Jerome Clerc's Team CER celebrate their win and a place in the St. Moritz Match Race.
London, UK – 20 August, 2012: Jérôme Clerc Team CER (SUI) has captured the last remaining qualifying spot for the St. Moritz Match Race, stage five of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, following his victory at the Volvo Match Race Cup in Switzerland last weekend.
Clerc lined up against Alexa Bezel and her all-female crew for the final on Sunday in what proved to be a tense battle, which was eventually decided in the final race by just a couple of boat lengths.
In the absence of fellow countryman Eric Monnin, Clerc came into the event as favourite however Bezel was always marked as a threat following a recent run of form including a 2nd place at the recent women’s Grade 1 Match Race in Lyseskil.
Capturing the Swiss Match Racing Champion title is a welcome return to form for Clerc who has endured a mixed run of form this season. His win means that he will now line-up alongside eight of the nine Alpari World Match Racing Tour Card Holders in a fortnight’s time.
The Volvo Match Race Cup is an open championship designed to attract the best match racing talent and to also unearth the next generation of leading match racers. In addition to the six teams from Switzerland, teams from the neighboring countries of Austria and Germany also competed at the Finals.