Saturday, 6 September 2008

Adam Minoprio joins Tour Leader Ian Williams in Semifinals of World Tour Event in St Moritz, Switzerland

World Tour match racing in the Blu26 at the St Moritz Match Race 2008. Image copyright Loris von Siebenthal/

by SailRaceWin

Saturday morning in St Moritz, in the Swiss Engadine mountains, BlackMatch Racing won through to their second semifinal of a World Tour match race event this year (the other being in Korea), defeating Denmark's Peter Wibroe by 2 races to 1 in the quarterfinal.

This is a great achievement by the team of Adam Minoprio, Tom Powrie, David Swete, and Nick Blackman, and a good example for the present Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron youth training scheme members, of which the BlackMatch boys are graduates.

In the semifinals with Minoprio are Ian Williams and his British Team Pindar - World Tour Leaders and reigning King of the Mountain champions from the 2007 St Moritz Match Race event. Williams defeated Swiss sailor Eric Monnin 2-1 to get through to the semis.

The remaining quartfinal matches, an all-French affair between Sebastien Col and Philippe Presti, and a half-French best-of-three sail-off between Mathieu Richard and Jes Gram Hansen of Denmark, will be sailed this afternoon to decide the last two semifinal places in the St Moritz Match Race 2008.

Quarterfinal results to date
(Winners in bold)

M1 Peter Wibroe v Adam Minoprio
M2 Adam Minoprio v Peter Wibroe
M3 Peter Wibroe v Adam Minoprio

M1 Ian Williams v Eric Monnin
M2 Eric Monnin v Ian Williams
M3 Ian Williams v Eric Monnin

St Moritz Match Race
World Match Racing Tour

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