Please select your home edition
Edition
T Clewring AC72

Korea Match Cup - Defending champion ousted + Video

by Alpari World Match Racing Tour on 1 Jun 2013
Prestart between Ian Williams and Bjorn Hansen during qualifying session 3 at Korea Match Cup 2013 Gareth Cooke - Subzero Images © http://www.subzeroimages.com
In the Korea Match Cup, Bjorn Hansen was a hot favourite to win a third consecutive event, but today the Swedish skipper and his Ework Sailing Team narrowly missed the cut for the Quarter Finals.

Hansen knew he needed to up his game from the previous days, and he did. 'We had three really good starts in our last three matches. We were well ahead of Johnie Berntsson but he did a great job to pass us on the last downwind.


'Then we had a typical Williams-Hansen match with a lot of screaming and shouting and flags flying all over the place. Ian managed to catch a penalty at the top mark which he cleared by passing our stern line. We were feeling pretty good where we were, then when he gybed, we gybed and hit the bottom and stopped.

During the gybe we came off the bottom again, but that was pretty much the decider as Ian managed to cover us and was faster after that.' According to the Swede, bumping along the bottom was enough to hand the advantage to GAC Pindar who were never going to give up their unexpected advantage. 'That was quite tough,' said Hansen. 'We felt that was the match decider, hitting the bottom.

Pierre-Antoine Morvan and Vannes Agglo Sailing Team had been leading the regatta at the end of day one, but were another high-profile casualty today. The French team had been leading Kim Taejeong’s Gyeonggi Match crew but then got caught in the anchor line of the windward mark. The Koreans stormed past the stricken French, and losing that match contributed to their elimination from the competition.

Hansen was philosophical about the ‘Acts of God’ that occurred. 'I guess we have to accept it as part of the game, but on the other hand during the whole week there have been quite a few issues with boats hitting the bottom and boats dragging marks. There have been different decisions regarding redress and we don't feel the umpires are keeping to their line and judging the same way in all cases. It feels a bit frustrating, but we shouldn't put ourselves in a situation where we are relying on the umpires. We just have to come back stronger in Marstrand.'

Tour Director of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, Craig Mitchell, said it was unfortunate to see sailors go out in controversial circumstances but commented: 'We know this is a tight venue where we’ve had issues in the past, but we have to strike a balance between keeping the event running and stopping after every single issue arises. You don’t get much redress in match racing, that’s just how it is. We’ve just completed 66 matches in the Qualifying, and there’s a lot more to come. Today the umpires kept to the policy that was laid down at the beginning of the week. If a boat runs aground and stops while in the lead or within two boatlengths of its opponent, the match will be stopped and resailed. But today the umpires saw Hansen slow down but not stop, so the race wasn’t abandoned. As for Morvan catching the line and hooking the mark, that scenario was all discussed this morning at the skippers’ briefing. It’s just the luck of the game.'


Adam Minoprio doesn’t like his reputation for always scraping through into the knock-out phases of Tour regattas by the skin of his teeth. But Team Alpari FX did nothing to dent that reputation by doing exactly that in Korea today, the Kiwis squeaking into the Quarter Finals. 'We feel like it's been tough, a bad rub of the green. That last race against Ian Williams was a case in point. Ten seconds before the start they called off the race because they had a timing error. It wouldn't have affected the race, we were both late for the line and we had a penalty on Ian, and had the advantage.

'That was disappointing and then in the resail against Ian we had a fishing boat blocking our entry, and we were unable to have a dial-up with Ian and that put us on the back foot in the critical race. We're disappointed with how things panned out and it seems to sum up our Qualifying, with things not quite going our way. But to know we have qualified for the Quarter Finals is a big relief. It's always strong to have learned a lot of lessons in the Qualifying phase, a lot of different scenarios can happen, and we've had most of them happen to us, not in our favour. We've had the hard knocks and hopefully now we can go out there and beat up on whoever chooses us.'

Despite their lacklustre performance thus far, no one chose Minoprio’s team, perhaps fearing a big comeback from the Kiwi who scraped through qualifying at Match Race Germany a couple of weeks ago, but then finished second overall. Instead, winner of the Qualifying Ian Williams joked that he would 'stick with tradition and choose Gilmour', the joke being that the Tour rookie David Gilmour is the son of four-time match racing world champion Peter Gilmour, with whom Williams has had many a high-spirited run-in in the past. Maybe Williams’ trimmer Mal Parker will be wearing his special anti-Gilmour ear defenders.

As for Hansen and the shock exit of a team that many of their rivals feared as the biggest threat in Korea, well Hansen said he would come back fighting at the next Tour event in a month’s time, Stena Match Cup Sweden. 'We will make sure this is a once-in-a-season miss of the Quarter Finals, and we hope we can show we are still in the game at Marstrand.'



