Planes, Trains, Automobiles… to Match Racing Boats
30 May 2012
YANMAR Racing’s epic journey from Lake Constance in Germany to Gyeonggi Province in South Korea – from Match Race Germany to the Korea Match Cup – finished at midnight on the 29th May. The team were back up just six hours later, and straight into the gym to lose a few kilograms and make the crew weight limit. Then it was straight out on the water to finish their journey and start the second event on the 2012 Alpari World Match Race Tour.
It was no probably no surprise that the team struggled a little in the first qualifying session held today. They raced in three of the six flights sailed, and finished with a score of one win and two losses. It was a difficult day, with the wind blowing from the most awkward possible direction and making the legs only a couple of minutes in length.
Peter Gilmour (Skipper, AUS) commented, ‘It was a tough day, and we had some interesting rule situations on the tight courses. The Tour has removed the ISAF (International Sailing Federation) Rule 17, which used to limit the manoeuvring that a boat to leeward could do, to attack a boat to windward – we caught Will Tiller out with this one today, and it helped us get a win on the board. But there’s no doubt that the absence of Rule 17 will really make it hard to defend a lead upwind in shifty conditions.’
Unfortunately, YANMAR Racing also got penalised a point for damage caused in a collision with Australian Torvar Mirsky. It was the final race of the day and Gilmour explained, ‘The breeze had got up from about six knots or so in the morning, to maybe 14-15 knots by that last race. We were leading, but had to put a tight gybe in to starboard on the edge of the race course, and Torvar slammed into us – the umpires took a while but they decided against us. We got ahead of him, but couldn’t get rid of the penalty.’
Gilmour wasn’t happy with the decision, but the penalty then got magnified when the Jury decided that the extent of the damage caused necessitated a one point deduction from YANMAR Racing’s score. It leaves the team on nil points for the first day, but with only three races sailed, there is still plenty of opportunity to make the quarter finals.
The Korea Match Cup, the second event on this year’s Tour is held in Jeongok and Jebu which are part of the Gyeonggi Province, and will run from the 29th May to the 3rd June.
Results after the First Qualifying Session, Korea Match Cup
Torvar Mirsky (AUS) – Team Korea 3-0 (wins-losses)
Bjorn Hansen (SWE) – Mekonomen Sailing Team 3-0
Ian Williams (GBR) – GAC Pindar 3-0
Phil Robertson (NZ) – WAKA Racing 2-1
Laurie Jury (NZ) – Kiwi Match 2-1
Pierre-Antoine Morvan (FRA) – Vannes Agglo Sailing Team 2-1
Peter Gilmour (AUS) – YANMAR Racing 1-2
Johnie Berntsson (SWE) –Berntsson Sailing Team 1-2
William Tiller (NZ) – Full Metal Jacket Racing 1-2
Simone Ferrarese (ITA) – Ferrarese Racing Team 0-3
Tae-Jung Kim (KOR) – Gyeonggi 0-3
Byeong-Ki Park (KOR) – Geoje City 0-3