Langenargen, Germany (23rd May 2015): Croatian match racer Tomislav Basic (TB Race Team) today vaulted to the top of the leaderboard at Match Race Germany, World Championship stage of 2015/16 World Match Racing Tour. Basic’s 9-2 win-loss scoreline secures his place straight the Semi Finals, while the 6 next teams will compete in a compressed Quarter Finals round, the top 3 skippers of which will join Basic in the Semi Finals.
Making the cut for the Quarter Finals were Eric Monnin, SUI (Team SailBox), Matt Jerwood, AUS (Redline Racing), Joachim Aschenbrenner, DEN, (Aschenbrenner Racing), Mark Lees, GBR (GBR Match Racing), Reuben Corbett, NZL (Corbett Racing) and local ‘Lake Constance’ hero Tino Ellegast, GER (Team Ellegast).
Commenting on his qualification to the Quarter Finals, Ellegast was pleased with his performance around the race course; "Today it's gone really well. We won all our starts, and in match racing, winning the start is key to securing victory.”
Tour Card skipper Reuben Corbett sailed one less race to reach his place in the Quarters following damage to his boat, but was relieved to make the line up. “It’s taken a bit of getting used to [sailing these boats] but we’ve scraped into the Quarters and we are looking forward to getting back out there to make amends on how we’ve been going so far.”
Heading home after a disappointing day were Poland’s Przemyslaw Tarnacki (Energa Yacht Racing Team) and Hamburg sailor Tim Kröger (New Wave by adidas). Kröger was awarded a Wild Card for the event and assembled a young crew for the week “My young crew mastered the challenges well this week and have learnt a lot to work with for the future.”
Also for 24 yr old Max Trippolt from Bregenz, his results were not enough to make the Quarter Finals finishing in eighth place on countback. "We were satisfied with our performance and have enjoyed the very well organised event" said Trippolt, "We started well and were able to win matches against strong teams. In the end, it was mainly oversights that missed us qualifying for the Quarter Finals, but we learned a great deal."
For the Quarter Final selections, Eric Monnin selected to race Mark Lees, and Tino Ellegast chose the Australian team of Matthew Jerwood. Joachim Aschenbrenner and Reuben Corbett make up the final pairing.
Racing continues tomorrow 0900.
2015 Match Race Germany Qualifying Results
1. Tomislav Basic, CRO, TB Race Team - 9: 2
2. Eric Monnin, SUI, Team SailBox - 9: 2
3. Tino Ellegast, GER, Team Ellegast - 6: 5
4. Mathew Jerwood, AUS, Redline Racing - 6: 5
5. Joachim Aschenbrenner, DEN, Aschenbrenner Racing - 6: 5
6. Mark Lees, 23, GBR, GBR Match Racing - 6: 4
7. Reuben Corbett, NZL, Corbett Racing - 5: 6
8. Max Trippolt, AUT, Trippolt Sailing Team - 5: 6
9. Przemyslaw Tarnacki, POL, Energa Yacht Racing Team - 5: 6
10. Dejan Presen, SLO, Lumba Match Race Team - 4: 7
11. Christian Binder, AUT, Flat Lake Sailing Team - 4: 7
12. Tim Kröger, GER, New Wave by adidas - 1:10
2015 Match Race Germany Quarter Final Results (First to three points)
Reuben Corbett, NZL 1 v 1 Joachim Aschenbrenner, DEN
Matthew Jerwood, AUS 1 v 1 Tino Ellegast, GER
Mark Lees, GBR 0 v 2 Eric Monnin, SUI
ABOUT MATCH RACE GERMANY
Grade W (World Championship, highest possible grading by ISAF, the governing body of sailing)
Match Racing (boat against boat), Qualifying (each team races each other) followed by Quarter, Semi and Final Knockouts
21st-25th of May 2015
Porsche, MHP - A Porsche Company, Ultramarin, dtm Group, Nauti Sattler
Lake Constance, Langenargen, Germany
6 Yachts B 40S, Match Race Edition
Invitational regatta of the World Match Racing Tour and the ISAF Match Race Rankings as well as America's Cup Teams, Olympic Champions and World Champions, 12 teams will compete.
Wild Card: German Championship 2014 (Grade 3) Tino Ellegast (Constance), Tim Kröger (Hamburg)
+ The first Match Race Germany was held in 1997
+ 2015 will be the 18th edition of Germany's highest ranked and most valuable Match Race
+ Match Race Germany has been the only German stop of the World Match Racing Tour for the last 16 years, and the the European season opener for 2015/15 World Champion World Match Racing Tour.
Match Race Germany GmbH
Yacht Club Langenargen e.V.
Approximately 30,000 visitors followed the racing in front of Langenargen´s natural stadium
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