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.'
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.
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
(After 3 of 5 Flights)
(After 3 of 5 Flights)
ISAF Match Racing World Championship Standings
(After Stage 6)
|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|
|8||Sébastien COL||FRA||1||Areva Challenge||33|
World Match Racing Tour Schedule
|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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