Gimme, Gimme Gimme

26 Nov 2011

Tiller Tops...

...till the End.

Young Kiwi skipper, William Tiller topped the qualifying round of the 2011 Monsoon Cup which also saw a contender for the WMRT title dropped out of contention. Torvar Mirsky of The Wave Muscat Team failed to finish among the top eight after losing a dramatic battle with another contender, Francesco Bruni (Bruni Racing) in the last flight.

Thus, when the quarter finals start today the only possible world champions would be fought between Ian Williams (Team GAC Pindar) and Bruni. Ironically both have been pitted against one another in the last eight draw and a win for the Brit would seal his third title.

It it is the other way around then a few more names could come into contention even though the odds would be hugely in favour of the favourable Italian to land his first WMRT title.

Tiller meanwhile has chosen to face Swedish skipper Johnie Berntsson (Berntsson Sailing Team) in the last eight while second placed Phil Robertson (WAKA Racing Team) has picked two time World Champion, Peter Gilmour as his opponent. It would be youth against experience for this two ties.

The last pairing is between Scandinavian rivals as Swedish skipper Bjorn Hansen (Mekonomen Sailing) has picked Danish Jesper Radich (Adrian Lee & Partners) as his opponent in the quarter-finals.

With the weather and current conditions fast becoming a telling factor in this year's edition of the Monsoon Cup, it will be very hard to tell who will progress to the last four of the competition.

One thing for sure, it is going to be very exciting.


24 Nov 2011

Hansen Leads...

...the Pack.

Bjorn Hansen finished at the top of the pile after the opening day of the qualifying round ended yesterday. In condition that mirrored the tournament name, the race organizer had to call in the boats four times as conditions turned for the worse with winds at around 40 knots together with very heavy rain made racing impossible.

But Hansen, skippering his Mekonomen crews made the best when the race was on and recorded victories over tour leader Ian Williams (Team GAC Pindar), fellow Scandinavian Jesper Radich (Adrian Lee & Partners) and Kiwi youngster William Tiller (Full Metal Jacket Racing) for a 3-0 finish.

Another skipper with an unbeaten record on the first day was Johnie Berntsson (Berntsson Sailing Team) who recorded wins over Damien Iehl (French Match Racing Team) and Phil Robertson (WAKA Racing Team).

Peter Gilmour also recorded two wins against Williams and Malaysian Match Racing Champions, Jeremy Koo (Abdullah Chan/KRT) but suffered a defeat at the hands of Radich. Tiller also finished with an identical score to Gilmour with victories over fellow Kiwi Robertson and Mathieu Richard (French Match Racing Team).

Koo ended the day with a 0-3 scoreline and will be looking for his first win at the Monsoon Cup in the coming days.

Torvar Mirsky (The Wave Muscat) and Francesco Bruni (Bruni Racing) managed to start positively from their sole flights, registering wins over Koo and Richard. The Frenchman lost both his races and so did Williams but it is still early days and the position could change very fast like the weather at the Pulau Duyong basin.