Vous êtes ici : Accueil » INT-SAIL » Inshore » Match-Racing » World Match Racing Tour 2017 : Torvar Topples Robertson To Win His First (...)

#SAILING Match-racing

World Match Racing Tour 2017 : Torvar Topples Robertson To Win His First World Title

D 29 octobre 2017     H 16:00     A Information World Match Racing Tour     > 2303 visites     C 1

#sportboats | #MatchRacing | #WMRT |

Torvar Mirsky has become the Match Racing World Champion after beating defending champion Phil Robertson 3-1 in the 2017 finals in Shenzhen, China. The skipper from Western Australia tore up the script, defied the odds, and sailed out of his skin to beat the form sailor of the past two seasons, New Zealand’s Phil Robertson.

“We just had a momentum build,” said Mirsky. “Every race we were getting better. We felt like we were on a roll that couldn’t be stopped, and it didn’t. We managed to take down Phil Robertson, the World Champion, and now we are the World Champion !”

Mirsky’s precision sailing came as a surprise to a lot of teams, bearing in mind they haven’t done nearly as many regattas on the circuit since the arrival of the M32 catamaran. Robertson went into this event as the clear favourite and it looked like he would go all the way after dispatching fellow New Zealander Chris Steele 3-0 in the Semi Finals. “Unfortunately we couldn’t cross the line first in the final,” shrugged Robertson. “We were outsailed, it’s a one-event World Championships and Torvar did a fantastic job today. We have to take our hats off to him and accept he sailed better. But it’s been a great season, we reached the final in every event, and we’re taking steps in the right direction. It’s been fantastic to be here in China, we’re lucky to be sponsored by Ningbo and we have a massive fanbase in China which you don’t really know about until you get here. It’s huge.”

The day started with Yann Guichard beating Taylor Canfield in the Quarter Final stage, which then saw the Frenchman progress to a Semi Final with Mirsky. Australia beat France 3-1, leaving Guichard to face Steele in the Petit Final. Most would have picked Steele, as the more experienced match racer, to get the better of Guichard who’s best known for his ocean-going exploits rather than his short-course prowess. However the Spindrift Racing skipper has been working hard on addressing his match racing weaknesses and it showed today as he beat Steele 2-1.

“It’s my second season on the M32, and to get on to the podium is a big achievement for me and my team,” smiled Guichard. “It’s been a great day, fantastic event, in fact the whole season has been fantastic. Last year we were sixth, this year third, so I hope next year first ! I pushed my team hard all this season because I had so many weaknesses, especially in the start, so I am so happy with third place.”

Now Guichard and all his M32 crew mates are about to embark on a very different adventure as they take the 40m trimaran Spindrift 2 on an assault on the Trophée Jules Verne. “We have a big challenge ahead of us, the world tour, not the World Match Racing Tour World Match Racing Tour #WMRT , but the world tour around - the world ! We want to be the fastest humans around the world, to beat 41 days around the planet, it’s a big challenge. All my M32 team is on the big trimaran ; it’s nice to share a lot of time getting to know everybody during the year because that team spirit is very important on the big boat.”

As to Mirsky’s victory, the new World Champion commented : “All the teams are really close at this level, all the teams are working on little details. There are quite big shifts out there and we’re always trying to play the percentages and make the most of what comes our way. I think we’re always pretty consistent at making solid decisions and good crew work to make the most out of the decisions that we made. We were also strong in the starts, we showed that we were on to it. Our opponents had to play what we gave them because we were quite often in control there.”

Even more impressive is that Mirksy wasn’t even racing at the last Tour event in Chicago. “But I did watch every single minute of online footage because I needed to tune in with what the teams were doing. Also we have been racing the M32 in other circuits, but still our team felt a little underprepared in terms of regatta experience together. However I think that turned into a positive towards the end of the competition because we didn’t have these expectations and we had a very good constructive discussion about how we need to improve. So for the time we’ve been in China, we’ve been getting a lot better with every race.”

While it appears that Mirsky has come out of nowhere, he has put in his 10,000 hours of match racing practice over the years. He couldn’t quite take in the enormity of today’s achievement. “Just huge, I’ve been working on this since I was 18 ; I’m 31 now, so it’s been a long time. We’ve always been a top team. I stopped sailing for a while, went back to university, but came back to the World Match Racing Tour World Match Racing Tour #WMRT and crewed last year. This is my first season steering the M32 and we’ve always had the same philosophies and things we’ve built on from the beginning and I think that’s really paid off today. It worked like a dream come true where I’m the World Champion.”

The World Match Racing Tour’s first foray into China has proven to be a big success, and there’s every intention for the Tour to return next year to work alongside WMRT China and the China Cup International Regatta to deliver another world-class event. With Emirates Team New Zealand winning the Beneteau 40.7 division of the China Cup today, top-flight competition has really started to take off in China and the World Match Racing Tour wants to be at the forefront of this.


