Spindrift racing exits Match Cup Australia
  • M32
March 24, 2017

Yann Guichard and his team reached the quarter-final stage in their first event of the World Match Racing Tour season. A total of eighteen teams competed in the Match Cup Australia held in Perth on Australia’s west coast. It was a promising start for the Spindrift team, who will take advantage of this first 2017 confrontation against the world's elite to take stock and prepare for the next events in the circuit with a focus on the grand finale that will take place in China in the autumn.

The opening salvo for the series took place just outside Perth on a small inland waterway at the mouth of the Swan River, and providing a great view for spectators with sailing just a few meters from the shore. The team finished second in their group in the fleet races allowing Yann Guichard and his team of Christophe Espagnon, François Morvan and Sébastien Marsset to qualify for Super 16 round. The team then faced the Australian team led by Sam Gilmour and Guichard won a straight three races and thereby qualifying for the quarter finals, where they were to face local match racing specialist, Torvar Mirsky.

The Match Cup Australia quarter finals took place earlier this morning in perfect wind conditions but to stay ahead was to be a game of tactics and maneuvers. The two teams raced four very tight matches in quick succession. Torvar Mirsky won the first two, and Guichard won the third. The final nail-biting duel saw Guichard eventually bow out with one race to Mirsky’s three.

Back on the dock Guichard commented:

We do feel a certain disappointment not to have got through to the semi-finals but we have been able to see what we have to work on and our weak points. We will continue to work hard on these before the next event in a little over two months. The Australian skippers have all sailed really solid races, you can just see that from the semi finals where there are only Australians and New Zealanders. But for us the result still remains positive and I am really pleased with the atmosphere on board with my crew. We will work hard on the upcoming events and try to reach the finals in order to try to get onto the podium in China, which still remains our main objective.
Yann Guichard, Spindrift racing's skipper

PAIR 1

POS

SKIPPER

TEAM

201

202

203

204

205

206

PTS

1 Dave Gilmour   Team Gilmour              1 0 1 1     3
2 Taylor Canfield     US One    0 1 0 0     1

PAIR 2

POS

SKIPPER

TEAM

201

202

203

204

205

206

PTS

1 Matt Jerwood Redline Racing    1 1 0 0 1   3
2 Chris Steele       36 Below Racing           0 0 1 1 0   2

PAIR 3

POS

SKIPPER

TEAM

301

302

303

304

305

306

PTS

1 Torvar Mirsky Mirsky Racing Team   1 1 0 1     3
2 Yann Guichard    Spindrift racing 0 0 1 0     1

PAIR 4

POS

SKIPPER

TEAM

401

402

403

404

405

406

PTS

1 Phil Robertson Robertson Racing         1 1 0 1     3
2 Steve Thomas       RPM Racing           0 0 1 0     1