Saturday 11 September 2010

Danish Open: Mirsky Racing Team still Up Top

Graeme Spence commanding the bow. Image copyright Loris von Siebenthal.

by Kinley Fowler

Three straight wins on day two of the Danish Open keeps MRT up the top of the leaderboard, trailing only Italy's Team Azzura who have finished the first round with 8 wins and 3 losses.

The ruthless format of the Danish Open only allows the top 4 teams to proceed through to the next stage, so it is very important for the teams to hit the ground running in the first round.

MRT have managed to do so, only dropping one race yesterday in the breeze against Team Azzura who are currently sitting in first after finishing all of their first round races.

The first race of the day saw MRT rushing out to the start after the race committee jumped straight into the starting sequence with MRT still preparing the boat on the dock after it had been taken out of the previous match.

Luckily it didn't affect the result however, as MRT lead the local talent Mads Ebler around the track after a shaky start which saw Mirsky held out to windward of the starting line. The power of the right however brought the Australian's quickly back into the game, and they were able to push Ebler over to the unfavoured side of the course.

Tudur Owen gives an asseement

"The mood on the boat is good. Even when we were late for the start against Ebler, we were able to keep our composure and focus on the small gains throughout the race." Said MRT's pitman Tudur Owen.

"Mathieu Richard's team are sailing very well and have been very consistent this year, so we will be looking forward to a tight race with them tomorrow."

Mirsky Racing Team
World Match Racing Tour