25 September 2014

Dutch Match Cup, Sopot Match Race, Sailing Videos

The Sopot Match Race, the newest event to join the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, raced on the Baltic sea in Diamont 3000 yachts. 12 teams go head to head to see who will take the coveted title, amongst them Ian Williams, leading the Tour after two Stages, chased by the LunaJets team skippered by Mathieu Richard. Taylor Canfield, the 2013 World Champion, looking to keep his hands on the Tour championship, needed to start putting points on the leaderboard as did Stena Match Cup Sweden winner Bjorn Hansen. But could the local talent upset the pecking order with 2 time event winner Przemek Tarnacki and Americas Cup veteran Karol Jablonski pushing hard with huge Polish support. Four days of action packed racing led to an enthralling final just metre's from the Molo Pier. Sopot is the most prestigious sea resort in Poland located on the Baltic Sea, between Gdansk and Gdynia. Full of life during the day and night Sopot offers plenty of sporting and cultural opportunities along with a vibrant nightlife. The stunning racing venue is located only tens of meters from the beach and the longest wooden pier in Europe - the famous 550m long Molo pier which attracts over 20,000 people every day. Social activities are centred around the Sheraton Sopot Hotel and the racing is held out of the brand new yachting Pro Marina located at the end of the Molo pier.
Official Website: www.wmrt.com

DUTCH MATCH CUP QUALIFYING SESSION Results: 24-28 September 2014
Live RESULTS: http://www.dutchmatchcup.com/results/
also: wmrt.com

Top has to work harder to stay on top • Dutch Match Cup, Lelystad, Holland"25.09.2014--The sailors are learning really fast in the boats. Tactical moves and surprising results tell the difference comparing to yesterday. The top 3 sailors from yesterday try to stay on top, but it’s getting harder and harder. Gilmour beats Canfield in the first race today. Another surprising result we see in the race Hansen vs Williams. During the first match today Canfield wins the start but Gilmour seizes the lead at the first mark. The Aussies do have a penalty from the pre-start, just before finishing they spin and beat Canfield. It’s the first point for Gilmour and the first match down for Canfield, this means a change in the top results. Another exciting race happens between Hansen en Swinton. A lot of penalties were given during the pre-start, and then Swinton crosses the start early. He restarts and receives a penalty, putting Hansen in the lead of the match. It results in a win for Hansen, their first victory this week...."

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