World Match Racing Tour. ALPARI

ISAF Special Event

  • Qualifying Round - Group 2 - Flight 1 View all results
    M1 Chris Poole Riptide Racing 1 vs 0 Taylor Canfield US One
    M4 Nathan Outteridge Artemis Racing 1 vs 0 Phil Robertson WAKA Racing
    M6 Eric Monnin Swiss Match Race Team 1 vs 0 Mathieu Richard LunaJets
    M7 Lance Fraser DigiCel Bermuda 0 vs 1 Staffan Lindberg Alandia Sailing Team
  • Qualifying Round - Group 2 - Flight 2 View all results
    M9 Eric Monnin Swiss Match Race Team 1 vs 0 Nathan Outteridge Artemis Racing
    M11 Chris Poole Riptide Racing 1 vs 0 Lance Fraser DigiCel Bermuda
    M13 Marek Stanczyk Henri Lloyd Rainmaker Racing 1 vs 0 Mathieu Richard LunaJets
    M15 David Gilmour Team Gilmour 0 vs 1 Taylor Canfield US One
  • Qualifying Round - Group 2 - Flight 3 View all results
    M18 Eric Monnin Swiss Match Race Team 1 vs 0 Phil Robertson WAKA Racing
    M20 Staffan Lindberg Alandia Sailing Team 0 vs 1 Taylor Canfield US One
    M22 Chris Poole Riptide Racing 0 vs 1 David Gilmour Team Gilmour
    M23 Marek Stanczyk Henri Lloyd Rainmaker Racing 1 vs 0 Nathan Outteridge Artemis Racing
  • Qualifying Round - Group 2 - Flight 4 View all results
    M25 David Gilmour Team Gilmour 0 vs 1 Staffan Lindberg Alandia Sailing Team
    M28 Marek Stanczyk Henri Lloyd Rainmaker Racing 1 vs 0 Phil Robertson WAKA Racing
    M29 Lance Fraser DigiCel Bermuda 0 vs 1 Taylor Canfield US One
    M31 Mathieu Richard LunaJets 0 vs 1 Nathan Outteridge Artemis Racing
  • Qualifying Round - Group 2 - Flight 5 View all results
    M34 David Gilmour Team Gilmour 1 vs 0 Lance Fraser DigiCel Bermuda
    M35 Mathieu Richard LunaJets 1 vs 0 Phil Robertson WAKA Racing
    M38 Eric Monnin Swiss Match Race Team 0 vs 1 Marek Stanczyk Henri Lloyd Rainmaker Racing
    M40 Chris Poole Riptide Racing 0 vs 1 Staffan Lindberg Alandia Sailing Team
  • Qualifying Round - Group 2 - Flight 6 View all results
    M41 David Gilmour Team Gilmour 0 vs 1 Mathieu Richard LunaJets
    M44 Lance Fraser DigiCel Bermuda 1 vs 0 Marek Stanczyk Henri Lloyd Rainmaker Racing
    M45 Chris Poole Riptide Racing 0 vs 1 Nathan Outteridge Artemis Racing
    M48 Eric Monnin Swiss Match Race Team 0 vs 1 Taylor Canfield US One
  • Qualifying Round - Group 2 - Flight 7 View all results
    M49 Nathan Outteridge Artemis Racing 0 vs 1 Taylor Canfield US One
    M51 Chris Poole Riptide Racing 1 vs 0 Phil Robertson WAKA Racing
    M53 Eric Monnin Swiss Match Race Team 0 vs 1 Lance Fraser DigiCel Bermuda
    M56 Marek Stanczyk Henri Lloyd Rainmaker Racing 0 vs 1 Staffan Lindberg Alandia Sailing Team
  • Qualifying Round - Group 2 - Flight 8 View all results
    M57 Lance Fraser DigiCel Bermuda 0 vs 1 Phil Robertson WAKA Racing
    M59 Mathieu Richard LunaJets 1 vs 0 Staffan Lindberg Alandia Sailing Team
    M61 David Gilmour Team Gilmour 1 vs 0 Nathan Outteridge Artemis Racing
    M63 Marek Stanczyk Henri Lloyd Rainmaker Racing 0 vs 1 Taylor Canfield US One
  • Qualifying Round - Group 2 - Flight 9 View all results
    M66 Chris Poole Riptide Racing 0 vs 1 Mathieu Richard LunaJets
    M67 David Gilmour Team Gilmour 1 vs 0 Eric Monnin Swiss Match Race Team
    M70 Nathan Outteridge Artemis Racing 0 vs 1 Staffan Lindberg Alandia Sailing Team
    M71 Phil Robertson WAKA Racing 0 vs 1 Taylor Canfield US One
  • Qualifying Round - Group 2 - Flight 10 View all results
    M74 Lance Fraser DigiCel Bermuda 0 vs 1 Nathan Outteridge Artemis Racing
    M75 Chris Poole Riptide Racing 0 vs 0 Marek Stanczyk Henri Lloyd Rainmaker Racing
    M77 Eric Monnin Swiss Match Race Team 1 vs 0 Staffan Lindberg Alandia Sailing Team
    M80 David Gilmour Team Gilmour 0 vs 1 Phil Robertson WAKA Racing
  • Qualifying Round - Group 2 - Flight 11 View all results
    M81 Chris Poole Riptide Racing 0 vs 0 Eric Monnin Swiss Match Race Team
    M83 David Gilmour Team Gilmour 0 vs 0 Marek Stanczyk Henri Lloyd Rainmaker Racing
    M85 Phil Robertson WAKA Racing 0 vs 0 Staffan Lindberg Alandia Sailing Team
    M88 Lance Fraser DigiCel Bermuda 0 vs 0 Mathieu Richard LunaJets
  • Qualifying Round - Group 2 - Flight 12 View all results
    M89 Mathieu Richard LunaJets 0 vs 0 Taylor Canfield US One
  • Qualifying Round - Group 1 - Flight 1 View all results
    M2 Dirk-Jan Korpershoek Korpershoek Racing 0 vs 1 Ian Williams GAC Pindar
    M3 Keith Swinton Team Alpari FX 0 vs 1 Somers Kempe Raymarine/Ocean Electronics
    M5 Björn Hansen Hansen Sailing Team 1 vs 0 Johnie Berntsson Stena Sailing Team
    M8 David Storrs Pequot Racing Team 0 vs 1 Pierre Antoine Morvan Vannes Agglo Sailing Team
  • Qualifying Round - Group 1 - Flight 2 View all results
    M10 Johnie Berntsson Stena Sailing Team 1 vs 0 Somers Kempe Raymarine/Ocean Electronics
    M12 David Storrs Pequot Racing Team 1 vs 0 Dirk-Jan Korpershoek Korpershoek Racing
    M14 Arthur Herreman Match The World 0 vs 1 Björn Hansen Hansen Sailing Team
    M16 Francesco Bruni Luna Rossa 0 vs 1 Ian Williams GAC Pindar
  • Qualifying Round - Group 1 - Flight 3 View all results
    M17 Johnie Berntsson Stena Sailing Team 0 vs 1 Keith Swinton Team Alpari FX
    M19 Dirk-Jan Korpershoek Korpershoek Racing 0 vs 1 Francesco Bruni Luna Rossa
    M21 Ian Williams GAC Pindar 1 vs 0 Pierre Antoine Morvan Vannes Agglo Sailing Team
    M24 Arthur Herreman Match The World 1 vs 0 Somers Kempe Raymarine/Ocean Electronics
  • Qualifying Round - Group 1 - Flight 4 View all results
    M26 Francesco Bruni Luna Rossa 0 vs 1 Pierre Antoine Morvan Vannes Agglo Sailing Team
    M27 Arthur Herreman Match The World 0 vs 1 Keith Swinton Team Alpari FX
    M30 David Storrs Pequot Racing Team 0 vs 1 Ian Williams GAC Pindar
    M32 Björn Hansen Hansen Sailing Team 1 vs 0 Somers Kempe Raymarine/Ocean Electronics
  • Qualifying Round - Group 1 - Flight 5 View all results
    M33 David Storrs Pequot Racing Team 0 vs 1 Francesco Bruni Luna Rossa
    M36 Björn Hansen Hansen Sailing Team 0 vs 1 Keith Swinton Team Alpari FX
    M37 Arthur Herreman Match The World 0 vs 1 Johnie Berntsson Stena Sailing Team
    M39 Dirk-Jan Korpershoek Korpershoek Racing 0 vs 1 Pierre Antoine Morvan Vannes Agglo Sailing Team
  • Qualifying Round - Group 1 - Flight 6 View all results
    M42 Björn Hansen Hansen Sailing Team 0 vs 0 Francesco Bruni Luna Rossa
    M43 Arthur Herreman Match The World 0 vs 0 David Storrs Pequot Racing Team
    M46 Dirk-Jan Korpershoek Korpershoek Racing 0 vs 0 Somers Kempe Raymarine/Ocean Electronics
    M47 Ian Williams GAC Pindar 0 vs 0 Johnie Berntsson Stena Sailing Team
  • Qualifying Round - Group 1 - Flight 7 View all results
    M50 Ian Williams GAC Pindar 0 vs 0 Somers Kempe Raymarine/Ocean Electronics
    M52 Dirk-Jan Korpershoek Korpershoek Racing 0 vs 0 Keith Swinton Team Alpari FX
    M54 David Storrs Pequot Racing Team 0 vs 0 Johnie Berntsson Stena Sailing Team
    M55 Arthur Herreman Match The World 0 vs 0 Pierre Antoine Morvan Vannes Agglo Sailing Team
  • Qualifying Round - Group 1 - Flight 8 View all results
    M58 David Storrs Pequot Racing Team 0 vs 0 Keith Swinton Team Alpari FX
    M60 Björn Hansen Hansen Sailing Team 0 vs 0 Pierre Antoine Morvan Vannes Agglo Sailing Team
    M62 Francesco Bruni Luna Rossa 0 vs 0 Somers Kempe Raymarine/Ocean Electronics
    M64 Arthur Herreman Match The World 0 vs 0 Ian Williams GAC Pindar
  • Qualifying Round - Group 1 - Flight 9 View all results
    M65 Björn Hansen Hansen Sailing Team 0 vs 0 Dirk-Jan Korpershoek Korpershoek Racing
    M68 Francesco Bruni Luna Rossa 0 vs 0 Johnie Berntsson Stena Sailing Team
    M69 Pierre Antoine Morvan Vannes Agglo Sailing Team 0 vs 0 Somers Kempe Raymarine/Ocean Electronics
    M72 Ian Williams GAC Pindar 0 vs 0 Keith Swinton Team Alpari FX
  • Qualifying Round - Group 1 - Flight 10 View all results
    M73 David Storrs Pequot Racing Team 0 vs 0 Somers Kempe Raymarine/Ocean Electronics
    M76 Arthur Herreman Match The World 0 vs 0 Dirk-Jan Korpershoek Korpershoek Racing
    M78 Johnie Berntsson Stena Sailing Team 0 vs 0 Pierre Antoine Morvan Vannes Agglo Sailing Team
    M79 Francesco Bruni Luna Rossa 0 vs 0 Keith Swinton Team Alpari FX
  • Qualifying Round - Group 1 - Flight 11 View all results
    M82 Dirk-Jan Korpershoek Korpershoek Racing 0 vs 0 Johnie Berntsson Stena Sailing Team
    M84 Arthur Herreman Match The World 0 vs 0 Francesco Bruni Luna Rossa
    M86 Keith Swinton Team Alpari FX 0 vs 0 Pierre Antoine Morvan Vannes Agglo Sailing Team
    M87 Björn Hansen Hansen Sailing Team 0 vs 0 David Storrs Pequot Racing Team
  • Qualifying Round - Group 1 - Flight 12 View all results
    M90 Björn Hansen Hansen Sailing Team 0 vs 0 Ian Williams GAC Pindar

