Gold Cup champ Mirsky misses out on Tour Card
Reining Argo Group Gold Cup champion Torvar Mirsky has been excluded from the list of 2012 Tour Card Holders that will compete on the newly dubbed Alpari World Match Racing Tour (WMRT),
The Royal Gazette can reveal.
The Australian sailor is among the notable names missing from the list of nine Tour Card Holders that includes last year’s WMRT champion and past Gold Cup winner Ian Williams of Britain.
Mirsky became the first Australian skipper to win the $100,000 Argo Group Gold Cup in nearly a decade after beating previous Gold Cup winner Johnie Berntsson in last year’s best-of-five final.
He also won the St Moritz Match Race in Switzerland competing with his Wave Muscat teammates and placed fourth on the WMRT last year.
Another past Gold Cup winner who was not granted a Tour Card this year is Italy’s Mathieu Richard.
Even though Mirsky and Richard have not been granted Tour Cards the pair could still be invited to compete in this year’s Argo Group Gold Cup, to be held October 1-7 in Hamilton Harbor.
The remaining 2012 Alpari WMRT Tour Card Holders includes past Gold Gup winners Peter Gilmour and Johnie Berntsson, Bjorn Hansen, Simone Ferrarese, Laurie Jury, Pierre-Antoine Morvan, Phil Robertson and Keith Swinton.
This year’s list of Tour Card Holders, selected by the WMRT, includes a blend of current and former World Champions, Olympic and America’s Cup campaigners as well as an exciting breed of promising younger sailors from around the globe.
Meanwhile, Alpari, which is a global association of companies providing online foreign exchange, precious metals and CFD trading services, has inked a five-year title partnership with the WMRT.
The Alpari World Match Racing Tour is the leading professional sailing series featuring nine World Championship events across the globe that are sanctioned by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) with ‘Special Event’ status.
The WMRT awards over $1.75 million in prize money with points awarded at each event culminating in the crowning of the ISAF match racing world champion. The prize fund includes a $500,000 overall prize pool for the top nine teams in the championship.
Britain has enjoyed back-to-back success in the previous two WMRT campaigns with triple Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie winning in 2010 followed by Ian Williams who captured his third world championship last year.
This year’s Alpari WMRT schedule has also been expanded to accommodate the new Chicago Match Cup that will complement the other regattas in Germany, Korea, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, France, Bermuda and Malaysia.
The Chicago Match Cup will be held July 10-15 in the US.
The 2012 Alpari WMRT season officially kicks off in May with the Match Race Germany in Langenargen, Germany.