Monnin versus Basic

Finalists decided at Match Race Germany

Sunday May 24th 2015, Author: James Boyd, Location: Germany

Switzerland’s Eric Monnin and Croatia’s Tomislav Basic dispatched their younger opponents Joachim Aschenbrenner and Matt Jerwood in todays Semi Finals at Match Race Germany. The 39 yearr old Swiss match racer will meet 40 year old Basic in tomorrow’s finals.

Monnin, an experienced lake racer and Tour Card skipper for the 2015/16 season, posted a swift 3-0 scoreline over Joachim Aschenbrenner from Denmark. The disappointed Dane, keen to put early points on the World Championship leaderboard from this event, was unable to shake off Monnin and his experienced Team SailBox who earlier today also posted a straight 3-0 score-line in the Quarter Finals against Mark Lees, GBR;

“The day went well for us,” said Monnin arriving back on the dock. “The matches were a lot closer than they looked at the finish, we also had an unfortunate contact situation with Aschenbrenner, something we really try to avoid in these boats. He made a mistake (at least that’s how we judged it) and after he received a one-point penalty for causing damage, we were feeling a bit on edge. In any event, a good result for us today, tomorrow will be more important.”

In the second semi-finals, 22 year old Matt Jerwood from Australia, competing in his first World Match Racing Tour event, won his first two races against event favourite Basic. Jerwood needed just one more race to secure their place in the finals. But Basic was not going quietly levelling the score at 2-2, with a ‘winner take all’ race for the final.


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