Langenargen / Düsseldorf. January 24, 2017. Happy Birthday, Match Race Germany! Germany's most famous Grand Prix of duel racing is celebrating it´s 20th edition over Pentecost (June 1 - 5)! On the occasion of the Jubilee Regatta, prominent sailors head to Langenargen on Lake Constance. And there are groundbreaking news for the round birthday: Together with organizers around the world, the Match Race Germany organizers Eberhard Magg and Harald Thierer as well as the Morten Lorenzen from Denmark have finally founded their own world series of match race: The new Match Race Super Series sanctioned by the Match Race Association (MRA) is coming soon! With the support of World Sailing, the organizers are prepared to head into the premiere year. Match Race Germany is the German Grade 1 stop of the new global series, which is set to revive golden and glorious times and designed to put the exciting tactical basic elements of the duelport as well as the strengths of the individual Event-organizers back on the battlefiels of match racing. Modus, point system and the venue for the grand final will be announced in detail until March.
The take-off for a new world series: The "Match Race Super Series" is on!
"We have been working together with the International Match Racing Association (MRA) for two years in the background to create an international matchracing series because it is sorely missed by sailors, fans and sponsors," says Eberhard Magg „ we are in position now to fire the starting gun for the new series on the occasion of the 20th edition of Match Race Germany. The Match Race Super Series will consist of at least eight regattas in it’s first year. More will be added step by step. There is a lot of interest on all continents. Match Race Germany (GER), the Polish Sopot Match Race (August 2-5 POL), the Air Calin Match Racing Cup in New Caledonia (12-15 August NCL), Chicago Grand Slam (18th to 20th August USA), the Ekatarinburg Cup (16.-21. August RUS), the ACI Match Race Cup Croatia (Sept. or October CRO), the Oakcliff International (30. August-3.September USA) and the New Zealand Match Racing Championships (4-8 October NZL) will kick off the new series. Joining options are reviewed by renowned organizers by possibly three otherevent organisations worldwide.
The new logo for the Match Race Super Series, will be presented for the first time at the „boot“ Düsseldorf. It was created by the Match Race Germany organizers at Lake Constance, symbolizing the duel character of match racing, in which, like in the America's Cup or in international tennis, the principle that only two boats/players compete against each other until the final where the two best teams fight for victory. Explains Magg, "With our commitment, we want to revitalize the classic and most exciting form of matchracing and strengthen those organizers with working and existing fleets worldwide“.
One of the leading international matchrace organizers is Przemyslaw Tarnacki, whose name is standing for the renowned Sopot Match Race since 13 years. The successful matchracer names the three most important tasks of the newly-formed Match Race Super Series: "First, we have to create a marketing package that brings together the best matchrace events as a stage for so many world champions and Olympians with their great history and tradition, as well as interested tour sponsors. Then we have to pave the way for newcomers to the Grand Prix sport, because matchracers are very popular on big yachts. Finally, we must work closely with World Sailing to simplify the matchrace rules. "
Jablonski, Wieser and Monin join the birthday party
Already at this early stage, the organizers of the 20th edition of Match Race Germany have received commitments from prominent skippers for the jubilee edition. Neither the multiple World Champion Markus Wieser (Starnberg / Berlin), nor the former Matchrace World Ranking No.1, 10 times DN icesailing World Champion and America's Cup semi-finalist Karol Jablonski want to miss out on the great birthday celebration on Lake Constance with it´s picturesque backdrop of the alps, Langenargen’s Gondola Harbour and Montfort Castle. Jablonski states: "Matchracing remains the number one in sail sports for me. But only on one hull! I expect exciting duels and I am very happy that I can be part of this anniversary. I would like to have a lot of fun with my team and have some superb races. "The best Swiss matchracer and his team are also celebrating their comeback on Lake Constance with world No.9 ranked Eric Monin at the helm. Eric Monnin states: „After a season on multihulls we still enjoy monohulls as much as before! The races are tight and very often the stay exciting till the very end. It seems crazy that Match Race Germany is already celebrating edition number 20. I am impressed that this event established itself on such a world class level. I wish the whole team and Match Race Germany at least another 20 as successful years.“ A wildcard goes to the 2016 German Matchrace Champions from the north of Germany: Max Grugel and his team from the Hamburg Sailing Club (HSC) will challenge the international aces. The final list of participants will be published in early May.
ZDF reporter Nils Kaben will be the man on the microphone again
ZDF reporter and Match Race Germany commentator Nils Kaben is back. The experienced sports journalist will accompany and commentate the duels live and supply the fans on shore with all the th exciting information and news from the water and events on land. "I have been at the Match Race Germany for so many years now, and I congratulate the organizers to their jubilee! The expertise and the invested heart blood, with which Eberhard Magg, Harald Thierer and their whole team organize and run the regatta since the hour zero in 1997, are unique in the German sailing sports landscape. I keep my fingers crossed for the next 20 years and a good start into the new Match Race Super Series."
From the stage to the waters of Lake Constance: Actor Licht onboard as Match Race Germany’s Ambassador
Actor and Match Race Germany Ambassador Simon Licht - well known from crime series as "Tatort", "Polizeiruf 110", „Cobra 11“, TV serials like "Dr. Klein“ and movies like "The Baader Meinhof Complex" or "Elser - He would have changed the world „ - will be in Langenargen once again. The passionate sailor is one of the biggest fans of the duel sport and is looking forward to his visit: "Sailing to me is a dream sport. And matchracing is it´s most exciting discipline. I feel the need to share this knowledge with as many people as possible, and I am also very fond of Lake Constance. So I will definitely be there provided the ongoing film projects allow for it."
A strong family of sponsors: Partners of the first hour on board
Due to the quality and image of the Match Race Germany and it's organizers, many sponsors of the hour zero (20 years ago!) are still onboard for the 20th edition of the German Grand Prix. These include Ultramarin, the Meichle and Mohr Marina and in particular it's managing directors Clemens Meichle/Sonja Meichle, the Württembergische Versicherung AG and the brewery Meckatzer. Over the years, many major partners such as MHP - A Porsche Company, Skoda, dtm Group, Würth, BMZ, Meichle+Mohr, Nauti Sattler, ZF AG, EDOX and eventa are back again. As one of the largest sports events in the Lake Constance region, Match Race Germany has remained attractive and lively for more than two decades, thanks to the commitment of the team behind the event and the team of the hosting Yacht Club Langenargen e.V. including PRO Rudi Magg known far beyond Lake Constance’s borders. Every year around 30,000 spectators and guests are flocking to the shores and to the Langenargen’s Gondola Harbour, where the Race Village is based. There could be even more attending the anniversary. We keep you posted on events, participants and partners on our homepage: www.matchrace.de