Polish skipper Piotr Harasimovicz and his HRM Racing Team dominated the final stages of the European Tour 2018 Grand Final in Montenegro’s Tivat. With a clear 3-0, he overtook the winner of the Round Robin, Sylvain Escurat from France, while Croatia’s young guns with skipper Marko Smolic defeated Austria’s Helmut Czasny to secure the bronze medal. The Polish victory also put Harasimovicz ahead of Slovenia’s Dejan Presen to crown the Pole the 2018 European Tour Champion.

The 2018 Grand Final took place in the historic bay of Kotor just in front of recently built Porto Montenegro’s superyacht harbor. Tivat, nestled in the famous bay – a UNESCO world heritage site – like a natural amphitheater proved to be the perfect choice with excellent sailing conditions on the water, the spectacular backdrop of Montenegro’s famous mountain, the Lovcen, and a high quality organization provided by Porto Montenegro Yacht club.

Right from the beginning the French representative Escurat took the lead to secure the win of the qualifying round. It was only until the last day that Piotr Harasimovicz, world #21, showed an brilliant display and to ensure Poland’s first ever victory of the European Match Race Tour.

“We are very satisfied to provide great racing today to win the Grand Final here in Tivat” explained Harasimovicz at the prize giving, “but it is like a dream comes true to win the European Tour! It is a great format and we look forward to defend our title in 2019!”

“Piotr is a great winner – we were close but we will improve to come back stronger next year” said runner-up Sylvain Escurat, “but the Grand Final at Tivat will be remembered as a top-level event with a fantastic venue, a great club and outstanding organizers!”

The 2019 European Match Race Tour will feature again seven events in seven different countries all over Europe with the Grand Final hosted in Sibenik in October 2019.

 

EUROPEAN MATCH RACE TOUR 2018 GRAND FINAL TIVAT

Final results (top 5)

  1. Piotr Harasimovicz POL
    2. Sylvain Escurat FRA
    3. Marko Smolic CRO
    4. Helmut Czasny AUT
    5. Teo Piasevoli CRO

 

EUROPEAN MATCH RACE TOUR 2018

Overall Final results (top 5)

  1. Piotr Harasimovicz POL 140 pts
    2. Dejan Presen SLO 130 pts
    3. Sylvain Escurat FRA 105pts
    4. Marko Smolic CRO 100 pts
    5. Helmut Czasny AUT 90 pts

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Slovenia’s Dejan Presen in the yellow jersey heading to Montenegro for the European Tour Grand Final 2018

World’s #13 Dejan Presen is leading the rankings of the 2018 European Tour ahead of the last qualifying event scheduled for the first weekend of September in Italy’s Ravenna. While last year’s runner-up of the Tour Max Mesnil is looking for his second tour victory after his success at the Polish event, the Polish skipper Piotr Harasimovics, tied on 3rd place overall and Croatia’s Teo Piasevoli, tied on 4th place, are among the strong skipper list for the Grand Final in Montenegro’s Tivat.

The 2018 Grand Final – recognized by World Sailing as a Grade 2 event – will take place from 13 – 16 September 2018 in Tivat, Porto Montenegro, one of the most stunning places on the Adriatic coast. Nestled in the historic bay of Kotor, Porto Montenegro provides five star sailing facilities along with an experienced event management team headed by Jenny Puddock.

Starting on Friday with a Round Robin, the event will enter the Play-Offs with a Repecharge on Saturday before reaching the climax with Semi-Finals and Finals on Sunday when the new European Tour champion will be crowned.

European Match Race Tour
RESULTS AFTER EVENT 5
Total 
1 Dejan Presen SLO 130
2= Vladimir Liparvsky RUS 50
2= Mans Holmberg SWE 50
2= Max Trippolt AUT 50
2= Maxime Mesnil FRA. 50
3= Jure Jerkovic CRO 40
3= Kim Kling SWE 40
3= Piotr Harasimovicz POL 40
4= Teo Piasevoli CRO 35
4= Saverio Ramirez ITA 35
4= Patrick Sturreson SWE 35
4= Martin Dittrich AUT 35
4= Szymon Jablkowski POL 35
5 Bojan Rajar SLO 31
6= Ante Smolic CRO 30
6= Victor Abenius SWE 30
6= Helmut Czasny AUT 30
6= Symon Szymik POL 30
7 Jens Hartwig GER 30
8= Emil Kjaer DEN 25
8= Olexi Samoliuv UKR 25
8= Johanna Bergqvist SWE 25
8= Alexa Bezel SUI 25
8= Sylvain Escurat FRA. 25
9= Cupic CRO 20
9= Rian Pilepic CRO 20
9= Anna Östling SWE 20
9= Andi Sammer AUT 20
9= Adam Smith AUS 20
10= Miroic CRO 15
10= Gleb Shatkov RUS 15
10= Sanna Mattson SWE 15
11= Winkler GER 10
11= Colin Treseler USA 10
12 Pawel Ejsmont POL 2,5
13= Felix Jacobsen DEN 1
13= Simon Meister AUT 1

