Monday, 12 October 2009
Torvar Mirsky, of Mirsky Racing Team, at the Argo Group Gold Cup in Bermuda. Image copyright Charles Anderson.
Two nil down at the start of the day in the quarter final match against multiple Olympic medalist Ben Ainslie and his TeamOrigin, MRT had their work cut out for them if they want to advance to the next stage
by Kyle Langford
Coming out focused and fired up in the morning, MRT took the first race off Team Origin whilst inflicting a double penalty and comfortably sailing to victory.
With momentum on MRT's side, they went out to push Ainslie in the second race of the day and secure another win to even up the scores at 2-2.
The fifth and final race was a showstopper with MRT pushing the Brits the whole way round, but they didn't slip up and went on to take the Australians out of the competition.
With World Tour points at stake, MRT still needed to finish as high as possible, but in the 5th-8th sail off they were out sailed by last years winner Johnnie Berntsson and local star Blythe Walker to finish in 8th position.
MRT has been relegated to 2nd place on the World Match Racing Tour standings and going into the final in Malaysia they will still have a shot at the World Championship title.
"A lot of things didn't go our way this week, but we sailed well and only just missed out on the semi's to TeamOrigin. We have a lot of work to do in Malaysia, but we are still well in touch with BlackMatch and with a good result we will be able to take out this year's championship" said Mirsky who is now making his way back to Perth to begin training up for the finals in December.
Mirsky Racing Team
World Match Racing Tour