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).
The organising Team consists of Speedwave Rudi Magg & Co GmbH (Thilo Seeger/Eberhard Magg), Visioneo Events (Harald Thierer) and the Yacht Club Langenargen e.V. (President Michael Noeltge). In the meantime the visionaries founded the Match Center Germany, and started into its inaugural season.
The founders Harald Thierer, Boris Bosch and Eberhard Magg intend to establish a perfect platform for both sailors and non-sailors for incentives , coaching, academy, charter to make sailing dreams “À la Carte” come true. “Match Center Germany and Match Race Germany will benefit from each other - we intend to establish Lake Constance as a premiere destination for companies, amateurs as well as professionals”, states Harald Thierer.
Following their ambitious plans, the team also organises a Women´s Grade 1 , the “Ladies Match Cup” held in Friedrichshafen during the boatshow “Interboot” in September. Playing into the cards here is the fact that the 4th edition will benefit from the fact that women´s match racing will be a new olympic discipline in 2012 in England.
The comprehensive programme combined under the headline “Sailandtainment from 8 till late“ will feature children painting a race sail under a charity umbrella, as well as a newly formed race village for sponsor´s presentations, great Live-Bands and a new catering concept under the theme: “Regional Kitchen” with changing fresh prepared dishes every day. To all on and off shore attractions the entry will be free of charge.
Matthieu Richard FRA Weltranglistenposition ISAF 1
Ian Williams GBR Amtierender Weltmeister ISAF 2
Paolo Cian ITA ISAF 3
Bjorn Hansen SWE ISAF 4
Sebastian 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
Match Race Germany is the only German Tour Stop of the World Match Racing Tour and celebrates it´s 11th edition this year.
Sponsors of Match Race Germany 2008:
DHL Global Mail, Olymp, Texet, MTU-Friedrichshafen, United Internet; Ultramarin, Württembergische Versicherung, Bavaria Yachts, Schwäbische Zeitung, Segler Zeitung, Elvström Sobstad, Selden, Layer Grosshandel, Messe Friedrichshafen, Keanon, Liros Rope, Harken, Meckatzer, Seehotel Litz, Yacht Club Langenargen e.V. , Match Center Germany, Speedwave Rudi Magg&Co. Gmbh; Selden Masts, Gemeinde Langenargen and many more.