Adam Minoprio - back in his comfort zone


The Team Alpari FX skipper on Volvo his return to the Alpari World Match Racing Tour
After being initiated into round the world racing through a year long stint as the Emirates Team New Zealand crew's nipper aboard Camper in the last Volvo Ocean Race, Adam Minoprio is now back in his comfort zone. Having won the Alpari World Match Racing Tour in 2009 – at the time he was the youngest skipper ever to do so, aged just 24 - the Kiwi one-on-one specialist returns this season to see if he can prevent Ian Williams and his GAC Pindar team from being the first to ever win the Tour (and the World Championship title) for a fifth time, having last year equalled Peter Gilmour’s record of four title wins. “Since finishing the Volvo I’ve been looking into where to go with my career,” Minoprio told us. “Half way through last season most programs were locked in, so I called all the guys to see if they wanted to do any match racing regattas...” Minoprio succeeded in getting the band back together and they competed at the Bermuda Gold Cup and Monsoon Cup last autumn. “It was a bit unfortunate in that we didn’t get good results, but we had a good time,” recalls Minoprio. “It was down to a lack of practice and a bit of bad luck too. In the Monsoon Cup we finished the round robin on six wins which normally guarantees you top eight, but this time the first to ninth place were all on six or seven wins, so there was a massive count back and we popped out of the back of it. If it had gone the other way we would have been second in the Round Robins. But that happens...” However the two events at the end of last season served to wet Minoprio’s appetite. “I thought it

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