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German Grand Prix of the World Match Racing Tour

International top teams heading to  starts in 10 days.

Langenargen, 11th of May 2015:  The countdown to Match Race Germany is running:

in ten days on May 21 the first starting signal for the German duel sailingclassic on Lake Constance falls for twelve teams from ten countries. The field was complete in time for the deadline and will be led by world numberFourth Eric Monnin and his Swiss team SailBox. Strong teams from Europe and overseas will dispute on Monnins leadership. With the start of the preliminary also the large and vibrant regatta village in Langenargen´s traditional harbor will open the gates on May 21st with its many attractions for both, large and small sea and see fans. The sailing festival can beginand will strive toward its top during Pentecost. After preliminaries, quarterand semi-finals it is all about the Grand Prix of Germany on Whit Monday.German-Grand-Prix-of-the-World-Match-Racing-Tour-1

The participants

  1. Eric Monnin, 39, Stäfa / Switzerland, Team
    SailBox. 2 Joachim Aschenbrenner, 21, Nivå / Denmark, Aschenbrenner Racing
    Team. 3 Reuben Corbett, 27, Kerikeri / New Zealand, Corbett
    Racing. 4 Tomislav Basic, 40, Split / Croatia, TB Race
    Team. 5 Mark Lees, 23, Poole / Great Britain, GBR Match
    Racing. 6 Przemyslaw Tarnacki, 37, Gdansk / Poland, Energa Yacht Racing
    Team. 7 Matthew Jerwood, 22, Perth / Australia, Redline
    Racing. 8 Dejan Presen, 33, Ljubljana / Slovenia, Lumba Match Race
    Team. 9 Christian Binder, 52, Schwechat / Austria, Flat Lake Sailing Team
    10th Max Trippolt, 24, Bregenz / Austria, Trippolt Sailing Team
    11th Tino Ellegast, 35, Konstanz / Germany, Team Ellegast
    12th Tim Kröger, 50, Hamburg / Germany, New Wave by adidas

Experience vs. hunger for success

The average age of the Skippers in the 18th Match Race Germany is 34 years and once again proves that sailing is a sport of experience. EricMonnin (39) and his Swiss team SailBox start as favorites in the race. Butyounger and older opponents from Europe and overseas will make it difficult for them. The Danish Aschenbrenner Racing Team and ReubenCorbett Kiwi crew lately sailed with a lot of upwind and they do have the world title in their sights this or next year just as the Swiss. However, theAustrian and the German team start as underdogs in the 18th edition ofMatch Race Germany. And all four teams will show up with experiencedLakes sailors. They kindly know the challenges with light and shifty winds, Lake Constance holds for his athletes. Christian Binder has not named his team Flat Lake Sailing Team for no reason. The 52year-old Austrian fromSchwechat expects tight and exciting racesand would be happy tothereby snatch one point or another from the international professional teams. This also applies to the two German teams. The German Match Race Champion Tino Ellegast from Constance and his team know the area,have to lose little in the professional field and set themselves an ambitious goal: “We want to be among the last eight teams.” Cirumnavigator andAmerica’s Cup Profi Tim Kröger also brought Lake Constance connoisseurs and experts on board. Although the Hamburger is not a Lake Constance expert even he has already spent happy sailing holidays with the family here, but the Skipper from the northern German Regatta club has broughtthe young German Match Race runners-up on board, a crew from thestudent sailing club in Constanze, who knows the sailing area by heart:Kröger’s helmsman Felix Schrimper (18) is the youngest in the field. Also the sailors John Voigt, Sebastian Uecker and Noel Beck are not older. Together, Skipper Kröger and the Team from Lake Constance, want to setaccents”.  Kröger, otherwise seen on all oceans of this world, says: “I amreally looking forward to this mission because I just appreciate thegeneration exchange in sailing as very profitable and I would like to promote it as intensively as possible:” My experience mixed with the Match Race dynamics of the guys around Felix will hopefully give some good and surprising synergies. And of course we lay our hopes in the legendaryaudience at Lake Constance. It might be our sixth man.“ Schrimper wantsa revenge for the defeat of the 17 years older Tino Ellegast, against who he lost in the Germany Match Race Championsship in 2014. He says with a wink: Team Ellegast we would really love to beat.

The Match Race Germany is awarded with 30,000 Euros prize money andvaluable points for the judgment of the World Match Racing Tour. At the end of the season the world title is traditionally handed over in Novemberin Malaysia.

Lake Constance, the sunny Langenargen, the Yacht Club Langenargen, hisRace Officer Rudi Magg and the lead team of Match Center Germany withEberhard Magg, Harald Thierer and Bernd Buck will open the European partof the season 2015 and they are ready. On May 20st, all teams have a chance to get to know the boats in a free practice. One day later, the only German tour stop of the World Match Racing Tour will begin and also the huge sailing festival at Lake Constance which will be commented live byZDF reporter Nils Kaben for five days.

by Harald Thierer

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