Sunday, 7 June 2009
Mirsky Racing Team gets two penalties on Bahrain Team Pindar. Image copyright Gareth Cooke/Subzero Images.
by Kinley Fowler
In a tough day at the Korea Match Cup Mirsky Racing Team get eliminated from a close quarter final battle against reigning world champion Bahrain Team Pindar.
Hitting the water this morning, the scores were equal at 1-1. Williams took victory in the first race. The race committee, under tight time restrictions were forced to race the competitors in near unsailable conditions which saw MRT 'follow the leader' as there were no passing opportunities.
With Bahrain Team Pindar now within a win of progressing to the next stage MRT went out in the next race determined to take victory. In an intense prestart battle which saw Bahrain Team Pindar receive two penalties on the approach to the line, in a change of control, MRT were on the receiving end of a penalty as the starting gun was fired.
Mirsky Racing Team appeal to the umpires. Image copyright Gareth Cooke/Subzero Images.
Bahrain Team Pindar held their lead throughout the race and completed their penalty to make the scores 3-1 in the quarter finals. In a red flag hearing Bahrain Team Pindar were deducted half a point for serious damage they incurred whilst receiving their penalties which gave MRT another chance of qualifying for the semi finals.
MRT filled with enthusiasm knew they had been given another chance went firing into the next race. Mirsky dominated the prestart when half way up the first windward leg Bahrain Team Pindar 3 boat lengths behind dropped their sails in protest of a technicality of the race committee. MRT went on to finish the race and take the scores to 2.5 - 2.
In the deciding race, MRT fought hard but could not catch Bahrain Team Pindar in the light Korean breeze as the Brits showed why they are the reigning two time world champions, and qualifying through to the semi finals.
Tomorrow MRT will be racing off for 5th place, valuable World Tour ranking points and their share in the 300,000,000 Won prize pool.
A special thanks to Line7, Harken and the Royal Perth Yacht Club for their support.
Mirsky Racing Team
World Match Racing Tour