2014 Skippers

David Gilmour (Team Gilmour)

It could be said that sailing is in David's blood. Son of sailing legend Peter Gilmour, David joins the Alpari World Match Racing Tour for the first time in 2014 as a tour card holder. At 22, David will be the youngest skipper on the tour this year. Despite his young age however, David Gilmour has an impressive sailing career under his belt. He started sailing at age 7 and racing at age 10. Since then, amongst other achievements, he can boast first place at ISAF Nations Cup 2013 - Grand Final, and first place at the Warren Jones International Youth Regatta 2013 and 2014.

Team Gilmour came together in 2010 and has been working hard ever since towards their shared goal of becoming the best match racers in the world. The team consists of young, but established sailors who have all had recent experience on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour along with many other high profile events. Team Gilmour's debut on the tour was at the Monsoon Cup in 2012 where they placed an impressive 7th.

Outside of the tour, this year will also see Gilmour sailing as part of Team Australia, the Challenger of Record for the 35th Americas Cup.

Core Crewmembers
Pete Nicholas (Bow)
Will Mackenzie (Trimmer)
Luke Payne (Pitman)
Kyle Langford (Mainsheet)

Keith Swinton (Black Swan Racing)

Keith Swinton's passion for sailing began in Perth at the age of eight and the list of competitions, classes and achievements he has under his belt belies his age. He's competed in Olympic Class Sailing, on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, in IRC Racing and One Design Racing in a number of classes, including 420, 470, 29er, Tornado, Etchell and Flying 15. However, he considers match racing to be the most enjoyable and is now his focus. Swinton was involved in coaching a number of women's match racing teams training for London 2012, in particular the Swedish team who he has coached for over three years. Swinton's inclusion in the list of 2012 Tour Card Holders was testimony to his team's performances in 2011, when they claimed both the Berlin Match Race and the Chicago Match Race after beating many of the teams who compete on the Tour. During 2012 Swinton performed consistently including winning the St Moritz match Race setting himself up for a podium finish for the year but it was not to be when a 6th place at the Monsoon Cup saw him drop to 4th place, a frustratingly close but non the less a great performance for the team.

2013 was a tough but close battle for Swinton and his Black Swan Racing Team having been within reach of the podium for most of the year. Placing 6th overall they will be back in 2014 no doubt aiming for their first Championship medal.

Core Crewmembers Olof Lundgren (Tactician/Mainsail Trimmer) Ted Hackney (Headsail Trimmer) Jakob Gustafsson (Pitman)

World Match Racing Tour Results
2013 - 6th Overall
2012 - 4th Overall
2011 - 19th Overall
2010 - 20th Overall
2009 - 20th Overall
2008 - 19th Overall

Mathieu Richard (LunaJets)

Mathieu Richard is back, setting himself as the one of the great challengers to win the championship this year. Sailing under his new team name, LunaJets, he is well known on the water and is no stranger to the Tour, finishing an agonising 2nd in 2007 and 2010, while he also took third place in 2008. He has sailed with the same team since 2000 and relishes the challenge match racing provides.

Richard suffered heartbreak in 2010 when having led the Tour from the opening event of the year at Match Race France; he was beaten into second at the Tour's finale, the Monsoon Cup by a rampant Ben Ainslie.

After a break from the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, 2013 saw the return of this legendary French sailor. He started on a roll placing 3rd at Match Race Germany and then winning the Korea Match Cup. He returns in 2014 as a tour card holder to battle some old and new foes for that elusive championship title.

Richard began match racing in 1998, sailing with SABA sailing team and the America's Cup Team, French Spirit.

Mathieu finds the World Match Racing Tour very exciting. "The WMRT is really a fantastic Tour because the venues are all great and all the events are always very professionally run and very well organised. But what I love in the Tour is the sport side, it's a very high level, we fight against very strong teams and that's very exciting for us."

