Australian Sam Gilmour claims sixth World Match Racing Tour berth
He is only 23 but Sam Gilmour from Perth, Australia has already made it into the top three on the World Sailing global match race rankings with his Neptune Racing team. No surprise then that Gilmour has been awarded one of the two WMRT Tour Cards awarded to teams based on their ranking results.
Gilmour and his crew are looking to improve on their overall result on the WMRT this season with a new dedicated training program.
“We’re very happy that we’ve got the WMRT Tour Card for this season. It means that we can focus on training and preparation for the big events. Last season it was 90% competing and 10% training, this season we’ll level that out.” Gilmour commented from his home club Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club in Perth, Australia.
“We now have a much bigger understanding of what Neptune Racing needs to do to get a better result on the tour next year. Together with the club and with Matt Jerwood’s Redline racing, who came third in the WMRT Finals in Marstrand last season, we’ll have great chance to come well prepared for the first event on our home waters.” he says.
Gilmour joins the five other Tour Card skippers announced so far: Chris Steele (NZL), Sally Barkow (USA), Iker Martinez (ESP), Ian Williams (GBR) and Yann Guichard (GBR).
Match racing is a family affair for Gilmour. His father Peter Gilmour is a WMRT legend having won three consecutive titles between 2003 and 2006. Sam's brother David Gilmour won the third World Tour event in Sweden in September 2016 and will be starting against his younger brother in the Northern Europe event later this spring.
“Because of my father Peter’s career in match racing we have always followed him around the world during the Americas Cup and the WMRT. When we settled down in Perth it was inevitable that David, our younger brother Lachy and myself would start sailing. But we all want the helm so it’s inevitable that we’ll end up meeting each other. I’m looking forward to face-off with David.” Sam said.
Neptune racing is preparing for the season on the Swan River in Perth where the first event of the season will be held 20th-25th of March, 2017.
WMRT 2017 Tour Card Holder
Name: Sam Gilmour
Team name: Neptune Racing
Yacht Club: Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club
Year of birth: 1993
Result WMRT 2016: 11th place
Sam’s Tour Card is the sixth of 10 WMRT Tour Cards to be announced. For more information on Sam Gilmour and Neptune Racing please visit www.wmrt.com/skippers/sam-gilmour