"Match Race Germany is our first event on the World Match Racing Tour this year. My objective this season is to sail at the highest level and to use the WMRT to prepare for our next America's Cup campaign with K-Challenge. This will enable me to test different configurations with crew members and trimmers who would be interesting for us to recruit in the team. I'm starting the week with a two days training with Mathieu Richard in Pornic, then we will head to Langenargen to start the event on Wednesday," said the French skipper.
Perhaps no other venue on the World Tour is as stunning as Lake Constance which is bordered by Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Measuring 40 miles in length and 8.5 miles in width, Lake Constance, also called Bodensee, covers 220 square miles, making it central Europe's second largest freshwater lake. With over 20,000 spectators last year, the event prides itself on its public access and festival atmosphere that takes place along the promenade of Langenargen at Lake Constance. With a large beer tent, many food vendors and bands playing everything from Dixieland to reggae, the event offers a slice of Oktoberfest in early summer.
Racing starts 7 May at 09:00 UTC subject to weather conditions. The format will see the teams split into two groups of six with the top three from each going to the quarter-finals and the bottom three from each sailing a repechage for the final two places in the quarter-final. From there the knockouts begin culminating in a first to three point final on Monday, 12 May which is a public holiday in Germany.
Match Race Germany - www.matchrace.de
World Match Racing Tour - www.worldmatchracingtour
ISAF Match Racing World Championship microsite - www.sailing.org/matchworlds