Ainslie and Team Origin take first place at the second stage of the World Match Racing Tour
An estimated 45,000 people watched the second stage of the World Match Racing Tour in Langenargen, Germany, which ended today with Ben Ainslie (GBR) and Team Origin taking first place in a first to three points final against Damien Iehl (FRA) and his French Match Racing Team.
Ainslie drew first blood, and went on to defeat Iehl in the second match. Despite Iehl securing the third, he was out mastered by Ainslie in the fourth and final race. This is the first event for Team Origin on the Tour this year and the win catapults Ainslie to fourth place on the World Tour standings with 25 points.
Ainslie’s crew included Iain Percy (tactics), Christian Kamp (trimmer), Mike Mottl (mainsheet) and Matt Cornwell (bow).
“It’s been difficult conditions all week with the shifty breeze but I have a great team around me and it’s all been about team work,” Ben commented. “The competition has been tough but it has been a great week. We look forward to coming back next year.”
With the second stage of the Tour now complete, sailors are now en route to the Korea Match Cup where the third stage will start in a couple of days time.
1st Ben Ainslie (GBR) Team Origin
2nd Damien Iehl (FRA) French Match Racing Team
3rd Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing
4th Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team
5th Ian Williams (GBR) Bahrain Team Pindar
6th Francesco Bruni (ITA) Joe Fly Match Race
7th Adam Minoprio (NZL) ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing
8th Sébastien Col (FRA) French Match Racing Team/K Challenge
9th Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Team Onboard
10th Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing
11th Eric Monnin (SUI) Team Search.ch
12th Carsten Kemmling (GER)
Tour Standings (after 2 of 10 events):
1. Damien Iehl (FRA) French Match Racing Team 32 points
-. Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team 32 points 3. Adam Minoprio (NZL) ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing 31 points
4. Ben Ainslie (GBR) Team Origin 25 points
5. Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing 15 points
-. Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team 15 points
7. Ian Williams (GBR) Bahrain Team Pindar 14 points
8. Sébastien Col (FRA) French Match Racing Team 12 points
For more information, visit www.worldmatchracingtour.com .