WMRT 2010 : Richard Reigns as King of Korea Match Cup


Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team is ‘King of Korea Match Cup’ after racing against the best pool of match racing skippers in the world and concluding Korea with a victory over double World Champion Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar. Richard kept momentum at all times in the light airs up the concentrated course area which created a need for all the crew to use their bodyweight and drill the KM36 yachts into a series of smooth roll tacks and gybes to propel the Blakewell-White designed yachts round the race marks. Richard is delighted to have won Korea Match Cup, two years previously he was watching the skippers in the final hoping to reach it himself one day, “I have had a good feeling onboard since the beginning of the season and I am happy with the team”.

Williams has now been in the final at Korea Match Cup for the last 3 years since the inception of the Korean leg of the WMRT. Williams however has not yet won this Tour stage and is seen as ‘always the bridesmaid and never the bride’. He is however, in good spirits despite missing out on the biggest prize money and spoke about Richard’s style on the race course, “Richard really nailed the starts today, every time he dominated the first exchange”. The semis, sailed in the sheltered flat waters of Jeongok Port, saw Williams beat Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Gill Global Team and Richard taking a last minute lead over Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team followed by an instantaneous on the water request for redress due to interference from a boat on the course, redress was then denied.

The World Match Racing Tour’s 3rd Stage has changed the ISAF WMRT ranking. After 5 days of racing at Korea Match Cup Richard reigns at the top of the table with 65 points, Adam Minoprio (ETNZ) BlackMatch Racing also stays consistent with 39 points in 2nd. Williams who is an unstoppable force is climbing the ladder from 8th place to 3rd in one event and Mirsky moves up one position into 4th place, followed by Francesco Bruni (ITA) Azzurra in 5th. The next Tour event will be Stage 4, in Portimão, for Portugal Match Cup running 22 to 27 June.
Korea Match Cup Overall Standings :

Pos Name Nation Team
1 Mathieu Richard (FRA) Equipe de France Match Racing
2 Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar
3 Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Gill Global Team
4 Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team
5 Peter Gilmour (AUS) Yanmar Racing
6 Francesco Bruni (ITA) Azzurra
7 Adam Minoprio (NZL) Black Match Racing Team
8 Bertrand Pace (FRA) Aleph Sailing Team
9 Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team
10 Paolio Cian (ITA) Team Italia
11 Phil Robertson (NZL) Waka Racing Team
12 Gunwoo Park (KOR) Busan Match Team


World Match Racing Tour 2010 standing (after 3 events)

Pos Name Nation Team Pts
1 Mathieu Richard (FRA) Equipe de France Match Racing 65
2 Adam Minoprio (NZL) Black Match Racing Team 39
3 Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar 30
4 Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team 28
5 Franceso Bruni (ITA) Azzurra Racing 23
6 Jesper Radich (SWE) Radich Racing Team 20
Ben Ainslie (GBR) Team Origin 20
8 Peter Gilmour (AUS) Yanmar Racing 18

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Photo Credit : Gareth Cooke/Subzero Images/WMRT


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