Young French skipper Simon Bertheau struck back at Monaco Match Race to regain the lead of the European tour with a flawless victory of the Round Robin, leaving local skipper Francois Brenac on second place. Italian Rocco Attilli, bronze medaillist at the Youth European Championship finished on third place ahead of Austria’s Helmut Czasny.

The first Monaco Match Race, perfectly organized the Yacht Club de Monaco with support of the Monegasque J/70 Association, saw three days of spectacular racing just in front of the world famous landscape of Monte Carlo. Bright sunshine and a light to medium but steady breeze offered the race management team headed by Thierry Leret the opportunity to run matches on all three days.

Simon Bertheau made it clear from the beginning that he is looking for his third win in a row at the European tour and to claim back the lead from Slovenian Dejan Presen. Behind the French team, there were close fights for the podium between the J/70 experts from Yacht Club de Monaco, Francois Brenac, the Italian youth team with skipper Rocco Attilli and the Vienna Match Race Team with skipper Helmut Czasny.

We are very excited about being on top of the leader board”, explained a super-happy French skipper Simon Bertheau, “it is all about team work and hard training. We had some tough matches but my team is great and we were always in control and managed to leave Monaco unbeaten. We look very much forward to the next events and the Grand Final!

Bertheau is now back on the leader board with a maximum score of 150 points ahead of Slovenia Dejan Presen (110 points) and Austrian Christian Binder (100 points). The European Match Race tour will now head to Szczecin Match Cup at the end of May before reaching its northern summit at Copenhagen in June. The second last stop will be at Germany’s Ploen in August. The top eight skippers will qualify for the Grand Final which will take place in Ravenna from 8 – 10 September 2017.


European Match Race Tour
STANDINGS after Event 4 of 8 Total
1 Simon Bertheau FRA. 150
2 Dejan Presen SLO 110
3 Christian Binder AUT 100
4 Vladimir Lipavsky RUS 75
5 Helmut Czasny AUT 55
6 Patryk Zbroja POL 50
7 Teo Piasevoli CRO 40
8 Francois Brenac FRA. 40
9 Rocco Attilli ITA 35
10 Adam Smith AUS 30
11 Piotr Harasimowics POL 30
12 Dore De Morsier SUI 25
13 Pavle Kostov CRO 25
14 Max Trippolt AUT 25
15 Lars Hückstedt GER 20
16 Max Bulley SUI 20
17 Julian Kircher AUT 15
18 Sasa Kekovich MNE 15
19 Bojan Rajar SLO 12,5
20 Johanna Bergqvist SWE 10
21 Martin Dittrich AUT 10
22 Thomas Badri FRA. 10
23 Jure Jerkovic CRO 5
24 Ainan Orlob GER 5
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1 – Simon Bertheau – FRA

2- Francois Brenac – FRA

3 – Rocco Attilli – ITA

4 – Helmut Czasny – AUT

5 – Max Trippolt – AUT

6 – Max Bulley – SUI

7 – Piotr Harasimovics – POL

8 – Thomas Badri – FRA



Polish victory in Vienna lifts Presen into first position at European Tour


After two days of spectacular racing in front of Vienna’s skyline, Polish skipper Patryk Zbroja secured his first victory this year when no wind denied the final battle between him and Austrian Christian Binder. Dejan Presen finished third and took over the yellow jersey of the European Match Race Tour 2017.

The Vienna City Match Race, the third stop of the European Match Race Tour, took place at the Old Danube just some minutes away from the city centre of Austria’s capital. Bright sunshine, summerlike temperatures in the mid-20’s and winds up to 22 knots provided a spectacular stage for Europe’s top match racers. It was only on the final day when the reigning Soling European champion Christian Binder was denied his final attack on the leading Polish team with skipper Patryk Zbroja due to lack of wind.

Dejan Presen from Slovenia used the absence of the double stage winner Simon Bertheau from France to climb on top of the European Tour rankings while Australian Adam Smith finished fourth just ahead of home team skipper Helmut Czasny. Bertheau however will have the chance to fight back next weekend in Monaco, when the European Match Race Tour will stop there for stage 4.


Bertheau keeps the Yellow Jersey of the European Match Race Tour


French Skipper Simon Bertheau won the second event of the European Tour in a dramatic final with 3-1 points over Russian Vladimir Liparvski who claimed on the second place in the overall rankings.  With a clear 2-0 over double Olympian Christian Binder from Austria took World # 20 Dejan Presen the bronze medal back to Slovenia.

The second Tour stop at Porto Montenegro, Tivat, featured champagne sailing conditions for the nine teams from six nations. Bertheau, who came as leader of the Tour to Montenegro, finished the Round Robin only in third place with Dejan Presen in the lead and the Austrian Binder second, all on equal points. Vladimir Liparsky just secured the last spot in the Semi-Finals where could win two clear victories over Binder who had a day to forget with losing both Semis and then the petit final. Presen on the other hand started promising into the Semis but the French skipper fought back and went with a 2-1 into the final, where the Russian had no chance against the rookies from France.

Bertheau is now leading the overall standing with a maximum of 100 points, while Liparsky and Presen are tied on the second place with 75 points each and chased by Binder with 60 points. The European Match Race Tour is heading now to Austria, where the Vienna City Match Race will take place from 31 March – 2 April. Here, Presen and Binder may close the gap to the leader who will race again at stage # 4 at Monaco.




