Gilmour leaps ahead

The ACI HTmobile Cup in Croatia, an event of the Swedish Match Tour, sees an early lead for Australian Peter Gilmour and the Pizza-La Sailing Team

Gilmour and crew Rod Dawson (NZL), Mike Mottl (AUS), Kazuhiko Sofuku (JPN) and Yasuhiro Yaji (JPN) won all of their races yesterday enroute to a 7-0 record after the first eight flights of the 18th annual event off Split Harbor.

Frenchman Bertrand Pacé and Team France trailed close behind at 6-1. There was a tie for third between Sweden’s Magnus Holmberg and the SeaLife Rangers crew and Team Denmark’s Jes Gram-Hansen, both at 5-2.

New Zealand’s Gavin Brady and the Oracle BMW Racing team stand fifth at 5-3, and are followed by Mathieu Richard (FRA, 4-3), Mattias Rahm (SWE, 3-4), Kelvin Harrap (NZL, 2-5), Frano Brate (CRO, 2-6), Mate Arapov (CRO, 1-7) and Sweden’s Daniel Wallberg, who filled in for injured Staffan Lindberg of Finland, but was 0-7 on the day.

ACI HTmobile Cup results

(After eight of 22 scheduled flights)

1. Peter Gilmour/AUS, Pizza-La Sailing Team 7-0

2. Bertrand Pacé/FRA, Team France 6-1

3. Magnus Holmberg/SWE, SeaLife Rangers 5-2

= Jes Gram-Hansen/DEN, Team Denmark 5-2

5. Gavin Brady/NZL, Oracle BMW Racing 5-3

6. Mathieu Richard/FRA 4-3

7. Mattias Rahm/SWE, Team Stena Bulk 3-4

8. Kelvin Harrap/NZL, Team New Zealand 2-5

9. Frano Brate/CRO 2-6

10. Mate Arapov/CRO 1-7

11. Staffan Lindberg/SWE 0-7