The teams competing in the 12th annual Match Race Germany, stage 2 of the World Match Racing Tour, were greeted with glorious conditions today as Lake Constance delivered a beautiful 12 knot north westerly morning breeze for racing to get underway.
Although the breeze steadily eased throughout the day, all 12 of the competing teams at this years event saw action on the water as 24 match races were completed in all.
Making his debut on the Tour was Italy's Francesco BRUNI
who was keen to make an impression against the well polished Tour regulars but with an undefeated scorecard and a smile on his face it was clear the first day had made a good impression on him.
"We are very happy and surprised after day one to do so well. However we appreciate there is a long way to go in the round robin and our feet are firmly on the ground. We will take each match as it happens. This is a very positive period in my life at the moment. I have had a succession of good results. I have just come from the Med Cup where I was tactician on
Matador and we won, coming second at the Congressional Cup and fourth at the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series with Team Italia. In addition to this I was blessed with a baby girl five days ago and I am a very proud father. Life is good."
BRUNI was able to extend his lead against two of his competitors today which secured him the wins, however a tight race with the current world number one ISAF ranked match racer, Séb COL
, put his skills to the test and he didn't disappoint, using a combination of good strategy and boat on boat tactics to over come his opponent.
currently number two on the Tour standings and ISAF rankings also faired exceptionally well in today's conditions, winning four of his five matches. The tenacious Frenchman, who looked solid on the race course all day, will no doubt be looking forward to seeing what tomorrow brings for the racing on Lake Constance.
It was a tough day for Sweden's Bjorn HANSEN
, who after winning four of his five starts, no mean feat in the assembled fleet, could only convert two of these in to wins. "It was a frustrating and disappointing day and we need to be more switched on for tomorrow"
After the days racing was finished, an upbeat chief umpire Philippe GOMEZ was pleased with the successful start to the regatta. "Today was a good day and we are expecting similar conditions for tomorrows racing,"
(FRA) French Team 4-1
(GBR) Bahrain Team Pindar 3-2
(AUS) Yanmar Racing Team 3-2
(NZL) ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing 2-3
(SWE) Team Onboard 2-3
(ITA) Team Joe Fly 3-0
(FRA) French Team/K-Challenge 2-1
(AUS) Mirsky Racing Team 2-1
(FRA) French Team 1-2
(SUI) Team Search.ch 1-2
(GBR) Team Origin 1-4
Match Race Germany Website - www.matchrace.de
(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.