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  • Williams Grabs Victory in Hot and Blustery Poland
    Williams Grabs Victory in Hot and Blustery Poland

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  • Williams Grabs Victory in Hot and Blustery Poland
    Williams Grabs Victory in Hot and Blustery Poland

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  • Poland’s Tour debut deemed a triumph
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    Lelystad, Netherlands (19th August 2014): The Batavia Sailing Center, organiser of the Dutch Match Cup, the fifth Stage of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour for the ISAF Match Racing World Championship, awarded a wildcard to Klaartje Zuiderbaan today. Zuiderbaan is the reigning Dutch Match Racing Champion and has a serious ambition to play a part in the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. The Batavia Sailing Center is backing her ambitions. An extraordinary fact is that Zuiderbaan's is a women only team and they will race against all male teams. Zuiderbaan will also sail the Batavia Regatta on 23 and 24 August as preparation for the Dutch Match Cup. This ISAF Grade 3 event is the official qualifier for the Dutch Match Cup. First and second place at the Batavia Regatta will also win an invite to the Dutch Match Cup. After the wildcard for Dirk-Jan Korpershoek was awarded, this is the second Dutch team that will take part in the Dutch Match Cup. Zuiderbaan is one of only a few Dutch sailors who has some experience on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. She participated in the Argo Group Gold Cup in Bermuda making it through their qualifying event and eventually finished eighth out of the sixteen teams. The ONK in Lelystad of this year has been the start of a new path, in which Zuiderbaan assembled her new team consisting of Mijke Lievens, Lena Koter, Anne-Christianne Kentgens en Suzanne Leinders. With this team, Zuiderbaan recently sailed the WIMSeries in Vannes where she was second only to the women's world number one team of Camilla Ulrikkholm. Participating in the Dutch Match Cup mean Zuiderbaan and her team will face the world’s best matchracers including reigning ISAF World Champion Taylor Canfield, quadruple ISAF World Champion Ian Williams and the Americas Cup team Prada skippered by Francesco Bruni. For these men it will be quite the experience to race against a women’s only team as well. The rules allow a team of up to five women or four for a mixed or men only team. The organisation of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour is very supportive of a women’s team and are looking forward to seeing Zuiderbaan battle it out with the other teams. Zuiderbaan is one of the greatest sailors in the Netherlands, as a coach she is particularly successful as well. During the Olympic Games she coached her team in the Sonar Class to a gold medal. Her tactical insight is of an exceptional level, something that really helps in her role as a match racer. With the venue on her doorstep Zuiderbaan will take the opportunity to train in the Maxfun 25's, the boats used for the Dutch Match Cup, in the coming weeks to sharpen her skills. According to Alex Hoeve of the Batavia Sailing Center, Team Zuiderbaan has a realistic shot at a high place finish at the Dutch Match Cup: “Obviously, the other teams on the Alpari Tour are extremely experienced and really good sailors. However, Klaartje’s team has a great opportunity to excel. Mostly because we sail a great deal in the Maxfun 25, a relatively small but very sportive boat, it will be interesting to see if the other teams can keep up. The Alpari teams are used to bigger boats, but with the smaller boats, being agile and insight are far more important. Aside from this, she spends more hours in the boats than anyone. For the other teams the Maxfun 25 is pretty much unknown and it will take them time to learn the tricks to make it go fast. I was very impressed with how she won the Dutch Match Racing Championship earlier this year." And Zuiderbaan herself? She is extremely excited to race at the highest level: “I’m thrilled with the wild card for the Dutch Match Cup. I’m very curious to see the level of my competitors. It’s amazing that the Alpari World Match Racing Tour is coming to the Netherlands so that Dutch teams can also participate at this high level. The Dutch Match Cup will definitely stimulate the Dutch sailors. Ever since the ONK we already sailed a few women’s matches, in which we really improved our skills. Our team is a beautiful combination of experience and young talent. We see the Batavia Regatta as an important preparation for the Dutch Match Cup”, explained Zuiderbaan. The final two invites will be made from the Batavia Regatta over the weekend of 24-25 August and the Dutch Match Cup itself will be held from 24-28 September in Lelystad, following straight on from the Chicago Match Cup the week before. 12 teams will take part in a Qualifying round with the winner going straight to the Semi Finals. The next 6 teams will go to the Quarter Finals which will then be followed by Semi Finals and Finals. All knockouts will be raced as first to three points. Racing will be held in front of Batavia Haven with spectacular views from the marina wall and plenty of on-shore activities to keep spectators busy.

