Karol Jablonski

Karol Jablonski

Joblonski 5-0

Polish perfection in the Pianosa round robin at the Elba Cup match racing

Wednesday May 14th 2003, Author: Shawn McBride, Location: Italy
Poland’s Karol Jablonski sailed flawlessly in 'Round Robin Pianosa' on Portoferraio Harbor today to advance to the quarterfinals of the Swedish Match Tour’s Toscana Elba Cup - Trofeo Locman.

In addition to his core crew, Jablonski has a couple of familiar faces sailing with him this week, German skipper Markus Wieser, former winner of Match Race Germany, is serving as tactician and Eberhard Magg, event organizer of Match Race Germany, is working the pit. For Jablonski, the 'German engineering' has paid immediate dividends.

"I sailed with Markus as a tactician two years ago when I was learning match racing and now we’ve switched roles this week and it’s proven very successful so far," said Jablonski. "The rest of my crew have been together for three years and all our time together is now paying off, I’m very happy with our boat handling, boat speed and decision-making."

Jablonski was quick to point out that his 4-0, record was hard-earned and by no means indicates that the Polish team is relaxing going into the quarterfinals.

"It was very, very difficult out there today. We came from behind in two races on the downwind leg (against Luc Pillot and Chris Law) and good gybes and tactics were the key to us not being passed by anyone," explained Jablonski. "It was a long day at the office and its good to have a break tomorrow to refresh and evaluate our performance."

Joining Jablonski as an automatic qualifier is Paolo Cian of the Riveria di Rimini Sailing Team who avoided the repechage round by advancing on count-back over defending champion American Ed Baird of Team Musto, who posted an identical 2-2, record on the day.

Rounding out the day’s results, France’s Luc Pillot and Great Britain’s Chris Law of The Outlaws registered score lines of 1-3.

The conditions for the second day of the Toscana Elba Cup - Trofeo Locman were especially light and shifty, resulting in a two-hour delay between the first and second flights.

The Toscsana Elba Cup - Trofeo Locman continues tomorrow with the round robin repechage.

Round Robin Montecristo
Skipper Wins Losses
1.Jes Gram-Hansen, DEN/Team Victory Lane 5 0*
2.Magnus Holmberg, SWE/Team Holmberg 4 1*
3.James Spithill, AUS/Team Spithill 3 2
4.Sebastien Destremau, Le Defi Areva 2 3
5.Jesper Radich, DEN/Team Radich 1 4
6.Andy Beadsworth, GBR/Team Henry Lloyd 0 5
*Advance to Quarterfinals

Round Robin Pianosa
Skipper Wins Losses
1.Karol Jablonski, POL/Jablonski Sailing Team 4 0*
2.Paolo Cian, ITA/Riviera di Rimini Sailing Team 2 2*
3.Ed Baird, USA/Team Musto 2 2
4.Luc Pillot, FRA/Team Pillot 1 3
5.Chris Law, GBR/”The Outlaws” 1 3

Round Robin Pianosa
Flight 1
Cian def. Pillot
Jablonski def. Law
Bye – Baird

Flight 2
Jablonski def. Baird
Pillot def. Law
Bye – Cian

Flight 3
Law def. Cian
Baird def. Pillot
Bye – Jablonski

Flight 4
Jablonski def. Pillot
Cain def. Baird
Bye – Law

Flight 5
Baird def. Law
Jablonski def. Cian
Bye – Pillot

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