sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : St Moritz Match Race - Morvan seeks another impressive finish
St Moritz Match Race - Morvan seeks another impressive finish

'Pierre-Antoine Morvan (FRA) Vannes Agglo Sailing Team will hope to go one better than his second place finish at St. Moritz Match Race 2011'    © Chris Davies/AWMRT    Click Here to view large photo

The 2012 St Moritz Match Race is set to take place from 28th August to 2nd September. Pierre-Antoine Morvan signalled his arrival at the top table of match racing in 2011, taking an impressive second place finish at the St. Moritz Match Race at the first time of asking. The young Frenchman is looking to go one better next week, having since risen to number three in the ISAF World Match Race Rankings.

Morvan (FRA) Vannes Agglo Sailing Team sits third on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour leaderboard and going into one of his favoured Tour events, at his highest ever ranking, it is a last opportunity for him to make the jump into contention for the 2012 ISAF Match Racing World Championship title. Morvan, said: 'We finished second in St. Moritz last year after losing the Final to Torvar Mirsky on a countback. We were confident going into that one and with the extra experience we now have as a team, we’re in a great position to go on and win our first Tour event.

'We’re better in the small boats like the BLU26 and do well in the shifty winds that we had last year. I also have exactly the same team for St. Moritz that started the season so I think that consistency will really help us, not only for this event but going into the rest of the season and as we look to challenge for the Tour title in future years.

Holding a Tour Card for the first year, Morvan is wasting no time as he looks to put together a team capable of challenging for the Tour title, and feels he knows what he needs to learn in pursuit of this goal: 'I think that Tour experience is a vital factor and this season, with Bjorn Hansen and Ian Williams at the top of the leaderboard, that is quite clear. It’s not only being familiar with the boats, venues and conditions on the water, but also working out the best way to train and arrange our schedules to give the best chance of success on the Tour.'

As the top-ranked French skipper in the world and the only French Tour Card Holder in 2012 after a large contingent in previous years, Morvan welcomes the return 2008 and 2010 St. Moritz Match Race winner and compatriot, Mathieu Richard, saying: 'It will be good to have Mathieu [Richard] in St. Moritz, we know him very well. Last year there were two other French teams and it is good to have that representation. We know what Mathieu is capable of and he has the ability to win the event so on the water, we’ll certainly keep that in mind.'

Morvan will take winning form into the St. Moritz Match Race, the fifth stage of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, after victory against fellow Tour Card Holder Laurie Jury (NZL) Kiwi Match Sailing in the Final of the recent ISAF Grade 1 Sopot Match Race in Poland last week.

Amongst the rest of the field, reigning Tour Champion, Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar will line up against current Tour leader, Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Mekonomen Sailing Team as he looks to minimise the Swede’s advantage going into the second half of the season. Two wins and a third place have made Hansen the man to beat and Williams knows he can’t afford to lose any more ground if he is to add a record fourth Tour title this year.

The world’s top match racers will travel to Switzerland to begin preparations for the St. Moritz Match Race (28 August – 2 September), where eight of the nine Tour Card Holders will compete alongside wildcard entries Eric Monin (SUI) Okalys Corum and Mathieu Richard (FRA) Loire Atlantique Sailing Team, as well as qualifiers, Josh Junior (NZL) Wellington Spirit and Jerome Clerc (SUI) Team CER.

St. Moritz Match Race – Competing Teams:

Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team
Jerome Clerc (SUI) Team CER
Peter Gilmour (AUS) Yanmar Racing
Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Mekonomen Sailing Team
Josh Junior (NZL) Wellington Spirit
Laurie Jury (NZ) Kiwi Match
Eric Monnin (SUI) Okalys Corum
Pierre-Antoine Morvan (FRA) Vannes Agglo Sailing Team
Mathieu Richard (FRA) Loire Atlantique Sailing Team
Phil Robertson (NZ) Waka Racing
Keith Swinton (AUS) Black Swan Racing
Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar

Overall Championship Standings – after four stages:

Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Mekonomen Sailing Team – 81pts
Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar – 77pts
Pierre-Antoine Morvan (FRA) Vannes Agglo Sailing Team – 57pts
Phil Robertson (NZ) Waka Racing – 56pts
Peter Gilmour (AUS) Yanmar Racing – 54pts
Keith Swinton (AUS) Black Swan Racing – 33pts
Laurie Jury (NZ) Kiwi Match – 29pts
Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team – 28pts
Jordan Reece (AUS) Estate Master Sailing Team – 22pts
Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Miss Sophie – 20pts
Simone Ferrarese (ITA) Ferrarese Racing Team – 19pts
Taylor Canfield (USA) Canfield Racing – 16pts

World Match Racing Tour website


by Leigh Ireland

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=101293

9:32 PM Thu 23 Aug 2012GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.