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    London, UK (18th August 2014): Set on the Bay of Gdansk, Sopot Match Race is the pinnacle of Poland’s highly active domestic match racing circuit, the Polish Match Tour, but for this, its 11th year, it received the additional boost of becoming part of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. As event founder, organiser and competitor Przemek Tarnacki explained: “For me it is a big honour to have the Alpari World Match racing Tour here in Poland. When I founded the event that was always a dream, but now it has come true.” Przemysław Tarnacki event founder, organiser and competitor for Sopot Match Race © Robert Hajduk / AWMRT The line-up for Sopot Match Race, the third event on the 2014 Alpari World Match Racing Tour after Germany and Sweden, comprised seven of the eight Tour Card holders (Francesco Bruni absent due to America’s Cup commitments with Luna Rossa), plus two teams from Poland, one led by former ISAF Match Racing World Champion and America’s Cup helmsman Karol Jablonski, the other by Tarnacki, winner of Sopot Match Race in 2013. Also competing were Nicolai Sehested (DEN), Johnie Berntsson (SWE) and Staffan Lindberg (FIN). Racing for the 12 teams was shoehorned into four days rather than the usual five or six, and as a result occurred at a frantic place, the action centred off the end of Sopot’s famous 500m long Molo Pier. This providing an ideal platform for spectators and tourists at this leading holiday resort – described as ‘Poland’s St Tropez’ - to witness racing up close. An estimate of 20,000 people visited the pier daily © Robert Hajduk / AWMRT Qualifying was held over the first two days, with a light to moderate offshore wind on the first and a more stable but lighter onshore breeze on the second that kicked up a short chop. For the event Danish-built Diamond 3000 yachts were used, 34 footers unlike any elsewhere on the Tour - an IOR-style design from the 1990's with narrow beam, long overhangs, small cockpit plus running backstays that required crews to adapt their roles on board. Key attraction over the week was the fleet of Ferraris at the event © Robert Hajduk / AWMRT As WAKA Racing skipper, Phil Robertson observed: “It is the first time we have match raced on a boat with runners, but it is good fun, it adds another element.” Star of Qualifying was defending Alpari World Match Racing Tour champion Taylor Canfield, whose USone team suffered just one loss, to Swede Bjorn Hansen. “The guys are getting us around the course well and I think we have got a pretty good grip on the boats,” said Canfield. “Some boats suit some people and this one seems to suit us. It is definitely a handful at times getting the runners on, but we have got our system locked in and its working.” Taylor Canfield was unstoppable during the Qualifying Round of Sopot Match Race © Robert Hajduk / AWMRT As usual, tension built through Qualifying as it became clear which teams would and wouldn’t make it through to the next round. In the end Tarnacki, Berntsson, Lindberg and David Gilmour were out, leaving Stena Match Cup Sweden winner Bjorn Hansen in a ‘live or die’ match with Ian Williams’ GAC Pindar team. This did not start well for the British skipper who picked up a pre-start penalty for failing to keep clear in a dial-up, then trailed off the line. But Williams caught up and, in an impressive move while approaching the top mark, planted a penalty on Hansen in a port-starboard incident, cancelling out his own while also gaining the lead. “He hit some big chop as we were on starboard with a piece of him. But it was a nice move and it worked out well,” said Williams. The GAC Pindar crew’s ultimate victory over Hansen caused Keith Swinton’s Team Alpari FX crew to gain the last berth in the Quarter Finals. Also performing well in Qualifying was young Dane Nicolai Sehested, who finished on six wins and five losses, beating Tour Card holders Ian Williams, Keith Swinton and Bjorn Hansen along the way. In the Quarter Finals Robertson dispatched Sehested, while Ian Williams had made a clean job of beating Jablonski 3-0. Jablonski commented: “I am very happy that we were able to push Ian and his team quite hard and all three were tight matches with close situations at the weather mark. Ian’s experience paid off in these situations. But my young team did an excellent job - I am very proud of how we sailed.” Jablonski was particularly unfortunate to lose the first race when he led Williams into the finish, only for the British skipper to surf past him on a wave in the very last metres. Keith Swinton in action during the Quarter Finals at Sopot Match Race © Robert Hajduk / AWMRT The fiercest Quarter Finals matches were between Mathieu Richard’s French LunaJets team and Swinton. A penalty down, but ahead going into the final downwind leg, Swinton attempted to slow down to offset his penalty, but slowed too much, picked up a second penalty, requiring an immediate turn, handing Richard the lead. However the French had broken their spinnaker pole and Swinton managed to roll them coming into the finish. Richard responded luffing and Swinton, deemed not to have reacted quickly enough, picked up yet another penalty, which then turned into a black flag disqualification when he didn’t carry out his turn immediately. “We were in the wrong, but we were trying everything we could to stay in the race,” Swinton admitted. For the Semis, Taylor Canfield chose to race Richard, leaving Williams to face Robertson. The first two flights of these were held at the end of the penultimate day in very light winds leaving Canfield and Richard tied on 1-1 and Williams 0-2 down, the British skipper coming ashore fuming after a ferry, docking on Sopot Pier, had, in his view, interfered with his pre-start. Mixing sport and leisure - the Hennessy Yachting Banquet held at the Sheraton Hotel © Robert Hajduk / AWMRT On Saturday night the Hennessy Yachting Banquet was held at the Sheraton Hotel. Sopot Match Race is as renowned for its yacht racing as it is for throwing outstanding parties. The event attracts top lifestyle brands such as Moet, Hennessy, Albert Riele Swiss watches and Ferrari, which concluded its rally around Poland at Sopot Match Race, with its exotic Italian sportscars lined up outside the Banquet. The lifestyle brands in turn attract stars and celebrities from across Poland adding to the exclusivity of the event. The turnaround in Ian Williams’ fortunes proved as dramatic as the wind conditions on the final day. To make it through the Semis, Williams had to win three races in a row. All appeared to be going well with the GAC Pindar team levelling the score at 2-2 until the last race when they trailed Robertson around the race course, seemingly unable to make inroads. But on the last run, Robertson gybe set into better pressure and Williams split, managed to pick up a favourable shift and was able to nose ahead at the finish line. Meanwhile Richard’s matches against against Taylor Canfield went smoother with the French team managing two straight wins, to go through 3-1 up. Sopot Match Race finals being held close to the pier for better spectator experience © Robert Hajduk / AWMRT The Finals started in a light northwesterly and temperatures shooting over 30⁰C. Williams got the first point on the board after Richard picked up a pre-start penalty and then trailed around the course. However the second race came to a grinding halt as the wind disappeared and then within minutes filled in with a blustery 20 knots southeasterly, a shock after the light conditions of the previous days. Suddenly the hats were being blown off spectators on the pier as the crews scrambled to make significant changes to the mode they sailed their boats, with runners getting ground hard on for the upwinds and boat handling becoming as important as tactics. Once the race committee had reset the course with the start area off the end of Molo Pier, Richard appeared to do a better job in the conditions and was able to level the score at 1-1, getting ahead on the first beat and then leading for the rest of the race, both boats surging downwind in the strongest breeze of the regatta. Blustery conditions sets most of the action during the finals © Robert Hajduk / AWMRT But for race two the GAC Pindar crew had got the bit between its teeth and led around the top mark. Richard managed to catch up on the run, however at the leeward gate Williams luffed hard as the French team attempted to get between him and the mark. This resulted in gasps from spectators on the pier as the two boats locked rigs for what seemed an eternity before they finally separated, both spars remarkably still standing. As Richard explained later: “I thought that he would drift a bit and maybe there would be some room and there was probably enough room to get our hull between his and the mark, but there was not enough room for the masts.” However with the French team picking up a red flag penalty, their race was over and Williams moved ahead 2-1. Sadly with the cut off for the last race set at 1500, the Finals were unable to be completed and Williams’ GAC Pindar was announced winner of Sopot Match Race. “We are very happy to have won here,” commented Williams. “It has been a great all-round regatta for GAC Pindar. We have sailed well throughout apart from a little blip yesterday afternoon when things got to us a little. But the guys just turned it around – they have done a fantastic job.” Ian Williams and his GAC Pindar team wins Sopot Match Race 2014 © Robert Hajduk / AWMRT Sopot Match Race’s first appearance on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour with its unique blend of match racing on the water and hosting major lifestyle brands ashore was unanimously deemed to have been a great success. Organiser Przemyslaw Tarnacki said: “I am very satisfied. The weather also played quite a nice role. All the sponsors on our side are very satisfied and I hope to retain them next year along with our position in the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. I am really grateful to everyone who supported this event.” In the overall Alpari World Match Racing ranking after three events, Ian Williams has now extended his lead to 72 points with Mathieu Richard up to second on 55 and Taylor Canfield now third on 48, just one point ahead of Stena Match Cup Sweden winner Björn Hansen on 47. The Alpari World Match Racing Tour is one of five special events sanctioned under the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) including America's Cup, the Volvo Ocean Race, the Extreme Sailing Series and the PWA World Tour. Next event on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour is the Chicago Match Race over 17-23 September. 2014 Alpari World Match Racing Tour Leaderboard Standings after Stage 3 - Sopot Match Race1 Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar 72pts2 Mathieu Richard (FRA) LunaJets 55pts3 Taylor Canfield (ISV) USone 48pts4 Björn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Sailing Team 47pts5 Keith Swinton (AUS) Team Alpari FX 44pts6 Phil Robertson (NZL) Waka Racing 36pts= Francesco Bruni (ITA) Luna Rossa 20pts= David Gilmour (ASU) Team Gilmour 20pts

