Malaysian Match Racing Championships - Final
Tiffany Khoo's Team UK Halsey Gapurna comes out on top
Tiffany Khoo and her
Team UK Halsey Gapurna achieved a clean sheet at this years Malaysian
Match Racing Championships, finishing the regatta undefeated by any of
her opposing teams. They went into the first to 3 wins final against the
Royal Malaysian Navy, and led from the front in all 3 races to win the
championship 3-0 in the final series.
Malaysian & Asian Match Racing Championships - Semi Finals
Team qualifiers for Monsoon Cup
05 Sept 07: A brilliant
sailing day in Terengganu, with lighter winds in the morning session,
but a fresh, building sea breeze filling in the afternoon to make conditions
challenging for the racing crews.
Asian Match-Racing Championship - Final
wins Asian Match-Racing Championship qualifying
Mon 10 Sep 2007: One of the rising stars of the international match racing circuit, Adam Minoprio's BlackMatch, competed in the Asian Match Racing Championship. The winner goes on to secure a place in the Grade 1 Monsoon Cup in November/December.
Hello again from BlackMatch on our final day in Malaysia: Today saw us taking on Neil Semple from Thailand in a best of five final. Having maintained a perfect scorecard for the entire week, this is certainly what we intended to carry on doing and we did so, managing to take the final 3-0.
Things didn't go totally our way though. After forcing a penalty on Neil in the first match of the day in the pre-start and sailing away for a comfortable victory, our second match saw us coming off the line on opposite tacks with Neil heading out to the favoured right hand side of the course. Neil gained a healthy lead from our mistake and we had to work extremely hard up the first beat, managing to close the gap up at the top mark.
We found ourselves heading back towards Neil on port managing to take his stern and gain starboard rights once we tacked back. This allowed us to force the Thailand team to tack just before the top mark and sail them past it, gaining the lead in the process and sailing away for another win. In the final race we forced Semple over the line at the start, meaning that he had to return to the start line and re-start, allowing us to develop a significant lead which we maintained to the finish.
This was a great event, we did what we came to do, qualifying for the Monsoon Cup in November and taking in a wealth of information needed for us to be competitive. We are looking forward to the New Zealand Match-Racing Nationals in November, and hope to better our 4th place at this event last year.
Asian Match-Racing Championship - Semi Final
Today was again in sailed in near perfect conditions. The race committee did an outstanding job, managing to finish the round robin and also the semi finals in a 12 knot sea breeze.
We finished the round robin on top with a perfect score card, this gave us the advantage of choosing our opponent to race in the Semi final. It is often the case that you would choose the perceived weakest opponent or lowest qualifier to race in the semis, but today we choose to race our nearest competitor, Martin Kaye who was representing Hong Kong.
Our reason for choosing the toughest opposition was simple, today promised stable sea breeze conditions that ensured fair racing, whereas tomorrow might have delivered more fickle conditions and a bigger risk of losing against such a tough competitor.
They don't call this the Monsoon Cup Qualifier for nothing and with ominous black clouds looming in the distance we managed to take out the semi final 3-0 and get back to into the shelter of the yacht club, before the rain started.
The other semi final was shaping up to be a lot closer and we watched with interest as James Cole (Singapore) and Neil Semple (Thailand) had a close battle for the last berth in the final. Neil Semple eventually emerged as the victor with a 3-1 scorecard.
As the Monsoon embarked on us the breeze spun around 180 degrees and the course was reset for an exhibition match race with BlackMatch taking on three time World Match Racing Champion, Peter Gimour. We managed to take the victory in a closely fought and entertaining match.
We are looking forward to the best of five final which begins tomorrow morning, and once again thanks for all the support, especially to Ross Munro and Line 7, John Brown from Waiwera Infinity and the RNZYS.
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