Related News Stories:

23 Aug 2012  World Match Racing Tour heads to St Moritz
21 Aug 2012  St Moritz Match Race - GBR's Ian Williams makes final preparations
16 Jul 2012  WMRT Chicago Match Cup win to reigning Tour Champion
15 Jul 2012  WMRT Chicago Match Cup - Williams through to final
13 Jul 2012  WMRT Chicago Match Cup - Quarter Final spots decided
12 Jul 2012  WMRT Chicago Match Cup - Great start for Swinton
10 Jul 2012  World Match Racing Tour - Next stop Chicago
08 Jul 2012  WMRT Stena Match Cup - Bjorn Hansen victorious in Marstrand
07 Jul 2012  World Match Racing Tour comes to Chicago
07 Jul 2012  WMRT Stena Match Cup - Yanmar Racing through to semis
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World

America's Cup: Rod Davis - why I left Team NZ *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,














Maxi yacht rendezvous this September in Sardinia by International Maxi Association,




















America's Cup: Team NZ wish Davis well with new team *Feature by Richard Gladwell, Sail-world.com/nz,


Fisher's View: Sailing perfection at Hamilton Island- Day 3 by Bob Fisher, Hamilton Island, Queensland




2014 Formula Kite World Championship Day 1 by Markus Schwendtner, Istanbul
















Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 CEO Knut Frostad talks (Part I) *Feature by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,










Opera House Cup - Images by Ingrid Abery
Teams descend upon Cowes for inaugural J/111 World Championships
Hamilton Island Race Week: Everywhere there's smiley people
IFDS World Championships - US Paralympic hopefuls ready for racing
Sopot Match Race - Poland's Tour debut deemed a triumph
Vineyard Race celebrates 80th running of the East Coast classic
Nanjing Youth Olympic Games: Young sailors begin racing on Lake Jinniu
AWT Quatro Desert Showdown - Victory for Morgan Noireaux
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race - Day 8: Test of endurance
Bart's Bash: Over 2300 entered from 588 yacht clubs - Join here
Halifax ready to welcome the world at 2014 IFDS World Championships
RC44 World Championship title to Bronenosec + Video
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week: Day 2 Images by Crosbie Lorimer
IFDS Worlds - Gary Jobson to attend opening ceremonies
Melges 32 U.S. National Championship - Dalton DeVos crowned champion
2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games trailer
2014 Chicago Grand Slam - Canfield wins
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Varuna takes overall lead
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week; Crosbie Lorimer Day 1 Images
Fisher's View: Hamilton Island Race Week - Day 1 - Stayin' Alive
CORK Olympic Classes Regatta 2014 - Day one   
Youth Olympics: practice over, athletes welcomed, time for YOG sailing   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Record for Artemis-Team Endeavour   
2014 Melges 32 U.S. National Championship - Day 2   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland: Artemis sets fourth course record   
2014 Chicago Grand Slam - Top seeds survive as semi-finalists   
420 and 470 Junior Europeans - Breezy day 4 in Gdynia   
RC44 World Championship - Dramatic improvement for Artemis Racing   
18' Skiff International Regatta - Action begins August 25th   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Challenging conditions arise   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Record-breaking monohull victory   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Dongfeng Race Team finishes third   
RC44 Marstrand World Championship - Bronenosec the star performer   
Bahamian Olympic Sailor to carry flag in honour of Sir Durward Knowles   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race: Records continue to tumble   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race: Course Record for Team SCA   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Team Alvimedica completes the race   
2014 Melges 32 U.S. National Championship - Day 1   
420 and 470 Junior European Championships - A crazy race day 3   
2014 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race: Monohull record smashed   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL WAS US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT