BlackMatch Racing report from the Congressional Cup:
Hello again from BlackMatch in Long Beach,
After winning five straight matches in a phenomenal effort yesterday, we needed only one win today to progress through to the semi finals, meanwhile Johnie Berntsson needed to win all three of his matches to progress and in true Swedish style, Johnie did just that while we suffered three losses and fell short of qualifying at our first Congressional Cup.
At the start of the day Britains Ben Ainslie was also in contention to qualify, however he to suffered losses as all of the luck went Johnies way. Today just wasn't our day, epitimised in our race against Franchesco Bruni when we forced a penalty on him during the prestart and got the side of the course we wanted, only to be left high and dry when a lucky right hand wind shift filled in on the Italian team and they managed to gain enough of an advantage to do their penalty turn on the finish line and take the win.
We had our chances today and things just didn't go our way, but after a fantastic week here in California we remain positive and have definitely learnt from the experience of having the legendary Rod Davis on board. Local guru Steve Flam who has also won two Congressional Cups as tactician was also amazing to have on board and we would like to thank these two guys as it was an honour to sail with them this week.
BlackMatch would like to congratulate Johnie Berntsson, Terry Hutchinson, Mathieu Richard, Franchesco Bruni and their crews for reaching the semi finals and we are looking forward to viewing some great action out on the water. Although we have been knocked out of the main event we still have the infamous fleet race to compete in and with Adam's older brother Simon taking the fleet race out over the past two years, we are hoping to emulate this and finish on a positive note.
For all media coverage, results and photos please visit www.concup.com
We would like to again thank our sponsors FedEx Express and Line 7 who have stuck by us throughout our campaign. To the RNZYS, Emirates Team New Zealand and everyone else, thank you also for your support. We would also like to say a special thank you to the FedEx Express team who came out and watched us today, it was a shame we couldn't pull through for you but it was great to have a fun club all the way over here in America.