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Defending champions Ian Williams and Phil Robertson were among those taking the shortest route to the quarter-finals of the Bermuda Gold Cup and Open Match Race World Championship in Hamilton Harbour yesterday.

Williams, the defending Gold Cup champion, produced an impressive clean sweep of victories over Estonia’s Matti Sepp, Australia’s Torvar Mirsky and Canada’s Lance Fraser to top the group two standings with a 6-1 record.

Phil Robertson in action yesterday at the Bermuda Gold Cup and Open Match Racing World Championship (Photograph by Ian Roman)

World match-racing champion Robertson finished second in group one behind Chris Poole, of the United States, with an identical 6-1 record.

Action from the second day of the Bermuda Gold Cup and Open Match Racing World Championship at Royal Bermuda Yacht Club (Photograph by Ian Roman)

Britain’s Williams and Poole topped their respective qualifying groups via a tiebreak, having won their head-to-head matches against Mirsky and Robertson respectively.

Action from the second day of the Bermuda Gold Cup and Open Match Racing World Championship at Royal Bermuda Yacht Club (Photograph by Ian Roman)

“Good day for GAC Pindar, winning all our races, albeit by fine margins,” Williams said.

Action from the second day of the Bermuda Gold Cup and Open Match Racing World Championship at Royal Bermuda Yacht Club (Photograph by Ian Roman)

“We still need to throw off some rust and make faster, instinctive decisions. But, generally, things feel smooth on board and we are looking forward to the quarter-finals.”

Action from the second day of the Bermuda Gold Cup and Open Match Racing World Championship at Royal Bermuda Yacht Club (Photograph by Ian Roman)

Robertson, of New Zealand, suffered his only loss of the qualifying stage after squandering the lead in his final group match against Poole.

Action from the second day of the Bermuda Gold Cup and Open Match Racing World Championship at Royal Bermuda Yacht Club (Photograph by Ian Roman)

“Dropping our first race in the last match and dropping down to second in our group is a little disappointing,” Robertson said.

“We had a comfortable lead after the first lap and let him get back into it up the second beat.

Action from the second day of the Bermuda Gold Cup and Open Match Racing World Championship at Royal Bermuda Yacht Club (Photograph by Ian Roman)

“Poole did a nice job to keep it close enough and get back into the game. We learnt some tough ones there.”

The remaining skippers clinching their spot in the quarter-final yesterday were Mirsky, USA’s Taylor Canfield, Robertson and Switzerland’s Eric Monnin respectively.

Action from the second day of the Bermuda Gold Cup and Open Match Racing World Championship at Royal Bermuda Yacht Club (Photograph by Ian Roman)

Mirsky, a former Gold Cup winner, finished second in group two with a 6-1 record and Canfield third after compiling a 4-3 record.

Action from the second day of the Bermuda Gold Cup and Open Match Racing World Championship at Royal Bermuda Yacht Club (Photograph by Ian Roman)

Canfield, the two-times Gold Cup winner and 2013 world match-racing champion, pipped Denmark’s Jeppe Borch on a tiebreak for the third automatic qualifying spot in group two.

Action from the second day of the Bermuda Gold Cup and Open Match Racing World Championship at Royal Bermuda Yacht Club (Photograph by Ian Roman)

“I think for the most part we are sailing petty well and I’m not too worried moving forward,” Canfield said.

“We have had some great practice here and some great breeze here and are looking forward to it [the quarter-finals], no matter who we race.”

Action from the second day of the Bermuda Gold Cup and Open Match Racing World Championship at Royal Bermuda Yacht Club (Photograph by Ian Roman)

Robertson was second in group one with a 6-1 record followed by Monnin in third at 5-2.

Among those bowing out at the first hurdle was Bermuda’s Kelsey Durham and France’s Pauline Courtois, who both finished bottom of their respective groups with identical 0-7 records.

Courtois was one of two female skippers making history at the Open Match Racing Worlds as the first to do so at the event.

The other was Sweden’s Anna Ostling, whose team boasts Bermuda’s Julia Lines and will compete in today’s repechage round for the two remaining quarter-final spots up for grabs.

Sweden’s Johnie Berntsson and Nicklas Dackhammer, Borch, Sepp, Fraser, Britain’s Matt Whitfield and the Netherland’s Jelmer van Beek make up the rest of the field for the Repechage.

Berntsson, the two-times Gold Cup winner and runner-up last year, endured a tough day at the office competing in yesterday’s southwesterly breezes, which ranged between 10 and 16 knots, to fall shy of automatic qualification to the last eight at the $100,000 World Match Racing Tour-sanctioned regatta.

Despite his team’s misfortunes, though, Berntsson is not pressing the panic button just yet.

“We’ve done it before, so it’s nothing new to us,” he said.

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Published October 28, 2020 at 12:00 pm (Updated October 28, 2020 at 12:24 pm)

Williams pedigree coming to fore

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