Olympic gold medalist Ben Ainslie to start his assault on the World Championship

Langenaren – on the shores of Lake Constance (pictured left) – will be flooded with sailors and spectators this week as the World Match Racing tour arrives in Germany.

Amongst the competitors lined up is reigning World Champion, Briton Ian Williams and Bahrain Team Pindar. He is joined by number one ranked ISAF sailor Seb Col (FRA) with the French Team/K-Challenge, current Tour leader Adam Minoprio (NZL) of ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing, and four time Match Racing World Champion Peter Gilmour (AUS) backed up by Yanmar Racing.

And the list of talent doesn’t stop there. Triple Olympic Gold Ben Ainslie (right) and Team Origin will begin their assault on the World Championship.

Racing will take place a stones throw from the shoreline in Langenargen. The boat of choice is the Bavaria Match 35.

Match Race Germany is the second stop on the 10 event 2009 Tour, which sees four events tightly packed into the next six weeks. Teams will need to stay focused and fight for every World Championship point.

The full line up is:

SebastienCol, FRA, French Team/K-Challenge
Mathieu Richard, FRA, French Team
Ian Williams, GBR, Bahrain Team PIndar
Ben Ainslie, GBR, Team Origin
Adam Minoprio, ETNZ/BlackMatch
Torvar Mirsky, AUS, Mirsky Racing Team
Eric Monnin, SUI, Team Search.Ch
Francesco Bruni, ITA, Joe Fly Match Racing Team
Damien Iehl, FRA, French Match Racing Team
Peter Gilmour, AUS, Yanmar Racing
Carsten Kemmling, GER
Bjorn Hansen, SWE, Team Onboard

Tour Standings: (after 1 0f 10 events)

1. Adam Minoprio (NZL) ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing 25 points
2. Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team 20 points
3. Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team 15 points
4. Damien Iehl (FRA) French Match Racing Team 12 points
5. Ed Baird (USA) Alinghi 10 points
6. Sebastien Col (FRA) French Match Racing Team 8 points
7. Paolo Cian (ITA) Team Shosholoza 6 points
8. Ian Williams (GBR) Bahrain Team Pindar 4 points

For more information, visit www.worldmatchracingtour.com .