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    Hamilton, Bermuda (22nd Oct 2014): Despite the best efforts of Tropical Storm Fay and then Hurricane Gonzalo, the Argo Group Gold Cup, the sixth stage of the 2014 Alpari World Match Racing Tour, set sail on Bermuda’s Hamilton Harbour today, albeit postponed by 24 hours. Holding a slender lead after the opening day is surprisingly not one of the eight Alpari World Match Racing Tour card holders, nor one of the America’s Cup teams, but an amateur crew from Poland. Marek Stańczyk builds and sells boats for a living, while in his crew are a lawyer and a computer programmer. Stańczyk’s team was the only one to end the day on four points (Ian Williams’ GAC Pindar crew won all its races, but was docked 0.5 points for a collision). “For sure we are very motivated to sail as well as we can because one of our crew members died recently and we have two new crew members,” explained Stańczyk, whose finished second overall in this year’s Polish match racing circuit. “We just sailed relaxed. We were maybe slower in manoeuvres than other crews with our hoists and drops, but our boat speed was good.” The clinching match of the day for the Poles came in the final flight when they lined up against Switzerland’s Eric Monnin, also unbeaten at that point. Monnin explained: “We controlled him at the start, but in the end he was able to tack away. We followed him with a little gap, but he got better wind. Then we were behind him all the time, although we got closer at the finish.” Eric Monnin (SUI) on form in Bermuda © Charles Anderson / AGGC Monnin confirmed that most vital today was reading the shifts and puffs right: “That got you quite a long way in front. It looked easy, but it wasn’t. Even when there was a small gap between boats you could have big differences.” This is Monnin’s 11th consecutive Argo Group Gold Cup. “For us it is the last event of the season, but we also like the island, the people and the boats, because they are going a bit back in time.” With a substantial line-up of teams – 20, representing 13 nations – Qualifying has been split into two groups and today the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club’s race committee managed to complete five flights in each. Racing was held under an overcast sky in a southerly breeze requiring a course to be set-up across the Harbour. However the wind blowing off the land made conditions extremely challenging for the crews. As Team Alpari FX’s Keith Swinton described it: “They were really difficult conditions, probably the toughest we’ve had to race in all year on the Tour – very shifty with big holes in the breeze. It was really hard to make decisions, you just had to keep calm and sometimes you’d lose a lot, but then you might get it back later.” Ian Williams, GAC Pindar leading Francesco Bruni, Luna Rossa © Charles Anderson / AGGC In Group 1, Team Alpari FX got off to a disappointing start losing to the Raymarine/Ocean Electronics team of Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Commodore Somers Kempe. They then went on to win their next three matches, ending the day second in Group 1 to Ian Williams’ GAC Pindar team, level with France’s Pierre-Antoine Morvan’s Vannes Agglo Sailing Team and Stena Match Cup Sweden winner Björn Hansen. Argo Group Gold Cup defending champion Francesco Bruni was not in the best of spirits coming off the water on 1.5 points, a half point having been deducted due to a collision during his team’s boisterous second match against Ian Williams. “We were in the lead in many races, but it was not easy with the wind shifts,” bemoaned the Luna Rossa skipper. “We made a couple of bad decisions about when to tack or when to gybe, so the lead was changing all the time. We should have been in much better shape.” Dirk-Jan Korpershoek collides with Francesco Bruni's boat © Charles Anderson / AGGC However one of Bruni’s wins was also one of the most compelling races of the day. Up against Dutch skipper Dirk-Jan Korpershoek, Bruni picked up two penalties at the start for barging but managed to rid himself of one while pulling into the lead and extending. However he was unable to get rid of his last penalty and was forced to match race his opponent past the finish line and beyond. A prolonged series of dial-ups ensued by which time all the other matches in the flight had long since finished. Finally Korpershoek gently collided with the Italian team’s yacht cancelling out their penalty, Bruni then calmly bore away to gain the point. Qualifying continues tomorrow, however the weather is set to turn again overnight as a front associated with a depression off the US East Coast brings rain and 20+ knot winds to Hamilton Harbour. Five days after Hurricane Gonzalo’s strike, the locals are barely likely to notice. Racing will start at 0900 (ADT) local time. Follow live race updates via Twitter at @wmrt_liverace. To stay connected, follow us on Facebook.com/worldmatchracingtour For more information on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, visit www.wmrt.com or contact \n This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Stage 6 Argo Group Gold Cup, Alpari World Match Racing Tour Group 1 Results After Flight 51 Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar 3.5-02 Keith Swinton (AUS) Team Alpari FX 3-13 Pierre-Antoine Morvan (FRA) Vannes Agglo Sailing Team 3-14 Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Sailing Team 3-15 Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Stena Sailing Team 2-26 Francesco Bruni (ITA) Luna Rossa 2-27 Arthur Herreman (FRA) Match The World 1-38 Somers Kempe (BER) Raymarine/Ocean Electronics 1-39 David Storrs (USA) Pequot Racing Team 0.5-310 Dirk-Jan Korpershoek (NED) Korpershoek Racing 0-4 Group 2 Results After Flight 51 Marek Stanczyk (POL) Henri Lloyd Rainmaker Racing 4-02 Eric Monnin (SUI) Swiss Match Race Team 3-13 Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One 3-14 Staffan Linberg (FIN) Alandia Sailing Team 3-15 Nathan Outteridge (SWE) Artemis Racing 2-26 David Gilmour (AUS) Team Gilmour 2-27 Chris Poole (USA) Riptide Racing 2-28 Mathieu Richard (FRA) LunaJets 1-39 Lance Fraser (BER) Digicel Bermuda 0-410 Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing 0-4 FULL RESULTS HERE

