Argo Group Gold Cup - Intense day 2 in Bermuda

Minoprio v Berntsson Sailing in the Group 2 Qualifying round robin matches on Day 2 of the Argo Group Gold Cup, Stage 7 of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour.
©Charles Anderson/RBYC
Day two of racing at the 2012 Argo Group Gold Cup, stage 7 of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, was just as intense as the first. Both groups sailed four more flights of four matches each. There were some shakeups from Tuesday's standings, but the cream is rising to the top.

In Group 1, Taylor Canfield (ISV) of Team Chicago Match Race Center, who was 3-0 yesterday, continued his top performance and stands alone at the top of his group with a 6-0 perfect score. Staffan Lindberg (FIN) with one loss today to Will Tiller of New Zealand stands second at 5-1. Top ranked Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar, a past Gold Cup winner, and Bermuda’s Blythe Walker Team Renaissance Re have four points each to round out the top four in the group.

Following a strong day, Adam Minoprio (NZL) Team Argo Group leads Group 2. At 5-1, he joins Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Mekonomen Sailing Team with five points. Hansen has two losses to Minoprio’s one. But Minoprio has only lost to Hansen. Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team, Lance Fraser (BER) Team Digicel and Eric Monnin Oklays Corum Sailing Team all have four wins in the group.

On day three, the final three flights will be raced starting at 9:00 Bermuda time and some of the leaders will have critical matches.

Look at Group 1. Canfield and Williams match up in the first flight of the day. Canfield then faces Staffan Lindberg and Marek Stanczyk (POL) who shouldn’t be taken lightly. At 6-0, now Canfield has all but sealed a spot in the Quarter Finals. However, it is always good to keep your winning ways. Lindberg faces Canfield at the top and lower tier sailors Stratis Andreadis (GRE) Atalanti Match Race Team and Peter Wickwire (CAN).

Sailing in the Group 1 Qulafying round robin matches on Day 2 of the Argo Group Gold Cup, Stage 7 of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour.©Talbot Wilson

Of the group standing at four wins, Blythe Walker faces opponents who are in the bottom tier of the group. He races Stanczyk, David Chapman (AUS), and then has a bye due to the eight-boat rotation among ten skippers. Williams faces Canfield and Will Tiller (NZL) and also has a bye match.

Day three in Group 2 will certainly be interesting, too. Leader Bjorn Hansen will face Johnie Berntsson and Eric Monnin and has a bye match like Williams. Co-leader Adam Minoprio matches up against Eric Monnin, Sergy Muslkkin (RUS) and Jurjen Feitsma.

Minoprio v Berntsson Sailing in the Group 2 Qulafying round robin matches on Day 2 of the Argo Group Gold Cup, Stage 7 of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour.©Talbot Wilson

Johnie Berntsson, on four points, faces Hansen, Sally Barkow (USA) Team 7 Racing and Henrique Haddad (BZL) while Lance Fraser races Haddad and Nicolai Sehested (DEN). Eric Monnin matches up with Hansen, Minoprio and Sehested.

It will be battle time on Hamilton Harbour for day three of the Gold Cup. Only four teams from each group will move on to Friday’s Quarter Finals. There is no second chance this year. Once in the Quarters it is a brand new day and knock out series of first to three matches.

Look for good racing with predicted winds northwesterly 10 to 15 knots, increasing north-northwesterly 15 to 20 knots by evening.

Update: Thursday October 4, Noon Local Time. Racing finished for the day. Group 1

Flight 1

Sandberg

vs

Williams

Walker

vs

Canfield

Tiller

vs

Andreadis

Chapman

vs

Stanczyk

Flight 2

Walker

vs

Andreadis

Sandberg

vs

Chapman

Tiller

vs

Wickwire

Lindberg

vs

Williams

Flight 3

Canfield

vs

Andreadis

Sandberg

vs

Lindberg

Williams

vs

Stanczyk

Walker

vs

Wickwire

Flight 4

Stanczyk

vs

Lindberg

Wickwire

vs

Canfield

Chapman

vs

Williams

Walker

vs

Tiller

Flight 5

Lindberg

vs

Chapman

Canfield

vs

Tiller

Wickwire

vs

Andreadis

Sandberg

vs

Stanczyk

Flight 6

Tiller

vs

Lindberg

Wickwire

vs

Chapman

Walker

vs

Sandberg

Andreadis

vs

Williams

Flight 7

Williams

vs

Walker

Canfield

vs

Sandberg

Andreadis

vs

Chapman

Stanczyk

vs

Wickwire

Flight 8

Chapman

vs

Canfield

Tiller

vs

Stanczyk

Lindberg

vs

Walker

Williams

vs

Wickwire

Flight 9

Sandberg

vs

Tiller

Andreadis

vs

Lindberg

Stanczyk

vs

Walker

Canfield

vs

Williams

Flight 10

Chapman

vs

Walker

Wickwire

vs

Sandberg

Andreadis

vs

Stanczyk

Lindberg

vs

Canfield

Flight 11

Andreadis

vs

Sandberg

Wickwire

vs

Lindberg

Stanczyk

vs

Canfield

Chapman

vs

Tiller

Flight 12

Williams

vs

Tiller

         
 Group 2
 

Flight 1

Barkow

vs

Hansen

Fraser

vs

Monnin

Berntsson

vs

Feitsma

Haddad

vs

Sehested

Flight 2

Fraser

vs

Feitsma

Barkow

vs

Haddad

Berntsson

vs

Musikhin

Minoprio

vs

Hansen

Flight 3

Monnin

vs

Feitsma

Barkow

vs

Minoprio

Hansen

vs

Sehested

Fraser

vs

Musikhin

Flight 4

Sehested

vs

Minoprio

Musikhin

vs

Monnin

Haddad

vs

Hansen

Fraser

vs

Berntsson

Flight 5

Minoprio

vs

Haddad

Monnin

vs

Berntsson

Musikhin

vs

Feitsma

Barkow

vs

Sehested

Flight 6

Berntsson

vs

Minoprio

Musikhin

vs

Haddad

Fraser

vs

Barkow

Feitsma

vs

Hansen

Flight 7

Hansen

vs

Fraser

Monnin

vs

Barkow

Feitsma

vs

Haddad

Sehested

vs

Musikhin

Flight 8

Haddad

vs

Monnin

Berntsson

vs

Sehested

Minoprio

vs

Fraser

Hansen

vs

Musikhin

Flight 9

Barkow

vs

Berntsson

Feitsma

vs

Minoprio

Sehested

vs

Fraser

Monnin

vs

Hansen

Flight 10

Haddad

vs

Fraser

Musikhin

vs

Barkow

Feitsma

vs

Sehested

Minoprio

vs

Monnin

Flight 11

Feitsma

vs

Barkow

Musikhin

vs

Minoprio

Sehested

vs

Monnin

Haddad

vs

Bertnsson

Flight 12

Hansen

vs

Berntsson

         
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Full listings of the results in each group may be found here

World Match Racing Tour website
Argo Group Gold Cup website
http://www.sail-world.com/102595