David Gilmour will face his father, Peter Gilmour at the Monsoon Cup
David Gilmour, the top-placed Australian at the recent 2012 Warren Jones International Regatta, will compete as the Asian Match Racing entry at the upcoming Monsoon Cup. Amongst the world class field, he will go head-to-head with father and four-time Tour Champion, Peter Gilmour.
David Gilmour (AUS) Team Gilmour was obviously very pleased with the news, saying: “I have been trying to qualify for the Monsoon Cup for the past two years, where I have travelled to Kuala Terengganu to compete in the Asian Match Racing Championships. Whilst I’ve made the Finals on both occasions, I haven’t quite made it to the BIG event, so to qualify from my result at the 2012 Warren Jones Regatta is especially rewarding.”
Due to his family ties, David Gilmour has never been a stranger to elite match racing events and has emerged from the shadow of his Father to achieve some impressive results, finishing runner up at the 2011 and 2012 Warren Jones Regatta. Tour legend and two-time Monsoon Cup winner, Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing will look forward to facing his son on the world’s biggest stage, commenting: “It’s an exciting time for them as young sailors. I’m sure when we come up against each other it will be a bit of old dog versus young pup battle.
“Joking aside, I am, of course, very proud of the achievements of my boy. It is a great family sport.”
Past Warren Jones International Youth Regatta Finalists and winners include 2009 Tour Champion Adam Minoprio (NZL), as well as Keith Swinton (AUS), Laurie Jury (NZL), Phil Robertson (NZL), Torvar Mirsky (AUS) and William Tiller (NZL), who have all made their on the Tour this year and in previous seasons. Skip Lissiman, the Regatta Chairman of the Warren Jones International Youth regatta, said: “The Warren Jones International Regatta has been a spawning ground for the new ‘young guns’ of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour for a number of years now.”
“I am confident that David Gilmour and his team will be knocking off some of the big guns at this years’ Monsoon Cup, maybe even his father!”
The 2012 Warren Jones International Regatta was sailed from the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club in early February in the Foundation 36 yachts, the same class of yacht used at the Monsoon Cup. The competition is an invitation only event to skippers and crews under the age of 25 years. Over the past 10 years the winners of the event have all come from either Australia or New Zealand.
The Monsoon Cup will see action from some of the best match racers in the world, including the current top eight teams on the AMWRT leaderboard. The winner of the Malaysian Match Racing Circuit (28-30 Nov) will join the Asian Match Racing entry (David Gilmour) and one additional wild card entry.
Dubbed the F1 of sailing, Malaysia’s second biggest sports event of the year will take place on 3-8 December at the Ri-Yaz Heritage Marina Resort & Spa, Pulau Duyong, Kuala Terengganu.
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