Oakcliff International and the Grand Slam Series - Sehested two events

Skipper Nicolai Sehested
Oakcliff Sailing Press
Tre-for Match Racing with Danish skipper Nicolai Sehested captured the Grand Slam Series title with Team Gilmour knocked out in the semifinals.

Only competing in three of four Series events, Sehested had no room for error. But, with Chris Steele (NZL) being eliminated in the quarterfinals and David Gilmour (AUS) having to drop his ninth place finish from Chicago, Sehested only needed to guarantee a ten-point lead on Gilmour at the Oakcliff International to confirm his victory. Once done, all focus went to the last stage of the event, the finals.

Sehested was able to win the two initial races, but Monnin took the third, forcing the finals to a fourth match. In the end, Sehested sailed strong and consistent races and took Monnin down in a 3-1 series, crediting his crewmembers, Thomas Hedegaard, Søren Secker, Jesper Blom, and Jay Halligan. He thanked his crew for their ability to 'keep doing a good job as I keep [messing] up.'

For their win at the Oakcliff International, Sehested’s team takes home a large portion of the $10,000 prize and for winning the Grand Slam Series title, they received invitations to the Chicago Match Cup and the 50th running of the Congressional Cup.

Rounding out the top four at the Oakcliff International were Eric Monnin of Okalys Corum Sailing Team, Mark Lees of Team Echo Sailing, and David Gilmour of Team Gilmour in second, third, and fourth places, respectively.

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Round RobinNicolai Sehested, DENEric Monnin, SUIDavid Gilmour, AUSDustin Durant, USAMark Lees, GBRChris Steele, NZLChris Poole, USAStratis Andreadis, GREAshlen Rooklyn, AUSChantal Hearst, CANDavid Storrs, USARobert Hughes, USAW%
Nicolai SehestedNicolai Sehested, DEN 10111011111982%
Eric MonninEric Monnin, SUI0 0111010111764%
David GilmourDavid Gilmour, AUS11 01111111-0.58.577%
Dustin DurantDustin Durant, USA001 10000111545%
Mark LeesMark Lees, GBR0000 1010110436%
Chris SteeleChris Steele, NZL00010 011111655%
Chris PooleChris Poole, USA110111 111111091%
Stratis AndreadisStratis Andreadis, GRE0001000 1110436%
Ashlen RooklynAshlen Rooklyn, AUS01010.5000 1104.541%
Chantal HearstChantal Hearst, CAN000000000 0119%
David StorrsDavid Storrs, USA0000000001 019%
Robert HughesRobert Hughes, USA001-0.51001101 4.541%