Day 1 of the Argo Group Gold Cup, Bermuda, part of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. Team Ben Ainslie won their first four qualifying matches in Group 2, beating Bjorn Hansen’s eWork Sailing Team, Joshua Greenslade, Phil Robertson and Nicolai Sehested.
GAC Pindar skipper Ian Williams also won four matches in Group 2, beating William Tiller, Mathieu Richard’s GEFCO Match Racing Team, Antoine Morvan’s Vannes Agglo Sailing Team and Chris Steele. Williams and Ainslie will meet in Wednesday's racing.
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In Group 1 top winners were Team Alpari FX skipper Adam Minoprio with three wins and Johnie Berntsson’s Stena Sailing Team, Francesco Bruni and Congressional Cup winner Simone Ferrarese, all with two wins.
There are 11 four-race flights per group and one more one-race flight for each group. That’s a lot of opportunity to win or loose. Only the top four in each group move on to the Quarter Finals. The Round-Robin concludes Thursday morning if racing goes as planned.
Argo Group Gold Cup, Stage 5, Alpari World Match Racing Tour
Group 1 Results after 4 Flights
Adam Minoprio (NZL) Team Alpari FX - 3-0
Francesco Bruni (ITA) Luna Rossa - 2-0
Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Stena Sailing Team - 2-0
Simone Ferrarese (ITA) Ferrarese Sailing Team - 2-1
Taylor Canfield (ISV) USone - 2-2
Keith Swinton (AUS) Black Swan Racing - 1-1
Marek Stanczyk (POL) Nautiner Yachts Sailing Team - 1-2
Lance Fraser (BER) Digicel Business Match Racing 1-3
Eric Monnin (SWI( Swiss Match Race Team 0-2
Chris Poole (USA) Riptide Racing - 0-3
Group 2 Results after 5 Flights
Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar 4-0
Sir Ben Ainslie (GBR) Ben Ainslie Sailing Team 4-0
Bjorn Hansen (SWE) eWork Sailing Team 3-1
Chris Steel (NZL) 36 Below Racing 2-2
Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing 2-2
Pierre-Antoine Morvan (FRA) Vannes Agglo Sailing Team 2-2
Will Tiller (NZL) Full Metal Jacket 1-3
Mathieu Richard (FRA) GEFCO Match Racing Team 1-3
Nicolai Sehested (DEN) Trefor Match Racing 1-3
Joshua Greenslade (BER) Wide Open Racing 0-4
The Alpari World Match Racing Tour awards over US$1.5 million in prize money with points awarded at each event culminating in the crowning of the ISAF Match Racing World Champion. The prize fund includes a US$500,000 overall Tour Bonus for the top teams in the Championship.
8 October 2013 22:55 GMT