Sailing: Gilmour makes a clean sweep in first round

PETALING JAYA: Australia’s Sam Gilmour is making waves at the Monsoon Cup Terengganu – thanks to some fatherly advice.

On Wednesday, the son of four-time world champion Datuk Peter Gilmour, steered his Neptune Racing Team to a commanding five wins in five races in the first round of the four-day event at the Ri-Yaz Heritage Marina Resort & Spa in Pulau Duyong, Kuala Terengganu.

His triumphs over Jeremy Koo of Sime Darby Foundation/1Malaysia Match Racing Team, David Chapman (DC Racing), Matthew Jerwood (Redline Racing), Morten Jakobsen (EM Thailand) and Hazwan Dermawan (1Malaysia Match Racing Team) have put Neptune on top of the round-robin standings with a 5-0 record.

“It was a tricky race course and it all came down to who won the start ... we did a good job today (Wednesday) at the start line, so I’m very happy with the team’s performance,” said the 21-year-old Gilmour.

“I had a good chat with my dad before we came here and he gave a few pointers about the course ... so, that has been helpful so far.”

Countryman Jerwood is second after notching four victories and a defeat (4-1) while Jeremy impressed for the local side after winning three races against Chapman, Jakobsen and Hazwan to be tied for third on 3-2 record alongside Frenchman Arthur Herreman, who skippered Match The World.

Besides losing to Gilmour, Jeremy’s another defeat was to Jerwood.

Despite his four defeats, including to Herreman and Chapman, it was still a day to cherish for Hazwan, who scored a stunning victory over reigning Asian Games gold medallist Maximilian Soh of Team Red Dot.

The sailors are vying for the final wildcard entry to Monsoon Cup Malaysia, the final leg of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour in February next year.