Thursday, 18 June 2009

WMRT: MRT Sit Comfortably after Day One in Portugal

Mirsky Racing Team prepare for the start in Portugal on Victory Challenge's Swedish Match 40s off Valencia. Supplied image.

by Kinley Fowler

After completing 5 matches in light winds, and strong tide, MRT have notched up 3 wins and 2 losses, putting them in good stead for the remaining races of the round robin.

MRT’s most nerve racking race was against BlackMatch (Adam Minoprio).

Blackmatch won the pre-start with MRT having to return from the oncourse side of the line. Blackmatch continued out to the left side of the course where MRT saw a glimpse of a right hand shift early on, backing their judgement paid off in the end as MRT extended to quite a large lead in the shifty conditions.

MRT went on to take the race against their young rivals from across the Tasman.

“In these shifty conditions its actually quite hard to defend a large lead, its almost easier being two boat lengths ahead so you can block every move they throw at you, but when you have 50 degree wind shifts they can catch up quite easily” commented MRT trimmer Kinley Fowler after the tough day's racing.

Tomorrow the race committee will aim to complete the round robin, but with light winds forecasted again it may be another long day on the water at the 2009 Portugal Match Cup.

A special thanks to Line7, Harken and the Royal Perth Yacht Club for their support.
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Yanmar Racing (Peter Gilmour) AUS 5-0
French Match Racing Team (Phillip Presti) FRA 4-1
Team French Spirit (Mathieu Richard) FRA 4-1
Bahrain Team Pindar (Ian Williams) GBR 3-2
Mirsky Racing Team (Torvar Mirsky) AUS 3-2
ETNZ Blackmatch (Adam Minoprio) NZL 3-2
K-Challenge (Seb Col) FRA 3-2
Team Onboard (Bjorn Hansen) SWE 2-3
Waka Racing (Phil Robertson) NZL 2-3
(Ian Ainslie) RSA 1-4
Seth Sailing (Alvaro Marinio) POR 0-5
(Andrew Arbuzov) RUS 0-5

Mirsky Racing Team
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