Please select your home edition
Edition
Kilwell - 1

Grand Slam Match Racing Series - Oakcliff to host final event

by Dawn Riley on 4 Sep 2013
Match 40s © Kirk Larsen
As the results stand after three events in the Grand Slam Match Racing Series, the top contenders are David Gilmour (AUS), Chris Steele (NZL), and Nicolai Sehested (DEN). Because each of these sailors will also be competing at the Oakcliff International, the results of the Grand Slam Series will come down to how well their teams sail during this last event.

Some other up-and-coming teams to look out for at the Oakcliff International are Robert Hughes, who will be sailing with world number one skipper Taylor Canfield and three members of his match racing team, USOne; David Storrs, who has enlisted the help of Stephanie Roble (#6 in ISAF Women’s rankings as of August 28), her tactician Maggie Shea, and local Oakcliff sailors Mike Komar and Jay Kehoe for the event. Local sailor Chris Poole is also a good one to keep your eyes on as he proved his match racing skills and knowledge of the Match 40s at the Knickerbocker Cup, coming out with a fourth place finish, pushing them just into the top five in the cumulative standings. Joining Chris Poole’s team for the last event is world-renowned match racer, Dave Perry. With such high stakes going into the culminating event, these mixed teams are stacked with talent and should make the racing even more interesting.

With events in Chicago, Illinois; Detroit, Michigan; Port Washington, New York; and Oyster Bay, New York, the Grand Slam Series has become well known and invitations are highly sought after by high-level match racers from around the world. In addition to tough competition, sailors are enticed by the prizes that the Series offers. The Knickerbocker Cup and Oakcliff International have, respectively, $19,000 and $10,000 in prize money that is distributed among the top ten finishers and the winners of the Detroit Cup and Knickerbocker Cup receive invitations to the Bermuda Gold Cup, a stop on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. The Series’ overall winner gets an invitation to two coveted events in 2014, the 50th running of the Congressional Cup and the Chicago Match Cup, the only US stop on the World Tour.

The racing is scheduled to begin on Thursday, September 5 and go through Sunday, September 8 in the Oakcliff’s fleet of ten Match 40s. Two thirds of the teams competing here also sailed in the penultimate event of the Series, the Knickerbocker Cup at Manhasset Bay Yacht Club, taking advantage of getting to know the bigger boats after coming out of Tom 28s in Chicago and Ultimate 20s in Detroit.

The complete lineup for the Oakcliff International is full of highly ranked international match racers, experienced sailors with local knowledge, and mix-and-matched teams with lots of potential. The skippers will be:

Nicolai Sehested - DEN
David Gilmour - AUS
Eric Monnin - SUI
Chris Steele - NZL
Dustin Durant - USA
Mark Lees – GBR
Chris Poole – USA
Ashlen Rooklyn – AUS
Stratis Andreadis – GRE
Magnus Sandberg – SWE
David Storrs – USA
Robert Hughes - USA

For more information visit Oakcliff International
Zhik ZKG 660x82Schaefer 2016 Ratchet 300x250Wildwind 2016 660x82

Related Articles

National birthdays and sailing—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond
Editorial Editorial
Posted today at 9:34 pm
National team Send-Off Party set for July 27th in Houston
Fourteen athletes who have earned a place on the U.S. National Sailing Team will be treated to a rousing Send-Off Party Fourteen athletes who have earned a place on the U.S. National Sailing Team will be treated to a rousing Send-Off Party on July 27th in Houston, Texas at Houston Yacht Club, presented by Sunbrella.
Posted today at 2:42 am
Five tips for boaters to get through the holiday weekend
This July 4 holiday weekend there will be more recreational boaters on the water than at any other time of year This July 4 holiday weekend there will be more recreational boaters on the water than at any other time of year, according to Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS).
Posted today at 1:47 am
My Best Olympic Race – Vasilij Zbogar
Memorable moments won’t always be the golden ones. They can be hitting a personal best, breaking a national record Speak to any athlete and ask them about a moment that defines their career. Whether it happened five days, five months, five years or even fifty years ago the chances are the memory of that moment is clearly engraved in their minds.
Posted on 27 Jun
Second round of the FAST40+ Racing Circuit proves to be real thriller
With its double tides, sand banks, channels and numerous land effects, the Solent is a complex place to sail. With its double tides, sand banks, channels and numerous land effects, the Solent is a complex place to sail. The highly changeable weather scenario including thunder and lightening added another dimension to the regatta. However, in the light weight FAST40+ Class, speed is always king.
Posted on 27 Jun
2016 Land Rover Kelowna Canadian National Championship overall
The championship started on June 24 with nothing but wind and March temperatures keeping all sailors dressed for weather The definition of Corinthian is a team with no professional sailors on board. The second in overall ranking and first place in the Corinthian Fleet is Fraser McMillan and the Wet Coast Sailing Team on Sunnyvale CAN151 from Brentwood Bay, Canada
Posted on 27 Jun
Clipper Race – Will there be successful North Atlantic escape artist?
The winds started lightening yesterday, and boat speeds are low today in the fluky airs at around the halfway race mark. ClipperTelemed+ is now leading the fleet again, with former race leader Derry~Londonderry~Doire in second and LMAX Exchange in third after coming out of Stealth Mode as it attempted to bluff the other teams regarding going for the Scoring Gate.
Posted on 27 Jun
The one million dollar Match Race
Competitive yacht racing’s biggest ever first prize bonus is set to go to the winner of the 2016 WMRT final in Marstrand US$ one million, is roughly Euro 885,000, AUS$ 1.35m or NZL$ 1.4m - more than enough to buy more than three of the high performance M32 catamarans that will contest the WMRT Marstrand for the first time, taking over from the perennial D37 monohulls used at the event for the last 20 years.
Posted on 27 Jun
Superyacht Cup ends spectacularly after 3 days of hair-raising action
An exhilarating event which perfectly mixes fun times with fierce racing in the Mediterranean's popular superyacht haunt P2, with three bullets to her name, was the undisputed winner in Class B. In classic Class D it was the gleaming Herreshoff designed Mariette of 1915 who, also with a perfect score of three firsts, championed.
Posted on 27 Jun
Rio 2016 - 49erFX Olympic Nomination Appeal dismissed by CAS
Court of Arbitration for Sport has declined to uphold an Appeal over the non-selection of a crew in the 49erFX skiff To the surprise of no-one, Australian Sailing have been able to get their 'medal capable' or 'medal potential' Olympic Selection policy upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Earlier, the Australian national sailing body had elected not to select a crew in the women's 49erFX skiff, triggering the Appeal from the top-ranked crew of Tessa LLoyd and Caitlin Elks.
Posted on 27 Jun