In the absence of any meanigful America’s Cup sailing, the World Match Racing Tour is shaping up to be a focus for teams and sponsors in 2009. Though each tour event varies, each brings something to the mix, helping the tour to make a legitimate claim as a World Championship.
The next round is Match Race Germany, where sponsorship is stable despite economic conditions. Harald Theirer, organiser says:
‘Despite the very difficult times, we have managed to attract and convince new top brands in addition to our long term loyal partners. New partners are Moet Hennessy with their brands Veuve Cliquot and Glenmorangie. Another international brand icon, known for the best chainsaws in the world, Stihl increases their involvement compared to last year.
On the bruised financial market, a clear sign has been set by UBS, who will bring 50 guests to Langenargen. Car manufacturer AUDI has joined along with the Industry and Trade Chamber of the Lake Constance region the IHK with their slogan: ‘Elite Sport meets Elite region’
Match Race Germany has been part of the Tour since the year 2000. Every year more than 30,000 spectators find their way to Langenargen to enjoy the highest level of match racing, paired with a huge range of entertainment on shore.
The event will also see the return to match racing for America’s Cup legend, Australian Peter Gilmour. The four time Match Racing World Champion and his Yanmar Racing Team have announced their comeback onto the World Match Racing Tour.
Organiser Eberhard Magg said:
‘Peter is one of the most successful sailors of all time. He will for sure entertain the spectators on and off the shore on the highest level!’
Peter will have to beat his young Australian protoge Torvar Mirsky as well we TEAMORIGIN’s Ben Ainslie to win the event’s prize money.
The tour event is a sporting highlight for the town of Langenargen, who have built businesses around it.
Match Race Germany generates large indirect profitability by attracting guests from around the lake, neighbouring countries such as Austria and Switzerland as well as other international visitors and people from all over Germany.
Flanked by Ultramarin, the biggest marina on the lake, the new Match Center Germany with its ‘sail academy’ and successful business coaching events will be the centre of racing while onshore, there will be a festiaval atmosphere.
From Friday through to Monday there will be musical entertainment in the party tent. Access to the event site and all activities are free of charge to all visitors. The man on the microphone ‘The Voice’ will once again be Christoph Schumann, who will be commentating on the action both on and off the shore!