Quarter Final Pairings

Ian Williams (GBR) v David Gilmour (AUS)
Mathieu Richard (FRA) v Keith Swinton (AUS)
Taylor Canfield (ISV) v Johnie Berntsson (SWE)
Phil Robertson (NZL) v Adam Minoprio (NZL)

Stage 2: Korea Match Cup – Qualifying Round Final Standings

Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar 10-1
Mathieu Richard (FRA) GEFCO Match Racing Team 7-4
Taylor Canfield (ISV) USone 7-4
Keith Swinton (AUS) Black Swan Racing 7-4
Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing 7-4
David Gilmour (AUS) Team Gilmour 6-5
Adam Minoprio (NZL) Team Alpari FX 5-6
Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Stena Sailing Team 5-6
Bjorn Hansen (SWE) eWork Sailing Team 5-6
Pierre-Antoine Morvan (FRA) Vannes Agglo Sailing Team 5-6
Taejeong Kim (KOR) Gyeonggi Match 2-9
Gunwoo Park (KOR) Busan Match Team WMRT website

Wildwind 2016 660x82Schaefer 2016 Ratchet Block 660x82North Technology - Southern Spars

Related Articles

2015 Argo Group Gold Cup Canfield leads into semifinals
The semifinals of the $100,000 Argo Group Gold Cup features a past champion, a two-time runner-up, a 12-time entrant. The semifinals of the $100,000 Argo Group Gold Cup features a past champion, a two-time runner-up, a 12-time entrant and a young gun aiming to upset the balance.
Posted on 11 Oct 2015
Alpari World Match Racing Tour 2014 - Land of opportunity
Andy Rice looks at how AWMRT gives sailors skills and money they need to make it to the top of sport. Alpari World Match Racing Tour 2014 - As the world of professional yacht racing continues to open up new challenges for today’s top sailors, Andy Rice looks at how one of the longest running global sailing world championships gives sailors the skills (and the money) they need to make it to the top of the sport…
Posted on 14 Jan 2015
Alpari Tour Monsoon Cup Final Stage - new date and venue
AWMRT: Change of dates for Monsoon Cup Malaysia is part of an expansion of event by Kuala Lumpur based event organisers. 2014 Alpari World Match Racing Tour - The change of dates for the Monsoon Cup Malaysia is part of an expansion of the event by Kuala Lumpur based event organisers Innovatige in partnership with the Malaysian Ministry of Youth and Sports, the NSA (National Sports Council) and MYA (Malaysian Yachting Association). The Monsoon Cup has now been split into two separate events.
Posted on 12 Nov 2014
Argo Group Gold Cup - Light air drama in Bermuda
A frontal system edging its way towards Bermuda resulted in light winds, a grey sky and racing eventually being canned. A frontal system edging its way towards Bermuda resulted in light winds, a grey sky and racing eventually being canned early, but not before the remaining Quarter Final flights had been completed at the Argo Group Gold Cup, the sixth stage of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour.
Posted on 26 Oct 2014
Taylor Canfield does the Chicago Double Dutch + Video
Taylor Canfield and US One had a lot to do if they were going to stop Ian Williams and GAC Pindar. Taylor Canfield and US One had a lot to do if they were going to stop Ian Williams and GAC Pindar running away with this year’s Alpari World Match Racing Tour (AWMRT). An intense rivalry has developed between the experienced Briton and his younger rival from the US Virgin Islands. They couldn’t be more different in character.
Posted on 9 Oct 2014
Alpari World Match Racing Tour - Canfield wins first Dutch Match Cup
Matches between world’s top two match racing skippers are always aggressive affairs on Alpari World Match Racing Tour. Matches between the world’s top two match racing skippers are always aggressive affairs on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour (AWMRT). In the pre-start of the first match, Canfield stuck two penalties on Williams, leaving the British boat playing catch-up.
Posted on 29 Sep 2014
Dutch Match Cup - Gilmour keeps clean sheet in Lelystad
David Gilmour was the only skipper to keep a clean sheet in today’s light-air action at the Dutch Match Cup in Lelystad. David Gilmour was the only skipper to keep a clean sheet in today’s light-air action at the Dutch Match Cup in Lelystad. Team Gilmour swept aside their fellow Western Australians in a 3-0 Quarter Final against Keith Swinton and Team Alpari FX. The young Aussies then took the first match of their Semi-Final against the reigning ISAF World Champions, Taylor Canfield and US One.
Posted on 28 Sep 2014
Dutch Match Cup - GAC Pindar through to fifth consecutive semi-final
Ian Williams and his GAC Pindar crew responded to a challenging qualifying session on Friday in Lelystad. Ian Williams and his GAC Pindar crew responded to a challenging qualifying session on Friday in Lelystad, to win a tense quarter-final against Phil Robertson (WAKA Racing), 3-2 and book a fifth consecutive semi-final in the Alpari World Match Racing Tour at the Dutch Match Cup.
Posted on 28 Sep 2014
Dutch Match Cup- Canfield wins Qualifying, six set for Quarters battle
Two of the big guns on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour were staring down the barrel of elimination. Going into the final of 22 flights of Qualifying at the Dutch Match Cup, two of the big guns on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour were staring down the barrel of elimination. Either Bjorn Hansen of Sweden or Ian Williams of Great Britain would be facing an early bath in Lelystad.
Posted on 27 Sep 2014
Dutch Match Cup - High winds and big wipeouts in Lelystad
High winds tested the twelve teams to the edge of physical and mental control on day two of the Dutch Match Cup. High winds tested the twelve teams to the edge of physical and mental control on day two of the Dutch Match Cup in Lelystad. A new event on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour (AWMRT), the event in Lelystad presents the crews with a new challenge, of mastering the small, light Maxfun25s with ridiculously big asymmetric spinnakers.
Posted on 26 Sep 2014