Core Crewmembers
Greg Evrard (Mainsail Trimmer)
Thierry Briend / Pascal Rambeau (Headsail Trimmer)
Olivier Herledant (Pitman)
Fran├žois Verdier (Bowman)

World Match Racing Tour Results
2013 - 7th Overall
2012 - 15th Overall
2011 - 10th Overall
2010 - 2nd Overall
2009 - 5th Overall
2008 - 3rd Overall
2006-'07 - 2nd Overall
2005-'06 - 9th Overall
2004-'05 - 10th Overall
2003-'04 - 16th Overall

Ian Williams (GAC Pindar)

Williams' story is a remarkable one and goes against the grain of his fellow Card Holders. While he started sailing at a young age, he actually pursued a career in Law first, qualifying as a solicitor in 2003. It wasn't until he took a six-month sabbatical and won two Grade 1 events, which earned him a place amongst the top five in the World Rankings that he took up sailing full-time.

His early sailing career saw him dominate domestic match racing; he claimed the World and UK Youth Match Racing Championships; he was crowned Senior National Champion in 1997 at the age of only 19; he added the Grade 2 British Open Championship to his tally; and, then added a second senior UK Match Racing Championship to his trophy cabinet.

Ian Williams has claimed four ISAF Match Racing World Championship titles since he started competing on the Tour, including back-to-back wins in 2007 and 2008 and 2011 and 2012. He was the first ever British sailor to win the world title. He was the defending champion in 2013 but lost out to Taylor Canfield after a nerve wracking final event where the title was decided in the very last race of the year. He will be back on the tour in 2014 fighting hard and smart to win his 5th and what would be a record breaking world title.

Core Crewmembers
Gerard Mitchell (Mainsail Trimmer)
Mal Parker (Headsail Trimmer)
Bill Hardesty (Tactician)
Matt Cassidy (Bowman)

World Match Racing Tour Results
2013 - 2nd Overall
2012 - 1st Tour Champion
2011 - 1st Tour Champion
2010 - 5th Overall
2009 - 6th Overall
2008 - 1st Tour Champion
2006/07 - 1st Tour Champion
2005/06 - 2nd Overall
2004/05 - 22nd Overall

Taylor Canfield (US One Sailing Team)

At 25, Taylor is one of the brightest stars to recently come out of the St. Thomas YC, US Virgin Islands. Taylor and his USone team have made a presence on not only the US Match Race Circuit, but international match race events around the world. As the current sailing director at Chicago Match Race Center and ranked 1st in the open ISAF rankings, he has made a presence on the WMRT circuit while finishing 1st at the 2012 Gold Cup, 4th at the 2012 Chicago Match Cup. Along with these high finishes at WMRT level events, Taylor and team have competed in Grade 1 events where they finished 5th at the 2011 Chicago Match Cup and 3rd at the 2012 Congressional Cup.

Core Crewmembers
Rod Dawson (NZL) Tactician
Hayden Goodrick (NZL) Bowman
Mike Rehe (USA) Trimmer
Dan Morris (USA) Trimmer

US One is now an internationally established, well-oiled match racing team. It consists of a mix of Kiwis and Americans, all fantastic sailors in their own right. 2013 was US One's first year as a tour card holder and they did not disappoint. In an extremely successful year for the team they not only won Chicago Match Cup, but were crowned the ISAF Match Racing World Champions knocking four time champion Ian Williams off of the top spot. In 2014, they come back to the tour fighting fit to defend their title!

World Match Racing Tour Results
2013 - Tour Champion
2012 - 7th Overall
2011 - 19th Overall
2010 - 17th Overall

Francesco Bruni (LunaRossa)

Francesco Bruni has a solid sailing background with three America's Cup campaigns as part of the Luna Rossa team and three Olympic campaigns (1996, 2000 and 2004). He has also seen success in the Farr 40 and TP52 classes finishing runner up in their world championships. In his sailing career spanning 30 years, Bruni has won 7 world, 5 European and 15 Italian championships in different classes, from Laser to Offshore.

