Maximilian Soh and his Team Red Dot winning the Monsoon Cup Terengganu © Innovatige
London, UK (24th Nov 2014) : Two time Asian Games gold medallist, Maximilian Soh and his Team Red Dot clinched victory over the weekend at the Monsoon Cup Terengganu Qualifier to the season finale of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour.
The Singaporean match racing genius conquered the waters of Terengganu in the final beating Frenchman Arthur Herraman. Soh and his team now gain an invite to compete against the best teams on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour at the season finale the Monsoon Cup Malaysia.
“We knew we had to win all our races after the first round-robin and we're very happy with the results today,” said Soh, who will be heading to Phuket, Thailand for the King's Cup Regatta this week.
Match the World skipper Herreman, who has raced on the Alpari Tour at the Dutch Match Cup and the Argo Group Gold Cup this year had a consistent performance throughout the tournament. He lead his team from the start in the finals against Soh but had to contend in second place in his first Monsoon Cup Terengganu outing.
Arthur Herreman (FRA) Match The World taking second place at the Monsoon Cup Terengganu © Innovatige
“Obviously I am disappointed to be second but Max (Soh) sailed well, and also it is the first time for my team sailing on the Foundation 36 boats,” Normandy-based Herreman commented on his performance. The Monsoon Cup Terengganu attracted local spectators and sailing fans since day one of the event. Eight teams including Tour Card holder David Gilmour’s brother – Sam Gilmour competed for the winning prize of USD10,000 and a ticket to the season finale of the Alpari Tour.
Gilmour put on a spectacular performance during qualifying but had to bow to the fast improving Herraman in the Semi-Finals. Another up and rising star in the world of match racing, Matthew Jerwood from Australia finished third overall at the event.
Matthew Jerwood (AUS) Redline Racing taking third place at the Monsoon Cup Terengganu © Innovatige
“I was struggling a little bit with my start in the first race but in the end we came back. Finally, we had a good start in the third race and it was good to win against Sam, who we have not beaten since January,” Jerwood said.
Local hero Malaysian Jeremy Koo, overall champion of the Liga Layar Malaysia circuit, finished the tournament in fifth overall with his Sime Darby Foundation / 1Malaysia Match Racing Team. Koo and his team will be representing Malaysia in the season finale alongside Soh at the Monson Cup Malaysia which will be taking place in Johor Bahru over 10-14 February 2015.
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Final standings Monsoon Cup Terengganu 2014
Champion: Maximilian Soh (Team Red Dot)
Runner-up: Arthur Herreman (Match The World)
Third: Matthew Jerwood (Redline Racing)
Fourth: Sam Gilmour (Neptune Racing)
Fifth: Jeremy Koo (Sime Darby Foundation / 1Malaysia Match Racing Team)
Sixth: Morten Jakobsen (EM Thailand)
Seventh: Hazwan Hazim Dermawan (1Malaysia Match Racing Team)
Eighth: David Chapman (DC Racing