Twelve teams are ready to battle for the German title. The picturesque town of Langenargen on the shores of Lake Constance will be flooded with sailors and spectators this week as Match Race Germany opens its doors.
As well as hosting the German leg of the World Match Racing Tour a week long festival has been planned. Live bands will take to the stage and food and entertainment will be on offer. Children will also have the opportunity to get out on the water in Optimist dinghies.
Amongst the competitors lined up for the Tour event are reigning World Champion Ian WILLIAMS
(GBR) and Bahrain Team Pindar
, number 1 ranked ISAF sailor Sébastien COL
(FRA) with the French Team/K-Challenge
, current Tour leader Adam MINOPRIO
(NZL) of ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing
and four time Match Racing World Champion Peter GILMOUR
(AUS) backed up by Yanmar Racing
. The list of talent doesn't stop there with Triple Olympic Gold Ben AINSLIE
and Team Origin
starting their assault on the World Championship. Defending Match Race Germany Champion Damien IEHL
with his French Match Racing Team
is also back to try and retain his crown, a pretty tall order some might think.
Racing will take place a stones throw from the shoreline in Langenargen which is sure to see its share of visitors keen to watch the action and listen to the lively commentary throughout the day. The boat of choice is the Bavaria Match 35.
Match Race Germany is the second stop on the 2009 Tour and has $50,000 in prize money on offer. The next six weeks will see four Tour events tightly packed and by the end of the first week of July half the Tour will be completed. Teams will need to stay focused and fight for every World Championship point.
Daily reports, results and photographs will be available on the Tour Website www.wmrt.org and video news highlights will be available at www.wmrt.org/sailtv.
Match Race Germany Website - www.matchrace.de
The full line up is:
Name, Nation, Team, ISAF World Ranking
, FRA, French Team/K-Challenge
, FRA, French Team
, GBR, Bahrain Team PIndar
, GBR, Team Origin
Adam MINOPRIO ETNZ/BlackMatch
, AUS, Mirsky Racing Team
, SUI, Team Search.Ch
, ITA, Joe Fly Match Racing Team
, FRA, French Match Racing Team
, AUS, Yanmar Racing
, GER - 46
, SWE, Team Onboard
(After 1 0f 10 events)
1. Adam MINOPRIO
(NZL) ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing 25 points
2. Mathieu RICHARD
(FRA) French Match Racing Team 20 points
3. Torvar MIRSKY
(AUS) Mirsky Racing Team 15 points
4. Damien IEHL
(FRA) French Match Racing Team 12 points
5. Ed BAIRD
(USA) Alinghi 10 points
6. Sébastien COL
(FRA) French Match Racing Team 8 points
7. Paolo CIAN
(ITA) Team Shosholoza 6 points
8. Ian WILLIAMS
(GBR) Bahrain Team Pindar 4 points
And for more information on the 2009 World Match Racing Tour, visit the Tour website at www.worldmatchracingtour.com.
The winner of the annual World Match Racing Tour is crowned as ISAF Match Racing World Champion. Find out more at www.sailing.org/matchworlds.