Torvar Mirsky Wins Argo Group Gold Cup

Torvar Mirsky won a sudden death final against Johnie Berntsson at the Argo Group Gold Cup in Bermuda to claim his second consecutive victory on the 2011 World Match Racing Tour.
Ferrarese v McLaughlin at the Argo Group Gold Cup.
Photo: Chris Davies/WMRT
A win in the petit final for Francesco Bruni over Phil Robertson means just over six points now separate the trio of Ian Williams, Bruni and Mirsky with only the Monsoon Cup to go.
Going into the final day, Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team was already assured of an automatic qualifying spot for the Monsoon Cup while Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing would retain tenth place overall regardless of his petit final result.
They were fired up though, as were their opponents who were both seeking to close the gap on Tour leader Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar sponsored by Argo Group Gold Cup.

Bruni v Richard. Photo:Chris Davies/WMRT
Mirsky was knocked out of the 2010 Gold Cup in the quarter-finals by Berntsson and more than avenged for that defeat this year.
He said: "We are over the moon with winning two titles in a row. We've never done that well in Bermuda and we've never had many Tour wins so this is fantastic, we're really on a roll. I'm so proud of the way the team sailed this week, everyone just knew what they were doing on board and we felt comfortable and confident. Johnie really tested us in the final which made for some great sailing."
Argo Group Gold Cup standings:
1. Torvar Mirsky (AUS) The Wave Muscat
2. Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team
3. Francesco Bruni (ITA) Bruni Racing
4. Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing
5. Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team
6. Jesper Radich (DEN) Adrian Lee & Partners
7. Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar sponsored by Argo Group
8. Staffan Lindberg (FIN) Alandia Sailing Team
9. Bjorn Hansen (DEN) Mekonomen Sailing Team
10. Eric Monnin (SUI) Oklays Corum Sailing Team

Overall Championship Standings - after 7 stages:
1. Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar - 106pts
2. Francesco Bruni (ITA) Bruni Racing - 100pts
3. Torvar Mirsky (AUS) The Wave Muscat - 99.8pts
4. Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing - 78.8pts
5. Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Mekonomen Sailing Team - 75pts
6. Damien Iehl (FRA) French Match Racing Team - 74pts
7. Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team - 73.2pts
8. Jesper Radich (DEN) Adrian Lee & Partners - 71.2pts
9. Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team - 69.6pts
10. Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing - 64.4pts
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Torvar Mirsky Wins Argo Group Gold Cup Torvar Mirsky Wins Argo Group Gold Cup Reviewed by Panos Douros on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 Rating: 5

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