 

 

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A brilliant Dejan Presen wins the first tour event to take the yellow jersey at the European Match Race Tour 2018

EUROPEAN MATCH RACE TOUR 2018 SIBENIK

Current World number 19, the Slovenian Dejan Presen won the first event of this year’s European Match Race Tour held in Croatia’s Sibenik with an impressive performance while compatriot Jure Jerkovic finished second ahead of local match race star Teo Piasevoli.

The traditional opening event of the European Match Race Tour is organized by the Wave Sailing Centre at Sibenik, nestled in one of Croatia’s most beautiful bays which provides a spectacular sailing arena, open to the public to watch the races close from the city’s promenade. The Slovenian skipper showed his outstanding performance right from the beginning as there was never doubt on his superiority in the light and medium winds of Dalmatia.

“This is a really great start for the European Tour in 2018” explained Presen after his victory, “racing in Sibenik is always of highest standards and we are so happy to take our first event win of the Tour as we came very close last season but failed to claim a victory in 2017. We really look forward to the next event in Montenegro!”

The European Match Race Tour will continue with event #2 from 16 – 18 March in Montenegro’s Tivat, a perfect opportunity to explore the waters of the Grand Final 2018, before heading to Austria’s Lake Neusiedl just 40 km from Vienna in April.

 

EUROPEAN MATCH RACE TOUR 2018 SIBENIK

Final results

1 – Dejan Presen SLO

2 – Jure Jerkovic SLO

3 – Teo Piasevoli CRO

4 – Marko Smolic CRO

5 – Emil Kjaer DEN

6 – Igor Cupic CRO

7 – Filip Miroic CRO

8 – Jan Winkler GER

 

The European Match Race Tour 2018

Tour Stop 1 – 16-18 Feb 2018 – Sibenik, CRO

Tour Stop 2 – 16 – 18 March 2018 – Tivat, MNE

Tour Stop 3 – 6-8 April 2018 – Podersdorf, AUT

Tour Stop 4 – 5-6 May 2018 – Gothenburg, SWE

Tour Stop 5 – 26-27 May 2018 – Copenhagen, DEN

Tour Stop 6 – 22-24 June 2018 – Swinojuscie, POL

Tour Stop 7 – 31 Aug-2 Sept 2018 – Ravenna, ITA

Grand Final 2018 – 13-16 Sept 2018, Tivat, Porto Montenegro, MNE

 

A year full of match race action across the continent with the second edition of the European Match Race Tour 2018

EUROPEAN MATCH RACE TOUR 2018

Following the success of the inaugural edition in 2017, this year’s European Match Race Tour will feature seven qualifying events all over Europe followed by the 2018 Grand Final in Montenegro’s Tivat. The spectacular format will attract once more Europe’s best match racing teams to a variety of boat types and high-quality sailing events. On the sportive side, last year’s runner-up World #11 Patryk Zbroja from Poland will be challenging the defending champion, French skipper Simon Bertheau. 

The European Tour will start on the beautiful waters of Croatia’s Sibenik in February before heading the Adriatic coast south to Tivat in Montenegro. Stop number three in April will be at PWA’s windsurf world cup venue at Podersdorf at Lake Neusiedl in Austria, followed by the Tour’s first visit to Sweden, when Gothenburg will welcome the match race circuit beginning of May. Another stop in Scandinavia at Copenhagen’s KDY will keep the teams busy on the Baltic, followed by Poland’s Swinojuscie, where the northern section of the Tour will finish with another remarkable event. Last year’s host of the Grand Final, Ravenna, will provide the last opportunity to qualify for the 2018 Grand Final which will take place in September at Porto Montenegro, Tivat, where the mountains of Montenegro and the scenic landscape will provide a spectacular backdrop for the climax of the European Tour.

