Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Pärnu Sailing Week Match Race : Will Tiller and FMJ Racing Win


Will Tiller's (NZL) FMJ Racing won the event. Image copyright Malle Kosk.


Reuben Corbett's (NZL) Aon Racing finished second overall. Image copyright Malle Kosk.

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Keith Swinton's (AUS) Black Swan Racing finished third overall. Image copyright Malle Kosk.

by Piret Salmistu

This Grade 2 match race was held at Pärnu Jahtklubi in Estonia, 16-19 June. An initial round robin was used to select semi-finalists.

After the round robin the semi-finalists are:
1. Corbett - 8 wins
2. Tiller - 8 wins
3. Swinton - 7 wins
4. Haddad - 6 wins


Aon racing on Day 2 at Pärnu. Image copyright Malle Kosk.

Other results for positions 5-10:
5. Joachim Aschenbrenner - 4 wins - win% 44
6. Robert Nyberg - 3 wins - win% 33
7. Mati Sepp - 3 wins - win% 33
8. David Chapman - 3 wins - win% 33
9. Arpad Litkey - 2 wins - win% 22
10. Vladimir Lipavski - 1 win - win% 11


Match racing on Day 2 at Pärnu. Image copyright Malle Kosk.


Match racing on Day 2 at Pärnu. Image copyright Malle Kosk.

Full Round Robin Results:


On the third day of the event in Pärnu Flight 1 was very exciting. Corbett, as the leader, choose to have a match with Haddad, who entered to the semifinals on the 4th place, but Haddad was better in this flight than Corbett and won the match. Meanwhile, William Tiller's team took the lead on the last down-wind course and won against Keith Swinton.

In the second flight Corbett won against Haddad and Tiller got his second win and went to the final as first. On the third flight Corbett secured with the win over Haddad his entry to the final also.


Match racing on Day 2 at Pärnu. Image copyright Malle Kosk.

To find out the third place the first match won Swinton against Haddad and second mach won Haddad. In the final mach to get the second win Swinton still won and so the third place here in Pärnu belongs to Keith Swinton from Australia and fourth place to Henrique Haddad from Brazil.

In the final races for the first place the first match won Corbett, but in the second match Tiller was better than Corbett. In the third match Tiller won against Corbett again. So now the score is 2:1 to Tiller. The winner needs 3 wins.


Match racing on Day 2 at Pärnu. Image copyright Malle Kosk.

The battle for the third place was prolonged as the third match was abandoned because of the course shortening during the race which is not allowed. In the match which was sailed again, Swinton still won against Haddad and so the places remained the same.

In the final match for the first place Reuben Corbett's team made some mistakes and so William Tiller got the chance to got the third win in the final and to got the overall win in Pärnu Sailing Week Match Race Grade 2. The second place belongs to Reuben Corbett's team - both teams are from New Zealand.

Final results

1 William Tiller NZL
2 Reuben Corbett NZL
3 Keith Swinton AUS
4 Henrique Haddad BRA
5 Joachim Aschenbrenner DEN
6 Robert Nyberg FIN
7 Mati Sepp EST
8 David Chapman AUS
9 Arpad Litkey HUN
10 Vladimir Lipavsky RUS

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