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    Lelystad, Netherlands (19th August 2014): The Batavia Sailing Center, organiser of the Dutch Match Cup, the fifth Stage of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour for the ISAF Match Racing World Championship, awarded a wildcard to Klaartje Zuiderbaan today. Zuiderbaan is the reigning Dutch Match Racing Champion and has a serious ambition to play a part in the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. The Batavia Sailing Center is backing her ambitions. An extraordinary fact is that Zuiderbaan's is a women only team and they will race against all male teams. Zuiderbaan will also sail the Batavia Regatta on 23 and 24 August as preparation for the Dutch Match Cup. This ISAF Grade 3 event is the official qualifier for the Dutch Match Cup. First and second place at the Batavia Regatta will also win an invite to the Dutch Match Cup. After the wildcard for Dirk-Jan Korpershoek was awarded, this is the second Dutch team that will take part in the Dutch Match Cup. Zuiderbaan is one of only a few Dutch sailors who has some experience on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. She participated in the Argo Group Gold Cup in Bermuda making it through their qualifying event and eventually finished eighth out of the sixteen teams. The ONK in Lelystad of this year has been the start of a new path, in which Zuiderbaan assembled her new team consisting of Mijke Lievens, Lena Koter, Anne-Christianne Kentgens en Suzanne Leinders. With this team, Zuiderbaan recently sailed the WIMSeries in Vannes where she was second only to the women's world number one team of Camilla Ulrikkholm. Participating in the Dutch Match Cup mean Zuiderbaan and her team will face the world’s best matchracers including reigning ISAF World Champion Taylor Canfield, quadruple ISAF World Champion Ian Williams and the Americas Cup team Prada skippered by Francesco Bruni. For these men it will be quite the experience to race against a women’s only team as well. The rules allow a team of up to five women or four for a mixed or men only team. The organisation of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour is very supportive of a women’s team and are looking forward to seeing Zuiderbaan battle it out with the other teams. Zuiderbaan is one of the greatest sailors in the Netherlands, as a coach she is particularly successful as well. During the Olympic Games she coached her team in the Sonar Class to a gold medal. Her tactical insight is of an exceptional level, something that really helps in her role as a match racer. With the venue on her doorstep Zuiderbaan will take the opportunity to train in the Maxfun 25's, the boats used for the Dutch Match Cup, in the coming weeks to sharpen her skills. According to Alex Hoeve of the Batavia Sailing Center, Team Zuiderbaan has a realistic shot at a high place finish at the Dutch Match Cup: “Obviously, the other teams on the Alpari Tour are extremely experienced and really good sailors. However, Klaartje’s team has a great opportunity to excel. Mostly because we sail a great deal in the Maxfun 25, a relatively small but very sportive boat, it will be interesting to see if the other teams can keep up. The Alpari teams are used to bigger boats, but with the smaller boats, being agile and insight are far more important. Aside from this, she spends more hours in the boats than anyone. For the other teams the Maxfun 25 is pretty much unknown and it will take them time to learn the tricks to make it go fast. I was very impressed with how she won the Dutch Match Racing Championship earlier this year." And Zuiderbaan herself? She is extremely excited to race at the highest level: “I’m thrilled with the wild card for the Dutch Match Cup. I’m very curious to see the level of my competitors. It’s amazing that the Alpari World Match Racing Tour is coming to the Netherlands so that Dutch teams can also participate at this high level. The Dutch Match Cup will definitely stimulate the Dutch sailors. Ever since the ONK we already sailed a few women’s matches, in which we really improved our skills. Our team is a beautiful combination of experience and young talent. We see the Batavia Regatta as an important preparation for the Dutch Match Cup”, explained Zuiderbaan. The final two invites will be made from the Batavia Regatta over the weekend of 24-25 August and the Dutch Match Cup itself will be held from 24-28 September in Lelystad, following straight on from the Chicago Match Cup the week before. 12 teams will take part in a Qualifying round with the winner going straight to the Semi Finals. The next 6 teams will go to the Quarter Finals which will then be followed by Semi Finals and Finals. All knockouts will be raced as first to three points. Racing will be held in front of Batavia Haven with spectacular views from the marina wall and plenty of on-shore activities to keep spectators busy.

