Thursday, 7 April 2011

Black Swan Racing Report on Winning the Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy, Spain

Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy 2011, Spain (ISAF Grade 2). Supplied image.

by Black Swan Racing media

Keith Swinton and Black Swan Racing in the semi-finals

We are currently in Javea, Spain competing in our first event for 2011, The Sir Thomas Lipton Match Race. This regatta is one of the first events of the European summer and is very well attended by 10 highly competitive teams. The Tom 28 yachts, race organisation and wind conditions have allowed for some fantastic racing over the first two days.

We finished day one with 3 wins and 2 losses. Today we finished off the round robin with 3 wins from 4 races qualifying us in 3rd position for the semi-final. We had some tough races but managed to come out on top against Portugal's Alvarho Marinho, Denmark's Mads Ebler and Manu Weiller of Spain which was pleasing.

Tomorrow we are up against Simone Ferrarese of Italy for a spot in the final.

Black Swan Racing Wins Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy 2011

A windless morning in Javea worked out well for us today. With only a small time frame allowed for the completion of the best of five race series, yesterdays 2-1 lead was going to be very important.

"It's awesome to start off the year with a win, especially against some very tough opposition. It was a little bit of an anti-climax not racing today, but I think yesterday we knew there was a good chance this would be the situation. We were very determined to take the lead yesterday. Hopefully we can use this as a spring board into a successful season." Keith Swinton, Helmsman Black Swan Racing.

Results top 4:
1. Keith Swinton, Black Swan Racing
2. Alvahro Marinho, Seth Sailing Team
3. Pierre Antoine Morvan, Match ETM
4. Simone Ferrarese, Ferrarese Racing

Black Swan Racing would like to thank our supporters:
Westrac Pty Ltd - the Equipment Management Company
Abbotts PTY LTD Chartered Accountants
McNally Group PTY LTD
Musto Australia & Trendmark Sweden

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Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy