In the first major head to head of the Argo Group Gold Cup on Bermuda’s Hamilton Harbour, it was Alpari World Match Racing Tour leader, Ian Williams and his GAC Pindar crew who came out top, with a win over the Ben Ainslie Racing Team sponsored by Argo Group.
Both boats came off the line evenly on starboard with Ainslie up to weather, heading out to the far left. This tactic worked out best for Williams who was ahead at the first cross and led from there, bringing to an end Ainslie’s undefeated run.
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A full second day of Qualifying racing took place with fantastic conditions, the wind at 12 knots, brilliant sunshine and continued balmy temperatures. Ian Williams and his GAC Pindar crew top the leaderboard, currently unbeaten on 8-0 with just Swede Bjorn Hansen’s eWork Sailing Team left to race tomorrow in Group 2.
In Group 1, Italian Francesco Bruni and his Luna Rossa crew have also yet to lose a race, but at 6-0, while New Zealander Adam Minoprio and his Team Alpari FX are on 6-1, having lost to the Italians.
Here to raise money for the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation, Iain Percy admitted that they are still getting into the swing of things. “It is pretty sad being back in Bermuda. We had good times with Bart [Andrew Simpson] here, so we are trying to do the same things we used to do with him, which generally involves drinking Dark ‘n’ Stormies, playing golf with a little bit of sailing in the middle!”
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Several teams got into their stride today. Defending champion Taylor Canfield and his USone team won all four of their matches today in Group One and are now on 6-2. “Today we calmed everything down a little bit and took a deep breath before we made any definite decisions,” said the US Virgin Islands skipper. “That was huge today - tacking in the pressure and just sailing our race, rather than our opponent’s.”
Qualifying is set to conclude tomorrow. At present only Williams and Ainslie look to have done enough to have guaranteed their berths in Friday’s Quarter Finals.
Argo Group Gold Cup, Stage 5, Alpari World Match Racing Tour
Group 1 Day 2 Results
Francesco Bruni (ITA) Luna Rossa 6-0
Adam Minoprio (NZL) Team Alpari FX 6-1
Taylor Canfield (ISV) USone 6-2
Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Stena Sailing Team 4-2
Keith Swinton (AUS) Black Swan Racing 3-3
Simone Ferrarese (ITA) Ferrarese Sailing Team 3-4
Lance Fraser (BER) Digicel Business Match Racing 3-5
Eric Monnin (SWI( Swiss Match Race Team 2-4
Marek Stanczyk (POL) Nautiner Yachts Sailing Team 1-6
Chris Poole (USA) Riptide Racing 0-7
Group 2 Day 2 Results
Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar 8-0
Sir Ben Ainslie (GBR) Ben Ainslie Sailing Team sponsored by Argo Group 6-1
Pierre-Antoine Morvan (FRA) Vannes Agglo Sailing Team 5-2
Bjorn Hansen (SWE) eWork Sailing Team 5-2
Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing 4-3
Chris Steel (NZL) 36 Below Racing 3-4
Will Tiller (NZL) Full Metal Jacket 2-5
Mathieu Richard (FRA) GEFCO Match Racing Team 1-6
Nicolai Sehested (DEN) Trefor Match Racing 1-6
Joshua Greenslade (BER) Wide Open Racing 1-7
10 October 2013 0:05 GMT