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Cautious Pre Starts For Hot Monsoon Cup Match Racers

December 04, 2008 @ 07:32:43   Foto Photos by © Gareth Cooke - Subzero Images

Mathieu Richard crosses ahead of Torvar Mirsky

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The first day of the Monsoon Cup started with pomp and ceremony as the fourth
edition of the Monsoon Cup was officially launched today in Terengganu, Malaysia.

On the water three flights were conducted in the late afternoon breeze with tactics
and strategy the key factor in achieving success on a race course with challenging
tidal conditions and shifting breezes.

In Flight 1 the toughest match was between Sebastien Col and Ben Ainslie. From the
start Ainslie kept a tight cover on Col. On the last leg Col gybed to get into less
current, but Ainslie still held the lead. Col then tried to use the left-hand side
of the course to utilise the western river current successfully closing the gap
between the boats. The finish was a heart-stopper as both boats slipped gently
towards the finish with only a matter of half a boat length between them on the
line.
In the other Flight 1 matches Nurul Ain raced against her mentor, Peter Gilmour.
Even with good boat speed she found it tough to match the skills of Gilmour and his
team. Gilmour played the highly favoured right-hand side of the course finally
taking out the match about three boat lengths ahead of Nurul Ain. Keith Swinton
raced Mathieu Richard with Richard winning by a comfortable margin.

The toughest match of the day was between defending Monsoon Cup champion Ian
Williams and his old foe Paolo Cian. Cian went into the match unbeaten in the
regatta with two wins already to his name. Cian won the start with Williams squeezed
under the start boat. A red flag penalty on the start did not deter Cian from
hunting Williams around the course as the breeze softened and shifted. On the last
leg Williams covered Cian gybe to gybe to win his first match in the 2008 Monsoon
Cup.

DAY 2
ROUND ROBIN RESULTS MATRIX


IW
SC
MR
AM
TM
MH
PC
JB
BA
PG
KS
NA
Points Place
Williams
xx

0

0
1

1
1
0
1
4

Col

xx 1
0

1

1
0

0
1
4

Richard

0
xx
0

0
0

0
1
1
2

Minoprio
1
1

xx 1

0

1
1
1

6

Mirsky


1
0
xx 1
0
1
1

1
1
6

Holmberg
0*
0


0
xx 0
1

1
1

3

Cian
0

1
1
1
1
xx 1


1

7

Berntsson

0
1

0
0
0
xx 0
0

1
2

Ainslie
0
1

0
0


1
xx
1
1
4

Gilmour
0

1
0

0

1

xx
1
3

Swinton
1
1
0
0
0
0
0

0

xx
2

Nurul Ain
0
0
0

0


0
0
0

xx 0

FLIGHT SCHEDULE

FLIGHT 1
M1 Peter Gilmour v Nurul Ain
M2 Keith Swinton v Mathieu Richard
M3
Paolo Cian v Magnus Holmberg
M4 Sebastien Col v Ben Ainslie


FLIGHT 2
M1 Magnus Holmberg v Keith Swinton
M2 Mathieu Richard v Paolo Cian
M3 Johnie Berntsson v Sebastien Col
M4 Torvar Mirsky v Ben Ainslie

FLIGHT 3
M1 Ben Ainslie v Johnie Berntsson
M2 Mathieu Richard v Torvar Mirsky
M3 Sebastien Col v Adam Minoprio
M4 Paolo Cian v Ian Williams

FLIGHT 4
M1 Sebastien Col v Mathieu Richard
M2 Paolo Cian v Adam Minoprio
M3 Nurul Ain v Torvar Mirsky
M4 Ian Williams v Peter Gilmour

FLIGHT 5
M1 Torvar Mirsky v Paolo Cian
M2 Ian Williams v Nurul Ain
M3 Peter Gilmour v Magnus Holmberg
M4 Adam Minoprio v Keith Swinton

FLIGHT 6
M1 Magnus Holmberg* v Ian Williams
M2 Adam Minoprio v Peter Gilmour
M3 Keith Swinton v Ben Ainslie
M4 Nurul Ain v Johnie Berntsson

FLIGHT 7
M1 Ben Ainslie v Adam Minoprio
M2 Johnie Berntsson v Peter Gilmour
M3 Keith Swinton v Sebastien Col
M4 Nurul Ain v Mathieu Richard

FLIGHT 8
M1 Nurul Ain v Sebastien Col
M2 Mathieu Richard v Johnie Berntsson
M3 Peter Gilmour v Paolo Cian
M4 Keith Swinton v Torvar Mirsky

FLIGHT 9
M1 Peter Gilmour v Mathieu Richard
M2 Johnie Berntsson v Paolo Cian
M3 Keith Swinton v Ian Williams
M4 Torvar Mirsky v Magnus Holmberg

FLIGHT 10
M1 Paolo Cian v Keith Swinton
M2 Magnus Holmberg v Johnie Berntsson
M3 Adam Minoprio v Torvar Mirsky
M4 Ben Ainslie v Ian Williams

FLIGHT 11
M1 Johnie Berntsson v Torvar Mirsky
M2 Ian Williams v Adam Minoprio
M3 Sebastien Col v Magnus Holmberg
M4 Nurul Ain v Ben Ainslie






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