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    Hamilton, Bermuda (21st Oct 2014): Over the last few days there have been frantic phone calls between travel agents from competitors at the Argo Group Gold Cup, the sixth stage and the oldest event on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. Over Friday night and into Saturday the Category 3 Hurricane Gonzalo passed directly over Bermuda pummelling it with 100+ knot winds. This is the second dose of brutal winds Bermuda has seen in a week, after it was struck a few days earlier by Tropical Storm Fay. Fay reaped carnage, so when Gonzalo passed by the worst of the damage had already been done.  However over the weekend the event was in the balance, explained Argo Group Gold Cup Chairman Brian Billings: “It was a case of how badly Bermuda fared during the hurricane – whether we still had power, still had boats and whether the competitors could still get here.”  Brian Billings with the King Edward VII Gold Cup © OnEdition / AWMRT During Gonzalo one of the classic International One Design (IOD) yachts used at the regatta was destroyed but a replacement was found. “We also lost some housing, either because they didn’t have a roof or no power, but we were able to beg or borrow other beds. So after a two hour discussion on Saturday we said ‘yes, we’re on’.” However prior to Gonzalo’s arrival the committee had already postponed racing by 24 hours. Qualifying will now begin tomorrow, Wednesday 22nd October at 0900 local. The Argo Group Gold Cup is unique on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour for having the most teams and 20 from 13 nations have pitched up at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club ready for racing on Hamilton Harbour.  After standing down for the last three events due to commitments with Luna Rossa, the Italian America’s Cup challenger’s skipper Francesco Bruni returns, but with a slightly different crew line-up to when he won last year’s event, now including Tom Powrie standing in for injured trimmer Pierluigi De Felice.  Francesco Bruni and his team winning the 2013 Argo Group Gold Cup © OnEdition / AWMRT “We sailed very well last year, we had a very nice final against Ben,” commented Bruni. “Hopefully this year it is going to be good as well. We just have to meld together a little bit and getting the rhythm going straight away will be important.”  Bruni will face another America’s Cup team in Artemis Racing, represented by skipper Nathan Outteridge, team boss Iain Percy, plus Christian Kamp and Iain Jensen. Outteridge is one of the world’s most talented sailors when it comes to fast boats – the gold medallist from London 2012 in the 49er skiff and two time foiling Moth World Champion and admits the IODs are not what he is used to racing: “But you are sailing against the same boats, so it is fine. It is about learning the turning circle of the boat and the practicalities of what you can and can’t do: When they stop, they stop for a long time!” His 49er crew Iain Jensen admitted that he hasn’t sailed a boat with a spinnaker pole since his days in 420s, while Outteridge has been dusting off his match racing skills. “I used to match race as a youth in Australia, like the Youth Match Racing Nationals and the Warren Jones, but when I turned 18, I stopped. So I understand the concept of match racing but it’s a bit different to the match racing I did last year!” Alpari World Match Racing Tour leader, GAC Pindar skipper Ian Williams said he was impressed by the apparent lack of carnage post-Gonzalo. “It is fantastic - they have 10 boats together and I think we’ll get some pretty good weather this week. It is going to be a good regatta.” Carnage caused by Hurricane Gonzalo © James Boyd / AWMRT With this being the penultimate event of the 2014 Alpari World Match Racing Tour, Williams is in the enviable position of having to win this regatta in order to improve his overall Tour standings - bombing in this regatta would not be a disaster, as he is allowed to discard two events and he is already shedding a second.  “We are going to treat it pretty casually early on and if we get into the semis we’ll start to take it more seriously and see if we can get the no1 spot,” said Williams. However he admits that since 2006, when the Argo Group Gold Cup was the first Tour event he ever won, his track record here hasn’t been his best. “We have had some good moments, but we’ve never managed to string it together for the whole regatta.” Aside from the eight Tour card holders, 12 additional teams are racing, including familiar faces such as former winner here, Swede Johnie Berntsson, France’s Pierre-Antoine Morvan, Switzerland’s Eric Monnin and Finland’s Staffan Lindberg. However there are others for whom this is their first ever Argo Group Gold Cup.  Young French skipper Arthur Herreman made an impression making it to the Quarter Finals at the Dutch Match Cup. This is the Argo Group Gold Cup debut for the skipper from Le Havre, whose crew heralds from Antibes and Corsica. “Every year we follow the Tour. It is a dream for us to come here. And now we’re here, it is great,” said Herreman. “The boats are older, but they are nice. It will be hard to learn how to make them go.” With the Argo Group Gold Cup shortened by one day, Qualifying is now being compressed into three days with the 20 competitors initially split into two groups. The Quarter and Semi Finals are scheduled to take place on Saturday with the Final on Sunday. Racing starts tomorrow at 0900 (ADT). Follow live race updates via Twitter at @wmrt_liverace. To stay connected, follow us on Facebook.com/worldmatchracingtour  For more information on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, visit www.wmrt.com or contact \n This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Stage 6 Argo Group Gold Cup, Alpari World Match Racing Tour 1 Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar2 Mathieu Richard (FRA) LunaJets3 Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One4 Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Sailing Team5 Keith Swinton (AUS) Team Alpari FX6 Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing7 David Gilmour (AUS) Team Gilmour8 Francesco Bruni (ITA) Luna Rossa9 Pierre-Antoine Morvan (FRA) Vannes Agglo Sailing Team10 Staffan Linberg (FIN) Alandia Sailing Team11 Eric Monnin (SUI) Swiss Match Race Team12 Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Stena Sailing Team13 Arthur Herreman (FRA) Match The World14 Marek Stanczyk (POL) www.470sailing.org.pl 15 Chris Poole (USA) Riptide Racing16 David Storrs (USA) Pequot Racing Team17 Lance Fraser (BER) Digicel Bermuda18 Nathan Outteridge (SWE) Artemis Racing19 Somers Kempe (BER) Raymarine/Ocean Electronics20 Dirk-Jan Korpershoek (NED) Korpershoek Racing

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    Hamilton, Bermuda (22nd Oct 2014): Despite the best efforts of Tropical Storm Fay and then Hurricane Gonzalo, the Argo Group Gold Cup, the sixth stage of the 2014 Alpari World Match Racing Tour, set sail on Bermuda’s Hamilton Harbour today, albeit postponed by 24 hours. Holding a slender lead after the opening day is surprisingly not one of the eight Alpari World Match Racing Tour card holders, nor one of the America’s Cup teams, but an amateur crew from Poland. Marek Stańczyk builds and sells boats for a living, while in his crew are a lawyer and a computer programmer. Stańczyk’s team was the only one to end the day on four points (Ian Williams’ GAC Pindar crew won all its races, but was docked 0.5 points for a collision). “For sure we are very motivated to sail as well as we can because one of our crew members died recently and we have two new crew members,” explained Stańczyk, whose finished second overall in this year’s Polish match racing circuit. “We just sailed relaxed. We were maybe slower in manoeuvres than other crews with our hoists and drops, but our boat speed was good.” The clinching match of the day for the Poles came in the final flight when they lined up against Switzerland’s Eric Monnin, also unbeaten at that point. Monnin explained: “We controlled him at the start, but in the end he was able to tack away. We followed him with a little gap, but he got better wind. Then we were behind him all the time, although we got closer at the finish.” Eric Monnin (SUI) on form in Bermuda © Charles Anderson / AGGC Monnin confirmed that most vital today was reading the shifts and puffs right: “That got you quite a long way in front. It looked easy, but it wasn’t. Even when there was a small gap between boats you could have big differences.” This is Monnin’s 11th consecutive Argo Group Gold Cup. “For us it is the last event of the season, but we also like the island, the people and the boats, because they are going a bit back in time.” With a substantial line-up of teams – 20, representing 13 nations – Qualifying has been split into two groups and today the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club’s race committee managed to complete five flights in each. Racing was held under an overcast sky in a southerly breeze requiring a course to be set-up across the Harbour. However the wind blowing off the land made conditions extremely challenging for the crews. As Team Alpari FX’s Keith Swinton described it: “They were really difficult conditions, probably the toughest we’ve had to race in all year on the Tour – very shifty with big holes in the breeze. It was really hard to make decisions, you just had to keep calm and sometimes you’d lose a lot, but then you might get it back later.” Ian Williams, GAC Pindar leading Francesco Bruni, Luna Rossa © Charles Anderson / AGGC In Group 1, Team Alpari FX got off to a disappointing start losing to the Raymarine/Ocean Electronics team of Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Commodore Somers Kempe. They then went on to win their next three matches, ending the day second in Group 1 to Ian Williams’ GAC Pindar team, level with France’s Pierre-Antoine Morvan’s Vannes Agglo Sailing Team and Stena Match Cup Sweden winner Björn Hansen. Argo Group Gold Cup defending champion Francesco Bruni was not in the best of spirits coming off the water on 1.5 points, a half point having been deducted due to a collision during his team’s boisterous second match against Ian Williams. “We were in the lead in many races, but it was not easy with the wind shifts,” bemoaned the Luna Rossa skipper. “We made a couple of bad decisions about when to tack or when to gybe, so the lead was changing all the time. We should have been in much better shape.” Dirk-Jan Korpershoek collides with Francesco Bruni's boat © Charles Anderson / AGGC However one of Bruni’s wins was also one of the most compelling races of the day. Up against Dutch skipper Dirk-Jan Korpershoek, Bruni picked up two penalties at the start for barging but managed to rid himself of one while pulling into the lead and extending. However he was unable to get rid of his last penalty and was forced to match race his opponent past the finish line and beyond. A prolonged series of dial-ups ensued by which time all the other matches in the flight had long since finished. Finally Korpershoek gently collided with the Italian team’s yacht cancelling out their penalty, Bruni then calmly bore away to gain the point. Qualifying continues tomorrow, however the weather is set to turn again overnight as a front associated with a depression off the US East Coast brings rain and 20+ knot winds to Hamilton Harbour. Five days after Hurricane Gonzalo’s strike, the locals are barely likely to notice. Racing will start at 0900 (ADT) local time. Follow live race updates via Twitter at @wmrt_liverace. To stay connected, follow us on Facebook.com/worldmatchracingtour For more information on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, visit www.wmrt.com or contact \n This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Stage 6 Argo Group Gold Cup, Alpari World Match Racing Tour Group 1 Results After Flight 51 Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar 3.5-02 Keith Swinton (AUS) Team Alpari FX 3-13 Pierre-Antoine Morvan (FRA) Vannes Agglo Sailing Team 3-14 Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Sailing Team 3-15 Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Stena Sailing Team 2-26 Francesco Bruni (ITA) Luna Rossa 2-27 Arthur Herreman (FRA) Match The World 1-38 Somers Kempe (BER) Raymarine/Ocean Electronics 1-39 David Storrs (USA) Pequot Racing Team 0.5-310 Dirk-Jan Korpershoek (NED) Korpershoek Racing 0-4 Group 2 Results After Flight 51 Marek Stanczyk (POL) Henri Lloyd Rainmaker Racing 4-02 Eric Monnin (SUI) Swiss Match Race Team 3-13 Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One 3-14 Staffan Linberg (FIN) Alandia Sailing Team 3-15 Nathan Outteridge (SWE) Artemis Racing 2-26 David Gilmour (AUS) Team Gilmour 2-27 Chris Poole (USA) Riptide Racing 2-28 Mathieu Richard (FRA) LunaJets 1-39 Lance Fraser (BER) Digicel Bermuda 0-410 Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing 0-4 FULL RESULTS HERE

