"The World's Greatest Match Race on Monohulls":
Langenargen / Bodensee, 3rd of April, 2018. The fleet for the 21st Match Race Germany on Lake Constance is complete. Twelve international top teams will compete over Pentecost from 16 to 21 May in front of Langenargen at the Grand Prix of Germany. The field is led by defending champion Eric Monnin and his Albert Riele Swiss Team. With 12-time ice-sailing world champion and former America's Cup helmsman Karol Jablonski and his Jablonski Racing Team, one of the most furious dueling sailors is entering the four-nations region. Young savages like the only 23-year-old Dutchman Jelmer van Beek want to challenge the stars of the scene and set their course for Germany's most famous match race.
The twelve teams will represent nine countries this year.The five to six-member crews are at home in France, Poland, Austria, Switzerland, Slovenia, Russia, the Netherlands, Portugal and Germany. Helmsman Max Gurgel and his team from the Hamburger Alster start under German flag. Not so far from Langenargen is Eric Monnin´s club, the Segel Club Stäfa. The 42-year-old defending champion not only won the jubilee edition of Match Race Germany 2017, but was also second in the classic Bermuda Gold Cup. The helmsman, team player and boat designer from Lake Zurich says: "In addition to the usual good reasons, this year's title defense also serves as motivation. That is our goal, if not an easy one. As always, we hope for a good wind, but we are prepared for all conditions. "
"I LOVE THIS ATMOSPHERE!"
And commenting on the most difficult opponents to bet he added: "Always counting on Karol Jablonski and his Jablonski Racing Team". The 56-year-old German Pole starts for the Bavarian Yacht Club and just a few weeks ago raced to his record twelfth World Champion title. In sailing the DN ice yacht Jablonski has been king for almost two decades. And in the dueling sport match racing, he is not only one of the greats of his guild since his legendary America's Cup start for the Spanish team Desafío Espanõl and the fact that he reached the Cup semi-finals back in 2007. The match-world champion from Olsztyn is regarded as a vigorous attacker and inspires the fans regularly with his interpretation of the dueling sail art. Jablonski is looking forward to race in front of a large audience in Langenargen: "I love this special atmosphere at Match Race Germany!" Up to 30,000 spectators thrill every year on the shores and on the water togthert with the sailors - so many fans are hardly ato be found and matched at any matchrace Regatta worldwide.
TEAM DUTCH WAVE UP
One of the youngest starters also sees it that way. Jelmer van Beek from the Groningen Yacht Club said before his premiere on Lake Constance: "We start at Match Race Germany, because it is currently the biggest match race on monohulls in the world." The Dutch team Dutch Wave could not only win the 2017 national match race championship , but had also prevailed in the International German Match Race Championship (Qualifier for Match Race Germany) and quickly rose to the top 25 in the matchrace world ranking. The quintet has prepared well for the engagement in front of the dream scene in Langenargen: "We have studied many videos from the past years and expect light winds and sunshine." Jelmer van der Beek is aiming at a professional career in sailing, says: "to be able to compete at events like Match Race Germany is a really important step for our entire team. "As a goal, the boys have set themselves to reach the quarter-final round. "Everything is possible from then on," says van Beek, "because that's match racing!"
THE SKIPPERS AT MATCH RACE GERMANY 2018
Eric Monnin (Switzerland)
Maxime Mesnil (France)
Patryk Zbroja (Poland)
Max Trippolt (Austria)
Dejan Presen (Slowenia)
Vladimir Lipavski (Russia)
Jelmer van Beek (Netherlands)
Lukasz Wosinski (Poland)
Szymon Jablkowski (Poland)
Max Gurgel (Hamburg/Germany)
Karol Jablonski (Poland/Germany)
Alfonso Leijte (Portugal)
7 weeks to Go
At the organizers of Match Race Germany, preparations for one of the biggest sporting events in the Lake Constance region are already in full swing. The heartbeat chamber of the organizing team is Match Center Germany locted in the Gondelhafen in Langenargen. Together with the hosting Yacht Club Langenargen and its internationally experienced race director Rudi Magg, the entire team of around 100 volunteers, directed by event director Harald Thierer and sports director Eberhard Magg, are preparing for the popular long Whitsun Pentecost weekend. In front of the picturesque backdrop of the Montfort Castle, guests in the regatta village can enjoy a lot of infotainment, family entertainment, Swabian delicacies, evening top concerts with free admission and a seat in the first row on the lake shores.
MATCH RACE SUPER LEAGUE STARTED SEASON 2
In Brazil and on Lake Maggiore, the starting guns for the 2018 season of the international Match Race Super League have meanwhile fallen. The South American classic 6.Porto Alegre Match Cup won by the Brazilian Navy team with helmsman Geison Mendes in front of the crews around his compatriots Victor Demaison and Philipp Grochtmann. Switzerland's Grand Prix :Matchrace Switzerland, was won by the Geneva Match Race team, headed by helmsman Nelson Mettraux, ahead of the Austrian team Trippolt and Eric Monnin's Albert Riele Swiss Team (Both also competing in Langenargen). With 25 points each Nelson Mettraux and Geison Mendes have taken over the lead of the Match Race Super League at the season opener.