Monday, 2 May 2011
Aon Racing win the Korea Match Cup qualifier. Supplied image.
by Aon Racing media
After qualifying 4th for the semi-finals we were left facing NZ match racing guru Laurie Jury, who was fresh from a grade 2 win in Qatar. We won the first race after a very good start by Reuben, then lost the second after a strong performance from Laurie’s team. In the third race we got a good start and extended on several wind shifts to get a comfortable lead. This put us through into the finals against yet another kiwi team, skippered by William Tiller.
Aon Racing hide from the champagne after winning the Korea Match Cup qualifier. Supplied image.
We held slim advantages in both races before boat handling errors on their part saw us build big leads to win the finals 2-0, earning us a place in the Korea Match Cup, the 4th event on the World Match Racing Tour. Naturally the team is very excited at the prospect of lining up against the worlds best.
We would like to say a special thank you to our principal sponsor, Aon Insurance, as well as Club Marine and Allianz. Thanks also to the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, for training and supporting us.
Aon Racing is Reuben Corbett (helm), Adrian Short (main), Tom Bentham (trim), Tom Blampied (pit) and Benny Butcher (bow).