Williams takes the lead in World Match Race Tour

 

St Moritz

Australia’s Torvar Mirsky took the top prize without putting in a tack in anger but, just by finishing third, Britain’s Ian Williams has taken over the lead of the 2011 World Match Race Tour.

Two soggy attempts to run the final and the third place decider of the St. Moritz regatta were called off and the whole process abandoned as the breeze over the lake at the mountain top came only in fits and starts, not helped by steady rain.

Mirsky won because he scored higher than his French opponent Pierre-Antoine Morvan in the round robin stage, as did Williams against his play-off opponent Björn Hansen of Sweden. Williams also picked up a cheque for CHF20,000 in prize money.

The America’s Cup World Series, which stages its second event in Plymouth next weekend, will, in the footsteps of the Extreme Sailing Series, hold two events in Venice next year in April and May.

There is also an event in San Diego in November and the 2011-12 series finishes in Newport, Rhode Island in June next year.

The America’s Cup Event Authority had hoped to arrange an eight-regatta programme for the 45-foot wing-powered catamarans being used on the circuit. Talks have been held with Auckland and Sydney, which could host events in January and February.

None of the world series results counts towards the America’s Cup, which is to be staged early September in San Francisco in 2013 in 72-foot wing-powered catamarans.

Joining the Extreme Sailing Series for its next three regattas in Trapani, Sicily, Nice, France, and Almeria, Spain, is triple gold and silver Olympic medallist Ben Ainslie.

When Sir Keith Mills pulled his Team Origin out of the America’s Cup, that closed the route forward for Ainslie to add multihull sailing to his list of skills.

He now joins Oman Air, one of two teams in the Extreme Sailing Series under the Oman Sail umbrella, to take over from France’s Sidney Gavignet, who is moving on to a 70-foot multihull campaign for Oman.

But Ainslie is expected not to be available for the 40-foot catamaran finale in Singapore in November as he is slated to be in Fremantle, Perth, with the whole British squad ahead of the World Championships of Sailing in December.

Ainslie is in pole position to be selected for a crack at a fourth consecutive gold in the Finn singlehander in Weymouth next year but none of the Royal Yachting Association’s nominations will be made public until 20 September.

Not all of the slots for the 10 Olympic sailing disciplines will be filled that day. The other frontrunners are in the windsurfer, Nick Dempsey and Bryony Shaw, the Star keelboat, Iain Percy, who will be sailing with Sweden’s Artemis in Plymouth, and Andrew Simpson, and the women’s match racing trio of Lucy and Kate Macgregor and Annie Lush.

Perth is the likely cut-off for British team deliberations, as it is for both qualification – as host Britain does not have to qualify for the Games – and selection for many other countries.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Refugee crisis: David Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia - will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi?

Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia...

But will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi, asks Robert Fisk
Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

Humanity must be at the heart of politics, says Jeremy Corbyn
Joe Biden's 'tease tour': Could the US Vice-President be testing the water for a presidential run?

Joe Biden's 'tease tour'

Could the US Vice-President be testing the water for a presidential run?
Britain's 24-hour culture: With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever

Britain's 24-hour culture

With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever
Diplomacy board game: Treachery is the way to win - which makes it just like the real thing

The addictive nature of Diplomacy

Bullying, betrayal, aggression – it may be just a board game, but the family that plays Diplomacy may never look at each other in the same way again
Lady Chatterley's Lover: Racy underwear for fans of DH Lawrence's equally racy tome

Fashion: Ooh, Lady Chatterley!

Take inspiration from DH Lawrence's racy tome with equally racy underwear
8 best children's clocks

Tick-tock: 8 best children's clocks

Whether you’re teaching them to tell the time or putting the finishing touches to a nursery, there’s a ticker for that
Charlie Austin: Queens Park Rangers striker says ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

Charlie Austin: ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

After hitting 18 goals in the Premier League last season, the QPR striker was the great non-deal of transfer deadline day. But he says he'd preferred another shot at promotion
Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea
Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
Who is Oliver Bonas and how has he captured middle-class hearts?

Who is Oliver Bonas?

It's the first high-street store to pay its staff the living wage, and it saw out the recession in style
Earth has 'lost more than half its trees' since humans first started cutting them down

Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

60 years of Scalextric

Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones