Please select your home edition
Edition
upffront 728x90

WMRT Match Race France- YANMAR Racing out by a whisker

by YANMAR Racing Media on 14 May 2011
Iehl collides with Gilmour in the quarter finals. Match Race France 2011 © Chris Davies/AWMRT
World Match Racing Tour 2011, Match Race France continued today in Marseille.

With just one flight in the round robin series still to be sailed, Peter Gilmour and his YANMAR Racing team of Cameron Dunn, Yasuhiro Yaji and Thierry Douillard, having completed their series at 5-6, could do nothing but wait on the outcome of the final flight. That flight would determine which eight crews made the quarter final cut.

In the matches affected, the pre quarter final eliminations, Sweden’s Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Mekonomen Sailing Team beat Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar and Francesco Bruni (ITA) Mascalzone Latino beat Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing Team.

The tie breaking count back between Robertson, Alvaro Marhino (POR) Seth Sailing and Gilmour left Gilmour seventh and Marhino eighth.

Robertson joined Williams, Hansen and Alexis Littoz-Baritel (FRA) Savoie Mont Blanc, as the skippers missing the cut.

In the quarter final draw second ranked Damien Iehl (French Match Racing Team) chose seventh placed Gilmour for a first to three quarter final joust. Gilmour had beaten the young French team in the round robin series, so there was a lot of interest in the match up.

Dockside Peter Gilmour recounted the races. ‘Damien came in from the starboard end and had early control. We gained ascendancy but received a penalty soon afterwards. We tried to unload it just in the last few seconds right at the pin and unfortunately received a second penalty which meant the race was pretty much over right there.'

And so it was. Iehl crossed Gilmour halfway up the first beat, rounded the top mark with a big lead and sailed away.


Gilmour continued. 'In the second race we got a slightly better start and were pretty close coming in to the top mark. We managed to jump in on a gybe and were looking good to lead at the bottom mark, but we were forced wide coming into the mark. We thought we were in the zone but the Umpires rule ... so we lost distance and we received a penalty as well.’

The race became a formality. YANMAR Racing had their backs to the wall, now down 0-2.

Match 3 of the quarter final was critical. Gilmour described the race. ‘In the third match we tried to sail without any penalties. We came up to start pretty nicely on the pin, he gave us the right hand side and then we managed to get a piece of him coming into the top mark and led around the top mark by about a half boat length. Half way down the run we did a double gybe and he fell for it and we played a gybe on the lay line and then we went round the bottom mark quite comfortably and went on to win.'

So now it was Iehl 2 - 1 Gilmour, one match point saved but now there was another.

Before the start Gilmour had to dip Iehl, with just 10 seconds to go and head right, so first blood to Iehl who had once again won his favourite left hand side.

Gilmour said '‘We went right off the start and we led by the two boat lengths around the top mark. We increased our lead to four boat lengths at the bottom mark. Meanwhile the breeze had dropped to almost nothing. We tacked round the bottom mark and we sailed into a massive wind hole. Iehl sailed around us, our good lead turned into three lengths behind. We could not claw any of that back.’

With a 3-1 record Iehl went through to the semi final.


Gilmour was rueful but found plenty of good things to take away from the team's results.

‘These boats do not really suit our style so our goal was to finish inside the top eight and we achieved that. This was a really good work out and practice for us.

'The second important thing is that we were coming from behind. We could quite easily have gone 2 to 2, then anything could have happened.

‘Now we will have the 5-8 playoffs. We are upbeat about the outcome and we are looking forward to Match Race Germany, in Langenargen, Germany from May 26 - 31 where YANMAR Racing will be much more at home in the bigger boats.’

Match Race France was their worst regatta in 2010 and today they were just a whisker away from the semi finals.

It’s going to be an interesting year for the Tour veterans who are looking to recapture their form of 2004, 2005 and 2006 when they were rewarded with three consecutive World Match Racing Championships.

Semi-Final Standings

Torvar Mirsky (AUS) v Bertrand Pace (FRA) 1–1
Damien Iehl (FRA) v Jesper Radich (DEN) 1–1

Quarter-Final Results:
Torvar Mirsky (AUS) v Alvaro Marinho (POR) 3-0
Damien Iehl (FRA) v Peter Gilmour (AUS) 3-1
Bertrand Pace (FRA) v Pierre-Antoine Morvan (FRA) 3-1
Jesper Radich (DEN) v Francesco Bruni (ITA) 3-0

For more news and information on YANMAR Racing, please visit http://www.yanmar.co.jp/en/racing/

To discover more about the World Match Racing Tour see http://www.wmrt.com

And to discover more about YANMAR Marine go to http://www.yanmarmarine.com/

Hamilton Island LuxurySafety at Sea - Baltic - 2Wildwind 2016 660x82

Related Articles

Dateline Rio - Sailing Olympics review - as good as it gets?
The Rio Sailing Olympics was widely judged to have been the best of recent times. The Rio Sailing Olympics was widely judged to have been the best of recent times. The weather was better than Weymouth and Qingdao, the courses more varied, but from a working media perspective, it was the people running the Rio regatta who really made the difference.
Posted on 26 Aug
Rio 2016 - Plain speaking by triple-medalist on Olympic sailing moves
Triple Olympic medalist, Santiago Lange has been on the sharp end of changes made to Olympic classes and formats Santiago Lange, a six-time Olympian and Bronze medallist in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, won his third medal – Gold sailing in the Nacra 17 class. With that length of experience at an Olympic level, having sailed the Laser, Tornado and now Nacra 17 classes his comments on the future shape of the Olympic regatta was one of the highlights of the Medallists Media Conferences.
Posted on 25 Aug
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2016 - Day 1 Video
Day 1 of Audi Hamilton Race Week 2016 provided the first opportunity for Wild Oats XI and Scallywag to go head-to-head Day 1 of Audi Hamilton Race Week 2016 provided the first opportunity for Wild Oats XI and Scallywag to go head-to-head on an inshore race course. The two boats shadowed each other in the pre-race manoeuvres prior to the start of a race to Lindeman Island and back, starting in Dent Passage. Both boats made a fine spectacle as they reached to the northern tip of Dent Island before heading upwind
Posted on 21 Aug
Rio 2016 - Images of the penultimate race in the Finns - Scott wins
Sail-World's Richard Gladwell was on the water for the final race of the Qualifying Series of the Mens Finn Sail-World's Richard Gladwell was on the water for the final race of the Qualifying Series of the Mens Finn, in what potentially could have been Giles Scott's (GBR) Gold medal winning race. In the end, the current world champion won in style.
Posted on 15 Aug
Rio 2016 - Images from the Mens RS:X Medal Race
Sail-World's NZ Editor, Richard Gladwell, was on the water at the Medal Race for the RS:X class Sail-World's NZ Editor, Richard Gladwell, was on the water at the Medal Race for the RS:X class won before the race by Dorian van Rijsselberghe (NED) without needing points from the Medal Race. Nick Dempsey (GBR) was second on a similar basis.
Posted on 15 Aug
Rio 2016 - Sailors talk of Life at the Extreme on the Atlantic Ocean
Certainly the Volvo Ocean Race catchcry of Life at the Extreme is not a phrase associated with the Sailing Olympics. The 470 crews were suffering the mixed emotions of survival of an extreme test by nature, the cold, and for some elation at their placings, after Thursday's battle for survival. In conditions that looked more out of the Volvo Ocean Race, than an Olympic sailing regatta, crews battled 20kt plus winds and Atlantic Ocean rollers that towered up to four metres.
Posted on 13 Aug
Rio Olympics - Fourth gallery of images the fearsome Niteroi course
Fourth image gallery from racing on Day 4 in the Mens and Womens 470 class on the Niteroi course in the Atlantic Ocean Fourth image gallery from racing on Day 4 in the Mens and Womens 470 class on the Niteroi course in the Atlantic Ocean - sailing in 3-4 metre swells and 20kt plus winds. believe it or not the sea conditions were worse inshore as the fleet encountered the backwashed Atlantic rollers
Posted on 12 Aug
Rio 2016 - Third image gallery of 470's braving the Atlantic Ocean
Third image gallery from racing on Day 4 in the Mens and Womens 470 class on the Niteroi course in the Atlantic Ocean Third image gallery from racing on Day 4 in the Mens and Womens 470 class on the Niteroi course in the Atlantic Ocean - sailing in 3-4 metre swells and 20kt plus winds
Posted on 12 Aug
Gladwell's Line - The challenges of Guanbara Bay
The decision to run Medal Racing on the Pao de Acucer course, probably won't be remembered as one of the brightest The decision to run Medal Racing on the Pao de Acucer, probably won't be remembered as one of the brightest of the 2016 Sailing Olympics. Over shadowed by a 1300ft tall granite and quartz mountain in the shape of a sugarloaf, the bay suffers from dramatic windshifts, and huge variance in wind pressure.
Posted on 11 Aug
Rio 2016 - Fresher breezes expected inside and outside on Day 3
Stronger winds are expected for the third day of racing in the 2016 Olympic Sailing Regatta in Rio de Janeiro. Stronger winds are expected for the third day of racing in the 2016 Olympic Sailing Regatta in Rio de Janeiro. Two of the fleet scheduled to race outside on the Atlantic Ocean course off Copacabana Beach, while the 470 Men and Women will race inside on Guananara Bay.
Posted on 10 Aug