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Match Cup Sweden - Spindrift Racing victory

Match Cup Sweden Final between Guichard and Williams came down to the final race

In the WMRT Open Class final, Britain's Ian Williams (GAC Pindar) faced Yann Guichard (Spindrift Racing) and it was only in the the fifth and deciding race that Guichard clinched victory by just a metre.

After Guichard convincingly took the first two matches, it seemed this pairing would not be so exciting as the hype indicated, but the experience of Williams to take back two must-win races setup a spectacular winner-take-all final race at GKSS Match Cup Sweden.

At the start, Williams to windward, the pair crossed the line dead even. As they split and simultaneously rounded the downwind gate, the two were bow-to-bow through to the next mark.

On the second upwind, Guichard crossed ahead just metres before the final mark. As the Frenchman powered downwind, an ever catching Williams caught new air and flew to close the gap right down.

Coming at the finish line as the metres closed down, Guichard was slowing and Williams was building.

The crowd in the grandstand were on the edge of their seats and with a perfect view of the photo finish they roared to see Yann Guichard’s Spindrift Racing win by just a metre.

In the Open Class petit final, local skipper Nicklas Dackhammar gave the home fans something to cheer about as he took down Harry Price 2-0, his best result yet at GKSS Match Cup Sweden.

Competing for the GKSS Women’s Trophy Sunday was M32 and WMRT regular Anna Östling, up against the very experienced and former Olympic match racer, Renee Groeneveld.

Östling looked dominative in the first two matches as her experience in the boat was clear. Groeneveld threw down a world-class match racing game, but each time Östling had the perfect response.

In race 3, after a slow start Team Anna opened up a strong lead through to the finish line and took the series 3-0.

In the Petit Final Stage, Olivia Mackay took 3rd place in a 2-1 victory over Australia’s Clare Costanzo.

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