Three skippers from Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club will contest the GKSS Match Cup Sweden in Marstrand from 3 to 8 July. With over 20 years of match racing history, the event is part of the 2017 World Match Racing Tour.
Founded in 1994 by Magnus Holmberg together with the Royal Gothenburg Yacht Club, the Swedish Match Cup quickly became a huge crowd puller and in 1997 was the official match racing World Championship event.
The Swedish Match Cup consistently drew the best sailors to the competition as well as thousands of spectators enjoying the spectacular venue in summer conditions. In 2007 the event began a new chapter and was rebranded as Match Cup Sweden. Again in 2016, another big change as part of the World Match Racing Tour.
Stage 3 of the 2017 WMRT World Championship Events will be contested in the M32 high-performance catamaran.
Just like Stage 1 in Perth there will be three teams from RFBYC. 2017 Tour Card holder Sam Gilmour, Neptune Racing, with his crew of Mark Spearman, Justin Wong and Adam Negri are currently ranked world number 1 and are fresh from racing recently in the M32 Scandinavian Series.
Skipper Torvar Mirsky twice made the podium of the World Match Racing Tour in 2009 and 2010. Back on the match racing scene in 2017 with new team of Lachy Gilmour, Damian Garbowski and Cam Seagreen, Mirsky Racing Team are quickly making their mark on the tour. They recently won the WMRT Gothenburg Match Cup, World Tour Event which gained them a qualifier position for this event. Torvar has a great passion for the sport and has just spent a few exciting weeks involved with the America’s Cup in Bermuda.
One more, the oldest of the Gilmour brothers Dave Gilmour will skipper his Team Gilmour crew of Joel Turner, Jakob Wilson and Luke Payne in the event after gaining a qualifying place through excellent results in the 2016 WMRT season. Dave and Joel also race together in the 49er, working towards qualifying for a future Olympic event in the class. Last week they placed in Gold medal position at Kieler Woche in the 49er.
All three teams have had a great lead up to this event and will be fresh and enthusiastic about getting out on the race course.
The Gilmour name will be well known to the followers of the Swedish Match Cup. Peter Gilmour, father of Dave, Sam and Lachy is a seven times winner of the esteemed match racing event.
In 2009 Peter was welcomed in to the Hall of Fame and the GKSS Match Cup Sweden states,
“Peter Gilmour has with his solid sailing knowledge and fantastic ability to perform at his best when it is required tallied up victories in Marstrand and thereby made a lasting impression on Match Cup Sweden. The mix of a colourful, competitive personality and genuine perfect gentleman has given Peter a place in the hearts of the spectators forever." Peter enjoyed a winning streak in 2004, 2005 and 2006 as the overall winner of the World Match Racing Tour.
He comments on the venue, "Marstrand is an outstanding venue to showcase sailing in the Swedish summer. The Swedes have a deep heritage in America's Cup sailing so were very connected to the Swedish Match Cup. It has some great memories for me racing in front of 100K crowds and of course I had some reasonable success at the event".
It is not just Peter’s background providing the three Gilmour brothers with a connection to Marstrand. Their Mum, Christine Gilmour has a deep connection to the place. Her ancestors, at least five generations ago, were lighthouse keepers on the island. She had always said to Peter that they would be watching over him racing at the event and now her three boys will be racing there too. Both Peter and Christine are very excited that Dave, Sam and Lachy have been following their own sailing paths in different areas of the sport but they can come together at this historic venue. Peter says anything can happen in the elimination style events and he just hopes that one of his boys can make it all the way to the final.
We wish all teams all the best for a fun event and great competition. Australians are certainly respected on the match racing scene at the moment and that flows through to the WMRT. As well as the three RFBYC teams there will be another well-known local, Matt Jerwood's Redline Racing who are currently ranked world number 2 and two teams from Sydney helmed by Evan Walker and Harry Price.
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