Sunday, 2 August 2009

Tough break for BlackMatch in France

by David Swete

Miserable conditions today in Pornichet set the scene for a disappointing result that saw us bow out of the International de France 3 Nil, against Pierre Antoine Morvan. The former world number 8 sailed out of his skin today while we were just a little below par and he took a well deserved victory, to set up an all French semi final.

Our first race really reflected how things went for us today, we got an awesome start and held a nice lead at the first top mark, only to lose our advantage when the French team surfed down in nice pressure and managed to roll over us to take the lead which they held to the finish. From here it all went Pierre’s way and although we were definitely competitive, he didn’t make any mistakes, sailing smart to win his way through.

It is disappointing to not make it through to the semi finals, however we still have some work ahead of us tomorrow as we take on Australian Keith Swinton for 5th position. Keith won a tight match up against Philippe Presti 2 nil while we also defeated Peter Wibroe 2 nil to set up the match for 5th and 6th.

BlackMatch would like to once again thank their loyal sponsors Fedex Express and Ross Munro from Line 7 New Zealand, without their support none of this would be possible. We would also like to thank our yacht club the Royal New Zealand Yacht quadron and Emirates Team New Zealand for their support.

French Match Racing

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