THE QUEST FOR THE 'KING OF THE MOUNTAIN' TITLE IS OPEN
Augusti 25, 2009 @ 19:41:30 Foto Loris von Siebenthal
Jean Marie Lauris, Olivier Herledant, Greg Evrad, and Mathieu Richard hold the St Moritz Match Race trophy high.
The St. Moritz Match Race will commence from September 1 through to September 6.The coveted ‘King of the Mountain’ trophy
will be awarded to the best performing team from the five day match racing event, Mathieu Richard (FRA) and his
French Match Racing Team, are the current leaders of the World Championship ranking and second in the ISAF rankings,
as well as the current ‘defender’. He won the 2008 edition of the event ahead of Ian Williams (UK) Team Pindar.
Racing will take place on Lake St. Moritz, a natural amphitheatre that provides a perfect and natural viewing platform from the shore.
The local Maloja thermal breeze blows daily from 8 to 20 knots and with a little help from the sun the breeze picks up, guaranteeing a
fantastic show to the numerous spectators who flock to see their sailing heroes in action.Twelve teams representing eight nations
have been selected for this regatta. Mathieu Richard (FRA), the current leader of the world ranking will be a firm favourite competing
for the title however there will be tough competition amongst the line up, which include fellow French man Sébastien Col,
the helmsman of K-Challenge’s America’s Cup team. Ian Williams of Team Pindar and current number one match racer Adam Minoprio
and his BlackMatch. Peter Gilmour of YANMAR Racing is a veteran of five America’s Cups and quadruple winner of the world match racing title.
Currently seventh of the world ranking, he is one of the event’s outsiders. Last but not least, Johnie Berntsson (SWE) has confirmed his
participation and has a history of giving all the Tour regulars a run for their money.
Eric Monnin, from Switzerland, will be the local sailor of the event. Eighth last year, Monnin and his crew finished 3rd in 2007 and 6th in 2004.
Their local knowledge of the lake will give them a slight advantage over fellow competitors.
The St. Moritz match race will once again take place on Blu26 one-design sailing boats. Conceived by the Swiss Bluboats, the Blu26 are 8 m.
long and 2,2 m. wide. They are perfectly adapted to match racing.
AFG, UBS and the Badrutt’s Palace Hotel have confirmed their support to the event as main partners.