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    London, UK (18th August 2014): Set on the Bay of Gdansk, Sopot Match Race is the pinnacle of Poland’s highly active domestic match racing circuit, the Polish Match Tour, but for this, its 11th year, it received the additional boost of becoming part of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. As event founder, organiser and competitor Przemek Tarnacki explained: “For me it is a big honour to have the Alpari World Match racing Tour here in Poland. When I founded the event that was always a dream, but now it has come true.” Przemysław Tarnacki event founder, organiser and competitor for Sopot Match Race © Robert Hajduk / AWMRT The line-up for Sopot Match Race, the third event on the 2014 Alpari World Match Racing Tour after Germany and Sweden, comprised seven of the eight Tour Card holders (Francesco Bruni absent due to America’s Cup commitments with Luna Rossa), plus two teams from Poland, one led by former ISAF Match Racing World Champion and America’s Cup helmsman Karol Jablonski, the other by Tarnacki, winner of Sopot Match Race in 2013. Also competing were Nicolai Sehested (DEN), Johnie Berntsson (SWE) and Staffan Lindberg (FIN). Racing for the 12 teams was shoehorned into four days rather than the usual five or six, and as a result occurred at a frantic place, the action centred off the end of Sopot’s famous 500m long Molo Pier. This providing an ideal platform for spectators and tourists at this leading holiday resort – described as ‘Poland’s St Tropez’ - to witness racing up close. An estimate of 20,000 people visited the pier daily © Robert Hajduk / AWMRT Qualifying was held over the first two days, with a light to moderate offshore wind on the first and a more stable but lighter onshore breeze on the second that kicked up a short chop. For the event Danish-built Diamond 3000 yachts were used, 34 footers unlike any elsewhere on the Tour - an IOR-style design from the 1990's with narrow beam, long overhangs, small cockpit plus running backstays that required crews to adapt their roles on board. Key attraction over the week was the fleet of Ferraris at the event © Robert Hajduk / AWMRT As WAKA Racing skipper, Phil Robertson observed: “It is the first time we have match raced on a boat with runners, but it is good fun, it adds another element.” Star of Qualifying was defending Alpari World Match Racing Tour champion Taylor Canfield, whose USone team suffered just one loss, to Swede Bjorn Hansen. “The guys are getting us around the course well and I think we have got a pretty good grip on the boats,” said Canfield. “Some boats suit some people and this one seems to suit us. It is definitely a handful at times getting the runners on, but we have got our system locked in and its working.” Taylor Canfield was unstoppable during the Qualifying Round of Sopot Match Race © Robert Hajduk / AWMRT As usual, tension built through Qualifying as it became clear which teams would and wouldn’t make it through to the next round. In the end Tarnacki, Berntsson, Lindberg and David Gilmour were out, leaving Stena Match Cup Sweden winner Bjorn Hansen in a ‘live or die’ match with Ian Williams’ GAC Pindar team. This did not start well for the British skipper who picked up a pre-start penalty for failing to keep clear in a dial-up, then trailed off the line. But Williams caught up and, in an impressive move while approaching the top mark, planted a penalty on Hansen in a port-starboard incident, cancelling out his own while also gaining the lead. “He hit some big chop as we were on starboard with a piece of him. But it was a nice move and it worked out well,” said Williams. The GAC Pindar crew’s ultimate victory over Hansen caused Keith Swinton’s Team Alpari FX crew to gain the last berth in the Quarter Finals. Also performing well in Qualifying was young Dane Nicolai Sehested, who finished on six wins and five losses, beating Tour Card holders Ian Williams, Keith Swinton and Bjorn Hansen along the way. In the Quarter Finals Robertson dispatched Sehested, while Ian Williams had made a clean job of beating Jablonski 3-0. Jablonski commented: “I am very happy that we were able to push Ian and his team quite hard and all three were tight matches with close situations at the weather mark. Ian’s experience paid off in these situations. But my young team did an excellent job - I am very proud of how we sailed.” Jablonski was particularly unfortunate to lose the first race when he led Williams into the finish, only for the British skipper to surf past him on a wave in the very last metres. Keith Swinton in action during the Quarter Finals at Sopot Match Race © Robert Hajduk / AWMRT The fiercest Quarter Finals matches were between Mathieu Richard’s French LunaJets team and Swinton. A penalty down, but ahead going into the final downwind leg, Swinton attempted to slow down to offset his penalty, but slowed too much, picked up a second penalty, requiring an immediate turn, handing Richard the lead. However the French had broken their spinnaker pole and Swinton managed to roll them coming into the finish. Richard responded luffing and Swinton, deemed not to have reacted quickly enough, picked up yet another penalty, which then turned into a black flag disqualification when he didn’t carry out his turn immediately. “We were in the wrong, but we were trying everything we could to stay in the race,” Swinton admitted. For the Semis, Taylor Canfield chose to race Richard, leaving Williams to face Robertson. The first two flights of these were held at the end of the penultimate day in very light winds leaving Canfield and Richard tied on 1-1 and Williams 0-2 down, the British skipper coming ashore fuming after a ferry, docking on Sopot Pier, had, in his view, interfered with his pre-start. Mixing sport and leisure - the Hennessy Yachting Banquet held at the Sheraton Hotel © Robert Hajduk / AWMRT On Saturday night the Hennessy Yachting Banquet was held at the Sheraton Hotel. Sopot Match Race is as renowned for its yacht racing as it is for throwing outstanding parties. The event attracts top lifestyle brands such as Moet, Hennessy, Albert Riele Swiss watches and Ferrari, which concluded its rally around Poland at Sopot Match Race, with its exotic Italian sportscars lined up outside the Banquet. The lifestyle brands in turn attract stars and celebrities from across Poland adding to the exclusivity of the event. The turnaround in Ian Williams’ fortunes proved as dramatic as the wind conditions on the final day. To make it through the Semis, Williams had to win three races in a row. All appeared to be going well with the GAC Pindar team levelling the score at 2-2 until the last race when they trailed Robertson around the race course, seemingly unable to make inroads. But on the last run, Robertson gybe set into better pressure and Williams split, managed to pick up a favourable shift and was able to nose ahead at the finish line. Meanwhile Richard’s matches against against Taylor Canfield went smoother with the French team managing two straight wins, to go through 3-1 up. Sopot Match Race finals being held close to the pier for better spectator experience © Robert Hajduk / AWMRT The Finals started in a light northwesterly and temperatures shooting over 30⁰C. Williams got the first point on the board after Richard picked up a pre-start penalty and then trailed around the course. However the second race came to a grinding halt as the wind disappeared and then within minutes filled in with a blustery 20 knots southeasterly, a shock after the light conditions of the previous days. Suddenly the hats were being blown off spectators on the pier as the crews scrambled to make significant changes to the mode they sailed their boats, with runners getting ground hard on for the upwinds and boat handling becoming as important as tactics. Once the race committee had reset the course with the start area off the end of Molo Pier, Richard appeared to do a better job in the conditions and was able to level the score at 1-1, getting ahead on the first beat and then leading for the rest of the race, both boats surging downwind in the strongest breeze of the regatta. Blustery conditions sets most of the action during the finals © Robert Hajduk / AWMRT But for race two the GAC Pindar crew had got the bit between its teeth and led around the top mark. Richard managed to catch up on the run, however at the leeward gate Williams luffed hard as the French team attempted to get between him and the mark. This resulted in gasps from spectators on the pier as the two boats locked rigs for what seemed an eternity before they finally separated, both spars remarkably still standing. As Richard explained later: “I thought that he would drift a bit and maybe there would be some room and there was probably enough room to get our hull between his and the mark, but there was not enough room for the masts.” However with the French team picking up a red flag penalty, their race was over and Williams moved ahead 2-1. Sadly with the cut off for the last race set at 1500, the Finals were unable to be completed and Williams’ GAC Pindar was announced winner of Sopot Match Race. “We are very happy to have won here,” commented Williams. “It has been a great all-round regatta for GAC Pindar. We have sailed well throughout apart from a little blip yesterday afternoon when things got to us a little. But the guys just turned it around – they have done a fantastic job.” Ian Williams and his GAC Pindar team wins Sopot Match Race 2014 © Robert Hajduk / AWMRT Sopot Match Race’s first appearance on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour with its unique blend of match racing on the water and hosting major lifestyle brands ashore was unanimously deemed to have been a great success. Organiser Przemyslaw Tarnacki said: “I am very satisfied. The weather also played quite a nice role. All the sponsors on our side are very satisfied and I hope to retain them next year along with our position in the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. I am really grateful to everyone who supported this event.” In the overall Alpari World Match Racing ranking after three events, Ian Williams has now extended his lead to 72 points with Mathieu Richard up to second on 55 and Taylor Canfield now third on 48, just one point ahead of Stena Match Cup Sweden winner Björn Hansen on 47. The Alpari World Match Racing Tour is one of five special events sanctioned under the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) including America's Cup, the Volvo Ocean Race, the Extreme Sailing Series and the PWA World Tour. Next event on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour is the Chicago Match Race over 17-23 September. 2014 Alpari World Match Racing Tour Leaderboard Standings after Stage 3 - Sopot Match Race1 Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar 72pts2 Mathieu Richard (FRA) LunaJets 55pts3 Taylor Canfield (ISV) USone 48pts4 Björn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Sailing Team 47pts5 Keith Swinton (AUS) Team Alpari FX 44pts6 Phil Robertson (NZL) Waka Racing 36pts= Francesco Bruni (ITA) Luna Rossa 20pts= David Gilmour (ASU) Team Gilmour 20pts

