Reigning World Champion Ian Williams and GAC Pindar were beaten in the very first flight on day one of the Stena Match Cup Sweden by wild card entry 25-year-old Italian Simone Ferrarese.
He then followed that with victories over Keith Swinton’s Black Swan Racing and Taylor Canfield’s USone. Ferrarese’s good run was finally broken by local crew, Johnie Berntsson’s Stena Sailing Team, but the Italian immediately bounced back with a win against Adam Minoprio and Team Alpari FX.
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Ferrarese’s strong showing was impressive, although it’s Williams that tops the leaderboard with five wins from six matches. The only skipper to have kept a clean sheet thus far is Phil Robertson and WAKA Racing, but the young Kiwis have only raced four matches so lie 2nd in the standings.
STAGE 3: Stena Match Cup Sweden – Qualifying Session Day 1
Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar 5-1
Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing 4-0
Simone Ferrarese (ITA) Ferrarese Racing Team 4-1
Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Stena Sailing Team 3-2
Taylor Canfield (ISV) USone 2-1
Mathieu Richard (FRA) GEFCO Match Racing Team 2-2
Adam Minoprio (NZL) Team Alpari FX 2-2
Bjorn Hansen (SWE) eWork Sailing Team 1-2
Keith Swinton (AUS) Black Swan Racing 1-2
Pierre-Antoine Morvan (FRA) Vannes Agglo Sailing Team 1-3
Staffan Lindberg (FIN) Alandia Sailing Team 1-4
Henrik Eyerman (SWE) Team Henrik Eyerman 0-6
1 July 2013 23:00 GMT