The organizers expect at least six to eight skippers from the top ten in the ISAF World Match Race Rankings, and also five out of the top eight on the World Championship standings from the World Match Racing Tour. Amongst the line up is current world #1 Sébastien COL (FRA). The 29 year old helmsman of Areva Challenge is looking forward to competing and strengthening his #1 spot, as well as improving his World Championship standings.
Reigning ISAF Match Racing World Champion and also recently appointed Alinghi Match Racing Coach Peter GILMOUR (AUS) will also return to Lake Constance to defend his title. The two German entries through qualifiers are Carsten KEMMLING and Markus WIESER.
'This is a very special year for us, we have come a long way and want to continue in developing the event, the sport, and believe in a strong match racing future' said co-organizer Eberhard MAGG.
Match Race Germany attracts more than 30,000 spectators to Lake Constance every year, and in 2007 there will be even more to keep them entertained with a match race exhibition tent. Over 400 sq m the event sponsors will present themselves but also entertain the fans with a grinder contest and model AC yacht racing planned. The famous cultural programme will continue with concerts every night.
Match Race Germany is the only German stop on the World Match Racing Tour. Traditionally the event is sailed over a public holiday from 23-28 May 2007. The yachts used will be Bavaria 35 Match, with eight boats available.
For all the news on Match Race Germany CLICK HERE.World Match Racing Tour Leaderboard
|1||Ian WILLIAMS||GBR||4||Team Pindar||62|
|2||Mathieu RICHARD||FRA||6||Saba Sailing Team||50|
|3||Jesper BANK||DEN||57||United Internet Team Germ||45|
|4||Paolo CIAN||ITA||2||Team Viano Mercedes Benz||41|
|8||Sébastien COL||FRA||1||Areva Challenge||33|
World Match Racing Tour Schedule
|Stage 1||Portugal Match Cup||Cascais, Portugal||18-23 July 2006|
|Stage 2||Danish Open||Copenhagen, Denmark||9-13 August 2006|
|Stage 3||St. Moritz Match Race||St. Moritz, Switzerland||15-20 August 2006|
|Stage 4||Bermuda Gold Cup||Hamilton, Bermuda||10-15 October 2006|
|Stage 5||Allianz Cup||San Francisco, USA||24-29 October|
|Stage 6||Monsoon Cup||Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia||28 November-3 December 2006|
|Stage 7||Match Race Germany||Langenargen, Germany||23-28 May 2007|
|Stage 8||Portugal Match Cup||Cascais, Portugal||July 2007|
|Stage 9||Danish Open||Copenhagen, Denmark||August 2007|
|Stage 10||St Moritz Match Race||St. Moritz, Switzerland||August 2007|
|Stage 11||ACI Adris Match Race Cup||Rovinj, Croatia||September 2007|
|Stage 12||Locman Cup - Elba Island||Porto Azzurro, Elba Island, Italy||September 2007|
|Stage 13||Brasil Sailing Cup||Angra dos Reis, Brazil||October 2007|
|Stage 14||Bermuda Gold Cup||Hamilton, Bermuda||October 2007|
|Stage 15||Monsoon Cup||Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia||20 November-2 December 2007|
The World Match Racing Tour is an ISAF Special Event. The events of the World Tour serve to determine the ISAF Match Racing World Champion. Next year the Monsoon Cup will be the final event of the 2006-07 season, and will crown the 2007 World Champion.
The World Tour Partner and Official Car is BMW AG (Munich, Germany). World Tour sponsors include Sebago (Rockford, USA), the Official Footwear Supplier, Travel Places (West Sussex, Great Britain), the Official Travel Partner and Wedgwood (Cheshire, Great Britain) the Official Trophy Supplier.
For more information on the World Match Racing Tour, its competitors and events, visit the official World Tour website - www.WorldMatchRacingTour.com. World Match Racing Tour television programmes may be viewed on demand by clicking on the television icon on the home page of the website.
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