Please select your home edition
Edition
Kilwell - 1

Match Race Germany - Williams continues to set the pace

by Alpari World Match Racing Tour on 7 Jun 2014
2014 Match Race Germany Ian Roman/WMRT http://www.wmrt.com
At Match Race Germany, Ian Williams dropped a race to Nicolai Sehested today after losing the start to the young Dane, but otherwise it was another good outing for the four-time World Champion on day two.

The GAC Pindar team from Great Britain continue to top the Qualifying scoreboard, with New Zealand’s Phil Robertson and Australia’s Keith Swinton just behind. After making a return to the Alpari World Match Racing Tour last October, Francesco Bruni steered the Luna Rossa crew to victory over Ben Ainslie at the Argo Group Gold Cup in Bermuda.

Now with a Tour Card for the 2014 season, Bruni is looking to make an impact, to win the World Championship for his America’s Cup team, Luna Rossa. Today’s match between the three-time Olympian and the reigning Match Racing World Champion, Taylor Canfield, was the one that everyone was waiting for. The breeze was extremely light on Lake Constance, but the Italians saw something they fancied on the left-hand side of the course and got the start they was looking for. 'We wanted to go left,' said Bruni, 'we went left, but in reality there was a small edge on the right. Canfield rounded two lengths ahead. We did a lot of gybes, thought we could roll him, but he stayed ahead. We got close at the bottom and came close to making him tack but didn't quite manage it.'

Sitting on a win/loss score of 2/4, Bruni needs to up his game if he’s to make it safely through to the knock-out stages of the competition, which concludes this Monday. 'In this light wind we haven't been sharp enough or lucky enough. Yesterday was a very bad day, because we were not leading back to the line enough. If you do that in these light winds, you just end up following off the line. It was a time-on-distance problem. Today was 100% better, even if the results don't say this. We just have to keep on doing things at the right time, don't rush things.'


No team is taking anything for granted, and everyone is seizing every chance to learn new skills. Canfield was fifth last year, his first visit to Match Race Germany, and his USone crew are eager to improve on this. 'We learned from yesterday, to keep the kite up a bit longer at the bottom mark, keep on the momentum, and it seemed to work out,' said the US Virgin Islander. 'This super-light air is very challenging. A lot of the breeze isn't even dropping down to the water, so reading the conditions is very hard.'


Match Race Germany is the centrepiece of a weekend festival of fun and entertainment in the small town of Langenargen, and tonight is WAKA skipper Phil Robertson’s opportunity to wear his leather trousers at the Lederhosen Party in the Erdinger Hut. However, with eight flights of Qualifying still to run, principal race officer Rudi Magg has scheduled racing to start at 6am, to make the most of the morning breeze before it dies. So there are some tough tactical decisions for the teams tonight - a trade-off between beer time and beauty sleep in preparation for a crucial and possibly brutal day on the Lake on Saturday.



Stage 1 Match Race Germany, Alpari World Match Racing Tour

Results after Flight 14

Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar 7-1
Phil Robertson (NZL) Waka Racing 6-2
Keith Swinton (AUS) Team Alpari FX 5-1
Mathieu Richard (FRA) LunaJets 5-3
Taylor Canfield (ISV) USone 4-2
Eric Monnin (SUI) Swiss Match Race Team 3-3
Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Sailing Team 3-3
David Gilmour (AUS) Team Gilmour 3-5
Francesco Bruni (ITA) Luna Rossa 2-4
Nicolai Sehested (DEN) TRE-For Match Racing 2-6
Karol Jablonski (POL) Jablonski Sailing Team 1-5
Carsten Kemmling (GER) SegelReporter WMRT website

North Technology - Southern SparsBakewell-White Yacht DesignNaiad

Related Articles

Rio 2016 - The Qualification Games - Part 2
Yachting NZ's refusal to nominate in three classes won in the first round of 2016 Olympic Qualification is unprecedented Yachting New Zealand's refusal to nominate in three classes won in the first round of 2016 Olympic Qualification is without precedent. Subject to Appeal, the Kiwis have signaled that they will reject 30% of the positions gained in the ISAF World Sailing Championships in Santander in 2014.
Posted on 22 May
Gladwell's Line - World Sailing changes tack after IOC windshift
Over the past year, we've given the International Sailing Federation (now re-badged as World Sailing) a bit of stick Over the past year, we've given the International Sailing Federation (now re-badged as World Sailing) a bit of stick. Every blow well earned over issues such as the pollution at Rio, the Israeli exclusion abomination plus a few more. But now World Sailing is getting it right.
Posted on 21 May
Rio 2016 - The Qualification Games - Part 1
Antipodean selection shenanigans aside, the Qualification system for the Rio Olympics appears to be achieving its goals Antipodean selection shenanigans aside, the Qualification system for the Rio Olympics appears to be achieving goals set in the Olympic Commission report of 2010. Around 64 countries are expected to be represented in Rio de Janeiro in August. That is a slight increase on Qingdao and Weymouth, but more importantly a full regional qualification system is now in place
Posted on 19 May
Taming the beast-a conversation with Stuart Meurer of Parker Hannifin
While AC72 cats were fast, they difficult to control, so Oracle partnered with Parker Hannifin to innovate a better way. If you watched videos of the AC72s racing in the 34th America’s Cup (2013), you’re familiar with the mind-boggling speeds that are possible when wingsail-powered catamarans switch from displacement sailing to foiling mode. While foiling is fast, there’s no disguising the platform’s inherent instability. Now, Oracle Team USA has teamed up with Parker Hannifin to innovate a better way.
Posted on 18 May
From foiling Moths to Olympic starting lines-a Q&A with Bora Gulari
Bora Gulari’s is representing the USA at the Rio 2016 Olympics in the Nacra 17 class, along with teammate Louisa Chafee. Bora Gulari (USA) has made a strong name for himself within high-performance sailing circles, with wins at the 2009 and 2013 Moth Worlds. In between, he broke the 30-knort barrier and was the 2009 US SAILING Rolex Yachtsman of the Year. His latest challenge is representing the USA at the Rio 2016 Olympics in the Nacra 17 class as skipper, along with his teammate Louisa Chafee.
Posted on 12 May
Concern for Zika at Rio Olympics is now deadly serious
Alphabet soup is one description that has thus far not been used for either Guanabara Bay, Alphabet soup is one description that has thus far not been used for either Guanabara Bay, or the Rio Olympics. Many others have, and they were apt, but things have changed. So here now we have a situation where one man, Associate Professor Amir Attaran, who does have a more than decent string of letters after his name, is bringing nearly as many facts to bear as references at the article's end
Posted on 12 May
Zhik - The brand born of a notion, not its history
here is probably every reason that ocean rhymes with notion. Zhik’s tagline is officially marketed as Made For Water There is probably every reason that ocean rhymes with notion. Zhik’s tagline has been officially marketed as Made For Water, and this is precisely what the company has done for the last eight years before the succinct and apt strapline came from out of R&D and into mainstream visibility.
Posted on 8 May
Shape of next Volvo Ocean Race revealed at Southern Spars - Part 1
Southern Spars has been confirmed as the supplier of spars for the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race. In mid-April, Race Director, Jack Lloyd and Stopover Manager Richard Mason outlined the changes expected for the 40,000nm Race during a tour of Southern Spars 10,000sq metre specialist spar construction facility. A total of up to seven boats is expected to enter, but time is running out for the construction of any new boats.
Posted on 3 May
Sailing in the Olympics beyond 2016 - A double Olympic medalist's view
Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. Gold and Bronze medalist and multiple world boardsailing/windsurfer champion, Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. A key driver is the signalled intention by the International Olympic Committee to select a basket of events that will be contested.
Posted on 29 Apr
From Olympic flag to Olympic Gold and maybe another
The Sydney Olympics was a Sailing double 470 Gold event for Australia. Having won the 420 World Championship in 2000, the feeder class to the 470, while still at school in Australia young Matt Belcher was given the honour of carrying the Olympic flag during the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
Posted on 28 Apr