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    London, UK (27th June 2014): There is the two boat format and its unique set of rules, but what also differentiates match racing from any other genre of sailing is that crews must be able to jump from one type of boat to another between events while remaining competitive in the process. On the Alpari World Match Racing Tour this year for example, the teams sailed Match Race Germany aboard Bavaria 40 Match Race edition cruising yachts, and will move to the DS37 purpose-built match racing yachts next week for Stena Match Cup Sweden. Bavaria 40s is used for the Match Race Germany © Photo by Brian Carlin / AWMRT For Sopot they will compete in the Diamont 3000, a ‘conventional’ race yacht, typical of the 1990s, with in-line spreaders, running backstays and a conventional symmetric spinnaker. The next two events are in smaller, more modern, more nimble sportsboats, - the TOM 28, with symmetrical spinnaker, in Chicago and MaxFun25, with asymmetrical spinnaker at Dutch Match Cup. There is then a leap back in time, at the Argo Group Gold Cup in Bermuda, where a yacht designed in 1936 is used - the International One Design. The season concludes with the Foundation 36 racers used at the Monsoon Cup. Diamont 3000 is used for the Sopot Match Race © Photo by ShutterSail.com / AWMRT Just in this small group are boats with asymmetric and symmetric spinnakers (the latter using spinnaker poles, the former not), there are lightweight and heavyweight boats, boats with wheel steering and tiller steering, boats with running backstays and a fixed backstay and an age range from the contemporary back to an 80 year old classic. Obviously some teams prefer some types of boats over others, but success on the Tour requires crews to master them all, and to do so as quickly as possible, for teams there is two hours of official practice the day before racing begins though some teams try to fit in an extra day of training before that. International One Design is used for the Argo Group Gold Cup © Photo by OnEdition / AWMRT “One of the big challenges in the match racing circuit is getting used to the different types of boat that you sail around the world,” admits GAC Pindar skipper Ian Williams. He adds that some crews inevitably are more familiar with some of the boats than others, particularly if they are ‘local’ to them. “In the DS37s, we have maybe 15 weeks of experience now, but that is nothing like the experience of Bjorn [Hansen] or Johnnie [Berntsson], but it is an advantage over some of the newer guys, like David Gilmour.” Now one of the old hands on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, Williams remembers that when he first started out he seemed to do better at new events sailed in boats unfamiliar to the old hands, simply because no one held a ‘time in the boat’ advantage. Tom 28 is used for the Chicago Match Cup © Photo by Brian Carlin / AWMRT Aside from the different physical constraints, such as the type of helm and the spinnaker configuration, requiring the crew to adapt their roles on board, all of the boats also behave differently, particularly when it comes to acceleration and their turning ability – both vital features of match racing competition. Some lighter boats can be thrown around aggressively, whereas some other designs will simply come to a standstill if you treat them disrespectfully. Foundation 36 is used for the Monsoon Cup © Photo by Brian Carlin / AWMRT “There are a few moves, particularly in the low speed stuff, like in the dial-up that ends up specific to the boat, that you can manipulate,” continues Williams. “All boats accelerate slightly differently, so tacking styles are different between them. Some you have to press on with a firm trimmed genoa and some you have to ease the sails a bit more and come down a bit more to get it going. Learning about those idiosyncrasies across the difference conditions is important.” For the most part, skippers on the circuit like the challenge of sailing the different boats and that sailing them well is a vital skill for the successful match racer. As Bjorn Hansen observes: “You cannot win the World Championship by just being extremely good at sailing the DS37 or the IOD. You have to quickly adapt to new boats and sail all types of boats well. But that’s actually also a fun thing…” Mathieu Richard agrees that ‘adapting’ is the relevant word: “That’s one of the things I really like in match racing - having to adapt to all the different boats. I like the fact that we change boats and some teams feel better on the small boats and others feel better on big boats. My team, I think, we are quite good on every boat, which is one of our good points.” Keith Swinton also enjoys the variety. “It is one of the things that makes match racing fun, to sail different boats at different venues. It adds to the skill level of all the sailors. It keeps the playing field a bit more open as well. Some of the boats are better suited to the older guys and some of the younger guys might be better in the other boats, so it keeps a good balance.” Sailing the Alpari World Match Racing Tour in just one type of boat? That would make it just like any other circuit.http://design4u.kiev.ua/europosud.ua/

