Shenzhen, China: Torvar Mirsky Defies All Odds to Take Home a Win over Phil Robertson
Torvar Mirsky, a skipper out of Western Australia has just become the Match Racing World Champion in a 3-1 win over defending champion, Phil Robertson of New Zealand. "We just had a momentum build. Every race we were getting better. We felt like we were on a roll that couldn't be stopped, and it didn't," stated Mirsky.
Having participated in fewer regattas this circuit, Mirsky's big win came as a surprise to many teams. Seeing as Robertson was the clear favorite entering the race, Torvar pulled through as an underdog thanks to ample preparation and determination. Despite the disappointment of not reclaiming the world title, Robertson was quick to applaud Mirsky's team on a job well done stating that "It's a one-event world championship and Torvar did a fantastic job."
The event began with a successful win from Yann Guichard over Taylor Canfield in the Quarter Final. From there Guichard progressed to the Semi Final where he saw a 3-1 loss against Torvar. Next, Guichard went on to the Petit Final with Steele. With odds rather stacked against the Frenchman, he proved himself triumphant in a 2-1 defeat. A victorious Guichard exclaimed, "The whole season has been fantastic, last year we were sixth, this year third, so I hope next year first!"
The China World Match was all around a successful event for all involved. While many believe Torvar to have come out of left field to secure the world title, he has dedicated 10,000 hours to the sport over recent years. The long-awaited, emotional win is still setting in with the champion who has been devoted to racing for the last 13 years. After closing out a majorly noteworthy event, there is every expectation that the race will return to China in 2018 to deliver another exceptional regatta.
Torvar Mirsky (AUS), Mirsky Racing Team 3-1 Yann Guichard (FRA), Spindrift Racing
Phil Robertson (NZL), China One Ningbo 3-0 Chris Steele (NZL), 36 Below Racing
Yann Guichard (FRA), Spindrift Racing 2 - 1 Chris Steele (NZL), 36 Below Racing
Torvar Mirsky (AUS), Mirsky Racing Team 3 - 1 Phil Robertson (NZL), China One Ningbo
1. Torvar Mirsky (AUS), Mirsky Racing Team
2. Phil Robertson (NZL), China One Ningbo
3. Yann Guichard (FRA), Spindrift Racing
4. Chris Steele (NZL), 36 Below Racing
5. Harry Price (AUS), Down Under Racing
6. David Gilmour (AUS), Team Gilmour
7. Taylor Canfield (ISV), US One Sailing Team
8. Ian Williams (GBR), GAC Pindar
9. Pieter-Jan Postma (NED), Sailing Team NL
10. Nicklas Dackhammar (SWE), Essiq Racing Team
11. Johnie Berntsson (SWE), Flux Team
12. Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN), ART Sailing
13. Jonas Warrer (DEN), Warrer Racing
14. Markus Edegran (USA), E11even Racing
15. Sam Gilmour (AUS), Neptune Racing
16. Måns Holmberg (SWE), Gothenburg Racing
17. Steve Thomas (AUS), RPM Racing
18. Matt Jerwood (AUS), Redline Racing