Down, Not Out
Fickle winds, new boats and a new venue for the Mirsky Racing Team saw them finishing in 10th
place at Match Race Germany earlier this week. Although it was a disappointing result for the
young team who went into the event seeded in 4th place, a short debrief and an early flight to
Korea has got them pumped up for the Korea Match Cup starting tomorrow morning.
As a team, MRT excel in manipulating the boats to generate as much speed out of situations where most
teams are slow, but with Match Race Germany being raced in Bavaria’s designed for cruising, their
advantage was taken away. This has opened their eyes to the need for improving this style of sailing in
order to become the world’s best match racers.
For now however, the team has shifted their focus onto the Korea Match Cup, which is expecting to play
host to 400,000 spectators over the 5 days. 12 teams are competing for the biggest prize pool of 300,000
Korean Won, including Ben Ainslie who only won Match Race Germany today. Laurie Jury from New
Zealand qualified for the event 2 weeks ago, and could prove to be a threat after spending a week in the
tough venue, with tides up to 4 metres. A special thanks to Line7, Harken and the Royal Perth Yacht Club for their support.