Gilmour skipper of the Pizza-La Sailing Team set to win the championship
Australian Peter Gilmour, skipper of the multi-national Pizza-La Sailing Team, clinched the championship of the Swedish Match Tour 2003-04 by finishing second last weekend at the ACI HTmobile Cup.
With 117 points after six of eight regattas, Gilmour, is certain to become the Tour’s champion. With two events still to sail, the Pizza-La Sailing team have a 3-1-1-4-2-2 scoreline – at the end of the Tour, they’ll drop their two worst finishes.
The battle still continues for second place, with Sweden’s Magnus Holmberg holding second with 64 points, and New Zealander Gavin Brady, helmsman for the BMW Oracle Racing America’s Cup syndicate, a close third, just 9 points behind.
Denmark’s Jesper Radich is fourth with 43 points. New Zealander Russell Coutts, the three-time winner of the America’s Cup, and Bertrand Pacé of France, who won the ACI HTmobile Cup, are tied for fifth with 35 points.
Swedish Match Tour 2003-04 Rankings
(After six of eight events)
1. Peter Gilmour/AUS, Pizza-La Sailing Team, 117 points
2. Magnus Holmberg/SWE, SeaLife Rangers, 64 points
3. Gavin Brady/NZL, BMW Oracle Racing, 55 points
4. Jesper Radich/DEN, Team Denmark, 43 points
5. Russell Coutts/NZL, Team Alinghi, 35 points
6. Bertrand Pacé/FRA, Team France, 35 points
7. Ed Baird/USA, Team Musto, 31 points
8. Jes Gram-Hansen/DEN, Team Denmark, 26 points