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    Hamilton, Bermuda (21st Oct 2014): Over the last few days there have been frantic phone calls between travel agents from competitors at the Argo Group Gold Cup, the sixth stage and the oldest event on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. Over Friday night and into Saturday the Category 3 Hurricane Gonzalo passed directly over Bermuda pummelling it with 100+ knot winds. This is the second dose of brutal winds Bermuda has seen in a week, after it was struck a few days earlier by Tropical Storm Fay. Fay reaped carnage, so when Gonzalo passed by the worst of the damage had already been done.  However over the weekend the event was in the balance, explained Argo Group Gold Cup Chairman Brian Billings: “It was a case of how badly Bermuda fared during the hurricane – whether we still had power, still had boats and whether the competitors could still get here.”  Brian Billings with the King Edward VII Gold Cup © OnEdition / AWMRT During Gonzalo one of the classic International One Design (IOD) yachts used at the regatta was destroyed but a replacement was found. “We also lost some housing, either because they didn’t have a roof or no power, but we were able to beg or borrow other beds. So after a two hour discussion on Saturday we said ‘yes, we’re on’.” However prior to Gonzalo’s arrival the committee had already postponed racing by 24 hours. Qualifying will now begin tomorrow, Wednesday 22nd October at 0900 local. The Argo Group Gold Cup is unique on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour for having the most teams and 20 from 13 nations have pitched up at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club ready for racing on Hamilton Harbour.  After standing down for the last three events due to commitments with Luna Rossa, the Italian America’s Cup challenger’s skipper Francesco Bruni returns, but with a slightly different crew line-up to when he won last year’s event, now including Tom Powrie standing in for injured trimmer Pierluigi De Felice.  Francesco Bruni and his team winning the 2013 Argo Group Gold Cup © OnEdition / AWMRT “We sailed very well last year, we had a very nice final against Ben,” commented Bruni. “Hopefully this year it is going to be good as well. We just have to meld together a little bit and getting the rhythm going straight away will be important.”  Bruni will face another America’s Cup team in Artemis Racing, represented by skipper Nathan Outteridge, team boss Iain Percy, plus Christian Kamp and Iain Jensen. Outteridge is one of the world’s most talented sailors when it comes to fast boats – the gold medallist from London 2012 in the 49er skiff and two time foiling Moth World Champion and admits the IODs are not what he is used to racing: “But you are sailing against the same boats, so it is fine. It is about learning the turning circle of the boat and the practicalities of what you can and can’t do: When they stop, they stop for a long time!” His 49er crew Iain Jensen admitted that he hasn’t sailed a boat with a spinnaker pole since his days in 420s, while Outteridge has been dusting off his match racing skills. “I used to match race as a youth in Australia, like the Youth Match Racing Nationals and the Warren Jones, but when I turned 18, I stopped. So I understand the concept of match racing but it’s a bit different to the match racing I did last year!” Alpari World Match Racing Tour leader, GAC Pindar skipper Ian Williams said he was impressed by the apparent lack of carnage post-Gonzalo. “It is fantastic - they have 10 boats together and I think we’ll get some pretty good weather this week. It is going to be a good regatta.” Carnage caused by Hurricane Gonzalo © James Boyd / AWMRT With this being the penultimate event of the 2014 Alpari World Match Racing Tour, Williams is in the enviable position of having to win this regatta in order to improve his overall Tour standings - bombing in this regatta would not be a disaster, as he is allowed to discard two events and he is already shedding a second.  “We are going to treat it pretty casually early on and if we get into the semis we’ll start to take it more seriously and see if we can get the no1 spot,” said Williams. However he admits that since 2006, when the Argo Group Gold Cup was the first Tour event he ever won, his track record here hasn’t been his best. “We have had some good moments, but we’ve never managed to string it together for the whole regatta.” Aside from the eight Tour card holders, 12 additional teams are racing, including familiar faces such as former winner here, Swede Johnie Berntsson, France’s Pierre-Antoine Morvan, Switzerland’s Eric Monnin and Finland’s Staffan Lindberg. However there are others for whom this is their first ever Argo Group Gold Cup.  Young French skipper Arthur Herreman made an impression making it to the Quarter Finals at the Dutch Match Cup. This is the Argo Group Gold Cup debut for the skipper from Le Havre, whose crew heralds from Antibes and Corsica. “Every year we follow the Tour. It is a dream for us to come here. And now we’re here, it is great,” said Herreman. “The boats are older, but they are nice. It will be hard to learn how to make them go.” With the Argo Group Gold Cup shortened by one day, Qualifying is now being compressed into three days with the 20 competitors initially split into two groups. The Quarter and Semi Finals are scheduled to take place on Saturday with the Final on Sunday. Racing starts tomorrow at 0900 (ADT). Follow live race updates via Twitter at @wmrt_liverace. To stay connected, follow us on Facebook.com/worldmatchracingtour  For more information on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, visit www.wmrt.com or contact \n This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Stage 6 Argo Group Gold Cup, Alpari World Match Racing Tour 1 Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar2 Mathieu Richard (FRA) LunaJets3 Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One4 Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Sailing Team5 Keith Swinton (AUS) Team Alpari FX6 Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing7 David Gilmour (AUS) Team Gilmour8 Francesco Bruni (ITA) Luna Rossa9 Pierre-Antoine Morvan (FRA) Vannes Agglo Sailing Team10 Staffan Linberg (FIN) Alandia Sailing Team11 Eric Monnin (SUI) Swiss Match Race Team12 Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Stena Sailing Team13 Arthur Herreman (FRA) Match The World14 Marek Stanczyk (POL) www.470sailing.org.pl 15 Chris Poole (USA) Riptide Racing16 David Storrs (USA) Pequot Racing Team17 Lance Fraser (BER) Digicel Bermuda18 Nathan Outteridge (SWE) Artemis Racing19 Somers Kempe (BER) Raymarine/Ocean Electronics20 Dirk-Jan Korpershoek (NED) Korpershoek Racing

