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Match Race Germany 2007
Langernargen, Germany

Weather conditions that delayed the start of the Louis Vuitton Cup Round Robins were replicated on Friday at the ISAF Grade WC Match Race German, stage 7 of the 2006-07 World Match Racing Tour. However nothing was going to deter Rudi MAGG getting the races in and with a late breeze at 19:00 all teams were called back to the water.
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It was a testing day for Group A2 skippers and their crews on the waters of Lake Constance on day two of Match Race Germany. Markus WIESER (GER), Staffan LINDBERG (FIN), Ian WILLIAMS (GBR), Bjorn HANSEN (SWE), Paolo CIAN (ITA) and Michael HESTBEAK (DEN) all faced soaring temperatures and light wind conditions, which meant up until the later restart at 19:00, all competitors bar WIESER and HANSEN had only completed one race.

WIESER looked comfortable on home waters in race 1 and was able to secure his first win of the regatta against European Champion LINDBERG of Finland. 'It was a fair race and we look forward to the improving conditions that are forecast for the next few days,' said WIESER. He went on to win his second race against HANSEN

World Match Race Tour leader and world #1 Ian WILLIAMS (GBR) lost his opening match to HANSEN, who made the better of the tricky conditions on offer in their race to secure the point. An upbeat WILLIAMS said, 'I'm looking forward to getting my teeth stuck into some proper racing as soon as conditions improve.'

Team Shosholoza helmsman, CIAN was victorious on Friday, showing some more of his recent America's Cup form to beat HESTBEAK in race 3.

Wind Arrives

As the late breeze arrive MAGG sent out instructions for all teams to be called back to the water to complete as many races as possible. The conditions allowed CIAN to display more of his winning form and he walked away with three wins at the end of racing. WILLIAMS, LINDBERG and HESTBEAK all finished the day with a win each.

In the leaderboard standings, Sébastien COL (FRA), Eric MONNIN (SUI) and CIAN all lead the way with three wins and no losses.

Racing is scheduled to resume Saturday morning around 09:00, weather permitting.

Off The Water

For the teams that were left shoreside the day was spent competing against each other in smaller yachts, those of a model kind. The 4 by 8 metre basin supplied by Stockmaritime and sponsored by insurers Versicherungsbüro Speth has created a huge interest from both visitors and competitors alike.

As visitor numbers have gradually risen during the course of the past two days all praise is being credited to the event organizers Speedwave, Visioneo and Langenargen Yacht Club.

Round Robin Standings

Group A1
(After 3 of 5 Flights)

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

Group A2
(After 3 of 5 Flights)

1. Paolo CIAN (ITA), 3-0
2. Markus WIESER (GER), 2-1
3. Ian WILLIAMS (GBR), 1-2
4. Staffan LINDBERG (FIN), 1-2
5. Bjorn HANSEN (SWE), 1-2
6. Michael HESTBEAK (DEN), 1-2

ISAF Match Racing World Championship Standings
(After Stage 6)

Pos Skipper Nation ISAF World
Match Race
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 - 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, There were more light winds on day two in Germany:© World Match Racing Tour
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