
BlackMatch training in Pornichet, France. Image copyright C. Gibault.
from Adam Minoprio
After another good result with our win in the Sopot Match Grade 1 event in Poland, we have risen through the ISAF World Match Race Rankings to further solidify our place in the top ten, with a career best of #8.
This excellent news came on the opening day of our latest regatta, the 2008 Internationaux De France. However, today the weather failed to deliver with no breeze in the morning and a gale coming in the afternoon, which meant we took part in none of the action on the water.
This regatta is a Grade 1 Event and has a very tough entry list which includes Frenchman Mathieu Richard, who regained his world #1 position in the latest ranking release. Reigning champion Torvar Mirsky is also competing here, along with world number five and local, Damien Iehl. The regatta is being held on the North West Coast of France, in Brittany, and is being sailed in J-80 four-man boats. We are hoping for a change in the weather situation tomorrow and look forward to getting underway in this regatta.
BlackMatch would like to again thank sponsors FedEx Express and Ross Munro from Line 7 New Zealand. We feel very privileged to have support from these world-renowned companies and also to have the backing of Team New Zealand and our yacht club, the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.
Trophée Manu Minard, Pornichet
Videos available on Overlapprod/APCC
SailRaceWin notes that Adam's brother, Simon Minoprio, is 32nd in the 30th July 2008 rankings, while Philip Robertson is 65th and Wellington's Josh Junior has climbed to no. 68.
In the Womens Rankings, Jessica Smyth is 23rd, Samantha Osborne 35th, and Jan Dawson 62nd.
Top Ten World Open Match Race Rankings
1. Mathieu RICHARD (FRA) 11721pts
2. Ian WILLIAMS (GBR) 11698pts
3. Paolo CIAN (ITA) 11384pts
4. Sebastian COL (FRA) 11062pts
5. Damien IEHL (FRA) 10523pts
6. Bjorn HANSEN (SWE) 10516pts
7. Torvar MIRSKY (AUS) 10172pts
8. Adam MINOPRIO (NZL) 9962pts
9. Philippe PRESTI (FRA) 9386pts
10. Mads EBLER (DEN) 9317pts