Saturday, 20 June 2009
Mirsky Racing Team at the Portugal Match Cup. Image copyright Wander Roberto/World Match Racing Tour.
by Kinley Fowler
Day two of the Portugal Match Cup saw competitors face long delays and trying conidtions. Mirsky Racing Team sits with 4 wins and 4 losses with 3 races left in the round before the quarter final stage.
A 10am scheduled start was quite optimistic by the race committee as the first race was sent off in light conditions where MRT was defeated by Team French Spirit (Matthieu Richard).
With the dying breeze competitors were sent ashore and did not return to the water until the afernoon when the late sea breeze settled in.
The afternoon saw some close racing for MRT where they were narrowly beaten by the French Match Racing Team (Philippe Presti). 'we made a slight mistake on the line and gave them a small advantage on the one way track, we sailed well to finish half a length behind him but just couldn't get those last few metres' said MRT's Graeme Spence.
The final race MRT comfortably defeated the local Seth Sailing Team (Alvaro Marinho) to finish off the day.
With 3 races remaining MRT is looking forward to a strong perfomance in the business end of the regatta.
A special thanks to Line7, Harken and the Royal Perth Yacht Club for their support.
Mirsky Racing Team
World Match Racing Tour