1 – Simon Bertheau – FRA

2- Vladimir Lipavsky – RUS

3 – Dejan Presen – SLO

4 – Christian Binder – AUT

5 – Dore De Morsier – SUI

6 – Teo Piasevoli – CRO

7 – Sasa Kekovich – MNE

8 – Bojan Rajar – SLO

9 – Ainan Orlob – GER


French young guns take early lead in the European Match Racing Tour


French Skipper Simon Bertheau won the opening event of the European Tour ahead of World # 20 Dejan Presen from Slovenia and the Russian Vladimir Liparvski. The multiple Olympian Christian Binder from Austria and the Croatian Pavle Kostov were tied on the forth place.

 The Tour event in Sibenik, perfectly organized by the Wave Sailing Centre, challenged the ten teams with various conditions. Was it the famous bura wind with gusts up to 30 knots on the first day, so came light wind tactics into play on day number two. But on the final day, the bay of Sibenik provided a outstanding match racing venue with sunshine and sea breeze the whole day.

Simon Bertheau stunned the other skippers with outstanding performance over the three days. The young French skipper and his crew showed great teamwork and good sailing performance. With just one race lost to the second placed Dejan Presen, it was a well-earned victory. The French took also the lead of the European Match Racing Tour which will continue in one month’s time at Tivat in Montenegro.

“We are so happy to have won and it is great to be the leaders of the European Match Racing tour” exclaimed a super-happy Bertheau after the prize giving.




1 – Simon Bertheau – FRA

2 – Dejan Presen – SLO

3- Vladimir Lipavsky – RUS

4 – Christian Binder – AUT

5 – Pavle Kostov – CRO

6 – Teo Piasevoli – CRO

7 – Piotr Harasimowics – POL

8 – Julian Kircher – AUT

9 – Jure Jerkovic – CRO

10 – Bojan Rajar – SLO


Perfect sailing conditions welcomed the 10 skippers from 6 nations at the first racing day of the Opening event of the European Match Racing Tour 2017 hosted by the Wave Sailing Centre at the Croatian maritime city of Sibenik. The strong line up contains world number 20 Dejan Presen from Slovenia as well as the double Soling European Champion Christian Binder from Austria and with the three time Olympian Pavle Kostov one of Croatia’s most successful sailor.

Dejan Presen, the number 1 at the seading list, is excited about the first event of the newly founded European Tour on the Dalmatian coast: “We are happy after the first training day – it is always hard at the first event in the new season, but the boats are in excellent conditions and the organisation is just perfect!”

Christian Binder, double Olympian from Austria, added: “We love match racing and it is a great opportunity for us to compete in the first event of the tour!”

The European Tour will officially openend on Thursday evening under the patronage of the Mayor or Sibenik. Zana Karabatic, Sibenik’s event manager, feels confident about the success of the event; “We worked very hard over the last weeks to provide perfect equipment for the athletes so that the spectators can follow the races from the shore line or from the spectator boats. Match Racing is a great opportunity to showcase our sport!”

The line-up for the first event:

Dejan Presen – SLO – 20

Vladimir Lipavsky – RUS – 30

Simon Bertheau – FRA – 48

Bojan Rajar – SLO – 70

Julian Kircher – AUT – 86

Piotr Harasimowics – POL – 127

Christian Binder – AUT – 151

Jure Jerkovic – SLO – 241

Teo Piasevoli – CRO – 429

Pavle Kostov – CRO

Welcome to the Tour 2017!

European Match Race Tour 2017 – 7 events and a Grand Final

A new format for exciting sailing events will start in February 2017 and will crown a Tour champion during the Grand Final in September.

The European Match Race Tour is a new match race series formed by event organisers across the continent to promote sailing in general and match racing in particular. The tour will feature stops in 7 countries before heading to the Grand Final at the beginning of September in Italy’s Ravenna. Only the top 8 in the general rankings will be invited to the Grand Final.

The tour will start in the beautiful town of Šibenik in Croatia in February before moving to Portomontenegro marina in Tivat for its second stop. While the tour will be heading to Austria’s capital Vienna, there will be another stops in spring at the Baltic sea at Szczecin in Poland and at the Yacht Club de Monaco. After having visited Denmark’s capital Copenhagen in June, Germany’s Ploen will join the tour as the last event to qualify for the Grand Final which will be hosted by the Circolo Vela Ravennate in September.

Invitation will be sent to the team finishing first or second at their national championships last year and to the best ranked nationals. Depending on availability, other match racers are welcome to join the first edition of the European Match Race Tour.

“This is a fantastic initiative which will give match racing an additional stage! We look very much forward to it!”said Thomas Czajka, recently winner of the Christmas Match Race in Triest with OneSails CEO Christian Binder at the helm.

The provisional dates are:

Tour Stop 1 – 10-12 February – Šibenik, CRO
Tour Stop 2 – 17-19 March – Tivat, MNE
Tour Stop 3 – 31 March – 2 April – Vienna, AUT
Tour Stop 4 – 7-9 April – Monaco, MON
Tour Stop 5 – 25-27 May – Szczecin, POL
Tour Stop 6 – June – Copenhagen, DEN
Tour Stop 7 – 25 – 27 August – Ploen, GER

Grand Final 2017 – 8 – 10 September – Ravenna, ITA