Tuesday, September 2, 2008

St. Moritz Match Race

From September 2 to 7 Engadine will be the centre of the sailing world. At the St. Moritz Match Race 2008 the elite will sail for prizes and points on Lake St. Moritz. The sixth edition of the event in the Engadine Valley form part of the World Match Racing Tour for 2008. The Tour stages 10 events throughout the world and the prize money totals more than 2 million Swiss francs. The winner of the Tour will become the ISAF Match Racing World Champion 2008.
On the sponsor side, contracts with the three existing partners – AFG Arbonia-Forster-Holding, UBS and Badrutt’s Palace Hotel – have been renewed. These companies will be supporting this top sailing event in Switzerland this year as main partners.
Match racing is certainly one of the most exciting competitions in sailing. Two teams compete directly against each other. The St. Moritz Match Race will be sailed this year for the first time with a new class of boats, the blu26. This four-man sportboat is new to the market and has been especially designed for Match Racing in Switzerland.
Once again the St. Moritz Match Race has attracted the world’s best Match Race skippers to the Engadin Valley. Along with last year’s winner, Ian Williams (GBR), are Richard Mathieu (FRA), Paolo Cian (ITA) and Sebastien Col (FRA) currently the four best sailors in the Match Race world ranking list. The two ’young and wild ones’, Adam Minoprio (NZL) and Torvar Mirsky (AUS), have already shown their talent at different World Tour events and will try to prove themselves at the St. Moritz Match Race. Both are well placed in the world rankings, in10th and 7th place respectively. America’s Cup teams will also be represented at the St. Moritz Match Race by Paolo Cian (Shosholza), Sebastien Col (K Challenge), Jes Gram Hansen (Mascalzone Latino) and Philippe Presti (ex Luna Rossa now French Spirit).
You can follow the Tour shows at Sail TV.
St. Moritz is located on the mountain side of the Engadine facing south at 1856 metres above sea level. The spa resort originally gained its significance from its mineral springs, which had been known for their curative effects for some 3,000 years already. Nowadays is one of the most renowned holiday resorts of the world.