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Match Race Germany 2007
Langernargen, Germany

It was a surprising early departure for the current World Tour leader and world #1 Ian WILLIAMS (GBR) on day three of the ISAF Grade WC Match Race German, stage 7 of the 2006-07 World Match Racing Tour.
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Langenargen, Germany famous for beautiful scenery on the cross borders of Southern Germany, Austria, and Switzerland is the most picturesque little town dominated by its own castle. Saturday morning saw the most beautiful breeze and racing got under way as scheduled. The hotshots were ready and Mathieu RICHARD (FRA) of Saba Sailing team went on to beat his fellow country man America's Cup skipper Sébastien COL (FRA) of Areva Challenge. Both won four races in Group A1's Round Robin but RICHARD won the tiebreaker to take the lead. Local favourite Marcus WIESER (GER) took the win from Shosholoza's Paolo CIAN (ITA) to lead Group A2.

It was a surprising early departure for the current World Tour leader WILLIAMS. 'It was not the conditions that dictated us leaving so early in the game we were simply not on our usual winning form,' said WILLIAMS. WILLIAMS is always very strong in the starting box but with the conditions being so light, this was less of an advantage. Joining WILLIAMS in elimination were Bjorn HANSEN (SWE), Carsten KEMMLING (GER) and Wearn Haw TAN (SIN) of China Team.

Eight crews (the top four from Group A1 and A2) qualified for the quarter-finals. The Quarter-Final Round, a seven-flight round robin, featured crews led by skippers RICHARD, COL, Evgeniy NEUGODNIKOV (RUS) and Eric MONNIN (SUI) from Group A1. WIESER, CIAN , Staffan LINDBERG (FIN) and Michael HESTBEAK (DEN) qualified from Group A2.

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.

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Yvonne Reid (As Amended By ISAF). Image:© World Match Racing Tour
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