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    London, UK (27th June 2014): There is the two boat format and its unique set of rules, but what also differentiates match racing from any other genre of sailing is that crews must be able to jump from one type of boat to another between events while remaining competitive in the process. On the Alpari World Match Racing Tour this year for example, the teams sailed Match Race Germany aboard Bavaria 40 Match Race edition cruising yachts, and will move to the DS37 purpose-built match racing yachts next week for Stena Match Cup Sweden. Bavaria 40s is used for the Match Race Germany © Photo by Brian Carlin / AWMRT For Sopot they will compete in the Diamont 3000, a ‘conventional’ race yacht, typical of the 1990s, with in-line spreaders, running backstays and a conventional symmetric spinnaker. The next two events are in smaller, more modern, more nimble sportsboats, - the TOM 28, with symmetrical spinnaker, in Chicago and MaxFun25, with asymmetrical spinnaker at Dutch Match Cup. There is then a leap back in time, at the Argo Group Gold Cup in Bermuda, where a yacht designed in 1936 is used - the International One Design. The season concludes with the Foundation 36 racers used at the Monsoon Cup. Diamont 3000 is used for the Sopot Match Race © Photo by ShutterSail.com / AWMRT Just in this small group are boats with asymmetric and symmetric spinnakers (the latter using spinnaker poles, the former not), there are lightweight and heavyweight boats, boats with wheel steering and tiller steering, boats with running backstays and a fixed backstay and an age range from the contemporary back to an 80 year old classic. Obviously some teams prefer some types of boats over others, but success on the Tour requires crews to master them all, and to do so as quickly as possible, for teams there is two hours of official practice the day before racing begins though some teams try to fit in an extra day of training before that. International One Design is used for the Argo Group Gold Cup © Photo by OnEdition / AWMRT “One of the big challenges in the match racing circuit is getting used to the different types of boat that you sail around the world,” admits GAC Pindar skipper Ian Williams. He adds that some crews inevitably are more familiar with some of the boats than others, particularly if they are ‘local’ to them. “In the DS37s, we have maybe 15 weeks of experience now, but that is nothing like the experience of Bjorn [Hansen] or Johnnie [Berntsson], but it is an advantage over some of the newer guys, like David Gilmour.” Now one of the old hands on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, Williams remembers that when he first started out he seemed to do better at new events sailed in boats unfamiliar to the old hands, simply because no one held a ‘time in the boat’ advantage. Tom 28 is used for the Chicago Match Cup © Photo by Brian Carlin / AWMRT Aside from the different physical constraints, such as the type of helm and the spinnaker configuration, requiring the crew to adapt their roles on board, all of the boats also behave differently, particularly when it comes to acceleration and their turning ability – both vital features of match racing competition. Some lighter boats can be thrown around aggressively, whereas some other designs will simply come to a standstill if you treat them disrespectfully. Foundation 36 is used for the Monsoon Cup © Photo by Brian Carlin / AWMRT “There are a few moves, particularly in the low speed stuff, like in the dial-up that ends up specific to the boat, that you can manipulate,” continues Williams. “All boats accelerate slightly differently, so tacking styles are different between them. Some you have to press on with a firm trimmed genoa and some you have to ease the sails a bit more and come down a bit more to get it going. Learning about those idiosyncrasies across the difference conditions is important.” For the most part, skippers on the circuit like the challenge of sailing the different boats and that sailing them well is a vital skill for the successful match racer. As Bjorn Hansen observes: “You cannot win the World Championship by just being extremely good at sailing the DS37 or the IOD. You have to quickly adapt to new boats and sail all types of boats well. But that’s actually also a fun thing…” Mathieu Richard agrees that ‘adapting’ is the relevant word: “That’s one of the things I really like in match racing - having to adapt to all the different boats. I like the fact that we change boats and some teams feel better on the small boats and others feel better on big boats. My team, I think, we are quite good on every boat, which is one of our good points.” Keith Swinton also enjoys the variety. “It is one of the things that makes match racing fun, to sail different boats at different venues. It adds to the skill level of all the sailors. It keeps the playing field a bit more open as well. Some of the boats are better suited to the older guys and some of the younger guys might be better in the other boats, so it keeps a good balance.” Sailing the Alpari World Match Racing Tour in just one type of boat? That would make it just like any other circuit.http://design4u.kiev.ua/europosud.ua/

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    As the 2014 Alpari World Match Racing Tour is about to get underway, the world's top match racing skippers lead an impressive line up of competitors for the 2014 World Championship title. Leading the pack is US Virgin Islander Taylor Canfield and his USOne team returning to defend their 2013 Championship title. Also keen to secure a record breaking fifth World Championship title is Ian Williams from Great Britain and his GAC Pindar team.  Get to know all about the 2014 Tour skippers in our latest Infographic showing their performances and Wins v Losses from last season. Who will lead the way in 2014 and lift the Alpari World Match Racing Tour trophy and become ISAF Match Racing World Champion?  You decide…. blog.livedoor.jp http://detective-nagoyashi.us http://europosud.uahttp://atl-service.kiev.ua/http://senordecor.com.ua

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    London, UK - 14 May 2012: Several rule changes have been confirmed for the 2012 Alpari World Match Racing Tour, coming into effect at the first event of the season, Match Race Germany in Langenargen on May 23 – 28. The Racing Rules have been amended in order to continue the positioning of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour (AWMRT) as the most compelling, competitive and pioneering action on the water. Craig Mitchell, Alpari World Match Racing Tour, Tour Director, expects the alterations to have a positive effect on the Tour, as well as match racing in general: “Match racing has evolved to the point where we currently have a great set of rules, producing some fantastic sporting action, as we saw quite clearly in the 2011 series. “Nothing major has changed in the past few years and we are enthusiastic in our responsibility to keep developing the rules to challenge our world class athletes and create the best possible spectacle we can.”

