The World Match Racing Tour’s tenth stage of the 2015 season, the Energa Sopot Match Race – set sail Wednesday.
Defending Champion, Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar finished the day 3-2 after losing his matches against Karol Jablonski, and then to Nicolai Sehested after an unexpected ‘man overboard’ incident at the second top mark which saw Williams’ tactician Chris Main falling in the water after a halyad came loose.
Competing in his first Tour event of the 2015 season, Sehested had not realised what had happened as he crossed the line 2 minutes ahead.
“I saw him [Williams] slow at the top mark in what appeared to be a problem but I had no idea one of his guys had fallen overboard. We were happy with our lead at the time so we just headed for the finish.”
The twelve competing teams finished the first half of Qualifying in a day of mixed and gusty conditions up to 25 knots. As racing finished for the day, Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Nautiska Racing topped the leaderboard with a confident 5-1 scoreline, ahead of national sailing hero and former America’s Cup helmsman Karol Jablonski on 4-2, and fellow Swede Johnie Berntson, also on 4-2.
World Match Racing Tour – Energa Sopot Match Race – After Flight 11
1. Björn Hansen (SWE) Nautiska Racing 5-1
2. Karol Jablonski (POL) Jablonski Sailing Team 4-2
3. Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team 4-2
4. Eric Monnin (SUI) Team SailBox 4-2
5. Przemyslaw ‘Tara’ Tarnacki (POL) Energa Yacht Racing 3-2
6. Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar 3-2
7. Nicolai Sehested (DEN) TREFOR Match Racing 3-3
8. Sam Gilmour (AUS) Neptune Racing 2-3
9. Matt Jerwood (AUS) Redline Racing 2-3 (1.5)
10. David Gilmour (AUS) Team Gilmour 1-4
11. Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) Aschenbrenner Racing 1-4
12. Reuben Corbett (NZL) Corbett Racing 1-5