Event organizers of Match Race Germany, the Swedish Match Tour's sixth event, moved up the start of round robin competition to take advantage of Lake Constance's afternoon breeze on Thursday and provide a possible cushion in racing for later in the week.
For a short period of time the strategy paid off as the first round of group A-1 was completed. However, the light breeze quickly dissipated to little more than sporadic puffs and the second round was abandoned.
Undefeated after two races was Cameron Appleton of Team New Zealand. Match Race Germany is Appleton's first appearance on the Swedish Match Tour in more than a year and also his first experience sailing on a lake.
"You need a bit of luck and then you have to create your own luck," said Appleton. "Jeremy (Lomas) has been here before and is working the bow and calling tactics so he's going to be very helpful for us this week trying to figure out the breeze and finding the good puffs to create some speed."
Completing Appleton's Team New Zealand crew here is Adam Beashel. Lomas and Beashel are also part of Appleton's core match team back in Auckland.
The Diamont 2000 racing yachts are quite different from the ACC boats that Appleton drives and take some getting used to. "The boats here are a handful and made for agile people. They are small and we have three man crews so there's a lot happening at once and everyone is active and important to the success of a match."
Round robin racing continues tomorrow morning on the shores of Lake Constance.
ROUND ROBIN LEADERBOARD
Skipper Wins Losses
Cameron Appleton, Team New Zealand 2 0
Karol Jablonski, POL/Team MK Café 1 0
Morten Henriksen, Germany 1 1
Henrik Jensen, Denmark 1 1
Jes Gram-Hansen, DEN/Team Marienlyst 0 0
Ian Walker, GBR Challenge 0 1
Chris Law, Great Britain 0 2
Henriksen def. Law
Appleton def. Jensen
Jablonski def. Walker
Jensen def. Law
Appleton def. Henriksen
Walker v. Gram-Hansen - Abandoned