Mirsky Is The New "King of the Mountain"

Torvar Mirsky is the new 'King of the Mountain' after beating Pierre-Antoine Morvan in the final of the 2011 St. Moritz Match Race.
Torvar Mirsky and The Wave Muscat team celebrate their
St. Moritz Match Race win. Photo: Chris Davies/WMRT
Ian Williams finished in third place to move up into first position in the overall Championship standings going into stage 7 of the World Match Racing Tour.
In the end, a count back decided both the final and petit final on Lake St. Moritz. The Maloja breeze had arrived like clockwork all week however on the final day, heavy cloud cover and light rain created much lighter conditions and continual wind shifts that made racing impossible. After a series of race abandonments, the Race Committee decided to end racing with no races completed in either the final or petit final.
Mirsky's win is his first since the Portimao Portugal Match Cup in 2009 and gives his 2011 Championship quest a timely boost. Now sitting in third place overall, Mirsky said: "We'd have liked to race the final and win the proper way but we're happy to take the win so life is pretty good!
Ian Williams watching Hansen in the Petit Final. Williams now leads
the World Match Racing Tour. Photo: Chris Davies/WMRT
New Championship leader Williams looked in imperious form all week only to fall to a 3-0 whitewash against Morvan in the semi-finals.
For Hansen, the value of finishing fourth here and picking up 16 points is huge as he can scrap the 12th place and zero points he took from Match Race France from his current 5 best scores in the Championship, pushing him up into fifth place.
The race for the 2011 ISAF Match Racing World Championship continues at the Argo group Gold Cup which takes place in Bermuda from the 3 to 9 October.
Last season the Championship was tightly poised at this stage and this year is no different, with only 17 points separating Williams in first and Hansen (SWE) Mekonomen Sailing Team in fifth.
Result from the Final:
Torvar Mirsky (AUS) The Wave Muscat beat Pierre-Antoine Morvan (FRA) Extreme Team Morbihan
Result from the Petit Final:Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar beat Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Mekonomen Sailing Team

Overall Championship Standings - after 6 stages:1. Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar - 90 points
2. Francesco Bruni (ITA) Bruni Racing - 89
3. Torvar Mirsky (AUS) The Wave Muscat - 84
4. Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing - 74
5. Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Mekonomen Sailing Team - 73
6. Damien Iehl (FRA) French Match Racing Team - 67
7. Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team - 63
8. Jesper Radich (DEN) Adrian Lee & Partners - 61
9. Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team - 48
10. Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing - 43
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Mirsky Is The New "King of the Mountain" Mirsky Is The New "King of the Mountain" Reviewed by Panos Douros on Tuesday, September 06, 2011 Rating: 5

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