  • 1. Torvar Mirsky (AUS), Mirsky Racing Team
  • 2. Phil Robertson (NZL), China One Ningbo
  • 3. Yann Guichard (FRA), Spindrift Racing
  • 4. Chris Steele (NZL), 36 Below Racing
  • 5. Harry Price (AUS), Down Under Racing
  • 6. David Gilmour (AUS), Team Gilmour
  • 7. Taylor Canfield (ISV), US One Sailing Team
  • 8. Ian Williams (GBR), GAC Pindar
  • 9. Pieter-Jan Postma (NED), Sailing Team NL
  • 10. Nicklas Dackhammar (SWE), Essiq Racing Team
  • 11. Johnie Berntsson (SWE), Flux Team
  • 12. Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN), ART Sailing
  • 13. Jonas Warrer (DEN), Warrer Racing
  • 14. Markus Edegran (USA), E11even Racing
  • 15. Sam Gilmour (AUS), Neptune Racing
  • 16. Måns Holmberg (SWE), Gothenburg Racing
  • 17. Steve Thomas (AUS), RPM Racing
  • 18. Matt Jerwood (AUS), Redline Racing


Dans la même rubrique


World Match Racing Tour 2016 : Phil Robertson crowned World Match Racing Champion

The 29-year-old and his Robertson Racing crew also banked US $33,000 for winning in Marstrand, Sweden, plus a World Champion’s bonus of $1,000,000. It’s the largest prize money ever awarded in the sport of sailing, but Robertson’s whoops of joy and celebration were more about winning the title of Match Racing World Champion. “It’s a dream come true and the goal we’ve been striving for since 2009,” he told the crowd that he just done his best to drench with champagne. “ To do it here in Marstrand, I couldn’t think of a better place. Thank you all for watching, I hope it was entertaining because we sure had fun.”
Lire la suite →


World Match Racing Tour 2015 : Ian Williams Dominates Monsoon Cup To Win 6th World Title

Ian Williams (GBR) dominated Taylor Canfield (ISV) to win the Final of the Monsoon Cup 3-0, sweeping the GAC Pindar skipper to his sixth World Championship title on the World Match Racing Tour World Match Racing Tour #WMRT . Williams has extended his record Record #sailingrecord as the most successful match racing skipper in the history of the Tour.
Lire la suite →


World Match-Racing Tour : Ian Williams records 5th World Title

Ian Williams (GBR) battled his way into the history books today by winning the Monsoon Cup Malaysia and taking a record Record #sailingrecord 5th ISAF Match Racing World Championship in Johor Bahru.
Lire la suite →

World Match Racing Tour

Johnie Berntsson two time victor of the Argo Group Gold Cup

Johnie Berntsson and his Stena Sailing Team today followed the world’s top sailors such as Russell Coutts, Peter Gilmour, Ben Ainslie and Chris Dickson in becoming a two time victor of the Argo Group Gold Cup, the sixth stage of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour World Match Racing Tour #WMRT . The 42-year-old Swede claimed the title 3-1 over Switzerland’s Eric Monnin in perfect conditions on Bermuda’s Hamilton Harbour with 11 knots of northwest wind and the morning’s cloud cover giving way to glorious sunshine.
Lire la suite →


Taylor Canfield won the 2013 Alpari Match Racing World Tour

Taylor Canfield has won the Alpari Match Racing World Tour after a dramatic final day at the Monsoon Cup in Malaysia. Canfield has Phil Robertson to thank for his Tour victory after the WAKA Racing skipper swept to a 3-0 win over Ian Williams to take the Monsoon Cup.
Lire la suite →

A la une

Volvo Ocean Race

Volvo Ocean Race : Dongfeng Race Team win a spectacular Cape Town In-Port Race

Vestas 11th Hour Racing and Dongfeng Race Team traded blows throughout the first half of the Cape Town In-Port Race course on Friday afternoon, before the Chinese-French team grabbed the lead midway through the race and stretched away for their first win in the series.
Lire la suite →

Golden Globe Race

2018 Golden Globe Race : 23 skippers confirmed at the Paris Boat Show

The 2018 Golden Globe Race Golden Globe Race Golden Globe will start from Les Sables d’Olonne on Sunday July 1, 2018. The event marks the 50th anniversary of the Sunday Times Golden Globe solo non-stop round the world Race in 1968/9 when rules then allowed competitors to start from ports in northern France or UK between June 1st and October 31st. Nine started including Frenchmen Bernard Moitessier and Loïc Fourgeron. But there was only one finisher – Robin Knox-Johnston and his yacht Suhaili. Moitessier, sailing the larger and faster Joshua might have won (he rounded Cape Horn 17 days behind Suhaili) but instead of chasing Knox-Johnston back up the Atlantic, Moitessier turned east to start a second circumnavigation – “To save my soul” as he put it.
Lire la suite →


Volvo Ocean Race : Millions of tiny particles of plastic have been detected in European waters

The scientific research, using data collected by Race team ‘Turn the Tide on Plastic’, identified over three million micro plastic particles per square kilometre of ocean.

The sub-surface data on micro plastic pollution levels was collected using a state-of-the-art instrument on board their Volvo Ocean 65 racing yacht.

Lire la suite →


2017 Extreme Sailing Series : SAP Extreme Sailing Team was crowned champion of the 2017 season

Danish-flagged SAP Extreme Sailing Team was crowned champion of the 2017 Extreme Sailing Series Extreme Sailing Series #extremesailing ™, while Alinghi took home the Act 8, Los Cabos, presented by SAP trophy, in an electrifying season finale.
Lire la suite →

PWA World Cup

PWA World Tour : Sarah-Quita Offringa and Antoine Albeau Crowned World Champions​

After five fairly solid windy days in a row, the wind machine, unfortunately, decided to take a slight break on the final day of the 2017 Airwaves Noumea Dream Cup - meaning that the rankings for the slalom remain unchanged from overnight.
Lire la suite →

lundi 11 décembre
  Visiteurs connectés : 26

accueil en français home page in english







T-shirt manches courtes
SeaSailSurfeuses : choisissez la couleur de votre t-shirt.
Sweat bleu
Un sweat et à capuche pour se tenir au chaud


Visit SeaSailSurf Editions's profile on Pinterest.