2010 was Bruni's debut year on The World Match Racing Tour as part of a strategy to help build a top flight match racing team. Bruni got off to a flyer with a third place finish in his very first event, Match Race France, before going on to enjoy a very consistent year with a fourth, a fifth and two sixth place finishes to end the season in seventh place on the WMRT. Bruni is eager to progress even further in 2011 having already landed a 1st place at Match Race Germany and a 2nd at the Korea Match Cup.

Bruni returns to the tour as the skipper of America's Cup team Luna Rossa. His role during the 2013 Americas Cup was as tactician, but will now take the helm on the tour for what will be invaluable training for the team. He will be match racing against the best sailors in the world. He came closest to the World Championship Title in 2011 when he finished 2nd overall. Winning the tour in 2014 would certainly put him and his Luna Rossa team in a good place for their continued America's Cup ambitions.

Core Crewmembers
Massimo Bortoletto (Mainsail Trimmer)
Pierluigi De Felice (Headsail Trimmer)
Pietro Mantovani (Pitman)
Matteo Auguadro (Bowman)

World Match Racing Tour Results
2013 - 9th Overall
2011 - 2nd Overall
2010 - 7nd Overall
2009 - 12th Overall

Bjorn Hansen (eWork Sailing Team)

Bjorn Hansen is one of many top Scandinavian helmsmen to have featured regularly on the fixture list of the Alpari World Tour after he started match racing in 1994. A consistent name in the top 10 on the ISAF Match Race World Rankings is testimony to how difficult he is to beat, especially at his favoured venues.

Match Cup Sweden, his home event, is one such venue and it gave him his first victory on the Tour in 2007 and Sweden's first ever winner of Match Cup Sweden, a feat he repeated in 2012. He then followed that up with the Korea Match Cup in 2011 and 2012. Those titles sit proudly alongside the 2009 Open de Espana Match Race and the 2008 Brazil Sailing Cup. Hansen enjoyed a fantastic season in 2012 finishing runner up in a year long battle with rival Ian Williams.

Bjorn Hansen and his eWork Sailing Team missed out on a place on the podium by two points in 2013 after a disappointing Monsoon Cup. One of the veterans of the tour, Hansen will be back in 2014 with the aim to finally take the World Championship title.

Away from the Tour, Hansen was a co-founder of the Stockholm Match Race Centre which he continues to run today.

Core Crewmembers
Gustav Tempelman (Tactician/Mainsail Trimmer)
Phillip Kai Guhle (Headsail Trimmer)
Sebastian Wedel (Pitman)
Mathias Bredin (Bowman)

World Match Racing Tour Results
2013 - 4th Overall
2012 - 2nd Overall
2011 - 7th Overall
2010 - 9th Overall
2009 - 13th Overall
2008 - 10th Overall
2006/07 - 5th Overall

Phil Robertson (WAKA Racing)

Sailing has been in Phil Robertson's blood since the age of 10 when he started racing competitively. Racing in dinghy classes for several years satisfied his appetite for sailing and competition however Robertson wanted to develop himself as a team sailor which he did at the age of 16 when he joined the prestigious Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron Youth training Programme.

Phil now fronts WAKA Racing, a tight team of top young sailors who made their debut in 2011 as Tour Card Holders on the Alpari World Match racing Tour. It proved to be a baptism of fire for his team, eventually finishing in eighth place overall however the team learnt a lot from the experience and in 2012 WAKA Racing delivered a podium finish after a stunning performance at the final event to leapfrog up the standings from 7th to 3rd at the final event of the year, the Monsoon Cup. Robertson and his crew achieved their second consecutive podium place in the ISAF Match Racing World Championship in 2013. They have started the New Year being crowned New Zealand Open Keel Boat Champions which puts them on a confident footing for achieving their ultimate goal of winning the World Championship in 2014.

Core Crewmembers
Garth Ellingham ( Tactician/Mainsail Trimmer)
James Williamson (Headsail Trimmer)
Nick Catley (Pitman)
Adam Martin (Bowman)

World Match Racing Tour Results
2013 - 3rd Overall
2012 - 3rd Overall
2011 - 8th Overall
2010 - 21st Overall
2009 - 15th Overall