Jes Gram-Hansen from Denmark posted a 3-0 record in winds that hardly topped 7 knots on Lake Constance yesterday
Light winds on Lake Constance yesterday made for a slow day at the 8th annual Match Race Germany, an event of the Swedish Match Tour sailed in new Bavaria 35 Match yachts.
In light conditions, Jes Gram-Hansen (DEN) got off to a fast start, posting a 3-0 record in winds that hardly topped 7 knots. He’s now one-third of the way to winning the Mercedes Benz SLK 200 roadster offered to the skipper who can win 10 straight races. “I’ve been here many times and know you can’t think too far ahead,” said Gram-Hansen with caution. “To win it you’d have to win all your races in the round robin, all in the quarterfinal, all in the semifinal and your first race in the final. It’s hard to do.”
In Group A, Gavin Brady (NZL), Peter Gilmour (AUS) and Lars Nordbjearg (DEN) each won their only race for 1-0 records.
Four flights were completed as the wind came and went, and mostly went on this beautiful lake that borders Germany, Switzerland and Austria. But the flights weren’t evenly distributed. Three were completed for Group B and one for Group A.
Group B was first on the water after a shoreside postponement of more than two hours. When the wind didn’t materialize off of Langenargen, the race committee moved the racecourse south to the Bay of Kressbronn.
“That was a good move by the race committee,” said Christian Kamp, trimmer for Gram-Hansen. “The first couple of races were fair. There was a steady breeze down there.”
Group A sailed one flight in the afternoon, which started around 3pm. With no wind in the Bay of Kressbronn, the race committee moved back to Langenargen and conducted the race in a light south-westerly that barely reached 5 knots.
By the time they finished, the wind had evaporated and racing for the day was cancelled.
The 12 skippers competing at Match Race Germany have been split into two groups of six. Each group is scheduled to sail a five-flight round robin, after which the top four in each group advance to the quarter-finals.
The quarters are scheduled as a knockout round, meaning first to two points wins. The four winners advance to the semifinals, also a scheduled knockout round. The winners move on to the final.