Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Living on the edge...

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‘King of the mountain’ to be crowned at St. Moritz Match Race
A new ‘King of the mountain’ will be crowned at St. Moritz this week, the latest stop on the World Match Racing Tour. The St. Moritz Match Race begins on Tuesday, with 12 of the top match racers in the world, including Jochen Schuemann (GER), who is fresh off his victory at the America’s Cup with the Swiss defender, Alinghi.

At St Moritz, the 12 deep field is competing for a prize purse of 150 000 Sfr (approximately US$ 125 000) in addition to critical ranking points on the World Match Racing Tour. This event features the top four ranked sailors on the tour, including the defending champion at St Moritz, Paolo Cian (ITA), who will be eager to get back on a winning track after a disappointing result (11th) at the Danish Open last week.

But it’s not just the tour leaders who are competing in St. Moritz. Two-time St. Moritz winner Mark Mendleblatt (USA) is here seeking his third ‘King of the mountain’ title after claiming the title in 2003 and 2004. And Michael Hestbaek (DEN), who is with the United Internet Team Germany America’s Cup team, is also in St. Moritz, seeking World Match Racing Tour glory.