Match Race Germany ended today with Team Origin’s Ben Ainslie taking 1st place in a first to three points final against Damien Iehl and his French Match Racing Team. Ainslie drew first blood in the final and then went on to defeat Iehl in the second match. Iehl, who was reigning champion in this event, fought back to take the third, but was mastered by Ainslie in the fourth and final match. This is the first event for Team Origin on the Tour this year and the win catapulted Ainslie to 4th place on the World Tour standings with 25 points. In the petit final Peter Gilmour defeated Mathieu Richard 2-0.
Ainslie said afterwards “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. The competition has been tough but it has been a great week. We look forward to coming back next year.” That rather scotches those stories that Team Origin is finished. Pic from Richard Walch and more here.