Monday, 10 August 2009

BlackMatch on top of the World

Adam Minoprio protesting during a match race. Supplied image.

by David Swete

After 18 months of our World Match Racing campaign, BlackMatch skipper Adam Minoprio has jumped up two places in the lastest ISAF ranking release, to hit the world #1 spot for the first time. A very successful year last year and mixed results so far this year which include winning the opening World Tour event, have seen us elevated
into the top spot. Following in the footsteps of other famous Kiwis Dean Barker, Russell Coutts and Chris Dickson who have all held the top spot in their careers, at the age of 24 Adam and the team are ecstatic to have reached one of our long term goals in such a short time.

Now with a month off from match racing Adam will be doing tactics on the IRC 52 Racer Scarlett Runner for the Airlie Beach and Hamilton Island Race Weeks downunder, while Dave will compete in the Fastnet race on the TP52 Lucky, from the USA.

Having reached number one in the World Rankings, we are now looking forward to the upcoming World Tour Events in Switzerland and Denmark, where we are hoping to regain some form and hopefully the World Tour lead, as we are currently lying in second.

Team Fedex in their new Line 7 gear. Supplied image.

BlackMatch would like to thank their sponsors FedEx Express and Line 7 New Zealand. It is these two companies that have stuck by us and given us the support we needed to make all of this happen. We would also like to thank the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadran and Emirates Teams New Zealand for their fantastic support throughout the years.

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