Please select your home edition
Edition
Protector 728x90

Argo Group Gold Cup - Game of snakes and ladders

by Alpari World Match Racing Tour on 13 Oct 2013
Umpires at the Argo Group Gold Cup, Bermuda, part of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. ©onEdition
For the Semi Final round of the Argo Group Gold Cup, the penultimate round of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, today English conditions prevailed on Hamilton Harbour as a trough passed over Bermuda bringing with it ultra-light winds and drizzly rain.

Matters were made no easier for the Race Committee when in the middle of proceedings, the wind turned inside out and there was a 180° wind shift. As a result only the first flight of Semi Finals racing was sailed.

Racing got underway with the races to determine fifth to eight place. These culminated with Bjorn Hansen’s eWork Sailing Team coming out on top after beating Keith Swinton’s Black Swan Racing and Ian Williams’ GAC Pindar teams.

'We were happy with today for sure,' said Hansen. 'It was extremely tricky out there, but we had a little bit of luck and we managed to make the best of the situation.'

The conditions resulted in a game of snakes and ladders across all the matches. In his one against Swinton, Hansen was ahead by four to five boat lengths, but conditions were so light on the right that the Australians were able to come back into them.

'Then we got a penalty just before the top mark,' recounted Hansen. 'We sailed past the top mark and tacked, and he tacked on the inside and wanted mark room, which he didn’t have and he had a penalty there.' This left both boats with penalties and Hansen with a red flag. 'He was very focussed on shouting at the umpires, so we could get up and increase the separation and then got down behind him to take our penalty. Now we were behind and he had a penalty.'

While the Swedes went to get the point, Swinton felt that Hansen hadn’t taken his red flag as ‘immediately’ as he should have, but admitted: 'We made a mistake and we paid for it.'

Swinton went on to dispatch Phil Robertson in the inter-Antipodean dust-up to decide seventh and eighth places, where his Aussie team came out on top. 'We managed to keep good speed in the boat in the pre-start and he went back to the line a bit early and we had some speed and that was that,' said Swinton of how that panned out.

Meanwhile Hansen went on to beat Ian Williams in the match to establish the fifth and sixth placed finishers.

Williams was still bemoaning his team’s Quarter Final performance yesterday, where, having come out on top in Qualifying and picking Taylor Canfield as his opponent, he then lost to the US Virgin Islander, 1-3.


'It was all about yesterday for us,' the GAC Pindar skipper admitted. 'We needed to get third or better here to count this result, so once we weren’t in the Semi Finals we were kind of done. In hindsight there were some key moments we didn’t quite get right. In both those last two races yesterday we just couldn’t get the boat quite locked in.'

After the massive wind shift and a delay, the Semi-Finals got underway. Ben Ainslie’s team got the better of Adam Minoprio’s Team Alpari FX. 'It was very frustrating,' recounted Minoprio. 'The wind was light and shifty and as soon as the gun went it got even lighter and shiftier to the point where it was almost a bit of a drift-off.' Ainslie got the right out of the start and proceeded to extend away from there, with the Kiwi team having no chance to get back into the match.


The first Semi Final race between Francesco Bruni’s Luna Rossa team and Taylor Canfield USone was a nail biter with the Italian team just pipping the US Virgin Islander to the post.

'Normally light wind races are boring, but today was anything but boring!' said Bruni. 'We were ahead and they passed us and then we were ahead to head and then we got a penalty. But we picked up a couple of good shifts down the final run and we were head to head again and in the end I think we won by maybe 20cm. We were very excited when we crossed the line!'

Bruni felt that the Race Committee had made the right decision to stop racing after just one Semi-Final today. 'To decide the semi-finals in good conditions tomorrow is for sure the right call.'

With the forecast for the breeze to fill in to 10-12 knots from the northeast, the plan for tomorrow is to complete the Semi-Finals races before going into the Finals.

Meanwhile the Alpari World Match Racing Tour card holders are contemplating what effect the Argo Group Gold Cup results will mean for the leaderboard going into the final event of the 2013 circuit, December’s Monsoon Cup.

With Ian Williams being knocked out in the Quarter Finals, Taylor Canfield looks set to become the new leader of the 2013 Alpari World Match Racing Tour.

'From here it all really hinges on how Taylor does here,' confides Ian Williams. 'If he wins here he’ll have a really big lead going into Malaysia, but if he comes fourth and he’ll have a small lead leaving Bjorn [Hansen], Adam [Minoprio] and us reasonably close overall.'

