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22nd Match Race Germany - Day 2

by Match Race Germany 9 Jun 2019 16:06 BST 6-10 June 2019
Day 2 - 22nd Match Race Germany © Match Race Germany

After a full program on day one in the 22nd Match Race Germany, the qualification round continued on Friday with a shortened program. The new race director Sabine Brugger and her team from the Yacht Club Langenargen could only start six instead of the 33 matches completed on Day 2 before weather issues forced the teams to return to the port.

In addition, there was an extraordinary weather scenario, as not only defending champion Eric Monnin noted: "An official so-called "Fön" (storm) warning parallel to mirror-smooth water is quite unusual, even for Lake Constance." For late Friday afternoon, the organizers expected a hot storm from the southeast. Accordingly, the boats were secured in the harbour as were the marquees and the great Erdinger Urweisse Hütt'n in Langenargen's Gondola Harbour,where thousands of guests were expected to attend the traditional 'Match Race goes Dirndl and Lederhosen' party in the evening.

On the sailing side, the first teams have safely qualified for the quarter-finals ahead of the end of Round Robin. Above all, Australia's Will Boulden and his Alpha Racing team from Fremantle moved into the next round. At their premiere, the crew from Down Under convinced in the preliminary Round by winning six of their seven matches. All teams with five wins, including defending champion Eric Monnin and his Capvis Swiss Match Race Team, the Hamburg physicist Max Gurgel and his team VmaxYachting, as well as the Austrian skipper Max Trippolt and his Team Segelmanufactur from Bregenz are sure to be in the quarter finals too.

Two-time Match Race Germany winner Eric Monnin said: "Today was a better day for us, but we still have to improve day by day. Our opening defeat against Max Gurgel's team was a good warning signal." Said the 43-year-old Swiss boat designer about the handling of the yachts:" Sensitivity is required in dealing with the big boats, no choking. You just have to keep them running. This also explains why there were no protests today. In light winds, no one wants to come in tight situations which could always stop the boat."

Most of the other teams with four or fewer points in the intermediate rankings after 13 out of 15 flights have to wait and watch or sail and fight in the remaining matches on Saturday morning. That includes all three Polish teams, skipper Lukasz Wosinski (HRM Racing Team, 4 wins), Szymon Jablkowski (Jablkowski Sailing Team, 1 win) and Patryk Zbroja (KS Dobra Marina Szczecin, 1 win). "We can probably beat everyone in this regatta," Lukasz Wosinski said with a wink, "but stupidly, we seem to be doing best in beating ourselves. We lost two races today due to silly mistakes on my side." The decision whether and which Polish crew will reach the quarter-finals will only be made in the last six preliminary matches on Saturday morning.

On Friday afternoon, the 17-year-old helmsman Emil Kjaer from Copenhagen, who so far collected 4 points at his Match Race Germany Premiere with the Downhill Sailing Team including matchracing ace Joachim Aschenbrenner, received a lot of cheerful applause during the public press conference when he said: "We're getting better every day. I think we can take on all teams here."

New Zealand's helmsman Nick Egnot-Johnson (Knots Racing) explains how important the starts are in light winds. The 20 year old is a member of the legendary Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, current defenders of the America's Cup together with Emirates Team New Zealand. Nick Egnot-Johnson said: "The start decides almost everything in the light winds of today, because afterwards there are hardly any passing lanes with these big and heavy boats." VmaxYachting helmsman Max Gurgel learnt this in the race against the Kiwis, had to take his fourth defeat after five wins and later said: "Today I made a fatal timing mistake. We just came too late to the start line and beat ourselves. Accordingly, we have changed our on-board communication for the coming days, striving for more efficiency." Before the quarter-finals, Gurgel relies on a well-known strength of his team:" Under pressure, we often seem to sail our best."

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