Marcus Wieser of Germany, ranked 93rd in the world by ISAF, held on to defeat native German Jochen Schumann, sailing for Ernesto Bertarelli's Swiss Challenge, at the Swedish Match Tour's match racing event on Lake Constance
Marcus Wieser of Germany, ranked 93rd in the world by ISAF, held on to defeat native German Jochen Schumann, sailing for Ernesto Bertarelli’s Swiss Challenge, at the Swedish Match Tour’s match racing event on Lake Constance.
Weiser took early control of the finals, winning the first two matches and then watched in horror as Schumann, ranked 17th in the world, refused to go down, winning the next two to force a fifth and deciding match. In the fifth match Wieser took command, winning the start, and sailed a clean, controlled race. “Jochen and his teamed battled back and really made us earn our victory here today,” said Wieser. “It was a great experience competing against these world-class sailors all weekend.”
Wieser had to sail through a myriad of conditions over the four-day regatta. “Lake Constance brought of us everything you could think of this weekend. Sun, light wind, rain, heavy wind. We just tried to stay consistent and minimize our mistakes.”
In the semi-finals, Phillippe Presti of France defeated Rod Davis of the Prada Challenge two matches to one. Presti dropped the first match of the first-to-two-wins PF, but came back to win two straight matches and claim third place in the regatta.Earlier in the day all the semifinals were completed. Wieser and Schumann dispatched of Davis and Presti, respectively, in short order by winning two straight matches each and advancing to the finals.
The event’s final day featured idyllic conditions: bright blue skies and autumnal temperatures with winds in the 14-16 knot range.
Final results for the top six positions are as follows:
1. Marcus (GER)
2. Jochen Schumann (Swiss Challenge)
3. Phillippe Presti (FRA)
4. Rod Davis (Prada Challenge)
5. Karol Jablonski (POL/Team MK Cafe)
6. Chris Dickson (Oracle Racing)