sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : WMRT Monsoon Cup - Bruni determined to win Championship title

WMRT Monsoon Cup - Bruni determined to win Championship title

'Bruni Racing team battle it out at the Portimao Portugal Match Cup 2011'    © Chris Davies/AWMRT    Click Here to view large photo

Monsoon Cup is the final stage of the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) and will take place from the 22nd to 27th November 2011 in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia.

Francesco Bruni stands on the brink of becoming the first Italian to capture the ISAF Match Racing World Championship this month but remains undaunted by the task that awaits him. Should he win the title, the 1994 Laser World Champion and Olympic and America’s Cup campaigner says it will be a career defining achievement.

The popular skipper started the 2011 World Match Racing Tour in great form with podium finishes at his first three events but followed that with a series of lackluster performances before fighting to third place at the Argo Group Gold Cup to give his season a timely fillip. In the ISAF rankings he holds the bragging rights as the World number one and in the Tour Championship he sits just six points behind two time Match Racing World Champion Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar.

The scene is set for a three-way showdown between Torvar Mirsky (AUS) The Wave Muscat, Williams and Bruni (ITA) Bruni Racing. While the likes of Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing and Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Mekonomen Sailing Team can still mathematically capture the 2011 world title in Malaysia, Bruni believes 'it’s unlikely that Torvar, Ian or myself will sail badly enough that none of us make it to the quarter-finals.' Ironically, Bruni’s worst win rate amongst the Tour Card Holders is against his two chief rivals however the Italian isn’t fazed by those statistics: 'Yes, we have made some mistakes against these guys this year which have cost us points but I’m not scared about our matches against them. We aren’t really worried about taking on any team particularly, we just have to sail our best.'

Both Williams and Mirsky have placed a lot of emphasis on their team spirit and Bruni is no different, citing his experienced and close team mates as good reason to be confident:

'Experience definitely helps in dealing with pressure. We’ve had moments like this already this year so hopefully they will help our team get through it. It’s not going to be easy, our opponents are very tough but we’ve been working a lot as a team and feel confident. We will feel the pressure obviously but we’ve been through a lot this year as a team so that will help us.'

This is Bruni’s first full season on the Tour and he will be relatively inexperienced to racing in Kuala Terengganu compared to his two nearest rivals. Bruni also accepts that he gives further ground to Mirsky when it comes to the boats, the Italian saying 'Torvar definitely has a big advantage as he’s from Perth and he’s grown up with these [Foundation 36] boats so he knows them very well.' So where does Bruni feel his advantage lies?

'Malaysia and the Monsoon Cup are noted for light winds which are conditions we are confident in – so we will get even on that. We get good boat speed and everyone else needs to be careful of that. The big boats also suit us - it’s no secret that our best events are in big boats.'

Last year, Ben Ainslie chose the high risk option to take on the then Championship leader Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team at the earliest opportunity in the knock out rounds. If he lost that was his Championship challenge over. Ainslie took the match 3-1 and went on to capture both the Monsoon Cup and the World Championship – Bruni though, would not be drawn on whether he’ll do the same if given the option: 'It all depends on how well the others are sailing, it’s too early to say what we would do. We will go out there and do our best in the Qualifying rounds and then decide after that. Hopefully we will be lucky enough to have the choice of opponents.'

Pundits have all said Bruni’s season will be deemed a success whatever happens in Malaysia however the Italian says he has raised his expectations since the start of the season when he said: 'Honestly, this season we’re looking at the top three – we have to get there.' Just eight days from the Monsoon Cup, a determined Bruni re-assessed his goal: 'We are definitely aiming for the win now, we can’t accept third - we can’t think third would be a success. We never expected to be heading into the Monsoon Cup with such a strong chance of winning so this season has been a big success for us already but it would be silly to think that’s enough.'

Bruni is certainly determined and unfazed and while he holds some advantages over both Williams and Mirsky, they can say the same about him. So could it come down to his superstitious cap – the Match Race Germany cap he has worn all season since his victory there in May?

'The hat was one of my first ones and it’s been lucky for me at times but not always! I will wear it in Malaysia but will alternate it with a new hat!'

The 2011 ISAF Match Racing World Championship will be decided at the Monsoon Cup.

