Wednesday, 17 September 2008
Opening ceremony of the ACI Match Race Cup 2008, Split, Croatia. Image copyright Ante Verzotti.
by Irena Bistričić
Last year's finalists – Torvar Mirsky and Paolo Cian - give their perspectives on the ACI Match Race Cup in Croatia:
Torvar Mirsky, the skipper of the Australian racing team, last year reached the finals as a pleasant surprise by winning all of the flights of the first round robin, but unfortunately he lost by a hair's breadth in the finals to the Italian Paolo Cian.
This year, Mirsky is here again, at the 22nd ACI Match Race, more familiar with the place, atmosphere and weather conditions. "We are very happy to be here again. We really liked it in Split."
As far as the training is concerned, Mirsky said that they had had very good weather conditions. "We were looking the other teams as well, and it seems it's going to be a tough competiton."
Mirsky's finals rival of last year, and the winner of the 21st ACI Match Race Cup, Paolo Cian agrees. "Winning is never easy, but winning again will be very difficult since the competition is very tough", stated Cian.
Cian also added that he is extremely happy to be here again: "I like the city very much. Every year I come here, I would like to prolong my stay, but unfortunately I can't because of the other races. Organization of the ACI event is always very good, and each year it is moving forward, so I am very glad to be here..."
ACI Match Race Cup 2008