The quarterfinals of Midsummer Match Cup have been decided and four star filled crews will be fighting for the trophy tomorrow. Local heroes Berntsson Sailing Team lost their duel against Eric Monnin and Capvis Swiss Match Race Team.
With less wind than earlier in the week, shifty conditions on the race course created some challenges for the teams. Berntsson Sailing Team was cheered on by the the crowds on the shore but fell back to 2-0 against Monnin. In the third match, Berntsson lost the start and couldn’t recover.
“He tricked us in the pre-start. Even if we caught up to him on the downwind they sailed really well so there isn’t much to say about the last match. In the first two matches we took the start but made costly mistakes and we would have needed a bit more training together as a team. But the event has been great and the conditions have been perfect”, says Berntsson.
Lucy Macgregor’s team (GBR) won their quarterfinal against Torvar Mirsky (AUS) 3-0.
“We are super happy to be through to the semi-finals and we didn’t expect it at all, certainly not to beat Torvar Mirsky and a super good crew 3-0”, says Macgregor and continues:
“We were aggressive in our starts and even if we weren’t always in control we ended up having the advantage over the line and that’s obviously very important. Great work from the guys in the team and we are really pleased to get this far. There’s no reason why we can go all the way to the final but I’m sure it will be pretty tough whoever we face”.
Danish skipper Nicolais Sehested’s team with Brazilian Olympic gold medallists Martine Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze faced Match in Black by Normandie Elite Team and skipper Maxime Mesnil. Mesnil took the lead but Sehested came back and won 3-1.Top ranked skippers Pauline Courtois and Ian Williams faced each other in the last match and Willams won 3-1.
Results quarter finals June 28 – Midsummer Match Cup 2019:
Torvar Mirsky, Cetilar Mirsky Racing Team (AUS) 0
Lucy Macgregor, Team Macgregor (GBR) 3
Johnie Berntsson, Berntsson Sailing Team (SWE) 0
Eric Monnin, Capvis Swiss Match Race Team (SUI) 3
Nicolai Sehested, Gringo Sailing Team (DEN) 3
Maxime Mesnil, Match in Black by Normandie Elite Team (FRA) 1
Ian Williams, Team GAC Pindar (GBR) 3
Pauline Courtois, Match in Pink by Normandie Elite Team (FRA) 1