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Match Race Germany 2007

The ISAF Grade WC Match Race Germany has an extremely strong line up in its jubilee year. Amongst the twelve starting teams are seven of the top ten of the ISAF World Match Racing Rankings and representatives from five America's Cup teams, including World Tour leader and world #1 Ian WILLIAMS (GBR) of Pindar Racing.
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Also lining up is WILLIAMS's closet challenger in the World Tour standings and current world #2 Mathieu RICHARD (FRA) of Saba Sailing and his French compatriot Sébastian COL of Areva Challenge, #3 in the World Ranking list.

'We are very proud to present such a top-class field,' said co-organizer Eberhard MAGG, 'Match Race Germany can begin and will for sure place a sporting benchmark.'

The German 'Grand Prix' of the World Match Racing Tour once again attracts some of the world's best teams to Lake Constance. 'We always love coming to Germany, because of the good and impressive atmosphere during the Match Race Germany,' said Tour favourite WILLIAMS, who is taking this year to concentrate on professional sailing and perhaps a role with a team for the 33rd America's Cup.

Looking To Improve

Last year WILLIAMS finished third at Match Race Germany. 'This year we would really like to upgrade that position', says the 30 year old friendly Brit. WILLIAMS might have a chance to win the trophy from Kosta Boda (new partner), because last year's title holder and reigning World Champion Peter GILMOUR (AUS) had to cancel his participation because of his commitment to Team Alinghi.

But there are others who will be dangerous for WILLIAMS: For example co-favourite Markus WIESER from Germany will start together with Gunnar BAHR from Berlin, Team Germany's trimmer Matti PASCHEN from Hamburg, Thomas AURACHER from Tegernsee and Jacek WYSOCKI from Poland , who sailed for the Italian America's Cup campaign +39 Challenge. The 43 year old helmsman is starting with an ambitious goal, 'We would like to be in the semi finals at Lake Constance this year.'

Match Race Germany attracts over 40,000 visitors during the races to the natural arena of Langenargen on the shores of Lake Constance at Bodensee. A public village is planned for visitors and competitors including both cultural and amusement exhibitions including: remote-controlled America's Cup-boats on a small pool, a grinding-contest, massage-couch as well as other interactive programmes, food and music. In addition, BMW will organize the BMW Sailing Cup and will present many surprises for the audience on land. INTEL will present a Formula 1 simulator, where six drivers can take part at the same time. Entrance to the public village is FREE of all charges during day and night

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, World #1 Ian WILLIAMS currently leads the World Championship standings:© Mark Lloyd
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