Peter Holmberg added yet another title to his impressive resume when he defeated English skipper Marc Fitzgerald in a straight-set, 3-0 victory, to win the inaugural Budget Marine Match Racing Cup, ahead of the main Heineken Regatta events. “Match racing’s a great spectator sport, it adds a little spice to everything.” said Holmberg. “It was the first year for this event and I think they did a good job. They attracted a nice little field and I was happy to come here and help them get started with it.”
Along with the top four teams that advanced to the finals, the fleet included two up and coming skippers, young Jamie Haines from the USA and Brazilian Francisco Bulhoes. “I think those youngsters are pretty darn good.” said Robbie Ferron of Budget Marine. “I think they know that. We had some great sailors out there today. The trouble is, one of them, Peter Holmberg, is that much greater than the others.” Holmberg’s lone loss in the five flight round robin that determined the finalists was in a tight race with Fitzgerald in the second race of the day. It wasn’t a matter of deficient tactics or boat speed, however; Holmberg and his team were forced to withdraw after their Jeanneau 20 was dismasted on the second windward leg. “After we cleaned everything up we found a cotter pin on deck, so I think the leeward shrouds came loose before we tacked,” he said. Pic from the regatta folks and more here.