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Williams And Mirsky Safe As Pressure Mounts For Remaining Teams At Portimão Portugal Match Cup

Torvar Mirsky and Ian Williams have booked their places in the Quarter-Finals of the Portimão Portugal Match Cup after commanding displays on the second day of Qualifying.
Francesco Bruni crashes itno the media RIB during the second
Qualifying Session at the Portimao Portugal Match Cup.
Image copyright: Joao Maria / Portimao Portugal Match Cup 2011.

Mirsky (AUS) The Wave Muscat was the standout skipper of the day winning all of his matches to progress to the next round as the man to beat. Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar added another three wins to his tally to secure his place in the Quarter-Finals.
The day also saw the departure of Reuben Corbett (NZL) AON Racing and Olli-Pekka Lumijarvi (FIN) Siragusawa Sailing Team who cannot advance to the Quarter-Finals after finishing Qualifying Session Two with respective scores of 3-7 and 2-7.
The fates of the remaining eight teams are this evening hanging in the balance, with each team needing to claim points in the final Qualifying Session to ensure their continuation in the event.

Current World Match Racing Tour leader Francesco Bruni (ITA) Bruni Racing is another needing to put in a big display tomorrow to stay in the competition with only three wins to his name so far. With three matches left to sail tomorrow, the pressure is on the Tour leader to prove his skill as Qualifying reaches its climax.
The most dramatic moment of the day came in Bruni’s match with Portuguese skipper Alvaro Marinho (POR) Seth Sailing Team as the two boats approached the first mark. Marinho luffed Bruni forcing the Italian to keep clear. Unfortunately for Bruni his path was blocked by a media RIB and the two collided, Bruni’s yacht mounting the back of the RIB and forcing it under water. Bruni was unable to continue racing and race officials ordered the match be resailed tomorrow.

“We’re not super happy with the way we’re sailing here in Portugal,” Bruni said. “We have to turn it round and be strong tomorrow. We made a few mistakes here and there. The crash with the press boat was a bit scary, it’s the first time I have hit a press boat. We’re a bit on the back foot now so we have to react tomorrow and sail better.”
Standings after the second Qualifying Session:Torvar Mirsky (AUS) The Wave Muscat 6-1
Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar 6-4
Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team 5.5-4
Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team 5-5
Damien Iehl (FRA) French Match Racing Team 5-3
Jesper Radich (DEN) Adrian Lee & Partners 5-3
Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing 4-4
Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Mekonomen Sailing Team 4-4
Francesco Bruni (ITA) Bruni Racing 3-4
Alvaro Marinho (POR) Seth Sailing Team 3-6
Reuben Corbett (NZL) Aon Racing Team 3-7
Olli-Pekka Lumijarvi (FIN) Siragusawa Sailing Team 2-7

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