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Stena Match Cup Sweden - Historisk seger för Hansen på Marstrand

by Fabian Bengtsson on 7 Jul 2013
Björn Hansen, eWork Sailing Team vinner den femta och avgörande finalmatchen mot Phil Robertson (NZL) Dan Ljungsvik - Match Cup Sweden © http://www.matchcupsweden.com
Seglaren Björn Hansen och hans eWork Sailing Team lyckades med ytterligare en mirakulös vänding i Stena Match Cup Sweden. Efter underläge med 2-0 mot nyzeeländaren Phil Robertson i dagens final vann de tre raka matcher och Hansen blev därmed den första svenska skepparen som lyckats försvara sin titel på Marstrand.

Det nyzeeländska laget såg starka ut i de två första matcherna och satte press på Hansen. Trots att svensken låg tätt bakom seglade Robertson kontrollerat upp till en ledning med 2-0 i matcher. Uppförsbacken såg lite lättare ut för Hansen efter en trygg seger i race nummer fyra och i nästa match lyckas de kvittera till 2-2. En avgörande duell följde där Robertson tog initiativet på den första kryssen. Hansen höll sig tätt intill motståndaren, utmanade och lyckades pressa Robertson till ett straff när de närmade sig den första rundningen. I en tät avlutning försökte Robertson straffa tillbaks Hansen men svensken kunde hålla undan.

– Jag ställde till det i de två första matcherna och gjorde misstag på kryssarna. Det är klart att det var ett nervöst läge men vi kom tillbaks tack vare besättningens fantastiska arbete. Det känns helt underbart att vinna i Marstrand igen och det är det roligaste som finns för en svensk seglare, säger Björn Hansen som nu är den skeppare som vunnit Stena Match Cup Sweden flest gånger efter seglingslegenden Peter Gilmour.

Björn Hansen och eWork Sailing Team vann Stena Match Cup Sweden 2012 och de är det första svenska laget som lyckats försvara sin mästartitel i tävlingen sedan starten 1994. Förra året tog de silver i matchracing-VM men laget har haft en tuff start i årets världscup. Segern på Marstrand innebär att de plockar in värdefulla poäng eftersom de fyra lagen som toppade tabellen innan Stena Match Cup Sweden slogs ut ur regattan innan semifinalerna.

– Det här var mer eller mindre nödvändigt för att vi skall kunna hänga med i kampen om VM-titeln. Det mycket hårt jobb som återstår i de tre deltävlingarna som återstår men tack vare den här segern finns chansen kvar, säger Hansen.

Italienaren Simone Ferrarese vann matchen om tredjepris i två raka matcher mot Keith Swinton från Australien.

Stena Match Cup Sweden 2013 - Final
Björn Hansen (SVE) – Phil Robertson (NZL) 3-2

Stena Match Cup Sweden 2013 - Petit Final
Keith Swinton (AUS) – Simone Ferrarese (ITA) 0-2

Tidigare idag seglades finalmatcherna i Stena Match Cup Sweden Women’s Trophy där Stephanie Roble vann över danskan Lotte Meldgaard Pedersen. Anna Kjellberg och hennes lag tog hem Stena Match Cup Sweden website
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