Minoprio into the finals

Kiwi dispatches Ian Williams 3-0 on penultimate day of the St Moritz Match Race

Saturday September 5th 2009, Author: Bernard Schopfer, Location: United Kingdom
New Zealand's Adam Minoprio reminded everyone today why he is the No 1 in the Match Racing World Ranking. The Kiwi skipper won the six matches he sailed, knocking Team Pindar's Ian Williams out of the event in the semi-finals with a 3-0 score line.

Australian Torvar Mirsky of Mirsky Racing Team didn’t have to compete in the quarter finals thanks to his victory in the round robin. He had the right to choose his opponent and decided to sail against Philippe Presti in the Semi-Final. This choice proved to be good (so far), with the Australian managing to win his first two matches. The Race Committee then decided to postpone the third and decisive match until tomorrow morning because the wind just wasn’t stable enough this afternoon.

The visiting public who made the trip to St. Moritz for the event were not to be disappointed. The wind wasn't at its best today, but the sun was shining and the show was great. Philippe Presti of French Match Racing Team started the day in style, beating the Italian Francesco Bruni of Joe Fly Match Racing 3-0.

“It was like a boxing match”, commented Presti after the series, referring to the many collisions in this contest. Bruni said, laughing, “that his new sunglasses were responsible for his lack of precision.”

Adam Minoprio also managed to beat his opponent in the quarter final by 3-0. sailing against Yanmar Racing's Peter Gilmour. The young Kiwi didn’t give away any opportunities to the Australian America’s Cups veteran, enabling him to take his spot in the semi-finals convincingly.

The ‘King of the Mountain’ 2009 will be crowned tomorrow. Competition will be fierce and a great spectacle for all the visitors to St Moritz Match Race.

R esults, Day 4

Quarter Finals:
Philippe Presti, (7) FRA, French Match Racing Team beat Francesco Bruni (50) ITA, Team Joe Fly Match Race; 3-0
Ian Williams (4) GBR, Team Pindar; beat Sébastien Col (3) FRA, French Match Racing Team; 3 - 1
Adam Minoprio (1) NZL, ETNZ/BlackMatch beats Peter Gilmour (11) AUS, YANMAR Racing; 3 - 0

Semi Finals:
Adam Minoprio (1) NZL, ETNZ/BlackMatch beats Ian Williams (4) GBR, TeamPindar; 3 - 0

Torvar Mirsky (6) AUS, Mirsky Racing Team leads 2/1 against Philippe Presti, (7) FRA, French Match Racing Team

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