|Qualifying Round - Flight 1 View all results|
|M1||Chris Steele 36 Below Racing||0||vs||1||Mathieu Richard LunaJets|
|M2||Eric Monnin Swiss Match Race Team||1||vs||0||Keith Swinton Team Alpari FX|
|M3||Donald Wilson Chicago Match Race Center||0||vs||1||Ian Williams GAC Pindar|
|M4||Taylor Canfield USone||1||vs||0||Tom Slingsby Team Tom Slingsby|
|Qualifying Round - Flight 2 View all results|
|M5||Ian Williams GAC Pindar||1||vs||0||Tom Slingsby Team Tom Slingsby|
|M6||Donald Wilson Chicago Match Race Center||0||vs||1||Taylor Canfield USone|
|M7||Mathieu Richard LunaJets||0||vs||1||Phil Robertson WAKA Racing|
|M8||Joachim Aschenbrenner Aschenbrenner Racing Team||1||vs||0||Keith Swinton Team Alpari FX|
|Qualifying Round - Flight 3 View all results|
|M9||Ian Williams GAC Pindar||1||vs||0||Pierre Antoine Morvan Vannes Agglo Sailing Team|
|M10||Björn Hansen Hansen Sailing Team||0||vs||1||Taylor Canfield USone|
|M11||Joachim Aschenbrenner Aschenbrenner Racing Team||0||vs||1||Mathieu Richard LunaJets|
|M12||Keith Swinton Team Alpari FX||1||vs||0||Phil Robertson WAKA Racing|
|Qualifying Round - Flight 4 View all results|
|M13||Eric Monnin Swiss Match Race Team||0||vs||1||Mathieu Richard LunaJets|
|M14||Chris Steele 36 Below Racing||1||vs||0||Keith Swinton Team Alpari FX|
|M15||Björn Hansen Hansen Sailing Team||0||vs||1||Joachim Aschenbrenner Aschenbrenner Racing Team|
|M16||Phil Robertson WAKA Racing||0||vs||1||Pierre Antoine Morvan Vannes Agglo Sailing Team|
|Qualifying Round - Flight 5 View all results|
|M17||Joachim Aschenbrenner Aschenbrenner Racing Team||1||vs||0||Pierre Antoine Morvan Vannes Agglo Sailing Team|
|M18||Björn Hansen Hansen Sailing Team||0||vs||1||Phil Robertson WAKA Racing|
|M19||Donald Wilson Chicago Match Race Center||0||vs||1||Eric Monnin Swiss Match Race Team|
|M20||Chris Steele 36 Below Racing||1||vs||0||Tom Slingsby Team Tom Slingsby|
|Qualifying Round - Flight 6 View all results|
|M21||Björn Hansen Hansen Sailing Team||1||vs||0||Ian Williams GAC Pindar|
|M22||Pierre Antoine Morvan Vannes Agglo Sailing Team||0||vs||1||Taylor Canfield USone|
|M23||Chris Steele 36 Below Racing||1||vs||0||Donald Wilson Chicago Match Race Center|
|M24||Eric Monnin Swiss Match Race Team||0||vs||1||Tom Slingsby Team Tom Slingsby|
|Qualifying Round - Flight 7 View all results|
|M25||Chris Steele 36 Below Racing||0||vs||1||Taylor Canfield USone|
|M26||Eric Monnin Swiss Match Race Team||0||vs||1||Ian Williams GAC Pindar|
|M27||Keith Swinton Team Alpari FX||1||vs||0||Tom Slingsby Team Tom Slingsby|
|M28||Donald Wilson Chicago Match Race Center||0||vs||1||Mathieu Richard LunaJets|
|Qualifying Round - Flight 8 View all results|
|M29||Joachim Aschenbrenner Aschenbrenner Racing Team||0||vs||1||Tom Slingsby Team Tom Slingsby|
|M30||Donald Wilson Chicago Match Race Center||0||vs||1||Phil Robertson WAKA Racing|
|M31||Ian Williams GAC Pindar||1||vs||0||Keith Swinton Team Alpari FX|
|M32||Mathieu Richard LunaJets||0||vs||1||Taylor Canfield USone|
|Qualifying Round - Flight 9 View all results|
|M33||Ian Williams GAC Pindar||1||vs||0||Joachim Aschenbrenner Aschenbrenner Racing Team|
|M34||Phil Robertson WAKA Racing||1||vs||0||Taylor Canfield USone|
|M35||Björn Hansen Hansen Sailing Team||0||vs||1||Mathieu Richard LunaJets|
|M36||Keith Swinton Team Alpari FX||1||vs||0||Pierre Antoine Morvan Vannes Agglo Sailing Team|
|Qualifying Round - Flight 10 View all results|
|M37||Mathieu Richard LunaJets||0||vs||1||Pierre Antoine Morvan Vannes Agglo Sailing Team|
|M38||Björn Hansen Hansen Sailing Team||0||vs||1||Keith Swinton Team Alpari FX|
|M39||Eric Monnin Swiss Match Race Team||0||vs||1||Joachim Aschenbrenner Aschenbrenner Racing Team|
|M40||Chris Steele 36 Below Racing||0||vs||1||Phil Robertson WAKA Racing|
|Qualifying Round - Flight 11 View all results|
|M41||Chris Steele 36 Below Racing||1||vs||0||Joachim Aschenbrenner Aschenbrenner Racing Team|
|M42||Eric Monnin Swiss Match Race Team||1||vs||0||Phil Robertson WAKA Racing|
|M43||Björn Hansen Hansen Sailing Team||0||vs||1||Tom Slingsby Team Tom Slingsby|
|M44||Donald Wilson Chicago Match Race Center||0||vs||1||Pierre Antoine Morvan Vannes Agglo Sailing Team|
|Qualifying Round - Flight 12 View all results|
|M45||Björn Hansen Hansen Sailing Team||1||vs||0||Donald Wilson Chicago Match Race Center|
|M46||Pierre Antoine Morvan Vannes Agglo Sailing Team||0||vs||0||Tom Slingsby Team Tom Slingsby|
|M47||Chris Steele 36 Below Racing||0||vs||0||Ian Williams GAC Pindar|
|M48||Eric Monnin Swiss Match Race Team||0||vs||0||Taylor Canfield USone|
|Qualifying Round - Flight 13 View all results|
|M49||Chris Steele 36 Below Racing||0||vs||0||Eric Monnin Swiss Match Race Team|
|M50||Ian Williams GAC Pindar||0||vs||0||Mathieu Richard LunaJets|
|M51||Keith Swinton Team Alpari FX||0||vs||0||Taylor Canfield USone|
|M52||Donald Wilson Chicago Match Race Center||0||vs||0||Tom Slingsby Team Tom Slingsby|
|Qualifying Round - Flight 14 View all results|
|M53||Ian Williams GAC Pindar||0||vs||0||Taylor Canfield USone|
|M54||Keith Swinton Team Alpari FX||0||vs||0||Mathieu Richard LunaJets|
|M55||Phil Robertson WAKA Racing||0||vs||0||Tom Slingsby Team Tom Slingsby|
|M56||Donald Wilson Chicago Match Race Center||0||vs||0||Joachim Aschenbrenner Aschenbrenner Racing Team|
|Qualifying Round - Flight 15 View all results|
|M57||Mathieu Richard LunaJets||0||vs||0||Tom Slingsby Team Tom Slingsby|
|M58||Donald Wilson Chicago Match Race Center||0||vs||0||Keith Swinton Team Alpari FX|
|M59||Joachim Aschenbrenner Aschenbrenner Racing Team||0||vs||0||Phil Robertson WAKA Racing|
|M60||Björn Hansen Hansen Sailing Team||0||vs||0||Pierre Antoine Morvan Vannes Agglo Sailing Team|
|Qualifying Round - Flight 16 View all results|
|M61||Joachim Aschenbrenner Aschenbrenner Racing Team||0||vs||0||Taylor Canfield USone|
|M62||Ian Williams GAC Pindar||0||vs||0||Phil Robertson WAKA Racing|
|M63||Björn Hansen Hansen Sailing Team||0||vs||0||Eric Monnin Swiss Match Race Team|
|M64||Chris Steele 36 Below Racing||0||vs||0||Pierre Antoine Morvan Vannes Agglo Sailing Team|
|Qualifying Round - Flight 17 View all results|
|M65||Eric Monnin Swiss Match Race Team||0||vs||0||Pierre Antoine Morvan Vannes Agglo Sailing Team|
|M66||Björn Hansen Hansen Sailing Team||0||vs||0||Chris Steele 36 Below Racing|
Keith Swinton (AUS) and his Black Swan Racing Team finish the 2012 Tour season in 4th position PHOTO: Subzeroimages/Monsoon Cupcareer.nikkei.co.jp http://facebook.com http://www.goodportal.com.uahttp://www.atl-service.kiev.ua/www.stockopt.com.ua/
Hard-Fought Monsoon Cup
As the final event on the 2012 Alpari World Match Racing Tour, we knew going into the Monsoon Cup that our performance would be critical in securing a podium position on the Tour overall. Unfortunately we came up a little short, finishing 6th in Malaysia and 4th on the overall leaderboard.
We enjoyed our preparation for the event in Perth, and despite the strong winds during our training days, we managed to get in some valuable practice. Arriving in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia for the Monsoon Cup we realised it was going to be a light wind regatta with less current than in previous years’ Monsoon season. We completed another two training days on the Palau Duyong Basin race area in light winds getting up to speed with the venue.
We began the round robin with a long wait due to lack of wind and didn’t get our first race in until day 2. We began strongly, finishing the day with 4 wins and 1 loss. Our wins over Robertson, Canfield and David Gilmour were all well executed. Our race against Berntsson was a little more difficult.
After dominating the start and leading off the line, with a penalty over Berntsson we went to the wrong top mark. As Berntsson rounded the right mark we decided to round it also, as we sailed downwind. Bertsson completed his penalty on the final up wind leg and held his lead. Fortunately we managed to sail a great final downwind leg overtaking him as we sailed through the finish line.
After starting the regatta well we wanted to push on and get the best possible score in the round robin. However, the wind gods were intent on playing their part. Our races against Minoprio, Hansen and Williams were all abandoned half way through. Having the lead in all of these races before they were called off was a little frustrating especially when the re-races were done in similar conditions. We went on to beat Minoprio but lost to Williams and Hansen. Given different results this could have really shaken up the World Championship. Ultimately this is yacht racing, we still finished off with 7 wins and 4 losses ranking us in 3rd position.
Peter Gilmour topped the qualifying round robin, allowing him to choose his son David in the quarters. Bjorn Hansen chose Ian Williams in what became a World Championship showdown. We chose Taylor Canfield for our Quarter Final, leaving Morvan and Robertson to sail in the other Quarter.
We began the match well with a solid win in the first race over Canfield. We got more wind on the right hand side of the course and stayed in control from there. Unfortunately we didn’t make the most of that advantage and in the second race we started behind but sailed well to keep the race within reach. On the final run we made some good gybes and closed the race up but Canfield just hung on to take the win. We made a much better start in the third race but decided to tack off and take the right side of the course. At the time this seemed like a good decision but unfortunately a big left shift came in giving Canfield an unbeatable lead. From this point we were really on the back foot and Canfield completed another nice start to leave us fighting from behind. Despite coming from behind in many races both this year and at this regatta we couldn’t find a way this time.
Upon reflection it was only a few points, which would have improved our performance in the Quarter Final. Aside from these points we sailed quite well perhaps one more winning start would have been enough!
From here we had to watch from the sidelines and see if our points lead would be enough for a podium finish for the season. It was close but Phil Robertson managed to progress to the final, giving him a 2 point lead over us to take 3rd place on the season leaderboard. We just managed to hold on to 4th, finishing with 0.75 points more than Peter Gilmour. It was a disappointment to miss the podium but coming so close will be a great motivation for next year.
We’d like to thank everyone who has supported us this year, most of all our sponsors without whom none of this would have been possible. GCS, South of Perth Yacht Club, Lister Petter Generators, Abbots Chartered Accountants, Musto Australasia and Trendmark AB.
Preparations have already begun for next year and we look forward to keeping you informed!
Black Swan Racing, 2012 Alpari World Match Racing Tour Card Holders
Keith Swinton, Olof Lundgren, Jakob Gustafsson, Ted Hackney and Ricky McGarvie.