Overall Championship Standings – after seven stages:
1 Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar – 106pts
2 Francesco Bruni (ITA) Bruni Racing – 100pts
3 Torvar Mirsky (AUS) The Wave Muscat – 99.8pts
4 Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing – 78.8pts
5 Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Mekonomen Sailing Team – 75pts
6 Damien Iehl (FRA) French Match Racing Team – 74pts
7 Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team – 73.2pts
8 Jesper Radich (DEN) Adrian Lee & Partners – 71.2pts
9 Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team – 69.6pts
10 Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing – 64.4pts

World Match Racing Tour website
Monsoon Cup website




by World Match Racing Tour

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=90717

11:55 AM Mon 14 Nov 2011 GMT






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

Click for further information on
2011 Monsoon Cup

Related News Stories:

21 Dec 2011  World Match Racing Tour Trophy presented to Ian Williams
29 Nov 2011  Peter Gilmour and YANMAR Racing look forward to 2012
28 Nov 2011  WMRT Monsoon Cup - Real-time coaching makes debut in Malaysia
28 Nov 2011  WMRT Monsoon Cup Day 6 Images
27 Nov 2011  WMRT Monsoon Cup – Williams defeats Berntsson in dramatic final
27 Nov 2011  Triple World Champion Ian Williams wins Monsoon Cup 2011
27 Nov 2011  Yanmar Racing fight for third on 2011 World Match Racing Tour
26 Nov 2011  WMRT Monsoon Cup day 4 images by Gareth Cooke
26 Nov 2011  WMRT Monsoon Cup - Ian Williams new ISAF Match Racing World Champion
26 Nov 2011  WMRT Monsoon Cup - Ian Williams takes World Championship title
MORE STORIES ...

News - USA and the World

ISAF Sailing World Championships - Watch medal races live here by Dan Ibsen, Sail-World Europe & UK editor,














470 Men and Women Worlds - Vadlau and Ogar into pole position by 470 International Association Class,




ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Strong competition for RS:X fleets by Olga Maslivets, International RS:X Class Assoc.,






































470 Men and Women Worlds - Game on for Olympic Qualification by 470 International Association Class,










Starboard Hatteras Wave Jam - No windsurfing action on day 1
A complete recap of the most successful Melges 20 World Championship
Rolex Big Boat Series - Prizegiving images by Chuck Lantz
ISAF Santander - Upwards path for Austrian women's 470 crew + video
18ft skiffs: Carnage compilation from the glory days of the Grand Prix
ISAF Worlds: Video from the British Sailing Team
Bart's Bash expected to set new records this weekend
PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup - Marcilio Browne wins Super Session
470 Men and Women World Championships - Racing abandoned on day 2
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Day 4 images from Santander
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander: Emerging Nations Program sailors shine
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Teasing winds play havoc on day 4
ISAF Sailing World Championships: Hot conditions in Santander on day 4
Santander ISAF Sailing World Championships joins Bart’s Bash
PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup - Grounded fishing boat creates problems
Marseille One Design - GC32 Armin Strom Sailing Team emerge victorious
Rolex Big Boat Series 2014 - Ready for another 50 years
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Farr 40 Day 4
2014 Rolex Swan Cup - Eleventh-hour victories
Extreme Sailing Series - Kiwis clinch Act win in Istanbul + Video
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Two long races today for the J70 fleet   
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Impressive to sail out of the Golden Gate   
Extreme Sailing Series - Istanbul delivers four days of great racing   
ISAF Sailing Worlds Santander - Day 3 images by Sail-World.com   
Extreme Sailing Series: Emirates Team NZ bounces back for series win   
Santander 2014 ISAF Worlds - Light winds and current test six classes   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Solid Day 3 for US Sailing Team   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Day 3 images by Jesus Renedo   
Marseille One Design 2014 - GC32 Armin Strom blitzes final day   
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Una Etapa 0 complicada para todos   
Santander 49ers: Olympic Gold Medallist says two into 90 does not go!! *Feature   
GBR aiming for first ever Nacra 17 Games berth at Santander Worlds   
Volvo Ocean Race: Man and sail overboard as Leg 0 serves up drama   
ISAF Sailing World Championships Santander 2014 – Images by Dan Ibsen   
Santander Worlds – already a spectator success   
ISAF Sailing World Championships Santander 2014 - Day 3 morning report   
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Tales from the extreme   
Volvo Ocean Race: Latest starter wins opening race   
2014 J/70 World Championship - Healy, Abdullah, Becker and Borges win   
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Full-blown, once again   


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 NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT