First Event Match Race Super League 2017

Wednesday, 03 May 2017


Match Race Germany is celebrating its 20th anniversary:

12 skippers from 10 nations compete on Lake Constance

Langenargen / Lake Constance (Match Center Germany/Match Race Germany), 3rd of May 2017. The participants for the 20th Match Race Germany from June, 1 to 5 form an attractive fleet: 12 skippers from ten nations including two German crews with sailing professionals Markus Wieser (Starnberg) and the German Matchrace Champion Max Gurgel (Hamburg), as well as three skippers from the top ten of the Matchrace World Rankings, head to Lake Constance over Whitsun. Germany's most famous duel sail regatta is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year with many additional attractions. Approximately 30,000 spectators are expected in the Race Village in Langenargen's picturesque Gondola Harbour, on the shores of Lake Constance. The internationally renowned five-day series and their close-to-shore matches will be commented live by well known ZDF reporter Nils Kaben. The anniversary edition of the German Grand Prix also marks the start of the new Match Race Super League - a global matchrace circuit, which is carried out on monohull boats. The organizer of the Lake Constance classic is the Match Center Germany with sports director Eberhard Magg, event manager Harald Thierer and their team in collaboration with the Yacht Club Langenargen.

"Good races and a great atmosphere“ describe the expectation of the most successful Swiss match racer Eric Monnin (Albert Riele Swiss Team), competing for his ninth time in Match Race Germany. The 35-year-old physicist and engineer Monnin achieved his best result at Lake Constance with his team in 2015, when he was only defeated in the finals. Monnin achieved one of his best results at the Bermuda Gold Cup in front of Hamilton, the Capital of the island, in 2014, when the Swiss beat the British Matchrace World Champion Ian Williams in the semifinals before they had to settle for second after loosing to Johnie Berntsson’s Swedish team in the final. Eric Monnin is a duel Sailor of passion "because good teamwork is so important in this particular sailing discipline, it could well be called the mother of sail racing".

In addition to the Swiss team, the top ten skipper Lukasz Wosinksi (Poland, Delphia Sailing Team), Olli-Pekka Lumijärvi (Finland, Team Lumijärvi) and Mati Sepp (Estonia, Team Estonia) compete in Match Race Germany and striving for success. Markus Wieser is one of the most successful German sailing professionals in the world. The 53-year-old Dragon world champion, big boat tactician and matchrace specialist was the only German helmsman to ever win legendary Match Race Germany back in 2001. At the time, together with his regular match race team they defeated the crew of the three-time Olympic champion Jochen Schümann a gripping final. Wieser, who grew up on Lake Starnberg, is looking forward to his comeback at Lake Constance with his long-time companions and friends Wolfgang Käfer, Matti Paschen, Thomas Auracher and Filiph Blinn: "We put together our crew of that time and are very much looking forward to our comeback to Germany´s No. 1 Match Race!" Frenchman, Maxime Mesnil (co-pilots by Normandy Elite Team) and Simon Berthaud are two French crews heading for Lake Constance. Mesnil's team had reached the final in the 2016 Match Race Germany land will not be satisfied with less. Under the Austrian flag, Max Trippolt and his Trippolt

Sailing Team are fighting for a top position. In addition, last year’s sixth-placed Dejan Presen (Lumba Match Race Team), the Swedish Caprice Match Racing Team of Kim Kling from Gothenburg, the Russian crew of Andrej Nikolaev and last but not least the German Matchrace Champion Max Gurgel’ team Vmax Yachting from the Hamburger Segel-Club at the Alster will challenge the favourites.

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 03 May 2017 )