Thursday, 28 May 2009

WMRT: Light Winds Set to Test Top Sailors in Germany

Mirsky Racing Team concentrating hard during practice at Match Race Germany. Supplied image.

by Kinley Fowler, Mirsky Racing Team

With contrasting weather to the previous few days in Langenargen, we completed our training session in very light and variable winds, which in addition to the new boats has added another challenge to overcome as racing starts tomorrow.

The event will be sailed in Bavaria 35s, which are designed as a cruising yacht with all the luxurious extras. The Bavaria’s will prove to be quite a challenging boat as they are somewhat different to the other more conventional racing yachts sailed on the World Match Racing Tour.

Fortunately we were able to dedicate today’s training session solely to our boat work as we recently completed a 3 day training camp in Sweden to hone in our match racing tactics.

The experience gained at our training camp with current world champion Ian Williams and Victory Challenge skippers Magnus Holmberg and Mattias Rahm will hopefully be the decisive factor for us in Match Race Germany.

Tomorrow racing gets underway at 9am where the race committee will try to take advantage of the early morning land breeze.

Skippers List:

Adam Minoprio (NZL) Blackmatch / ETNZ
Matteui Richard (FRA) French Sailing Team
Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team
Damien Iehl (FRA) French Match Racing Team
Sebastian Col (FRA) French Match Racing Team
Ian Williams (GBR) Bahrain Team Pindar
Francesco Bruni (ITA) Joe Fly
Ben Ainslie (GBR) Team Origin
Peter Gilmour (AUS) Team Yanmar
Eric Monnin (SUI) Team
Carsten Kemmling (GER)

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

Mirsky Racing Team
World Match Racing Tour

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