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Match Race Germany 2007
Langernargen, Germany

Favourable racing conditions of 10-12 knots presented itself to the eight teams competing in the quarter-finals at the ISAF Grade WC Match Race Germany, stage 7 of the 2006-07 World Match Racing Tour. While the names at the top of the leaderboard are familiar, it was the 25 year old Russian Eugeniy NEUGODNIKOV (RUS) who stole the show and kept over 25,000 visitors on the shore side watching in anticipation.
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NEUGODNIKOV cleaned up and won five races out of seven, making a splash when he won his first match against America's Cup skipper Paolo CIAN (ITA) of Team Shosholoza.

NEUGODNIKOV, looked like an experienced hand in his first race as it was a forgone conclusion when he crossed the finish line with CIAN questioning whether he was actually in the race. He then went on to win a further four races and secured his spot in the semi-finals along with world #2 Mathieu RICHARD (FRA), CIAN and Staffan LINDBERG (FIN).

CIAN Fights Back

Unfortunately NEUGODNIKOV was unable to maintain his winning form in the first two races against CIAN in the semis. 'I was concentrating on my teams work rather than my opposition' said NEUGODNIKOV. Although CIAN's experienced crew remain undefeated in the semis there is still all to play for. CIAN praised NEUGODNIKOV and said, 'They are a strong team and we must keep fighting.'

It was a similar story for RICHARD and LINDBERG with the Frenchman securing two wins. 'We had an excellent day and of course we are always happy when everything is going so well. Our crew work is great and we hope it continues tomorrow,' said RICHARD. LINDBERG remains positive and said, 'We have been thriving under pressure for the whole of this regatta and we are looking forward to stepping it up a gear.'

It was a disappointing day for Germany's Markus WIESER, who only managed to secure two wins and place seventh overall. 'We are very disappointed, we had some tactical errors in our starts and we were simply not fast enough. This is what happens when you do not compete on the Tour regularly, you simply lack consistency which has been demonstrated by myself,' said WIESER. Sébastien COL (FRA), Michael HESTBEAK (DEN) and Eric MONNIN (SUI) all joined WIESER in the bottom half of the leaderboard.

Semi-Finals

Paolo CIAN (ITA) vs Eugeniy NEUGODNIKOV (RUS), 2-0
Mathieu RICHARD (FRA) vs Staffan LINDBERG (FIN), 2-0

Quarter-Final Round Standings
(7/7 Flights)

1. Mathieu RICHARD * (FRA), Saba Sailing Team, 6-1
2. Eugeniy NEUGODNIKOV* (RUS), Lord of the Sail, 5-2
3. Paolo CIAN* (ITA), Shosholoza, 4-3
4. Staffan LINDBERG* (FIN), Alandia Sailing Team, 4-3
5. Michael HESTBEAK (DEN), 4-3
6. Sébastien COL (FRA), Areva Challenge 3-4
7. Markus WIESER (GER), 2-5
8. Eric MONNIN (SUI), 0-7

*Advances to Semi-Final Round

Round Robin Standings

Group A1
(5/5 Flights)

1. Sébastien COL (FRA), 4-1
2. Eric MONNIN (SUI), 3-1
3. Mathieu RICHARD (FRA), 4-1
4. Eugeniy NEUGODNIKOV (RUS), 3-2
5. Carsten KEMMLING (GER), 1-4
6. Wearn Haw TAN (SIN), 0-5

Group A2
(5/5 Flights)

1. Paolo CIAN (ITA), 4-1
2. Markus WIESER (GER), 4-1
3. Staffan LINDBERG (FIN), 2-3
4. Björn HANSEN (SWE), 2-3
5. Michael HESTBEAK (DEN), 2-3
6. Ian WILLIAMS (GBR), 1-4

ISAF Match Racing World Championship Standings
(After Stage 6)

Pos Skipper Nation ISAF World
Match Race
Ranking
Team Pts
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
5 Ed BAIRD USA 22 Alinghi 40
6 Peter HOLMBERG ISV 75 Alinghi 37
7 Peter GILMOUR AUS 3 PST 35
8 Sébastien COL FRA 1 Areva Challenge 33

World Match Racing Tour Schedule
(2006-2007 Season)

Stage Event Venue Date
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 GKSS Match Race Marstrand, Sweden 2-8 July 2007
Stage 9 Portugal Match Cup Cascais, Portugal 24-25 July 2007
Stage 10 Danish Open Copenhagen, Denmark 8-12 August 2007
Stage 11 St. Moritz Match Race St Moritz, Switzerland 14-19 August 2007
Stage 12 Latium Match Cup Fiumicino, Italy 11-16 September 2007
Stage 13 Locman Cup - Elba Island Porto Azzurro, Elba Island, Italy 25-30 September 2007
Stage 14 Bermuda Gold Cup Hamilton, Bermuda 9-14 October 2007
Stage 15 Brasil Sailing Cup Angra dos Reis, Brazil 23-28 October 2007
Stage 16 Monsoon Cup Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia 28 November-2 December 2007

The World Match Racing Tour is an ISAF Special Event. Skippers earn points towards the World Championship at the nine events of the World Tour and the highest scoring skipper at the end of the season is the ISAF Match Racing 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.

For all the news on the World Match Racing Tour CLICK HERE.

Yvonne Reid (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Up-close action from Germany:© World Match Racing Tour
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