Semi Final Results (first to three) after one race

Ben Ainslie (GBR) beat Adam Minoprio 1-0
Francesco Bruni (ITA) beat Taylor Canfield (ISV) 1-0

Fifth to Eighth Place Final Results

5th - Bjorn Hansen (SWE)
6th - Ian Williams (GBR)
7th - Keith Swinton (AUS)
8th - Phil Robertson (AUS)

Protector - 660 x 82Southern Spars - 100PredictWind.com 2014

Related Articles

Vendée Globe – Vendee2020Vision – Six best solo sailors selected
Vendée2020Vision helped with the coaching and development of a 10-strong squad of Britain’s top aspirant solo skippers. While in Les Sables d’Olonne competitors continue to stream across the finish line after three and a half months at sea, in Southampton work continues to train up British sailing talent to give them the best chance of competing in the Vendée Globe in four year’s time.
Posted today at 1:15 pm
Extreme Sailing Series– ENGIE and Team Tilt to take wildcard challenge
Headed up by highly experienced offshore sailor, Sebastien Rogues, ENGIE come with valuable experience in the GC32 Following their participation in the inaugural GC32 Championship - also being staged in Muscat - the GC32 Racing Tour teams ENGIE and Team Tilt will compete in the Extreme Sailing Series season opener in Oman in less than two weeks' time.
Posted today at 11:57 am
Vendée Globe – Didac Costa takes 14th place
The tenacious, driven Costa succeeded with one of the smallest budgets of 29 skippers who started race on November 6th. The tenacious, driven Costa has succeeded with one of the smallest budgets of the 29 skippers who started the race on November 6th.
Posted today at 9:36 am
Vendee Globe - Foresight Natural Energy Day 109 - Ancient Homer
The wind has died. The one proud mainsail drags lazily back and forth across the cabin top. The wind has died. The one proud mainsail drags lazily back and forth across the cabin top. Even the rippling laughter of the wake down the side of the hull has dulled as Foresight Natural Energy lethargically crawls across the dark disk of the horizon. The bright orange jib is the only flash of colour in a quiet world where a dull lead coloured sea lolls under a pewter sky.
Posted today at 4:36 am
CCA welcomes America's fastest non-stop solo circumnavigator
The CCA is particularly proud of member Rich Wilson’s accomplishment in the just completed Vendée Globe race The Cruising Club of America is particularly proud of member Rich Wilson’s (Marblehead, Mass.) accomplishment in the just completed Vendée Globe race. Sailing solo for nearly 27,500 miles aboard Great American IV, Wilson finished the planet-rounding competition in just over 107 days, returning to the west coast of France on Tuesday February 21, 2017 after having started there on November 6, 2016.
Posted today at 3:44 am
RORC Caribbean 600 - Rambler 88 takes Monohull Line Honours
George David's American Maxi, Rambler 88 finished the 2017 RORC Caribbean 600 on Wednesday 22 February 2017 George David's American Maxi, Rambler 88 finished the 2017 RORC Caribbean 600 on Wednesday 22 February 2017 at 11 hrs 56 mins 17 secs AST taking Monohull Line Honours.
Posted today at 1:14 am
Vendee Globe - Colman progressing in right direction - speaks to BBC
Conrad Colman's pace has not increased substantially in the last 12 hours, his direction has become more direct. Although Kiwi solo sailor Conrad Colman's pace has not increased substantially in the last 12 hours, his direction has become much more direct. After a frustrating passage through an area of light winds, Colman is now heading for a weather system which should allow him to hook in a wind system that will take him to the finish. He spoke to BBC's Radio 4 today:
Posted on 22 Feb
Vendée Globe – Costa to cross Thursday morning for 14th
Progress has remained painfully slow for Kiwi skipper Conrad Colman today as he sails into a wide high pressure ridge Progress has remained painfully slow for Kiwi skipper Conrad Colman today as he sails into a wide high pressure ridge which stands between him and the favourable westerly breezes which should finally allow the jury rigged Foresight Natural Energy to sail more directly towards the French coast and the finish line
Posted on 22 Feb
Sanya awarded Youth Sailing World Championships
World Sailing, the world governing body of the sport is pleased to announce that Sanya, China will host the 2017 edition The 2017 selection process opened in November 2016 after the Israeli Sailing Association exercised the right to withdraw from hosting the 2017 edition as a final contract had not been concluded.
Posted on 22 Feb
RORC Caribbean 600 – Day 3 – Phaedo3 takes multihull line honours
While the multihull race record was not broken this year Phaedo3 and Maserati had an incredible 600 mile high-speed duel Phaedo3 held on to win the battle of the trimarans, just 12 minutes ahead of Giovanni Soldini's Italian MOD70, Maserati. The high-speed battle saw the lead change hands at least four times during the race.
Posted on 22 Feb