Langenargen, Germany famous for beautiful scenery on the cross borders of Southern Germany, Austria, and Switzerland is the most picturesque little town dominated by its own castle. Saturday morning saw the most beautiful breeze and racing got under way as scheduled. The hotshots were ready and Mathieu RICHARD (FRA) of Saba Sailing team went on to beat his fellow country man America's Cup skipper Sébastien COL (FRA) of Areva Challenge. Both won four races in Group A1's Round Robin but RICHARD won the tiebreaker to take the lead. Local favourite Marcus WIESER (GER) took the win from Shosholoza's Paolo CIAN (ITA) to lead Group A2.
It was a surprising early departure for the current World Tour leader WILLIAMS. 'It was not the conditions that dictated us leaving so early in the game we were simply not on our usual winning form,' said WILLIAMS. WILLIAMS is always very strong in the starting box but with the conditions being so light, this was less of an advantage. Joining WILLIAMS in elimination were Bjorn HANSEN (SWE), Carsten KEMMLING (GER) and Wearn Haw TAN (SIN) of China Team.
Eight crews (the top four from Group A1 and A2) qualified for the quarter-finals. The Quarter-Final Round, a seven-flight round robin, featured crews led by skippers RICHARD, COL, Evgeniy NEUGODNIKOV (RUS) and Eric MONNIN (SUI) from Group A1. WIESER, CIAN , Staffan LINDBERG (FIN) and Michael HESTBEAK (DEN) qualified from Group A2.
Round Robin Standings
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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