Friday, May 25, 2007

Sébastien Col leads Match Race Germany after light-wind first day

[Source: Match Race Germany] The first day of the 10th Jubilee Match Race Germany, Stage 7 of the World Match Racing Tour 2006 – 07 season saw 12 crews from 9 countries take to the water on Lake Constance in South West Germany. Group A1 began the day with three flights and Group A2 flights were abandoned due to failing wind.

After a trying day beset by light winds America’s Cup skipper Sébastien Col (FRA) of Areva Challenge showed his strengths as a match racer and finished the day with a 3-0 record. Eric Monnin (SUI) faired well to match Col’s winning streak and is tied in first place in Group A1’s standings.

Second ranked World Tour Skipper Mathieu Richard (FRA) of Saba Sailing came away with a 2-1 result. “It was a very hard day. The wind was light and it was difficult to finish in such conditions.” Said Richard.

Organisers Eberhard Magg and Harold Thierer are happy to be celebrating the 10th Jubilee of Match Race Germany and will be joined by 35,000 visitors during the course of the long weekend. “The last 10 years have been tough but wonderful years. We have been through highs and lows but have always been motivated by our competitors, spectators and partners. Match Race Germany has evolved and is stronger than ever and we look forward as we move into our 2nd decade”. Said Magg

Racing is scheduled to resume on Friday morning around 9:00 a.m., weather permitting.

Sébastian ColFRAAreva Challenge30
Eric MonninSUI30
Mathieu RichardFRASaba Sailing21
Eugeniy NeugodnikovRUS12
Carsten KemmlingGER03
Wearn Haw TanSGP03

Not only Valencia suffered from excruciatingly light winds. The first day of Match Race Germany was equally testing. Langenargen, 24 May 2007. Photo copyright Rosaly Magg / Match Race Germany



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