Wednesday, 4 March 2009
Match racing off Marseille. Supplied image.
by Kinley Fowler
The stage is set for a vicious battle on this year’s World Match Racing Tour as a number of heavyweights in the sailing world have been given the chance to compete for the championship- including Alinghi skipper and America’s Cup champion Ed Baird, 3 time gold medallist Ben Ainslie, and 2 times defending World Champion Ian Williams, along with a number of America’s Cup teams and young up and comers.
It all kicks off next week in Marseilles as the Tour’s newest event gives 12 teams a chance to get some early points in the fight for the world title. With 5 months intense physical preparation in the lead up to the 2009 season and a good record in the event’s J80 boats, MRT looks to be in good shape to perform. The team will be travelling to France for some final training with defending champion Ian Williams and Alinghi’s Ed Baird in the J80’s. “It is exciting for us to be competing together again” said Torvar as the dates for the Marseilles International Match Race close in. “We feel like we have had a good lead up to the event with two physios working closely with our team and getting us in good shape for this year’s Tour. We have never felt better!”
Mirsky Racing Team
World Match Racing Tour