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Good Start for Student Match Racers (Updated)

8th July 2010
Good Start for Student Match Racers (Updated)

Ireland's Student Match Racing team got their World Championship campaign off to a good start in Crete yesterday, with five wins from six races yesterday giving them the overall lead.

Marty O'Leary, team captain, emailed a bulletin yesterday, with team spirits sounding high.

"Racing started this morning, a little late due to sorting all the boats out, new sails were bought for the event so few small problems there, 

"We got in 8 full flights, which is 32 races, we had six races today, against, Denmark, Poland, the womens' olympic team, GBR, Italy and Greece.

"We came out mainly unscathed, with five wins out of six, which should leave us as overnight leaders, only losing to GBR on the finish line and a very exciting race were we trading penalties and lead numerous times, along with a few broaches for good measure.

"GBR won by about four or five inches in the end. The other races had their moments too.  

"[We have] another long day ahead of us tomorrow with eight more teams to race, as there are 14 different teams from 11 nations."

There is an event website HERE but little detail has been provided to date.

Update:

Results are a downloadable pdf HERE.

There's also some commentary from day one HERE. Interestingly, the website gushes about the performance of the Singaporean team.

"The most astonishing team today is Team Singapore, making no tactical mistake, but waiting until the other team which she is competing with is making the mistake. This team is sailing perfectly, everyone knows his place on the boat, we can easily see that they trained a lot, and their position in the air (which is also important) is nearly perfect, as every competitor is covering the air of the other without bringing too much resistance. They are really the best ones in sailing today."

Whatever about their 'position in the air' (gotta love that translation) their position on the scoreboard shows that they won three of their six races, two less than Ireland. 

The scoreboard also ranks teams in terms of their percentage wins. Team GBR currently lead, on 100%, but having only sailed three races to date.

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About Match Racing

A match race is a race between two competitors, going head-to-head.

In yacht racing, it is differentiated from a fleet race, which almost always involves three or more competitors competing against each other, and team racing where teams consisting of 2, 3 or 4 boats compete together in a team race, with their results being combined.

A match race consists of two identical boats racing against each other. With effective boat handling and clever use of wind and currents, a trailing boat can escape the grasp of the leader and pass. The leader uses blocking techniques to hold the other boat back. This one-on-one duel is a game of strategy and tactics.

About the World Match Racing Tour

Founded in 2000, the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) promotes the sport of match racing around the world and is the longest running global professional series in the sport of sailing. The WMRT is awarded ‘Special Event’ status by the sport’s world governing body – World Sailing – and the winner of the WMRT each year is crowned World Sailing Match Racing World Champion. Previous champions include Sir Ben Ainslie (GBR), Taylor Canfield (USA), Peter Gilmour (AUS), Magnus Holmberg (SWE), Peter Holmberg (ISV), Adam Minoprio (NZL), Torvar Mirsky (AUS), Bertrand Pace (FRA), Jesper Radich (DEN), Phil Robertson (NZL) and Ian Williams (GBR). Since 2000, the World Match Racing Tour and its events have awarded over USD23million in prize money to sailors which has helped to contribute to the career pathway of many of today’s professional sailors

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