KUALA LUMPUR – Sam Gilmour of Neptune Racing extended his winning streak in the second day of the Monsoon Cup held in Pulau Duyong, Terengganu which was halted due to heavy rain and strong wind reaching up to 16 knots.
The University of Western Australia student recorded a seventh straight win out of seven races in the first round-robin stage to lead the overall standings of the annual sailing events.
An Australian, Matthew Jerwood of Redline Racing and French sailor, Arthur Herreman of Match of the World Team, remained in second and third place, respectively with six and four wins.
Jerwood said, he was happy with his teammates’ performance in yesterday’s races despite failing to topple Gilmour, who is his training partner.
“We just want to keep doing our thing, nothing special and keep improving to build towards the final,” Jerwood said in the statement issued by the organiser, Innovatige Sdn Bhd.
Another Australian, David Chapman of DC Racing did not manage to win any of his races yesterday, and was pipped by Morten Jakobsen of EM Thailand for fifth place when the latter ended with three wins out of seven.
The second round-robin stage starts today followed by the semi-final races.
Champion of the regatta tournament will walk away with US$10,000 (RM33,601) prize money and also will be eligible for a place in the main championship, Monsoon Cup Malaysia which would be held in Johor from Feb 10 to 14 next year.
STANDINGS AFTER ROUND ONE:
Sam Gilmour (AUS) (Neptune Racing) – 7-0
Matthew Jerwood (AUS) (Redline Racing) – 6-1
Arthur Herreman (FRA) (Match The World) – 4-3
Jeremy Koo (MAS) (Sime Darby Foundation – 1Malaysia Match Racing Team) – 3-4
Morten Jakobsen (THA) (EM Thailand) – 3-4
David Chapman (AUS) (DC Racing) – 2-5
Maximilian Soh (SIN) (Team Red Dot) – 2-5
Hazwan Hazim Dermawan (MAS) (1Malaysia Match Racing Team) – 1-6