Match Race Germany : World elite heads for Langenargen Duel of Generations in Langenargen

Saturday, 07 April 2012


The young rising stars challenge 2 former world champions

They are the stars of the 15th Match Race Germany: The Australian match race magician Peter Gilmour and the exceptional German / Polish skipper Karol Jablonski combine not only their success in the America's Cup. Both represent the first generation of furious match racers, both are world champions in the diszipline, and both will show up before Pentecost in Langenargen on Lake Constance and start their quest to raise the winner's trophy of the 15th edition of Match Race Germany.

The 51-year-old Gilmour (Yanmar Racing) and the 49-year-old Jablonski have lost nothing of their great skills in the art of match racing. "Gilly and Karol both wrote sailing history," says race director Eberhard Magg, "we are delighted that they both are competing in  Match Race Germany and show our fan their master-skills."

Champions Shooting Stars

The young rising star in the World Match Racing Tour Alpari will have to sail outstanding, to troubl the two champions and their teams. But they have what it takes. "I very much respect and rate all opponents highly," said Karol Jablonski, "for example, against Pierre-Antoine Morvan I lost the final of last Sopot Match Race. . He and his crew form a strong unit, "The seven-time Ice sailing world champion Jablonski wants to, eight years after his last participation in Match Race Germany in 2004 where he lost the Rigg in the Round Robin, enjoy his comeback building on his vast  experience " match race sailing on the lake is still quite special and very exciting. I know that after such a long break it will be  a difficult task and challenge for me and my team. However, I am confident that I have not forgotten how to play the game well. I want to enjoy all the duels. "

Four of the new, young Tour card holders will compete at Lake Constance: Fighting in addition to the French Vannes aglo Sailing Team by Pierre-Antoine Morvan will be Simone Ferrarese, the Italian racing team, the Black Swan Racing team of the Australian Keith Swinton and the New Zealand Kiwi zoke Match team of Laurie jury. All aiming for the rise in the world rankings, to collect important points for the Alpari World Match Racing Tour standings and a lot of prize money in 2012, with a total of 1.75 million U.S. dollars, the Alpari World Match Racing Tour offers the biggest pot of international sailing.

Craig Mitchell, Race Director of Alpari World Match Racing Tour, looks ahead with great anticipation for the fight of the generations that ill characterize the season opener Match Race Germany, and will last till December with the World Cup final at the Monsoon Cup in Malaysia: "Time will tell whether Ian Williams was able to preserve his winning form, whether Gilmour, Berntsson and Hansen bring more continuity into their game and whether the new tour Card holders can provide surprises as well as drama. We will not have to wait long, Match Race Germany opens the season already on24th of May. "

The final entry list for the 15th edition of Match Race Germany sailed on the largest boats on the Tour, the Bavaria 40S, will be published the organizers in mid April. Definite already: The German match race champion Jan-Eike Andresen and his team will represent black, red and gold at the only stop of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour in Germany and will be supported by the tens of thousands of support. The Hamburg based skipper and his crew start with underdog odds in the six-day racing festival, the only amateur crew in the professional field of twelve teams of at least nine countries.

After the organizers succeeded to secure the traditional Pentecostal date for Match Race Germany in 2012 as well as winning Porsche as a formidable and strong partner for the German Grand Prix the organizers count on more than 30,000 visitors, fans and spectators again this year.

PREMIERE: Original Erdinger Urweisse Lodge

The fans at the race village situated around the traditional gondola harbor of Langenargen can expect once again a free admission festival of high calibre . Following the free practice sessions of the professionals on Wednesday before Pentecost will be the first qualifying races of the full round robin on Thursday starting from 9 o´clock. On Thursday  evening the Eschbach Buam will play in the après sail Erdinger Urweissen Hütt'n, a wodden chalet in original Bavarian style. For the first time Erdinger will show this special building at  Match Race Germany to experience a true mountain lodge feeling, and a slice of Oktoberfest-Feeling. The theme: Match Race Goes leathertrousers and Dirndl VOL.2. From Friday on the lodge will be the place to go to for the after sail party straight after the races of the day have finished. DJ Heiko Berger invites You to daily changing theme with the matching outfits of course!

The 15th  Anniversary of their classic on Lake Constance ,the organizers will celebrate in good tradition every night in the big party tent with great bands like the All Star Blues Band from Vorarlberg (Austria), South American sounds presented on Saturday by Cuba Club Vaduz and the traditional Jürgen Waidele programme "Take a Dance", a lot of dancing, fun and entertainment guaranteed. On show and displaye in the race village will be the Porsche World, Marinepool  Sailing fashion, bungee trampoline at the shore facility, children's activities and children's sailing, Stihl's current products and Air miniature golf, a HHP massage lounge and many many more attractions. The best view to watch the matches will once again have our prtners and guests in the purpose built terrace on the lake VIP tent, our “Breeze Inn”, presented by Rolf Benz with a panoramic view of Lake Constance, where  on Whit Monday at noon the finals of the small jubilee edition will tke plac, before the crews and umpires head strait to Korea for the Korea Match Cup.

See Match Race Germany images

Eberhard Magg

Basic & useful Information
Match Race Germany 2012
Official Event of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour

Grade W (Worldchampionship)
Match Racing (Duels boat versus boat)
23rd  of May till - 28rd  of May 2012
Langenargen / Lake Constance / Germany
50.000 US$

Tour Prize Money total:

1.750.000 US$

7 identical Race Yachts Bavaria 40S, Match Race Edition
Participants MRG
Invitational regatta for the top teams of the World Match Racing Tour and ISAF World Ranking List,
as well as world champions, Olympic medalists, and America`s Cup winner and sailors
Wild Card 1: German Championship 2011(Grade 3) Jan Eike Andresen GER; Wild Card 2: Berlin Match Race 2011 (Grade 1)Keith Swinton AUS
History Match Race Germany
+ The first Match Race Germany was held in 1997
+ 2012 will be the 15th edition of Germany is most decorated and ranked Match Race Regatta
+ Match Race Germany is in it`s 13th year as an official World Match Racing Tour stop, and will
   open the World Championship season of the World Match Racing Tour
Match Race Germany GmbH
Host club
The hosting club is the Yacht-Club Langenargen e.V.
See Match Race Germany images

Last Updated ( Saturday, 07 April 2012 )