Friday, 5 March 2010

Mirsky Racing Team report on day two of the Omega Auckland Match Racing

by Kinley Fowler

The second day of the Auckland Omega Match Race sees MRT end the day with a scorecard of 5-5.

After an average first day, MRT hit the water firing beating their World Champion rivals of Adam Minoprio and his BlackMatch Racing crew. An intense prestart saw Blackmatch awarded a penalty but take the advantage off the line. A fierce tacking duel saw MRT take the lead but sacrificing their penalty advantage after a close leebow tack where the penalties were equalised.

Once MRT were given the lead they extended and comfortably defeated their Kiwi opponents.

With the majority of the competitors at the Omega Match Race being Americas Cup sailors, MRT do not get the opportunity to race them very regularly.

Making the most of racing world class competition, MRT went into their next race against Emirates Team New Zealand trying to mix it with the best.

After a tight prestart which saw the advantage go to MRT they held their nerve around the course to extend their lead and comfortably beat Dean Barker by 25 seconds in the blustery conditions.

Racing was then called off for the rest of the day with the wind consistently blowing over 25 knots.

Friday will see the remainder of the second round robin completed and racing promises to be exciting as everyone battles to qualify for the semi-finals.

Round Robin Results:

TeamOrigin Ben Ainslie 8
Emirates Team New Zealand Dean Barker 6
BlackMatch Racing Adam Minoprio 6
Team Synergy Karol Jablonski 6
Team Aleph Bertrand Pace 5
Mirsky Racing Team Torvar Mirsky 5
Team Azzura Francesco Bruni 4
All4One Sebastien Col 4
Dickson Racing Team Chris Dickson 3
Victory Challenge Magnus Holmberg 3

Mirsky Racing Team
Omega Auckland Match Racing

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