Please select your home edition
Edition
Southern Spars

WMRT Korea Match Cup - Yanmar Racing through to Quarter Final

by Mark Chisnell on 2 Jun 2012
Yanmar Racing in action - WMRT Korea Match Cup 2012 Andrew Carter/AWMRT
WMRT Korea Match Cup 2012 final qualifying session was a big one for Yanmar Racing, still clawing their way back from a tough opening day at the second event on this year’s Alpari World Match Racing Tour. The day started with the team on three points from seven races and in eighth overall – just the right side of the qualification cut-off for the quarter finals. They were still in eighth place at the end of the day, but there was a lot of drama in between.

Yanmar Racing had four races left to sail, all in the first of the day’s two sessions, and French tactician, Fred Guilmin had predicted that they would need to win at least two to have a chance of going through. They lost the first against the high-flying Swede, Bjorn Hansen; after leading at the start, Yanmar Racing made a slight error at the first mark and Hansen capitalised to take the lead and the win.

Next up was Laurie Jury, the New Zealander on his first Tour. Guilmin described an even start, ‘We were slightly favoured, but then had to bear away to avoid the leeward mark and couldn’t quite get across in front of him to escape to the side that we wanted to be on. So Jury made a gain on that side, but fortunately when we came back together at the first mark, Pete (Peter Gilmour, Skipper, AUS) trapped him into an error and we managed to get the lead. It was tough after that, but we held the lead and got a crucial point.’

Yanmar Racing had one of their two wins, but then lost their third match to Simone Ferrarese. The final opportunity to score was against Tae-Jung Kim, who hadn’t won a race so far in the event, and Gilmour wasn’t about to let him start. Yanmar Racing closed out with the win, and Guilmin explained what happened next, ‘We had won two races, but our destiny was no longer in our hands. Both Pierre-Antoine Morvan and Johnie Berntsson still had three races to sail and if they both won two of them, we would be out.’ As the final qualifying session commenced, the Yanmar team gathered around the television in the crew lounge to watch it play out.

Fred Guilmin takes up the story, ‘Johnie won his first race, but Pierre lost against Ian Williams – then they sailed against each other and Pierre-Antoine won. So if they both won their final races we would be going home. It was really tense watching, and worse when Pierre-Antoine won. Johnie sailed a great race against Phil Robertson, but fortunately, Robertson managed to hold him back and got the win. We went through to the quarter finals on the tie-break.’

‘We got picked by Ian Williams for the quarter final match, which is not a surprise,’ Guilmin continued. ’I think he is looking towards the overall Tour result, and would like to stop us scoring here. He is sailing well, he has a strong team, he’s a smart sailor, he stays calm, and he was training for two days before we even arrived, and I think he has done a lot of work on his pre-start strategy. But we have a plan to beat him, we will attack the starts, it will be 80% of the race, so we will prepare that very carefully.’

The quarter finals are scheduled to begin at 10:00 local time on 2nd June. The Korea Match Cup is the second event on this year’s Tour, is held in Jeongok and Jebu which are part of the Gyeonggi Province, and runs from the 29th May to the 3rd June.

Results after Qualifying, Korea Match Cup
Phil Robertson 9pt
Ian Williams 8pt
Björn Hansen 7pt
Torvar Mirsky 7pt
Simone Ferrarese 6pt
William Tiller 6pt
Pierre-Antoine Morvan 6pt
Peter Gilmour 5pt
Laurie Jury 5pt
Johnie Berntsson 5pt
Byeong-Ki Park 1pt
Tae-Jung Kim Yanmar Racing website

Related Articles

Shape of next Volvo Ocean Race revealed at Southern Spars - Part 1
Southern Spars has been confirmed as the supplier of spars for the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race. In mid-April, Race Director, Jack Lloyd and Stopover Manager Richard Mason outlined the changes expected for the 40,000nm Race during a tour of Southern Spars 10,000sq metre specialist spar construction facility. A total of up to seven boats is expected to enter, but time is running out for the construction of any new boats.
Posted today at 5:56 am
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
Naiad/Oracle SupplierBarz Optics - FloatersKilwell - 1