There will be no changes to the scoring system of the Tour. Each skippers’ best three results from the qualifying events will count and the top eight skippers in the general ranking will qualify for the Grand Final. There will be double points on offer which guarantees excitement till the end. The skipper with the highest points from the three events plus his Grand Final score will be crowned Tour Champion 2018.

“It is definitely our goal to win the 2018 European Match Race Tour,” explained Patryk Zbroja, “after finishing on second place with victories in Vienna and Szczecin last year, we are ready to go on top this year! The European Tour is a great format with exciting match racing events across Europe. Many great match race teams are on the road and we love to meet them and to win many events against them! ”

 

The European Match Race Tour 2018

Tour Stop 1 – 16-18 Feb 2018 – Sibenik, CRO

Tour Stop 2 – 16 – 18 March 2018 – Tivat, MNE

Tour Stop 3 – 6-8 April 2018 – Podersdorf, AUT

Tour Stop 4 – 5-6 May 2018 – Gothenburg, SWE

Tour Stop 5 – 26-27 May 2018 – Copenhagen, DEN

Tour Stop 6 – 22-24 June 2018 – Swinojuscie, POL

Tour Stop 7 – 31 Aug-2 Sept 2018 – Ravenna, ITA

Grand Final 2018 – 13-16 Sept 2018, Tivat, Porto Montenegro, MNE

 

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Simon Bertheau wins inaugural European Match Race Tour with impressive victory at Ravenna

EUROPEAN MATCH RACE TOUR GRAND FINAL 2017 RAVENNA

French skipper Simon Bertheau and his team APCC Team Jeune secured the victory in the first European Match Race Tour with an impressive win over reigning European Champion Maxime Mesnil. Poland’s Patryk Zbroja left Ravenna after a disappointing fifth place with the Silber Medal while Dejan Presen from Slovenia secured Bronze overall, who lost the petit final against local skipper Jacopo Pasini.

It was the perfect setup for the Grand Final – a broad range of wind conditions from light sea breeze to gusty thunderstorms, the natural amphitheatre of Ravenna’s harbour, perfect organization by the host club Circolo Velico Ravennate and the three contenders for the tour title close at the top of the rankings, with Bertheau on the maximum of 150 points after his victories at Sibenik, Tivat and Monaco, then Zbroja, winner at Vienna and Szczecin, just 10 points behind, and trailed by Presen, another 20 points of the lead.

While their focus was on the tour, it was the local favourite, wild card skipper Jacopo Pasini, who decided the round robin in his favour to win the Sabrina Gurioli-Trophy, which should remember this very talented match race girl from Ravenna, who passed away far too early. As Zbroja did not make the cut for the Semi-Finals, the two remaining contenders for the Tour title were the French and the Slovenian skipper. Bertheau was determined on taking both event victory and tour title and he then defeaded the reigning continental champion, compatriot Maxime Mesnil to finish the tour with 4 wins and the maximum of 250 points.

“We are so happy to win the European Match Race tour”, exclaimed the young French skipper, “we were working so hard through the whole year and to have a score card of 3 victories plus the Grand Final, it is just unbelievable! It is just possible because of my fantastic team and thanks to the support from the APCC club and the French Federation!”

Patryk Zbroja said: “We are very proud to take the second place of the Tour back home to Poland. It was a long season with great events and tight matches! Match race at its best!”

The European Match Race Tour, which started 7 months ago in February at Croatia’s Sibenik, had then stops at Montenegro, at Austria’s capital Vienna before heading to the Yachtclub de Monaco. The second part of the tour saw world class match racing at Poland’s Szczecin and at the Royal Danish Yachtclub at Copenhagen ahead of the penultimate stop-over at northern Germany’s Ploen. There are 46 skippers from 20 nations in the final ranking list. The European Match Race Tour 2018 will start end of February at Sibenik on the Dalmatian coast.

 

 

EUROPEAN MATCH RACE TOUR 2017

FINAL RESULTS (Top 10)

 

1 Simon Bertheau FRA. 250
2 Patryk Zbroja POL 190
3 Dejan Presen SLO 170
4 Christian Binder AUT 100
5 Helmut Czasny AUT 85
6 Maxime Mesnil FRA. 80
7 Teo Piasevoli CRO 80
8 Vladimir Lipavsky RUS 75
9 Jacopo Pasini ITA 70
10 Jelmer van Beek NED 65

 

 

EUROPEAN MATCH RACE TOUR GRAND FINAL 2017 RAVENNA

FINAL RESULTS (top 5)

1 – Simon Bertheau – FRA

2 – Maxime Mesnil – FRA

3 – Jacopo Pasini – ITA

4 – Dejan Presen – SLO

5 – Patryk Zbroja – POL

 

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Consistency is key as Patryk Zbroja closes gap to Simon Bertheau at Copenhagen

EUROPEAN MATCH RACE COPENHAGEN 2017

While local skipper Martin Boidin took the honours at the sixth European Match Race Tour event held in Copenhagen, eyes were on World #11, the Polish skipper Patryk Zbroja who closed the gap to overall leader Simon Bertheau to 10 points. Mads Degnegard defeated compatriot Henrik Christensen to complete the podium.