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    As the 2014 Alpari World Match Racing Tour is about to get underway, the world's top match racing skippers lead an impressive line up of competitors for the 2014 World Championship title. Leading the pack is US Virgin Islander Taylor Canfield and his USOne team returning to defend their 2013 Championship title. Also keen to secure a record breaking fifth World Championship title is Ian Williams from Great Britain and his GAC Pindar team.  Get to know all about the 2014 Tour skippers in our latest Infographic showing their performances and Wins v Losses from last season. Who will lead the way in 2014 and lift the Alpari World Match Racing Tour trophy and become ISAF Match Racing World Champion?  You decide…. blog.livedoor.jp http://detective-nagoyashi.us http://europosud.uahttp://atl-service.kiev.ua/http://senordecor.com.ua

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    London, UK - 14 May 2012: Several rule changes have been confirmed for the 2012 Alpari World Match Racing Tour, coming into effect at the first event of the season, Match Race Germany in Langenargen on May 23 – 28. The Racing Rules have been amended in order to continue the positioning of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour (AWMRT) as the most compelling, competitive and pioneering action on the water. Craig Mitchell, Alpari World Match Racing Tour, Tour Director, expects the alterations to have a positive effect on the Tour, as well as match racing in general: “Match racing has evolved to the point where we currently have a great set of rules, producing some fantastic sporting action, as we saw quite clearly in the 2011 series. “Nothing major has changed in the past few years and we are enthusiastic in our responsibility to keep developing the rules to challenge our world class athletes and create the best possible spectacle we can.”

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    Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia – 27 November, 2011: Borrowing from the motor sports world, where the driver is in constant contact with his crew via radio comms, real-time coaching has made its debut today in the Quarter-Finals of the Monsoon Cup. Rule 41 of the Racing Rules of Sailing which normally prohibits ‘outside assistance’ has been amended here, so that coaches have been allowed to give advice and insight to their team via radio. Positioned on the third-floor balcony of the Ri-Yaz Heritage pavilion adjacent to the race course area, the coaches have an elevated view of the current and the wind, and can provide, when prompted, their insight on which side of the course to favour in each match.  Having been out on the water themselves and felt the pressure of having to read the course while under fire, the natural choices of coaches were from among skippers and crew who did not make the cut to the Quarter-Final round. When these choices were revealed on the evening prior to racing, it provided great entertainment, as erstwhile enemies now became allies in the fight that lie ahead: having just won his last deciding match by mere centimetres, Francesco Bruni naturally chose his hapless opponent, Torvar Mirsky, to be his coach, and Matthieu Richard was tapped by rival skipper Peter Gilmour YANMAR Racing to help lead him through his next round.  Kidding aside, this shows the depth of respect and trust the teams have in each other’s abilities, even as they have been battling each other throughout the season.  “The concept of prohibiting outside assistance goes back to racing on the Thames in the 19th century,” says Gilmour, who proposed to try this at the Monsoon Cup. “Back then when the tide changed, a boat could hand off their anchor line to someone ashore, who could then tow them up the course. So the principal of being self-reliant became rooted in the game, and not until recently has this changed.”  And the change has been considerable: few yachts venture anywhere now without a GPS, most offshore races now allow weather routing help through downloads of grib files, and the advent of sophisticated electronic tools and modern telecommunications has brought offshore sailors to all new levels of accuracy and access. Most aspects of our lives can now be influenced and enhanced by having access to information made readily available – look at the explosion in apps for iPhones, iPads, and the like.  So it’s not a long stretch to accept real-time coaching help to increase the performance level of the teams, and help allow the game evolve in some new and interesting ways, especially if adopted at other match racing events. Coach positioning, for example, can play a huge role, and not every venue will have the bird’s eye view afforded here in Kuala Terengganu. Will coaches then be allowed.  out on other areas of the course, on the water or even in the air? And what about at the lower levels of the game where teams are still learning: would it be right for the coach to tell them how to execute a difficult manoeuvre and provide detailed tactical advice, rather then just observations of the race course? If so, who will police this?  And once coaches are accepted onto the competitor’s boats, what’s to keep them off the umpire boats as well? Most umpires agree that the integrity of most calls are made based on good positioning, and even the best umpires can find themselves out of position when a good call is needed. Can a coach possibly help them as well? An electronic variant of this concept devised by Stan Honey and his team is already in play at the America’s Cup World Series, where umpire calls are made based on highly-accurate telemetry brought to match umpires pouring over their screens. Honey says the debriefs are no longer arguments about the facts of positioning – the telemetry settles this to within centimetres – but about the tactical options and rules that apply.  But here at the Monsoon Cup the input provided by coaches was more factual than directive: where the wind shift was seen to be, what side of the course seemed to have better current, etc., and not direct advice on what side of the start line or upwind leg to favour.  One team that enjoyed the most success from the coaching was newly-crowned World Champion Ian Williams Team GAC Pindar, who had already signed up 49er Olympic Silver Medallist Ian Barker to help them read the course area. And while not a match racer per se, Barker does, however, have tremendous coaching experience for Olympic aspirants, and was already on his way to coach at the ISAF Sailing World Championships the following week in Perth. With Barker’s help, Williams won the overall World Championship title in the Quarter Final, sailing a course area strewn with tricky current eddies and wind shifts.  Perhaps ironically, the teams with skippers as coaches did not fair so well: Mirsky’s Bruni went down 1-3 to Williams, and Richard’s Gilmour lost 1-3 to Johnnie Berntsson.  But not having a coach had its perils as well: both Will Tiller and Phil Robertson eschewed their option to take on a coach, and both lost to their rivals by close scores of 2-3.  How much will coaching be used in future Tour events? Probably more, as the Tour seeks to embrace new ways to enhance the excitement level even more, both on and off the water. - Article provided by Dobbs Davishttp://sites.google.com http://www.man-ms.com.ua www.europosud.uawww.mexes.com.ua/http://www.np.com.ua

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    Langenargen, Germany (9th June 2014): Downunder, where chief umpire Bill Edgerton comes from, there’s a children’s character called Blinky Bill, a laid-back cuddly cartoon Koala. But if the sailors on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour think they can pull the blinkers over their on-the-water officials, they’ve got another thing coming. Edgerton (known to some as Complicated Bill) and his colleagues are wise to their mischievous tricks. Most of the boats used on the Alpari World Match Race Tour are tiller-steered, but at Match Race Germany, the Bavaria 40 keelboat is equipped with a wheel. This offers the cheekier skippers a new opportunity to pull the wool over the eyes of the umpires. Just as professional footballers are prone to tripping over a blade of grass on the edge of the penalty box, sailors are not immune to similar forms of dyspraxia. Tight situations sometimes tempt sailors into the dark art of dissimulation. But Complicated Bill is on to them: “They're playing to the umpires! They're trying to gain an advantage, and it's a game between us and them. “They're always trying to show that they're doing what they need to stay out of trouble, and we're always looking to see that they're doing enough. So, they can exaggerate the drama of the situation and make it look as though it's more dramatic than it is in reality. But it's not as bad as a dive in football. “When you need to keep clear, you have to turn the boat, and if you're not close enough or not watching closely, they can slide their hands over the top of the wheel without actually turning it, saying, ‘Look, I'm going as hard as I can!’” Little beknown to the offending skipper, Edgerton is looking further down - below the waterline - for evidence of whether or not they’re really trying. “Actually if you're looking at the rudder you see there's no turning of the rudder whatsoever. It's up to us to try and satisfy ourselves if they are really doing everything they can, or if they're just playing a game.”news88.net http://www.europosud.ua http://motioncrisp.wordpress.comevakuator-servis.com/http://www.galid.com/

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    Langenargen, Germany (8th June 2014): Being a professional sailor isn’t just about being able to sail a boat fast, it’s about conducting yourself in a professional manner in every respect. It’s what you do off the water that counts too, such as negotiating with commercial partners who can help fund the costs of competing on a global circuit. French skipper Mathieu Richard has shown a useful knack of being able to sign a sponsor who can help his team perform on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. Last year, despite lacking a Tour Card, Richard succeeded in finding a sponsor in GEFCO who helped him compete on a number of events as a Wild Card holder. Victory at the Korea Match Cup and some other great performances were sufficient to get him back into this year’s circuit as one of the eight Tour Card holders. “It's a great feeling to be back as a Tour Card holder, because the last time was in 2011. We managed to get a new sponsorship with LunaJets, so they are following us for this season. I'm very excited and very glad to be on the Tour with my team, which is the same team pretty much as last year.” LunaJets, a private jet brokerage based in Geneva, already supported Richard on the RC44 circuit. “When I asked them if they wanted to go on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, they immediately said yes, so they are very excited to be on the circuit with us. We hope we can repay their faith in us. They are very sensitive to the fact that it's a World Championship and we are a very high level team and we are fighting for the victory, for the title. They like this very much.” Richard has a very diverse background in racing, with world championship wins as a tactician in keelboats like the Mumm 30 and fast multihulls the ORMA 60 offshore trimarans. He has won the offshore challenge, the Tour de France a la Voile, four times, but in the past decade he has increasingly focused on match racing. Victory at the European Match Racing Championship in 2004 showed what he could do, and since then he has finished runner-up in the Tour in 2007. He has been a world force in match racing ever since. Richard attributes his success to having raced with a core of friends for a very long time. “I started match racing with Greg, my tactician, more than 15 years ago, so it's really been a while. Then Thierry and Olivier have been with me for eight or nine years. Francois Verdier, the bowman, started with me two years ago and Pascal Rambeau, the same.” While he’s competing in a combative part of the sport, Richard maintains a placid demeanour. “I am not sure I am very aggressive, definitely some are more so, like Bjorn Hansen; even the young guys, Robertson, Swinton, they like to be aggressive. It is not in my nature to be so aggressive. I try to stay smooth on the course to keep the boat fast and we also have good skills in terms of tactics on board with Greg as tactician. It's difficult to say just one good point about the team, we have a lot of skills and I think we are pretty strong in all parts of the game.” Aged 38, he is one of the older skippers on the Tour, but with many good years remaining, and with as much enthusiasm for the sport as ever, he says. “Obviously you haven't got the same spirit when you are 20 as when you are 38. When you are 20 you are starting out, and you are probably a bit fresher and looking at racing with, I wouldn't say more enthusiasm, but you discover everything for the first time. When you get a bit more experienced you know how it works, it's a bit different. You can bet on your experience to beat the others - and that's what we are trying to do.” But is there a danger of relying on experience too much, of not trying new ideas any more? “Not really, because sailing is a game in which you always try to improve every day. Even if I started match racing 15 years ago, I am always trying to improve and thinking about the moves, the start, the trimming etc. You are never satisfied with your level. It's about trying to improve all the time. Experience is a good asset, but you have to always be looking for new tricks.”http://online.casinocity.com evakuator-servis.com http://europosud.uawww.evakuator-servis.comhttp://goodportal.com.ua/

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    London, UK (20th June 2014): The Batavia Sailing Center today selected the Batavia Regatta, which will run over 23 - 24 August 2014 at the Bataviahaven of Lelystad, Holland, as the official Qualifying event for the Dutch Match Cup 2014. The Batavia Sailing Center is the organiser of the Dutch Match Cup the recently announced Stage of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. For teams wishing to race in the Dutch Match Cup two Qualification places are available. Both the winner and the runner up of the Batavia Regatta will receive an invite to the Dutch Match Cup which will be held between 24-28 September this year. The Dutch Match Cup and the Batavia Regatta will be sailed in MaxFun 25 boats with the race area directly in front of the port of Bataviahaven, very close to the shore, offering fantastic opportunities for spectators to enjoy the action. The organization of the Dutch Match Cup has two further Wild Card invites which will be decided upon later in the year. Batavia Regatta The Batavia Regatta will be an ISAF Grade 3 match racing event. Further information about invites to the Batavia Regatta and the NoRcan be found at www.dutchmatchcup.nl/qualifier/jobtalk.jp http://www.budmag.ua http://www.progressive.uawww.dxtranse.com.ua/europosud.ua/

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    London, UK (17th June): It was a great weekend at the Chicago Match Cup Qualifier, a ISAF Grade 2 event that feeds into the only American stop on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, the Chicago Match Cup. With blustery conditions over the Chicago's Belmont Harbor, Chris Steele from the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and his team of Walker Banks on Main, Hamish Hardy on Jib and Tim Siemers on Bow took the advantage to win from behind against Australia's David Chapman 2-1 to win the ISAF Grade 2 Chicago Match Cup Qualifier. "This was a tough series, and I credit my team for pulling us through some critical matches yesterday and then again today to take this win," said Steele. "The racing here was great, and I'm really looking forward to coming back to compete at the Tour event in September." The Finals started well for Chapman, who scoring first blood and put Steele under pressure to win the second match and stay alive for the series. Steele and team did exactly this, setting the stage for a dramatic final showdown. In this last match, Chapman took what looked to be a commanding lead, which on the first downwind leg looked safe at 10 lengths. But then Steele surfed a wave into the bottom gate, acquired right of way, and when Chapman did not yield and came out in front, the match umpires gave him a red flag penalty, requiring an immediate penalty turn. This allowed Steele to take the lead and sail to victory. Racing in 15-20 knots and lumpy seas, Steele's road to victory started with being down 2-0 to CMRC's Don Wilson in the Semi-Final, and then coming back to win the next three to go to the Final to meet Australia's David Chapman, who won 3-0 over Steve Lowery. The race conditions then became trickier with winds picking up to 30 knots and seas building even higher, hence the race managers of Chicago Match Race Centre decided to put up the Z flag to indicate that spinnaker use would not be allowed. In the one-match sudden death Petit Final, favorite Don Wilson defeated Steve Lowery to take third place overall in the event. Petit Final action between Don Wilson and Steve Lowery Steele's only other appearance was at last August's Grade 2 Grand Slam event, where he finished second in a field of 12 teams from six nations. Finishing on top at this event, Steele will have to prove and demonstrate his skills that he can be one of the best to compete at an Alpari World Tour event. The 2014 Alpari World Match Racing Tour championship will visit the US in September at the Chicago Match Cup, the only American stop after Stage 4, the Sopot Match Race, in Poland, . The Alpari World Match Racing Tour is one of five special events sanctioned under the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) including America’s Cup, the Volvo Ocean Race, the Extreme Sailing Series and the PWA World Tour. Chicago Match Cup Qualifier Final results:1. Chris Steele (NZL)2. David Chapman (AUS)3. Don Wilson (USA)4. Steve Lowery (USA)5. Stefan Lindberg (FIN)6. Scott Dickson (NZL)7. David Storrs (USA)8. Chris Poole (USA)9. Tyler Rice (ISV)10. David Niemann (USA)http://www.kuchikomi.miraifx.com chimtorg.com.ua nikolasgeekfinder.wordpress.comhttp://www.europosud.uaeuroposud.ua/

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It could be said that sailing is in David’s blood.  Son of sailing legend Peter Gilmour, David joins the Alpari World Match Racing Tour for the first time in 2014 as a tour card holder.  At 22, David will be the youngest skipper on the tour this year.  Despite his young age however, David Gilmour has an impressive sailing career under his belt.  He started sailing at age 7 and racing at a...

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It has taken many years for competitive sailing to capture the public imagination and it has taken a return to basic principles to make it happen. Right at the beginning of yacht racing, in the 17th century, races took place between two boats going down the river to the sea and back, and crowds lined the sides of the river to watch it happening. It was easy to understand, because the first one home won, it was exciting and it was a marvellous spectacle.

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