Saturday, 5 December 2009
Adam Minoprio and BlackMatch Racing were crowned ISAF Match Racing World Champions after they defeated Mathieu Richard in the quarter finals of the Monsoon Cup 2009, and Gilmour defeated Mirsky, in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia, 5 December 2009. Image copyright Gareth Cooke/Subzero Images.
by David Swete
After getting off the water from our 3 nil win over Mathieu Richard, we watched an extremely close race against Peter Gilmour and Torvar Mirsky, a match that meant if Gilmour won we would be crowned World Match Racing Champions. Gilmour had incurred a penalty on the first beat and although he held the lead coming into the final run to the finish, we knew it was going to be extremely close. He left it right until the finish to do his penalty turn as Torvar and his team were storming down in great breeze, Gilly went for the turn and it was marginal if he was going to complete it in front of the fellow Australian team. He just managed to complete his turn and there was contact between the boats, Torvar then crossed the line first only to be handed a penalty and this decisive moment handed us the World Tour win.
The team is extremely happy to have pulled of this incredible fight back and take out the World Title, although we still have it all to do at this regatta and will remain focused for this afternoons semi finals.
BlackMatch would like to thank their sponsor Fedex Express and a very special thank you to David Ross for coming to Terengganu to support us this week. We would also like to make a special mention to Ross Munro for all of his incrediable support throughout the years, his help in getting us started on the tour and getting the boys looking like pros has been absolutely invaluable. Emirates Team New Zealand and the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadrons support has also been incredible and a massive thank you has to go out to all our Mums and Dads and Friends back home.
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