Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Mirsky Racing Team: Bermuda Gold Cup Wrap-up

by Kinley Fowler

The tricky conditions and new boats proved to be a difficult mountain to climb in our Bermuda Gold Cup, missing out on the quarterfinals and repechage.

With the season coming to a close, there is now some pressure to perform in the upcoming Monsoon Cup in order to maintain our position on next year’s World Match Racing Tour.

Our final race against Sebastien Col was another all or nothing match, as winning it would have put us straight through to the quarters, and losing it would mean we missed out on the repechage completely. Unfortunately the match didn’t go our way, and Col advanced through to the next round, leaving us watching from the shore.

Adam Minoprio’s performance in Bermuda has now compromised our position on the World Tour standings, with both of us now tied in 4th place with 53 points. Double points in Malaysia means that big gains can be made on the leaderboard, and with the Monsoon Cup being raced in Perth designed and built boats, our chances of performing are looking good.

Congratulations to Johnie Berntsson and his Berntsson Sailing Team who defeated Adam Minoprio BlackMatch team for the prestigious King Edward VII Gold Cup.

A special thanks to Line7, Harken and the Royal Perth Yacht Club for their support.

Mirsky Racing Team

Editor's note: This report indicates that the fierce competition between the Australian and New Zealand teams, now level on points in joint fourth place, on the World Match Racing Tour has intensified in the lead-up to the final double points event in Malaysia in December!

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