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06 / 11 / 2010

Thrilling Competition at Lake Wannsee, Berlin

The leading teams gain visibility – three teams dropped out already.

Racing continued on Friday with the round robins of the 19th Berlin Match Race. Lake Wannsee confronted the sailors with a combination of rain and heavy winds. Some gusts came close to 30 knots accelerating the yachts carrying gennacker above hull speed. Markus Wieser, the only German participant, gained by winning seven of the eleven round robin races. The leading group also shows the Portuguese Alvaro Marinho, who continued by winning 88 percent of his 7 races. Also high in the scoring are last years winners Björn Hansen from Sweden and Ian Ainslie from South Africa. Both could win 6 of their eight races. By winning against Markus Wieser, Hansen climbed in the ranking.

Nicolai Sehested, replacing the injured Skipper Jesper Radich, could not qualify for the quarterfinals. This ends this year BMW Berlin Match Race for him and his crew. Also the Swiss Eric Monnin and Przemyslaw Tarnacki from Poland could not recapture from yesterdays defeats. Both only won three out of eleven races, preventing them from making the quarterfinals. The decision which fourth team will drop out remains open.

Principal race officer Axel Paul is satisfied: The wind speed has been so high in the morning that the gennacker were conserved. Afterwards tough racing continued which even made the yachts planning on the broad reach. The organizing committee hopes that the winds support exciting sailing and manoeuvres throughout the finals. The last three races had to be shifted to Saturday due to repair breaks and subsiding daylight.

By: Ohle, Cedric