Please select your home edition
Edition
Barz Optics - Kids range

Chicago Match Cup Qualifier - Shifty conditions for stage 1

by Laura Muma on 29 Jun 2013
Chicago Match Race Center Isao Toyama
This weekend will determine who among 12 teams will get the last remaining invitation to the Chicago Match Cup in August, the only stop on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. A high pressure system lingering in the Midwest produced shifty and puffy conditions for first stage of competition today in the Chicago Match Race Center's Grade two Chicago Match Cup Qualifier. The near ideal conditions with blue sky, fresh breeze, and flat water allowed the RC team to finish 14 flights today. This weekend will determine who among 12 teams will get the last remaining invitation to the Chicago Match Cup in August, the only stop on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour.

Teams that could read the conditions properly, shift gears in the changing breeze, and control the first part of the race were often rewarded. But leaders had to stay sharp, since trailing teams on the downwind runs were often poised to pass when new wind arrived on the course.

Mastering these tricky conditions was the top-seeded team from Down Under, Will Tiller's Full Metal Jacket team from New Zealand. The Kiwis finished their day on a seven-two record, with four more flights left in the round robin stage.

On six points are two local Chicago-based teams that have used their knowledge of the boats and the venue to match the Kiwis and stay one point ahead of two Aussie teams and another local team led by Val Smith. CMRC founder Don Wilson has earned six points so far in this stage with four matches left to race, as has CMRC veteran Steve Lowery from Highland Park, IL, also with four matches remaining.

In the middle of the pack, scores are tight; four teams are tied on five points. Sam Gilmour, a 20 year old racer from Perth, Australia, is sitting on top of the tied teams in fourth place. Jordan Reece of Sydney, Australia, one of the favorites for this event, is sitting in fifth after the tie break. Following these Aussies, is local Chicago sailor Val Smith in sixth. Kristof Rosinski, from Poland is left in seventh. With only three points separating first and seventh place, the racing is tight and anything can happen tomorrow.

The top four teams from the round robin stage will advance to the Quarter-Final round and get a little break from the racing tomorrow. The remaining eight teams will compete in a Repecharge for the four spots left in Quarter-finals.

With the northerly breeze expected to continue tomorrow, prospects look good for another great day of racing to start at 09:00 in front of the spectator-friendly venue at Belmont Harbor.

Tiller leads in Chicago with local teams Lowery and Wilson close behind.

Tiller: seven-two
Lowery: six-two
Wilson: six-two
Gilmour: five-three
Reece: five-three
Smith: five-four
Rosinski- five-four
Dickson: four-five
Rodi: four-five
Hollerbach: three- five
Poole: one-eight
Teixidor: one-eight

Related Articles

Sailing in the Olympics beyond 2016 - A double Olympic medalist's view
Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. Gold and Bronze medalist and multiple world boardsailing/windsurfer champion, Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. A key driver is the signalled intention by the International Olympic Committee to select a basket of events that will be contested.
Posted on 29 Apr
From Olympic flag to Olympic Gold and maybe another
The Sydney Olympics was a Sailing double 470 Gold event for Australia. Having won the 420 World Championship in 2000, the feeder class to the 470, while still at school in Australia young Matt Belcher was given the honour of carrying the Olympic flag during the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
Posted on 28 Apr
The Road to Rio now 99 days short
The Road to Rio 2016 still has a few curves, bumps and potholes for teams battling to win. The Road to Rio 2016 still has a few curves, bumps and potholes for teams battling to win in Hyeres, at some World championship events and Weymouth World Cup but for many crews: 'It's 106 miles to Chicago we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark and we're wearing sunglasses.' Whoops wrong movie.
Posted on 28 Apr
America's Cup - Oracle Racing win in Court but with collateral damage
Oracle Racing have had another claim against them by a former crew member dismissed. Oracle Racing have had another claim against them by a former crew member dismissed. Mitchell focussed largely on the circumstances of the matter and introduced into the public arena some interesting documents to support his claims.
Posted on 23 Apr
An interview with Jake Beattie about the 2016 Race to Alaska
In 2014, Jake Beattie and a few friends envisioned the Race to Alaska. Now, it’s time this wild race’s second edition. In 2014, Jake Beattie-the executive director of the Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend, Washington, and a few friends hatched the bold idea of a human-powered race to Ketchikan, Alaska, took flight. They decided that their human-powered race would start in Port Townsend, Washington and run to Ketchikan, by way of the inside passage between Vancouver Island and British Columbia.
Posted on 14 Apr
Children of the Internet, Rio and Hong Kong
I have four daughters, the youngest, who in her mid 20's is a true child of the Internet. I have four daughters, the youngest, who in her mid 20's is a true child of the Internet. The kind of conversations I have with her run along these lines.... In the olden days we did not have television until I left school and they had a thing called print magazines, that reported events between two weeks and four months after they happened. And her sceptical response... Hoh! Daddy, Hoh!
Posted on 14 Apr
Go fast girls - 49er FX sailors Paris Henken and Helena Scutt
Paris Henken and Helena Scutt will be representing the USA at the Rio 2016 Olympics, which will be their first Olympiad. American’s Paris Henken (20) and Helena Scutt (23) recently won a berth to represent the USA at the Rio 2016 Olympics in the high-performance 49er FX skiff, a goal that the team has been working on for almost three years. While this is their first Games, writing them off as Olympic newbies would require ignoring their recent results and their strong teamwork.
Posted on 13 Apr
World Sailing Cup V3 - A Dead Rat in a Shoe or Spring Daffodils?
While a host of major sailing events go from strength to strength, the Sailing World Cup has very major issues. Last night my Irish better half was sitting beside me on the sofa watching an Australian version of the popular TV Cooking Program My Kitchen Rules on a tablet with her headphones while I was watching Diehard II for the seventeenth time (it’s a boy thing) on TV. She suddenly spluttered and laughed, took off her headphones and motioned for me to mute Diehard. (Seriously!!)
Posted on 9 Apr
Volvo Ocean Race appoints stadium racing pioneer as new CEO
Sail-World forecast the appointment of Mark Turner as Volvo Ocean Race CEO a month ago. We profiled Turner at that time. Sail-World forecast the appointment of Mark Turner as Volvo Ocean Race CEO a month ago. We profiled Turner at that time. Today his appointment has been confirmed.
Posted on 31 Mar
Large spectator fleet heading north for boat watching season
I’m absolutely not going to lay claim to the phrase, but it is insanely apt and hilarious all at the same time, however. I’m absolutely not going to lay claim to the phrase. It is insanely apt and hilarious, all at the same time, however. Well then, boat watching season is definitely upon us once more. The whales will soon be gathering again off the coast of Queensland to observe all manner of racing and cruising craft as they head North for a Winter in the sun.
Posted on 29 Mar
Barz Optics - Kids rangeKilwell - 1North Technology - Southern Spars