Please select your home edition
Leaderboard FD July August September 2023

Poole claims victory at Oakcliff and Grand Slam title

by WMRT 11 Sep 2023 04:39 PDT
WMRT Oakcliff International, stage 12 winners © WMRT

World number 1 ranked match racer, Chris Poole and his Riptide Racing defeated New Zealand's Gavin Brady and his True Blue Racing team this weekend to claim victory at the Oakcliff International, stage 12 of the 2023 World Match Racing Tour hosted by Oakcliff Sailing in Oyster Bay, NY.

Winning the event, Poole also secured the 2023 US Match Racing Grand Slam title accumulating the highest points from four US match racing events in Chicago, Detroit and two events in Oyster Bay.

In the first-to-two points final, Brady secured the first race win but was over the start line (OCS) in the following two races giving Poole and crew the window to get ahead and close out score 2-1. Poole's Riptide Racing crew included Mal Parker, Joachim Aschenbrenner, Ryan Wilmot and Bradley McLaughlin. The 2023 Oakcliff International had teams representing USA, Australia, Canada, Italy, New Zealand and South Africa vying for $10,000 in Prize Grants.

Dave Hood/ DH3 Racing representing Long Beach Yacht Club finished 3rd over USA's Pearson Potts. Hood was on hand to present the winner of the Grand Slam Series with an invitation to the 2024 Long Beach Congressional Cup, a world championship stage of the World Match Racing Tour. The winner of the Oakcliff International also received the last invitation to the World Match Racing Tour's 71st Bermuda Gold Cup next month 2-7 October. As winner of the Oakcliff event and Grand Slam Series, Poole already secured his invitation to the Congressional Cup and Bermuda Gold Cup so both spots were awarded to the second-place skipper, Gavin Brady.

Brady who is launching himself and his team back onto the World Match Racing Tour this year enjoyed being back in the Match 40's for the first time in a number of years at last week's Thompson Cup and then at the Oakcliff Internaitonal.

"We used to sail these boats 15 years ago so had to remind ourselves how they perform, but we started to feel a bit more comfortable during the week" commented Brady. "It's great to be back match racing and we are pleased to be in the top ten of the World Match Racing Tour leader-board which was our goal, and to try and get to the WMRT Final in China in December."

Meanwhile, Poole's win at Oakcliff on the back of last week's win at the Thompson Cup has put him on top of the World Match Racing Tour leaderboard with 104 points counting his best four results from the 2023 championship series so far, and with just two more events in Estonia and Bermuda before the WMRT Final in Shenzhen China from 2-7 December.

The top eleven skippers on the WMRT leader-board after the penultimate event in Bermuda will qualify for the WMRT Final in China, the winner of which will be crowned 2023 Match Racing World Champion and receive a share of the USD200,000 prize purse.

2023 Oakcliff International final results:

1. Chris Poole/ Riptide Racing (USA) (Joachim Aschenbrenner, Bradley McLaughlin, Ryan Wilmot, Mal Parker)
2. Gavin Brady (NZL) (Chris Cowan, Ed Davidson, Alistair Gifford, David Swete)
3. Dave Hood (USA) (Chris Steele, David Gilmore, Steve Natvig, John Colburn)
4. Pearson Potts (USA) (James Barry, Rachel Perry, Peter Bailey, Sarah Stephan, Abby Preston)
5. Rocco Attili (ITA) (Gianluca Perasole, Giulio Tamburini, Ludovico Mori, Andres Guerra)
6. Cormac Murphy (USA) (John Brendel, Max South, Alfonso Garcia Bringas, Robbie Upton)
7. Nicole Breault (USA) (Lionel Crear, Hugh Dougherty, John Horsch, Nick Dorn)
8. Max Paul (AUS) (Zac Quinlan, Aiden Mansley, Brooke Wilson, Tiana Wittey, Megan Thomson)
9. Dylan Scott (CAN) (Siri Schantz, Liam Toward, Sam Gevert, Brian Rebec, Madeline Singer)
10. Michaela Robinson (RSA) (Ethan Johnson, Allie Shand, Luke Galvin, Chris Dundon)

Full results here

Related Articles

Scotty Dickson wins 14th Career Ficker Cup
Perfect conditions for the event at Long Beach Yacht Club Long Beach's champagne conditions and superior racing by eight world class skippers over three days ended with Scotty Dickson claiming his 14th Ficker Cup over 24 years! Posted on 22 Apr
2024 World Match Racing Tour season kicks off
The Ficker Cup Regatta racing starts Friday The 2024 World Match Racing Tour kicks off this week in Long Beach, California with 17 teams and over 100 of the world's top match racing sailors competing across back-to-back events. Posted on 17 Apr
Bermuda Gold Cup & Women's event doubleheader
A new Women's World Match Racing Tour Event will be held concurrently The Royal Bermuda Yacht Club (RBYC) is delighted to announce the 72nd edition of the Bermuda Gold Cup, a world championship stage of the World Match Racing Tour, to be held October 28 to November 3, 2024, on Hamilton Harbour. Posted on 8 Mar
WMRT announces 2024 championship season
24th consecutive year of the World Match Racing Tour will have 15 events The World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) today announced its 2024 championship season with a fifteen-event schedule across ten countries, concluding at the WMRT Final Shenzhen Baoan, China in December. Posted on 14 Feb
2023 World Match Racing Tour Final overall
Britain's Ian Williams clinches his seventh title Britain's Ian Williams has clinched his seventh Match Racing World Championship title with his Chinaone.Ningbo team of Jon Gundersen, Richard Sydenham, and Gerrard Mitchell. Posted on 17 Dec 2023
2023 World Match Racing Tour Final day 4
Action and upsets determine final four, Thomson makes history Action-packed and filled with unexpected turns, day four of the 2023 WMRT Final in Shenzhen, China saw the emergence of the final four. Posted on 16 Dec 2023
2023 World Match Racing Tour Final day 3
Leaders emerge in Shenzhen, China The third day of the 2023 WMRT Final in Shenzhen, China, turned into a stunning day for sailing despite a short postponement in the morning. Posted on 15 Dec 2023
2023 World Match Racing Tour Final day 2
No room for error in Shenzhen, China The second day of the 2023 WMRT Final in Shenzhen, China, carried a recurring theme of challenging light wind conditions and a slim margin for error. The start was delayed with a postponement due to light winds until the breeze filled in. Posted on 14 Dec 2023
2023 World Match Racing Tour Final day 1
Tactical opening day in Shenzhen The World Match Racing Tour kicked off its highly anticipated Shenzhen Baoan Final as the top twelve match racing teams from nine countries gathered in the Baoan District of Shenzhen, where they were met with a mix of conditions that tested their skills. Posted on 13 Dec 2023
Anticipation builds for WMRT Final in Shenzhen
The stakes are high as the winner will be crowned 2023 Match Racing World Champion With teams taking to the water for their official practice day, the stage is set for the 2023 World Match Racing Tour Final in Shenzhen, China. Posted on 12 Dec 2023
37th AC Store 2024 - 728x90 BOTTOMRooster SB1 Inshore RangeZhik 2024 March - FOOTER