In a perfectly organized event by the Royal Danish Yachtclub (KDY), local favourite Boidin completed the round robin with a clean sheet, while Zbroja, already winner of two European Tour events in 2017, struggled at the start, but then showed great consistency to finish in second place. Windy conditions on the demanding DS 37 did not favour the lightweight crews of Tour leader Simon Bertheau from France and World #21 Max Trippolt from Austria. This left the podium open for another Danish skipper, Mads Degnegard.

 

With only one qualifying event left, Tour leader Simon Bertheau is already qualified for the Grand Final, where Patryk Zbroja will start his final attac with only 10 points behind. Also already qualified are Slovenian skipper World #19 Dejan Presen and Austria’s two time Olympian Christian Binder.

Germany’s Ploen will host the last qualifying event of the European Match Racing Tour from 25 to 27 August 2017 where the remaining four spots at the Grand Final will be decided.

 

European Match Race Tour
STANDINGS after Event 6 of 8

Top 15 places

Total
 
1 Simon Bertheau FRA . 150
2 Patryk Zbroja POL 140
3 Dejan Presen SLO 110
4 Christian Binder AUT 100
5 Vladimir Lipavsky RUS 75
6 Helmut Czasny AUT 55
7 Martin Boidin DEN 50
8 Max Trippolt AUT 45
9 Francois Brenac FRA . 40
Olli-Pekka Lumijärvi FIN 40
11 Teo Piasevoli CRO 40
12 Rocco Attilli ITA 35
Rafal Sawik POL 35
Mads Degnegard DEN 35
15 Piotr Harasimowics POL 35

 

 

EUROPEAN MATCH RACE TOUR COPENHAGEN 2017

FINAL RESULTS

1 – Martin Boidin – DEN

2 – Patryk Zbroja – POL

3 – Mads Degnegard – DEN

4 – Henrik Christensen – DEN

5 – Simon Bertheau – FRA

6 – Max Trippolt – AUT

7 – Jelmer van Beek – NED

8 – Louise Christine Kristensen – DEN

9 – Toby Austin-Fraser – NZL

10 – Felix Jacobsen – DEN

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Impressive home victory lifts Patryk Zbroja in top 3 at European Tour

EUROPEAN MATCH RACE SZCZECIN 2017

Polish skipper Patryk Zbroja sealed his second victory at an European Match Race Tour event with a clean sheet over World #7 Oli-Pekka Lumijärvi. Rafal Sawik finished on home waters on the podium while compatriot Szymon Szymik finished on fourth place at the Grade 2 event held at Polands Baltic town of Szczecin.

Outstanding racing conditions welcomed the nine teams for the fifth event of the European Match Race Tour 2017. Organized by the Polish Match Tour, World Sailing added even more expertise by joining the traditional event with an International Umpire’s Seminar.

Zbroja, who already won the Vienna City Match Race in April, showed consistency and perfect team work on the way to his second victory this year. With a clear 3-0 over Finland’s Lumijärvi, Zbroja lifts himself into top contender position for the yellow jersey at Copenhagen, where he will meet the leader of the 2017 Tour, the Frenchman Simon Bertheau.

Bertheau is still on top of the leader board with a maximum score of 150 points ahead of Slovenia’s Dejan Presen (110 points) and Polish skipper Patryk Zbroja (100 points). The European Match Race tour will now reach its northern summit at Copenhagen in June before heading to 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.

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Monaco’s golden breeze puts Bertheau back into the lead at European Tour

EUROPEAN MATCH RACE MONACO 2017

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.

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

EUROPEAN MATCH RACE VIENNA 2017

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

EUROPEAN MATCH RACE TOUR PORTO MONTENEGRO 2017

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.

 

 

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

EUROPEAN MATCH RACE TOUR SIBENIK 2017

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.

 

 

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