David Gilmour ahead of his fellow club mate Tristan Brown in top mark during the finals of the Warren Jones International Youth Match Racing Regatta © Photo by Bernie Kaaks Photos
London, UK – 7th February 2013: The Alpari World Match Racing Tour will announce its 2013 Tour Card Holder line up by the end of this month. While waiting for the list to be announced, several Match Racing Regattas were taking place around the world. One of them in particular was the Warren Jones International Youth Match Racing Regatta held at the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, Australia over the weekend.
David Gilmour, the son of the legendary four-time Match Racing World Champion, Peter Gilmour made an impressive start to his match racing season by winning the Warren Jones regatta and adding to his bid for a Tour Card on this year’s Alpari World Match Racing Tour.
At the Warren Jones International Youth Match Racing Regatta, he downed his club mate, Tristan Brown 3 -1 to claim his first Warren Jones title. Gilmour had Brown on the ropes after two matches with two decisive, though narrow wins. In the third match, Brown carried Gilmour to the extreme left of the course, until Gilmour called for water at an exclusion zone. Brown reacted, but not quickly enough, which led to minor contact and a penalty. Brown decided to carry the penalty to the end and concentrate solely on boat speed. The gap between the two slowly opened up until at the end, Brown had just enough room to clear his penalty with a spin around the pin buoy on the finish line. Gilmour’s desperate lunge at the turning boat was just too late, there was contact and having already lost the race, Gilmour was penalized.
There was no coming back from the final race. Gilmour won the start and did what he needed to do to stay there. His experienced crew was cool and measured, knowing they had only to stay out of trouble to win the regatta. There was no doubting David Gilmour’s right to the trophy. For the second year running, he finished on top of the leader board after two round robins, and despite a few hiccups through the final series, he was clearly the best of the bunch.
Last year, we saw David and his Team Gilmour put on a powerful performance by beating four-time World Tour Champion, Ian Williams during the Qualifying Sessions at the Monsoon Cup. As a Qualifier to the event, he also made it through to the Quarterfinals, defeating other 2012 Tour Card holders such as Pierre Antione-Morvan, Johnie Berntsson and Laurie Jury. Interestingly, he also defeated 2010 World Tour Champion Adam Minoprio from New Zealand.
Hazwan Hashim Dermawan from Malaysia was also among the participants at the Warren Jones International Youth Match Racing Regatta. He won the Malaysian Match Racing Championship in 2009 that progressed him to compete at the Monsoon Cup that year. It is great to see that these skippers are involving themselves more actively in Match Racing Regattas regionally.
The deadline for all Tour Card Holder applications is 24 February 2013 with the final list of skippers set to be announced by the end of February. The 2013 Alpari World Match Racing Tour kicks off in May at the first event at Match Race Germany.
For more information on the Warren Jones International Youth Match Racing Regatta - http://www.warrenjonesregatta.org.au