Monday, March 31, 2008

Impressive lineup at Match Race Germany

Rectification: Our apologies for the error committed in reporting Sébastien Col's America's Cup team. The young French star sailor is a member of K-Challenge.

[Source: Match Race Germany] The top-10 of the world ranking list line up for a slot , America´s Cup helmsmen, international champions and the defending world champion head towards Lake Constance. The 11th edition of Match Race Germany (7th till 12th of May 2008) attracts yet again the world´s best skippers.

While, due to the pending Court Case, the America´s Cup sails through troubled waters, in contrary the World Match Racing Tour shines and has bigger success than ever. "We run out of slots for entries and have to select between the best match race skipper" states organisor Eberhard Magg, "we can already promise our fans and supporters a spectacular sailing show."

A dozen professional teams will once again race Bavaria Yachts, not only for prize money but also for championship points towards the World Championship as well as prestige to recommend themselves for the 34th Cup edition – where and whenever this will take place. Amongst the skippers qualified through the feeder series of the World Match Racing Tour is Team Sea Dubai´s Markus Wieser (Germany) along with current World No 1 Frenchman Matthieu Richard, back to Lake Constance with a convincing win at Marseilles recently.

The entry list of Langenargen´s classic is a reflection of the coming generation of America´s Cup helmsmen, tacticians and crews. Let it be Matthieu Richard, defending World Champion Ian Williams or the furious Danes Jes Gram Hansen and Peter Wibroe - they will all find open doors to take over the helm of a future AC yacht. Five skippers will fly the colours of their challenges. Despite the Cup uncertainty they use the circuit to keep their claws sharp. Amongst them are defending champion of MRG 2007 Paolo Cian (ITA-Shosholoza), Sebastian Col (FRA-K-Challenge), Adam Minoprio (NZL-Emirates Team New Zealand); Jes Gram Hansen (DEN-Mascalzone Latino).

Entry list:

Matthieu Richard FRA Weltranglistenposition ISAF 1
Ian Williams GBR Amtierender Weltmeister ISAF 2
Paolo Cian ITA ISAF 3
Bjorn Hansen SWE ISAF 4
Sébastien Col FRA ISAF 5
Peter Wibroe DEN ISAF 9
Staffan Lindberg FIN ISAF 10
Eric Monin SUI ISAF 13 Qualifier Bodensee
Adam Minoprio NZL ISAF 25
Markus Wieser GER ISAF 55 Qualifier Berlin Match Race
Jes Gram Hansen DEN ISAF 109



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