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    Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia – 27 November, 2011: Borrowing from the motor sports world, where the driver is in constant contact with his crew via radio comms, real-time coaching has made its debut today in the Quarter-Finals of the Monsoon Cup. Rule 41 of the Racing Rules of Sailing which normally prohibits ‘outside assistance’ has been amended here, so that coaches have been allowed to give advice and insight to their team via radio. Positioned on the third-floor balcony of the Ri-Yaz Heritage pavilion adjacent to the race course area, the coaches have an elevated view of the current and the wind, and can provide, when prompted, their insight on which side of the course to favour in each match.  Having been out on the water themselves and felt the pressure of having to read the course while under fire, the natural choices of coaches were from among skippers and crew who did not make the cut to the Quarter-Final round. When these choices were revealed on the evening prior to racing, it provided great entertainment, as erstwhile enemies now became allies in the fight that lie ahead: having just won his last deciding match by mere centimetres, Francesco Bruni naturally chose his hapless opponent, Torvar Mirsky, to be his coach, and Matthieu Richard was tapped by rival skipper Peter Gilmour YANMAR Racing to help lead him through his next round.  Kidding aside, this shows the depth of respect and trust the teams have in each other’s abilities, even as they have been battling each other throughout the season.  “The concept of prohibiting outside assistance goes back to racing on the Thames in the 19th century,” says Gilmour, who proposed to try this at the Monsoon Cup. “Back then when the tide changed, a boat could hand off their anchor line to someone ashore, who could then tow them up the course. So the principal of being self-reliant became rooted in the game, and not until recently has this changed.”  And the change has been considerable: few yachts venture anywhere now without a GPS, most offshore races now allow weather routing help through downloads of grib files, and the advent of sophisticated electronic tools and modern telecommunications has brought offshore sailors to all new levels of accuracy and access. Most aspects of our lives can now be influenced and enhanced by having access to information made readily available – look at the explosion in apps for iPhones, iPads, and the like.  So it’s not a long stretch to accept real-time coaching help to increase the performance level of the teams, and help allow the game evolve in some new and interesting ways, especially if adopted at other match racing events. Coach positioning, for example, can play a huge role, and not every venue will have the bird’s eye view afforded here in Kuala Terengganu. Will coaches then be allowed.  out on other areas of the course, on the water or even in the air? And what about at the lower levels of the game where teams are still learning: would it be right for the coach to tell them how to execute a difficult manoeuvre and provide detailed tactical advice, rather then just observations of the race course? If so, who will police this?  And once coaches are accepted onto the competitor’s boats, what’s to keep them off the umpire boats as well? Most umpires agree that the integrity of most calls are made based on good positioning, and even the best umpires can find themselves out of position when a good call is needed. Can a coach possibly help them as well? An electronic variant of this concept devised by Stan Honey and his team is already in play at the America’s Cup World Series, where umpire calls are made based on highly-accurate telemetry brought to match umpires pouring over their screens. Honey says the debriefs are no longer arguments about the facts of positioning – the telemetry settles this to within centimetres – but about the tactical options and rules that apply.  But here at the Monsoon Cup the input provided by coaches was more factual than directive: where the wind shift was seen to be, what side of the course seemed to have better current, etc., and not direct advice on what side of the start line or upwind leg to favour.  One team that enjoyed the most success from the coaching was newly-crowned World Champion Ian Williams Team GAC Pindar, who had already signed up 49er Olympic Silver Medallist Ian Barker to help them read the course area. And while not a match racer per se, Barker does, however, have tremendous coaching experience for Olympic aspirants, and was already on his way to coach at the ISAF Sailing World Championships the following week in Perth. With Barker’s help, Williams won the overall World Championship title in the Quarter Final, sailing a course area strewn with tricky current eddies and wind shifts.  Perhaps ironically, the teams with skippers as coaches did not fair so well: Mirsky’s Bruni went down 1-3 to Williams, and Richard’s Gilmour lost 1-3 to Johnnie Berntsson.  But not having a coach had its perils as well: both Will Tiller and Phil Robertson eschewed their option to take on a coach, and both lost to their rivals by close scores of 2-3.  How much will coaching be used in future Tour events? Probably more, as the Tour seeks to embrace new ways to enhance the excitement level even more, both on and off the water. - Article provided by Dobbs Davishttp://sites.google.com http://www.man-ms.com.ua www.europosud.uawww.mexes.com.ua/http://www.np.com.ua

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    Langenargen, Germany (9th June 2014): Downunder, where chief umpire Bill Edgerton comes from, there’s a children’s character called Blinky Bill, a laid-back cuddly cartoon Koala. But if the sailors on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour think they can pull the blinkers over their on-the-water officials, they’ve got another thing coming. Edgerton (known to some as Complicated Bill) and his colleagues are wise to their mischievous tricks. Most of the boats used on the Alpari World Match Race Tour are tiller-steered, but at Match Race Germany, the Bavaria 40 keelboat is equipped with a wheel. This offers the cheekier skippers a new opportunity to pull the wool over the eyes of the umpires. Just as professional footballers are prone to tripping over a blade of grass on the edge of the penalty box, sailors are not immune to similar forms of dyspraxia. Tight situations sometimes tempt sailors into the dark art of dissimulation. But Complicated Bill is on to them: “They're playing to the umpires! They're trying to gain an advantage, and it's a game between us and them. “They're always trying to show that they're doing what they need to stay out of trouble, and we're always looking to see that they're doing enough. So, they can exaggerate the drama of the situation and make it look as though it's more dramatic than it is in reality. But it's not as bad as a dive in football. “When you need to keep clear, you have to turn the boat, and if you're not close enough or not watching closely, they can slide their hands over the top of the wheel without actually turning it, saying, ‘Look, I'm going as hard as I can!’” Little beknown to the offending skipper, Edgerton is looking further down - below the waterline - for evidence of whether or not they’re really trying. “Actually if you're looking at the rudder you see there's no turning of the rudder whatsoever. It's up to us to try and satisfy ourselves if they are really doing everything they can, or if they're just playing a game.”news88.net http://www.europosud.ua http://motioncrisp.wordpress.comevakuator-servis.com/http://www.galid.com/

