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European Match Race Tour 2017 Event 3 at Vienna

by Helmut Czasny-Bonomo 4 Apr 2017 07:37 BST 1-2 April 2017
European Match Race Vienna © Helmut Czasny-Bonomo

After two days of spectacular racing in front of Vienna's skyline, Polish skipper Patryk Zbroja secured his first victory this year when no wind denied the final battle between him and Austrian Christian Binder. Dejan Presen finished third and took over the yellow jersey of the European Match Race Tour 2017.

The Vienna City Match Race, the third stop of the European Match Race Tour, took place at the Old Danube just some minutes away from the city centre of Austria's capital. Bright sunshine, summerlike temperatures in the mid-20's and winds up to 22 knots provided a spectacular stage for Europe's top match racers. It was only on the final day when the reigning Soling European champion Christian Binder was denied his final attack on the leading Polish team with skipper Patryk Zbroja due to lack of wind.

Dejan Presen from Slovenia used the absence of the double stage winner Simon Bertheau from France to climb on top of the European Tour rankings while Australian Adam Smith finished fourth just ahead of home team skipper Helmut Czasny. Bertheau however will have the chance to fight back next weekend in Monaco, when the European Match Race Tour will stop there for stage 4.

European Match Race Vienna Results:

1 – Patryk Zbroja - POL
2 - Christian Binder – AUT
3 - Dejan Presen – SLO
4 – Adam Smith - AUS
5 – Helmut Czasny – AUT
6 – Lars Hueckstedt – GER
7 – Julian Kircher - AUT
8 – Johanna Bergqvist – SWE

European Match Race Tour Standings: (after 3 of 8 events)

1Dejan Presen SLO110
2Simon Bertheau FRA 100
3Christian Binder AUT100
4Vladimir LipavskyRUS75
5Patryk ZbrojaPOL50
6Teo Piasevoli  CRO40
7Adam SmithAUS30
8Helmut CzasnyAUT25
9Dore De MorsierSUI25
10Pavle Kostov CRO25
11Lars HückstedtGER20
12Julian KircherAUT15
13Sasa KekovichMNE15
14Piotr HarasimowicsPOL15
15Bojan Rajar SLO12.5
16Johanna BergqvistAUT10
17Martin DittrichSWE10
18Jure Jerkovic CRO5
19Ainan OrlobGER5

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