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No Match For CIAN In Germany
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Match Race Germany 2007
Langernargen, Germany

Paolo CIAN (ITA) won his second World Match Racing Tour Championship when he defeated Mathieu RICHARD (FRA) 2-0 in the final of the tenth annual ISAF Grade WC Match Race Germany. CIAN, helmsman of the South African America's Cup challenger Shosholoza, and his crew overcame the Saba Sailing team of world #2 RICHARD.
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CIAN and his Team Shosholoza crew Pierluigi FORNELLI (ITA), Santino BRIZZI (ITA), Pierluigi FELIO (ITA) and Pietro MANTOVANI (ITA) finished with a 13 -5 record and won Euro 4,800 of the Euro 20,000 prize purse.

Shifty conditions with gusty 10 to 15 knot winds challenged the finalists and were significant in the tight races that were displayed. However, it was a tacking duel in both races that allowed CIAN to display his skill as an America's Cup helmsman. 'My team has done a good job in learning the legs, the shifts, the path and the boat. Every match racer has his own story and every stage of the match makes a difference,' said the Italian skipper.

Out Muscled

RICHARD had a sound performance overall, winning almost every race going in to the final, but it was CIAN's team who were superior on the day. 'My team is a little stronger and I feel this was an advantage in dealing with the ever changing wind conditions,' said CIAN.

RICHARD congratulated his opponent and praised his team mates for all their hard work. 'It has been a busy couple of weeks having come straight from LA where we won the Congressional Cup to here and coming second, we are thrilled with our achievements,' said RICHARD.

Despite coming second, RICHARD has earned enough points to secure the number one spot on the World Match Racing Tour leaderboard. He currently leads with 70 points. He is closely followed by CIAN with 66 points, whilst the #1 in the ISAF World Match Race Rankings, Ian WILLIAMS, slips in to third place with 62 points.

The petit-final saw Staffan LINDBERG (FIN) of Alandia Sailing Team take on Eugeniy NEUGODNIKOV's (RUS) team Lord of the Sail. 'It was simply not my day,' said NEUGODNIKOV who lost both his races to take the fourth spot and a prize fund of Euro 2,000.

Final

Paolo CIAN (ITA) d. Mathieu RICHARD (FRA), 2-0

Petit-Final

Staffan LINDBERG (FIN) d. Eugeniy NEUGODNIKOV (RUS), 2-0

Semi-Finals

Paolo CIAN (ITA) d. Eugeniy NEUGODNIKOV (RUS), 3-1
Mathieu RICHARD (FRA) d. Staffan LINDBERG (FIN), 3-0

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 7)

Pos Skipper Nation ISAF World
Match Race
Ranking
Team Pts
1 Mathieu RICHARD FRA 2 Saba Sailing Team 70
2 Paolo CIAN ITA 5 Team Viano Mercedes Benz 66
3 Ian WILLIAMS GBR 1 Team Pindar 62
4 Jesper BANK DEN 11 United Internet Team Germany 45
5 Sébastien COL FRA 3 Areva Challenge 41
6 Ed BAIRD USA 24 Alinghi 40
7 Peter HOLMBERG ISV 28 Alinghi 37
8 Staffan LINDBERG FIN 9 Alandia Sailing Team 37
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.

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Yvonne Reid (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Paolo CIAN (ITA) and his team celebrate victory:© Match Race Germany/Richard Walch
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