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    Langenargen, Germany (8th June 2014): Being a professional sailor isn’t just about being able to sail a boat fast, it’s about conducting yourself in a professional manner in every respect. It’s what you do off the water that counts too, such as negotiating with commercial partners who can help fund the costs of competing on a global circuit. French skipper Mathieu Richard has shown a useful knack of being able to sign a sponsor who can help his team perform on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. Last year, despite lacking a Tour Card, Richard succeeded in finding a sponsor in GEFCO who helped him compete on a number of events as a Wild Card holder. Victory at the Korea Match Cup and some other great performances were sufficient to get him back into this year’s circuit as one of the eight Tour Card holders. “It's a great feeling to be back as a Tour Card holder, because the last time was in 2011. We managed to get a new sponsorship with LunaJets, so they are following us for this season. I'm very excited and very glad to be on the Tour with my team, which is the same team pretty much as last year.” LunaJets, a private jet brokerage based in Geneva, already supported Richard on the RC44 circuit. “When I asked them if they wanted to go on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, they immediately said yes, so they are very excited to be on the circuit with us. We hope we can repay their faith in us. They are very sensitive to the fact that it's a World Championship and we are a very high level team and we are fighting for the victory, for the title. They like this very much.” Richard has a very diverse background in racing, with world championship wins as a tactician in keelboats like the Mumm 30 and fast multihulls the ORMA 60 offshore trimarans. He has won the offshore challenge, the Tour de France a la Voile, four times, but in the past decade he has increasingly focused on match racing. Victory at the European Match Racing Championship in 2004 showed what he could do, and since then he has finished runner-up in the Tour in 2007. He has been a world force in match racing ever since. Richard attributes his success to having raced with a core of friends for a very long time. “I started match racing with Greg, my tactician, more than 15 years ago, so it's really been a while. Then Thierry and Olivier have been with me for eight or nine years. Francois Verdier, the bowman, started with me two years ago and Pascal Rambeau, the same.” While he’s competing in a combative part of the sport, Richard maintains a placid demeanour. “I am not sure I am very aggressive, definitely some are more so, like Bjorn Hansen; even the young guys, Robertson, Swinton, they like to be aggressive. It is not in my nature to be so aggressive. I try to stay smooth on the course to keep the boat fast and we also have good skills in terms of tactics on board with Greg as tactician. It's difficult to say just one good point about the team, we have a lot of skills and I think we are pretty strong in all parts of the game.” Aged 38, he is one of the older skippers on the Tour, but with many good years remaining, and with as much enthusiasm for the sport as ever, he says. “Obviously you haven't got the same spirit when you are 20 as when you are 38. When you are 20 you are starting out, and you are probably a bit fresher and looking at racing with, I wouldn't say more enthusiasm, but you discover everything for the first time. When you get a bit more experienced you know how it works, it's a bit different. You can bet on your experience to beat the others - and that's what we are trying to do.” But is there a danger of relying on experience too much, of not trying new ideas any more? “Not really, because sailing is a game in which you always try to improve every day. Even if I started match racing 15 years ago, I am always trying to improve and thinking about the moves, the start, the trimming etc. You are never satisfied with your level. It's about trying to improve all the time. Experience is a good asset, but you have to always be looking for new tricks.”http://online.casinocity.com evakuator-servis.com http://europosud.uawww.evakuator-servis.comhttp://goodportal.com.ua/

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    London, UK (9th Oct 2014): The German National Match Racing Championship kicks off today at the Constance Yacht Club, Langenargen Germany. Nine of Germany’s best match racing teams will go head to head in the hope of gaining an invite to next year’s Alpari World Match Racing Tour Championship event, Match Race Germany. The German National Match Race Championships will be sailed in Blu26 boats with a 4 person crew on picturesque Lake Constance in Germany. Felix Oehmes, who is one of the best ranked sailors in Germany, has his eyes on winning this year’s event. Oehmes of Hamburg Match Race Team who sailed alongside Carsten Kemmling at Match Race Germany this year, has gained much match racing experience against top sailors from the Alpari Tour and will have a few tricks up his sleeves in the competition. However, more experienced match racers Lars Hueckstedt of Heizkörper Sailing Team and Adrian Maier-Ring, helmsman for Innotio Match Race Team will be among the other contenders looking for the win this weekend. The winner of Qualifying will proceed straight to the Semi Finals. The next 6 teams will compete in Quarter Final knockouts before advancing to Semi Finals and Finals which are scheduled for Saturday 11 October. German National Match Race Championships Felix Oehme-NRV Match Race TeamLars Hueckstaedt-Heizkörper Sailing TeamAdrian Maier-Ring-Innotio Match Race Team IFlorian Haufe-Haufe Racing TeamJens Hartwig-Hartwig Match TeamChi Trung Huynh-ASV Matchrace Team Mathias Rebholz-Team Up!Felix Schrimper-Innotio Match Race Team II Tino Ellegast-Team Ellegast

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    London, UK (20th June 2014): The Batavia Sailing Center today selected the Batavia Regatta, which will run over 23 - 24 August 2014 at the Bataviahaven of Lelystad, Holland, as the official Qualifying event for the Dutch Match Cup 2014. The Batavia Sailing Center is the organiser of the Dutch Match Cup the recently announced Stage of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. For teams wishing to race in the Dutch Match Cup two Qualification places are available. Both the winner and the runner up of the Batavia Regatta will receive an invite to the Dutch Match Cup which will be held between 24-28 September this year. The Dutch Match Cup and the Batavia Regatta will be sailed in MaxFun 25 boats with the race area directly in front of the port of Bataviahaven, very close to the shore, offering fantastic opportunities for spectators to enjoy the action. The organization of the Dutch Match Cup has two further Wild Card invites which will be decided upon later in the year. Batavia Regatta The Batavia Regatta will be an ISAF Grade 3 match racing event. Further information about invites to the Batavia Regatta and the NoRcan be found at www.dutchmatchcup.nl/qualifier/jobtalk.jp http://www.budmag.ua http://www.progressive.uawww.dxtranse.com.ua/europosud.ua/

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Mathieu Richard is back, setting himself as the one of the great challengers to win the championship this year. Sailing under his new team name, LunaJets, he is well known on the water and is no stranger to the Tour, finishing an agonising 2nd in 2007 and 2010, while he also took third place in 2008.  He has sailed with the same team since 2000 and relishes the challenge match racing ...

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It has taken many years for competitive sailing to capture the public imagination and it has taken a return to basic principles to make it happen. Right at the beginning of yacht racing, in the 17th century, races took place between two boats going down the river to the sea and back, and crowds lined the sides of the river to watch it happening. It was easy to understand, because the first one home won, it was exciting and it was a marvellous spectacle.

Over the years, as is so often the way with sport, the experts refined the rules, introduced handicaps and developed a language that ensured that only a rarefied breed of sailor – usually a member of an exclusive club – would understand what was going on and very often even he would not. The wider audience didn’

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